TrainingProgramsUniversity of ScoutingUoS Continuing Education Program
Classes are listed by category - many new classes this year!!



CED 115
Light Weight Backpacking
Go on, get out there!! Backpacking can be as effortless as a hike in the park.  No need to subject yourself to the Bataan Death March!  Don't be a back-pack mule, come and learn about the latest inexpensive light weight back packing technology and techniques.  A little talking, a lot of touch and feel of the "stuff."


CED 118
Eating Well on the Trail!
It doesn't have to be oatmeal and granola!  If you give it some thought and plan ahead, the trail meals can be exciting, entertaining, and engaging!


CED 124A
Teaching Archery to Scouts BSA
NEW for UoS 2021: To effectively counsel the Archery merit badge, you will need to understand how to choose archery equipment for youth, how to teach proper shooting technique, and the importance of range rules. In addition, Scouts’ archery activities must be supervised by someone who possesses at least Level 1 training from an approved organization. This brief introduction will not make you into an archery instructor, but will provide a range of basic information to familiarize you with the merit badge requirements, elements of the sport, and the path to instructor status.  


CED 150
Cold Weather Camping
This winter take the tents - chuck the cabin.  Wake up with six inches of fresh snow on your tent, and enjoy it!  These techniques will teach you how.  


CED 170
Preparing a Crew for Philmont -  A Parent/Leader’s Perspective
This class will cover all aspects of crew preparation, from submitting your application to your arrival at the Philmont Scout Ranch. You will discover how to select your trail, how to pick your crew, how to overcome the transportation nightmare, what equipment you’ll actually need, some of the hidden expenses, how to lighten the admin load, and how to prepare your crew for the most enjoyable adventure ever.


CED 189
Wilderness Survival
Both Scouting and Venturing support Wilderness Survival programs.  Review the basics of WS and understand how it differs between programs.  Learn how to use it as a tool to prepare the younger Scouts for high adventure and to challenge the older Scouts, which boosts retention, facilitating rank advancement, and deeper exposure to the 3 aims of Scouting.


CED 200
Inter Troop Activities
The class is about getting troops to come together and hold inter troop activities. Not many, if any, troops get together with another troop and go camping. This training class is to help get the idea out there and teach them how to work together and to eliminate the fears of working together with another troop.


CED 204
Orienteering Resources for the Unit Leader
This course will explore the role of Navigation and Orienteering in each of the Scouting programs and will provide the Unit Leader with local orienteering resources.  It will also suggest ready-made activities that SMs can leverage for Scout advancement.


CED 219
Cell phone use while experiencing the outdoors - CAMPING
With electronic devices so pervasive, and applications which provide neat opportunities for outdoor activities, this course will discuss thoughtful and creative ways to incorporate them into Scouting activities.


CED 230
Inclusive Menu Planning 
This course provides an opportunity to look at how different menu requirements such as allergies and auto-immune issues like Celiac's can be incorporated into our Scout menu planning as part of the effort to retain these Scouts and families.


CED 231
Using COPE Games within the Troop 
This course offers suggestions and opportunities to use COPE games during Troop meetings to accomplish various leadership and training objectives.  


CED 242
BSA Shooting Sports Programs  
This course will provide an overview of BSA Shooting Sports programs.  Learn about programs, opportunities, awards, guidelines and requirements for shooting sports participation by Scouting units.  This course will also introduce participants to BSA shooting sports resources.


CED 243
Shooting Sports in Baltimore Area Council  
This course will provide an introduction to the Council Shooting Sports Committee as well as specific opportunities and resources for units to participate in shooting sports in the BAC. Training opportunities, program opportunities and unit level shooting sports programs will be discussed.


CED 244
Trek Leader & Advanced Outdoor Leader Training 
Outdoor treks provide the excitement that many older Scouts and Venturers are looking for.  With this added excitement comes the responsibility to pay close attention to every detail.  Your planning must anticipate weather changes, the itinerary's difficulty, and crew dynamics.  Trek Leader Planning and Advanced Outdoor Skills is designed to help Scouting leaders prepare for a trek.  Participants will leave prepared to teach other Scouters the outdoor skills needed for extended-stay outdoor activities.
CED 262
Advanced Backcountry Leave No Trace Techniques
NEW for 2021!  Do you know what a bear cannister is? Or a mound fire? Or a poop tube? You probably never had to use any of these camping at Broad Creek, but if you're going out into the wilderness, you'll want to be prepared. This session highlights a number of advanced techniques to minimize your impact when going on outings in the backcountry. 




