Contact:

Jay Soucy
Program Director
(317) 813-7095

 

University of Scouting

Every Scout deserves a trained leader.  The University of Scouting, the premier training event in the council, is one of the easiest ways for adult volunteers to achieve this goal. This single-day training event is designed to supplement any leader's training. Any Scout leader may attend. 

The University of Scouting is based on the BSA's nationally recognized Four-Function plan- which includes:

  • Program: training, camping/outdoor, advancement, and activities/civic service
  • Unit service: commissioner service
  • Finance: including marketing
  • Membership and Relationships

Degrees and courses are available in three college related to each of the Four Function (althought commissioners are trained elsewhere, commissioner-related courses are available to leaders in units). Additional courses are available in General Studies to supplement your education experience. Each college offers a bachelor or masters degree program. There is also a doctoral degree program available for those who have earned a masters degree. 

The 2017 University of Scouting date will be January 14, 2017. Registration now open!

View the catalog.


Degree Program Requirements

There are four easy to understand options to gain a degree at the University. Each hour of coursework earns one credit toward your desired degree during the current year. Select any College to earn a degree. The degree option standards are as follows:

Bachelors Degree
1. Complete your required training(s) for your registered position.
2. Complete six (6) University credits to include:
-Four (4) credits from the College of your choice.
-Two (2) additional elective credits from the General Studies or any other College.

Masters Degree
1. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree from this University.
2. Complete six (6) additional University credits:
-Three (3) credits from the College of your choice.
-Three (3) additional elective credits from the General Studies or any other College.

Doctor of Scouting Degree
1. Hold a Master’s Degree from this University.
2. Complete six (6) additional University credits:
-Four (4) credits from the required Ph.D. courses.
-Two (2) credits from any other College of your choice.
3. Complete a written thesis / project under the mentoring and approval of the teaching staff.

Continuing Education Degree
1. Hold a Doctoral, Master’s or Bachelor’s Degree and desire to continue the educational process.
2. Complete six (6) additional University credits from any College. There is no limit to the number of Continuing Education Degrees you can earn from this University.*All courses in green text, beyond this point, are new to University of Scouting!

Sustainability Leadership Degree Program

Sustainability means the ability to endure. Conserving the land, forests, air, water, wildlife, and limited resources we all share is everyone’s responsibility. Reducing what we consume and recycling, re-purposing, restoring, and repairing what we own all are parts of being thrifty, a key point of the Scout Law. Our journey began more than 100 years ago with an emphasis on conservation. In time, we deepened our commitment to environmental stewardship. Now, our focus has shifted to sustainability. We invite you to join us as our journey continues.

Complete all 6 sessions of the course selections to receive your degree in Sustainability and be qualified for joining our council’s Sustainability Committee



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