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The University of Scouting is also known as a pow wow or Scouting University and is an annual training event for Boy Scout, Cub Scout, and Venturing leaders. These training conferences are for leaders from an entire council or district and take place in a festive atmosphere. Most classes are taught by volunteers who share not just their knowledge but their passion about their subject.

The University of Scouting is a one-day "convention." Each Scoutmaster or Cubmaster should take all leaders to this learning extravaganza. Often, a leader can chose up to two morning and two afternoon sessions. Some classes take two sessions and others are all day. A small Scouting University might only have 10 classrooms in use and might only offer 230 different classes. Many offer a wide variety of topics with some classes offered more than once.

There could be sessions on new leader training, skills, advancement, activities, ceremonies, and administration. It's a time for experienced, new, and prospective leaders to share ideas and see what the other troops and packs are doing. Often the ones who learn the most are the volunteer instructors. The way to really learn a topic is to teach it.

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General Topics
Scout Awards
Beyond the Ranks
Outdoor Essentials-
What you need!
Religious Awards Trainer's EDGE - (was
Trainer Dev. Conf.)
Scouter Awards:
(What are those Knots?)
What is
Wood Badge?
Scouts with
Special Needs
Friends of Scouting
Presenter Training
How Your Unit
Commissioner Can Help
Flag Ceremonies
Planning a Great
Scout Sunday
Leave No Trace
Youth Protection Guide to
Safe Scouting
Order of the Arrow
What is OA?
Safe Swim Defense
& Safety Afloat
Philmont for Leaders
and their families
Outdoor Cooking 101 Dutch Oven
Knots 101:
Knots for Beginners
Cub Scouting Topics
Tiger Leader
Den Leader
What is BALOO?
Recruiting Great
Cubs & Parents
Beyond the Ranks:
Cub Scout Awards
Have a Great
Blue & Gold!
Insider's Guide to:
Day Camp+Resident Camp
Cub Scout
Why you need a
Den Chief & Denners!
Cub Scout
Map & Compass
How to Have Great
Pack Meetings
Cub Scout
Leader Awards
Have the Best
Scout Sunday
Have the Best
Pinewood Derby
Have a Great
Pack Committee
Skits, Songs & Cheers Fundraising, Popcorn
& Individual Accounts
Climb on Safely Age-Appropriate
Guidelines for Cub Scouts
Webelos Topics
Webelos Leader
Indoor Training
All 20 Webelos Pins in
12, 15, or 18 Months
Webelos Fast Tracks
& Den Meetings
Webelos Activity
Badges (Pins)
What is Webelos
Outdoor Training?
Webelos First Aid:
Webelos Bridging
Boy Scouting Topics
Indoor Training
Troop Committee
Eagle is just
the beginning!
Fundraising, Popcorn
& Individual Accounts
Boy Scout
Boards of Review Courts of Honor
Merit Badge Counselor
Eagle Scout
Service Projects
From Life to Eagle First Class-First Year
& Scout Skills
Boy Scout
First-Aid Skills
Boy Scout
Camping Skills
Boy Scout Hiking
and Backpacking
Boy Scout
Orienteering & GPS
Pioneering &
Lashings 101
Indian Lore 101 Leatherwork 101 How to have a great
Advancement Campout
The Boy-Led Troop Scouter Awards The Insider's Guide
to Summer Camp
Guidelines for Boy Scouts
Venturing Topics
What is Venturing? Ranger Award Quest Award TRUST Award
...and so much more!

All leaders are encouraged to attend this exciting, fun-filled, and informative training session every year. Check with your unit, unit commissioner, district training chair, or local council service center to find out when and where your pow wow or University of Scouting will be held.

Pow wow

Pow wow is an exciting daylong carnival of action, activities, and program ideas for Cub Scout leaders. Conducted in many locations as a council event, it might also be suitable for a large district. Pow wow is conducted as a series of courses on various topics that help leaders provide a great program.

All registered adult Cub Scout Leaders, potential leaders, and interested parents should attend. That would include: Cubmasters and their Assistants; Lion and Tiger Den Leaders, their Assistants and adult partners; Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Den Leaders and their Assistants; Pack Committee members, Chartered Organization Representatives, activity/event Chairpersons and coordinators; and anyone who wants to learn more about how to have a deliver a better Cub Scout program.

For an example of a catalog of pow wow classes see the POW WOW 2018 Class Catalog (National Capital Area Council) Adobe Acrobat PDF.

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