Volunteers and Youth Gather for University of Scouting

​Northern Star Spring 2023 University of Scouting was held on Saturday, April 15th. It was exciting to have both adults and youth together in-person at St. Paul College. With over 80 classes  including 24 brand new classes, there was something for everyone!

It goes without saying that creating course curriculum and presenting so many training options would not be possible without dedicated support from our team of over 60 volunteer Instructors. Thank you, Instructors, for sharing your subject matter expertise and all you did to make University of Scouting successful for everyone!

Special thanks go to our University of Scouting Chancellor, Rachel Thiemann, and our dedicated committee. We’d like to recognize Ree Thompson, Dean of the College of Scouts BSA, Faith Anderson, Dean of the College of Venturing, Brad Peterson, Dean of the College Youth Leadership, and Tim Sibley, Dean of the College of Cub Scouting. Thanks to supporting Committee Members and Volunteers Jessica Harrell (Communications/Marketing), Laurie Johnson (Facilities), Jim Foster (Green Screen/Photography), Charles Wangerin (Registration Support) and Victor Thiemann (Midway).

Additionally, we were joined by over 25 Midway Partners who hosted information tables as a valuable way of providing additional knowledge to participants. Special thanks to Linked Girl Troop 7045 out of St Paul for a fabulous spread of treats, coffee and other fun items.

Thank you to everyone mentioned, and all the participants for their effort in making our University of Scouting an incredible success.




We will again be providing a selection of classes aimed at busy Scout Leaders, who prefer bite-sized learning from the convenience of their own home. Through the University of Scouting “Extension” we are bringing you a series of 1-hour evening Zoom classes, allowing you to better juggle your responsibilities and childcare. There is no cost for these sessions and you can register for as many as you like.

Check back soon for upcoming Extension Course Offerings:

Contact us

Dave Arola

Training and Advancement Director
Volunteers and Youth Gather for University of Scouting