CED 256
Family Scouting & the Linked-Troop Concept 
This course has two purposes.  First, how to coordinate the new linked-Troop for girls with an existing Troop for boys.  Second, how to explain the Scouts BSA concept to both girls and their parents that have no Scouting experience.  
The course will provide a summary background in what we previously called "Boy Scouting," and necessary organization and details needed for interested girls and parents of what to expect in the program.  We will also review youth leadership differences with a new Troop and an existing Troop, and how to start up with no trained youth leaders.  Activity cost, camping trips, leadership, and youth training can be structured around your current Troop for success with both Troops.





CED 247
Religious Emblem Coordinator Training
The Religious Emblem Program in Scouting can have a significant influence in developing spirituality, citizenship, and character of scouts-- of all ages--and can assist Scouts in keeping the twelfth point of the Scout Law "A Scout is Reverent." Learn the role of a unit Religious Emblem Coordinator, what emblems are available to Scouts, and the requirements for Scouts seeking to earn religious emblems. Gain an understanding of the resources that are available and points of contact for numerous faith traditions.





CED 125 (2 sessions)
Basic Knots 
Learn how to tie and how to teach your Scouts to tie the knots they need for advancement.  Learn the difference between an underhand loop and an overhand loop and why it makes a difference.


CED 145 (2 sessions)
FUN! Knots
Learn the Friendship Knot, the Chinese Lanyard Knot and the Monkey's Fist at a minimum.  Knots are Not a Problem, they are FUN!





CED 241
Dealing with Youth in Crisis  
This class will provide valuable tips that will help adult leaders in all program areas deal with suicide awareness. Be prepared to learn who to do or not to do; where to go for help; and your role in this situation.  This course is especially valuable for Advisors and Scoutmasters.
CED 270
Diversity: Ways To Expand the Tent of Inclusion 
NEW for 2021!  This course will address topics such as: Why expand the tent; what comprises a more diversified group; where are these people; how do you meet them; and some ways to accomplish the goal. This course is intended for those who are looking to expand their awareness of how diversity can be accomplished within BSA.  





CED 198
How the OA Lodge can Benefit Your Troop!
The Lodge can help the troop in many different ways. From program enhancement, additional program, leadership and training opportunities, and much more can be obtained through troop activity with the Lodge. Scouts that do not necessarily excel at knot tying or fire building, may find their niche doing ceremonies or running events in their district. Learn the benefits of a great Lodge -> Chapter -> Troop relationship. 






CED 144
Introduction to the Principles of LNT
A detailed introduction to the seven principles of Leave No Trace.  The principles are the same no matter where we go or what we do in the outdoors, but we interpret them differently when we're in an established campground (front country) versus when we're in the backcountry, such as a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail or at Philmont.  Application of the principles in both contexts will be discussed.  This course is a must for leaders new to the BSA program and a good refresher for experienced leaders as well.


CED 174
Tread Lightly! Workshop
The course introduces the Five Tread Principles of Tread Lightly!, skills and ethics for minimizing the impacts of mechanized outdoor recreation. BSA has partnered with the Tread Lightly! organization to provide outdoor ethics guidance for use in motorized activities and shooting sports.  If you're already a pro at the seven principles of Leave No Trace, this is the perfect session to expand and deepen your Outdoor Ethics knowledge.


CED 175A
Earning Outdoor Ethics Awards
Youth and adults in the Scouts BSA and Venturing programs can earn two levels of Outdoor Ethics awards: the Awareness award (a patch) and the Action award (a nameplate).  This session reviews the requirements for each award in details, along with tips on how to integrate the requirements into the unit's regular program.


CED 220
Outdoor Ethics Games (2 Sessions)
Games are the best way to to incorporate Outdoor Ethics activities seamlessly into your unit's program!  Spend two sessions playing more than a half-dozen Outdoor Ethics games led by an experienced facilitator.  Emphasis will be placed on how to properly conduct and debrief games so that participants will all have fun and learn a consistent message.  Additional resources for Outdoor Ethics games and activities will be shared. 


CED 227
Outdoor Ethics Orientation
A comprehensive overview of Outdoor Ethics programs in Scouting, including Leave No Trace, Tread Lightly!, the Outdoor Code, the Land Ethic, and Outdoor Ethics awards.  Completion of this session, CED 227: Outdoor Ethics Orientation, along with CED 144: Introduction to the Principles of Leave No Trace and CED 174: Tread Lightly! Workshop, will qualify the participant to lead activities that count for the Outdoor Ethics Awareness and Action Awards.
CSP 120 / CED 228
Outdoor Ethics for Cub Scouts and First Year Scouts BSA
BSA Outdoor Ethics is integral to Scouting.   Learn how the Leave No Trace Bigfoot’s Playbook can be used with your outdoor program and advancement requirements for Scouts 6 to 13 years old.   Found out how the 38 activities in this guide can help you to develop and incorporate Outdoor Ethics activities into your Pack and Troop outings.


