Spring University of Scouting a Success!

The 2021 Northern Star Virtual University of Scouting held on April 17th was a great success. Over 185 volunteers from throughout the Council, and even beyond, participated in over 75 virtual classes, with the theme “Learn Today. Lead Tomorrow”.

Special thanks go to our University of Scouting Chancellor, Rachel Thiemann, and our dedicated Committee. We’d like to recognize Tim Sibley, Dean of the College of Cub Scouting, Lisa Fix and Deb Lerdon, Deans of the College of Scouts BSA, Faith Anderson, Dean of the College of Venturing, and Bob Elliott, Dean of the College of General Scouting. In addition, Brian Reiners created the patch design, as well as our first-ever virtual opening ceremony. Thanks to supporting Committee Members Laurie Johnson, David Hart, Brad Peterson and Dina Boie, Video Team Mike Meagher and Jeremy Elfering and Virtual Classroom Hosts Tyler Akins, Ed D’Avignon, Colleen Galloway, Rich Greiner Jr., Gary Groven, Marc Johanssen, David Lockwood, Victor Thiemann, Alicia and Jason Tillman and Nancy Zellner Watts.

We’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of former University of Scouting Chancellor, Lauren Johnson, 2015-2020, who served with great dedication and continues to act as a consultant on our Committee. Thanks for all you brought to this important role, Lauren.

With 53 Instructors participating in Spring 2021, it’s impossible to name them all here, but we are grateful to each of them for the subject matter expertise and passion for teaching (and for Scouting!) they bring to our event.

Thanks to everyone mentioned, and all the participants for their effort in making it our best University of Scouting yet. We are looking forward to going "Back to the Future" on October 30th for what will hopefully be our first in-person University since Fall of 2019. You can look forward to some surprises from our team, so save the date!

Watch the Video and See the Virtual Midway

View the University of Scouting Opening at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UHnDHggodQ&t=1s

Check out our virtual midway at: 


Contact us

Dave Arola

Training and Advancement Director
Number of views: 53
Spring University of Scouting a Success!