University of Scouting
Deirdre LaRock (butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM)
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 22:37:12 -0400
MR. LOUIS J. MATTIOLI <PYKD54A@PRODIGY.COM> wrote:
>In October I will be going to the University of Scouting and working
>on a thesis for Ph.D.
>I've heard the name "University of Scouting" before but,
>no one I've spoke with so far has any answers. Maybe some
>of the users in our group can help educate us on this subject.
>This brings up a questions I've had.
>1) What is the University of Scouting?
The University of Scouting started out in the Atlanta Area Council in 1977.
There were several other Councils that had similar type programs, but it was
the Atlanta Area Council that incorporated all of the existing BSA training
courses and transformed it into a format that ADULTS would be interested in
attending, participating and completing. Thanks to the volunteer and
professional leadership in that Council, they saw their volunteer training
raise from a measly 32 percent in 1976 to the present 88.7 percent (this means
that almost 90 percent of ALL of their adult leadership has been trained!)
What the University does is offer a "catalog" of basic, supplemental and
advanced-level training for Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting, Varsity Scouting,
Exploring, and District/Council level Scouters as well as (in some larger
Councils) professional Scouters.
This "catalog" and "degree" corresponds to what a "typical College" or
university would offer if Scouting classes were allowed "college credit".
For instance, the FAST START training courses would be offered for 2 hours
credit; the basic courses for 10 or 15 credit hours; supplemental courses
offered for increments of 3 hours or more; and advanced courses for anywhere
from 15 to 30 hours, depending on the "course requirements". This would allow
someone working on an "Associate's Degree" from the College would need 30 to
60 hours and typically one session; a "Bachelor's Degree" 60 to 90 hours and
a "Master's Degree" 90 to 120 or so hours. Those working on a "Doctoral degree"
would need somewhere in excess of 150 or so hours. Your mileage may vary
on the exact number of hours....I don't have my reference material readily handy
here at Dee's home.
Of course, these are NOT "real" college hours, however several Councils HAVE
contracted with colleges or universities to offer those hours as "Continuing
Education Credit" hours, which ARE GOOD for many jobs requiring a set number of
CEU (continuing education units) for advancement within their firms or
businesses. Other Colleges HAVE ISSUED REAL COURSE CREDIT and have used the
American College of Education (or ACE) guidelines on some of the BSA courses as
guidance on just what amount and at what level real college credit is issued.
For instance, I have 6 hours of graduate credit for completion of the BSA's
National Camping School and another 3 hours of graduate and another 3 hours of
undergraduate credit for completing Boy Scout Leader Wood Badge.
The idea is to motivate otherwise lazy Scouters to attend training, and to
offer this training in an atmosphere that "doesn't sound like Scouting".
would YOU rather tell your friends that "I'm attending college later on this
evening" or "going to Scout leader training this evening"???
>2) Where is it, is it offered at different colleges?
Most Councils offer the courses during the fall or spring either at their
Council Camp, at a junior college or school, or at a university. Some Councils
offer the University of Scouting during periods that the university is out of
session and offer a "package deal" which includes housing, meals, recreation
(a "dance" is offered sometimes, or a "dinner/dance" in others) and of course,
information and seminars on the host institution's efforts at education and
why your sons and daughters should be coming to Eastern Kentucky University, for
Your Council (and others) announce when they are going to offer the courses
about three to six months in advance. Be watching here on Scouts-L as well,
because many of the "faculty" of those courses will post information on their
Council's University of Scouting programs (as they should).
Some Councils work with their neighbor Councils on putting together a
University of Scouting. In this way, they "share the wealth" of providing
staff and participants (and costs).
>3) How can you attend?
Check with your Council.
>3) Where can we find more information?
Again, check with your Council for more information. If they have no clue,
call neighboring Councils and ask them.
A sample course outline (because I can recall it from memory) from my course:
EXP 410 Exploring Advanced Seminar
The Exploring Advanced Seminar is offered for 16 credit hours. During the
course, Exploring leaders will be exposed to the organization, function and
reasoning behind the Exploring program on a unit, local Council, Regional
and National level; will together in teams and individually outline ways to
improve program development, delivery and interaction with teenage youth
members; learn how to motivate adult and youth members toward group goals;
and will allow
participants to develop effective interventions. Guest lecturers will allow
participants to ask questions dealing with Council Exploring program,
Regional/National programming and with ways to work toward further promotion
of the Exploring program in the local Council. Prerequites: Completion of
300 and two other Exploring courses; registration as an Exploring leader or
committeemember; desire to serve as part of Council Exploring Training or
Sales Teams upon course completion.
That's a lot of stuff...but it's basically the Exploring Advanced Seminar course
with some local Council stuff added.
The University of Scouting is a great way to get some super additional (or
basic) training by the best volunteers and key professionals in your Council.
Take advantage of it...Thanks for asking!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City