CED 237
The Role of the Outdoor Ethics Guide in the Troop  
The Outdoor Ethics Guide position counts as a position of responsibility for Star, Life, and Eagle Scout rank requirements.  Although the position can be held by any Scout, those who have more experience with Outdoor Ethics will be the most successful. This session will provide information to help Scouts and their adult leaders understand how to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Troop Outdoor Ethics Guide and be able to serve as a member of the Patrol Leaders' Council representing outdoor ethics.  Both youth and adults are encouraged to attend.


CED 260
Preventing the Spread of Invasive Species 
An in-depth investigation of the fourth principle of Leave No Trace: Leave What You Find.  This session will explore how Scouting can help stop cross-contamination of environments and prevent the spread of invasive species.   Learn about invasive species, why they have a negative impact, and easy-to-do actions to help keep environments intact for future generations.


CED 261
Leading a Conservation Project 
NEW for 2021! Three hours of conservation-related service are required for the Life rank. A good conservation project has a lasting impact on the environment, and it is important that Scouts understand what that impact is. This session will teach how to conduct a conservation project, including project selection and significance, tool use, and safety.




CED 250
Enterprise Risk Management - Keeping it Fun, Safely (2-hour class) 
Adult leaders are responsible for safely implementing the Scouting program  We'll review the Guide to Safe Scouting, Sweet 16 of Scouting, Campout Safety Checklist and online training opportunities.


CED 251
Enterprise Risk Management - All about Insurance  
What is covered by BSA General Liability?  What insurance am I required to have?  What is a Certificate of Insurance?  We'll cover the basics and answer questions.


CED 252
Enterprise Risk Management - Incident Reporting 
Incidents that require more than First Aid should be reported to the National BSA so that trend analysis is accurate. A new public portal allows you to report an incident online. We’ll also look at some of BSAs Incident Reviews to see why reporting is valuable to all of us.


CED 253
Enterprise Risk Management - Safety Moments 
A Safety Moment is an excellent way to prevent incidents. We’ll cover a few ideas (including the Safety PAUSE), watch a fun video and provide information about online sources.


CED 254
Enterprise Risk Management - Risk Assessments 
Concepts of managing risk, identifying potential hazards and their impact, and devising a risk response (avoid, mitigate, transfer, accept).





CED 154
Heritage & Symbology of Scouting
Scouting is rich in tradition and history.   This class will shed light on how the implementation of today's Scouting program was built on the foundations laid by Lord Baden Powell over 100 years ago and implemented in America by James West in the early 20th century.  We will explore how the methods of today's Scouting program seek to achieve the aims of Scouting, which were built on these traditions and history.   A deeper understanding of Scouting traditions and history will help you in your own understanding of the Scouting program, and improve your ability to explain the Scouting program to others.





VSP 101A / CED 220
Here’s Venturing
Introduction to the mission of Venturing, its aims & methods, and unique place in the Boy Scouts of America.  Youth-led aspects of the program are emphasized, including District and Council Venturing Officers’ Associations.  This course is valuable for all Scouters who wish to learn more about the Venturing program.



CED 153
Bullying-the Reality and Coping within the Pack and Troop Organization
Bullying is a reality that needs to be recognized in the Pack and Troop setting for the sake of both the bully and the bullied. Scouting has integrated into it's program many methods which will support the positive growth of the bully as well as protect the bullied.


CED 164
Scouts with Disabilities & Special Needs Forum
This will be an open forum discussion for Scouters/Parents questions and concerns in all aspects of Scouting.  We will also to discuss what can also be done for the Scouts (i.e. Camporees, Weekends, Accommodations).


CED 199 / MCS 322
Advanced Special Needs Scouting
Virtually every unit will experience having a youth who has Special Needs (disAbilities). This course will provide Leaders and Commissioners with knowledge to share with unit leaders so they can provide a program which provides these youth with the Scouting opportunities to succeed. This course is more of a Disability Awareness for Scouters and what to look for when a Scout with Special Needs may look into your unit.  This course is for all Scouters not just Commissioners.  
This course is designated as MCS 322 in the National Commissioner Science curriculum of Masters courses. 
CSP 307/CED 225
Cubs with Special Needs
This course will describe some of the things you can do to help Cubs of all abilities to Do THEIR Best to have fun, learn new skills, and help the pack go in your Cub Scout Program. Learn how to work with parents to better understand the strengths of their Cub and to adapt Cub Scout adventures to the special abilities of their scout.  Learn how Cubs with different ABILITIES enhance the experience of the whole pack and can even teach the most seasoned leader a thing or two.


