Exciting Training Opportunities Coming Soon!

We all know that being trained in whatever you do helps to ensure that you are more successful. These courses will show you how to leverage available resources and make the best use of your time. The Northern Star Scouting Training Team has outstanding trainers ready to get you fully up to speed through some great opportunities this Spring.

*NEW* university of scouting extensions - trainings from the comfort of your home!

The University of Scouting Extension provides a series of 1-hour evening Zoom classes, allowing you to better juggle your responsibilities and childcare. We currently have a selection of classes aimed at busy Cub leaders, and we will be adding classes for Scouts BSA and Venturing Leaders in the near future. We'll be adding new classes for summer so check back to see what's being offered!

Save the Date: University of Scouting Coming to St. Paul College - Saturday, October 29th!

Extension Registrations        About University of Scouting

Interested in taking your Pack camping? - Take Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO)

To take your Cub Scout Pack on a self-run overnight camping outing or family camping event, you must have at least one Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation (BALOO) trained leader attending the outing. BALOO training covers topics from health and safety to the logistics of planning and running a successful camping trip for your pack. Learn about program planning, meal preparation and food safety, camping gear selection, water safety, and campfire program planning. Get hands on experience with group games, skits and songs, and traditional Scouting skills like pocketknife use and safety, map and compass, knot tying, hiking, and first aid. Most importantly, BALOO isn’t simply a skills or knowledge test. You will learn how to teach the necessary skills to youth and inexperienced adults so you can have a successful and exciting Pack outing.

The course will be held at Fred C. Andersen Scout Camp from Saturday, August 20, 2022, 9:00 AM to Sunday, August 21, 2022, 11:00AM. The course includes an overnight camping experience. For more information and to register visit:

Register for BALOO Fall Training        About BALOO Training

Want to be the ultimate trained leader?

Wood Badge is a lot of things. It is a premier training course for all registered Scout leaders. Yes, all. Cub Scout leaders, Scouts BSA leaders, Venturing leaders, and Sea Scouting leaders. It teaches Scouters the skills and methods of Scouting while being the embodiment of the Scouting spirit. Wood Badge uses the uniqueness of Scouting, the patrol method to deliver a practical course built around the operation of a troop and it’s patrols. Careful planning and strict attention to detail support this program to engage leaders to learn while having fun playing Scouting related games. This design helps to create “a mountaintop experience” for Wood Badge participants.

Wood Badge is composed of 3 parts; a theoretical part, learning about the aims and methods of Scouting; a practical part, the out-doors experience; the ticket, 5 goals that are self-created to help strengthen your role as a Scouting leader. Parts 1 and 2 are carried out simultaneously together over the two course weekends followed by the application of the ticket. Upon completion of the ticket, participants are presented a certificate, a neckerchief, leather woggle, and their Wood Badge Beads.

In addition to the new skills a Scouter receives while attending Wood Badge, there is great fellowship that takes place while also learning about the Wood Badge traditions that have been shared world-wide since 1919.

One of the purposes of Wood Badge training is to get Scouters to think about the practice of Scouting, to meet together, to exchange experiences, and to live together in the spirit of the Scout Oath. ~Lord Robert Baden Powell (1919)

The next Wood Badge course will be held at Stearns Scout Camp on September 9-11 and October 1-2. 2022.

To register or for more information visit:

Register for Fall Wood Badge       About Wood Badge Training

Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Basic & Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills (IOLS)

Northern Star Scouting is hosting another exciting weekend of training for Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters August 27-28, 2022, at Stearns Scout Camp. In addition to fulfilling the training requirements for Scoutmasters & Assistant Scoutmasters, this course is a fantastic introduction for parents or other adults to learn about Scouts BSA and how Troops function in a fun, fast paced, & hands-on environment! 

Participants will be required to stay overnight as part of the training. Participants must supply their own personal tents and camping items. Fee for the event covers training materials, facility fees and meals for the weekend. For additional information and to register visit:

Register for IOLS Training       About IOLS Training


Contact us

Dave Arola

Training and Advancement Director

Michelle Pitheon

Field Assistant
Exciting Training Opportunities Coming Soon!