CED 239 / BCS 118 / CED 713 (2 Sessions)
What is a Disabled Scout - How to Register them - How to help them advance
This course will give an explanation on what is a Disabled Scout via the guidelines of BSA.  It will also go over the forms and recommended procedures of filing the correct forms. We will also discuss the different types of units that are available. This course will go over how to get a Scout with Specials Needs to advancement properly.  It will highlight what should be done with a scout and his advancements.  This course includes combines the information included This course is desisnated in the National Commissioner Science Continuing Education Curriculum courses  designated BCS118 and CED 713.


CED 714
Special Needs Scouting: ADHD
This course will identify the characteristics of ADHD and a number of useful tips that leaders can apply.  It is important for leaders to be aware of this incidence and strategies they can use that will help facilitate a successful Scouting experience for these youth (not to mention their contemporaries and the adult leadership!).  


CED 715
Autism: Does This Scout Fit Our Unit?  Do We Fit This Scout?
How to do a proper intake on a person with Autism to ensure success! We will review some of the behaviors, triggers and repairs to be considered when bringing in a new scout into your unit. You will get helpful hints as well as a sample intake form to use while interviewing a scouting candidate as well as to train all your leaders to be able to work successfully with these young people!  


CED 719
Girls have Special Needs Scouting Too!
This is a quick basic course on how to recognize, work with and appropriately register your female scouts with special needs! In this class you will learn why it is more difficult to recognize these scouts early on in development, why they are often missed and when you do recognize them, how to work more effectively and have the greatest of fun with them! These scouts will simply amaze you!  





CED 137
International Scouting 
This course provides an overview of International Scouting opportunities available to scouts (Cubs, Boy Scouts and Venturers) and scout leaders.  Participants will learn about: Jamboree-on-the-Air and Jamboree-on-the-Internet events (which connect scouts around the world via ham radio and the Internet every October), Jamboree-on-the-Trail, the World Jamboree, attending summer camp at a Scouts Canada camp (e.g., Haliburton Scout Reserve near Toronto), participating in a Council or National sponsored scouting exchange program, supporting Scouting in developing countries through the BSA World Friendship Fund, and qualifying for the new International Spirit Award (for youth and adults) and the International Scouter's Award square knot (adults only).


CED 169
STEM-tastic Scouting – Inspiration, Imagination and Innovation
This STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) session is designed to help you, your unit, district of council integrate STEM programs and activities into your current programming.  Whether your involved in Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting or Venturing, this course takes a fresh approach to open the STEM program to all Scouting youth.   Discussions on how to implement, modify, and incorporated STEM programs through organized activities is the focus. Excitement, roadblocks, funding, recruitment, training, resources, and tracking are covered. 


CED 211
Scoutbook 101 Cub Scout Pack Edition
In early 2015 the Boy Scouts of America announced the acquisition of (aka Scoutbook). Scoutbook is a web-based unit management, communication and advancement tracking tool. In this class we will explore the tool and show you how to use Scoutbook to manage your Pack. We will review how to manually enter new scouts, how to link to Scoutnet to import your charter information, how to track leader training, how to track Cub Scout advancements and upload those advancements to Scoutnet. We will show how to use Scoutbook to send email to unit members and how to use the built-in calendar. Scoutbook makes managing your Pack much easier - come learn how!


CED 212
Scoutbook 101 Boy Scout Troop Edition
In early 2015 the Boy Scouts of America announced the acquisition of (aka Scoutbook). Scoutbook is a web-based unit management, communication and advancement tracking tool. In this class we will explore the tool and show you how to use Scoutbook to manage your Troop. We will review how to manually enter new scouts, how to link to Scoutnet to import your charter information and how to track leader training.  We'll explore how you AND your Scouts can track their Rank Advancement, sign up for and track Merit Badge work (and show you how to assign Merit Badge Counselors within the tool) and how to upload all advancement information to Scoutnet. We will show how to use Scoutbook to send email to unit members and how to use the built-in calendar. Scoutbook makes managing your Troop much easier - come learn how 


CED 213
BSA CyberChip
A new facet to the protection of our youth, BSA has established the “CyberChip” an annual electronic media certification for safe use of all social media by Scouts. This session will enable adults to teach the CyberChip certification to Boy Scouts and Venturing Scouts.  CyberChip includes all social media (Internet, cell phones, gaming devices, etc.).  CyberChip is required for several new Merit Badges, and starting January 1, 2016, required for the Star rank.  While completing the CyberChip, Scouts will learn benefits & dangers of social media, develop standards with their parents, Scout Leaders and/or Crew Advisors.  


CED 218
Eagle Scout Project Coach Training 
This course includes the training for the role of the Eagle Project Coach.
MCS 280 / CED 280
Succession Planning in Scouting
The key to long term volunteer success at the Unit, District, and Council levels is having a continuous and seamless succession of qualified and trained volunteers, especially in Key-3 positions.  Planning for the inevitable change in volunteers takes continuous effort and attention. 


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