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2017 University of Scouting
Saturday February 25th, 2017 - Drury University

What is University of Scouting? University of Scouting is a fun-filled, hands-on, experience-laden opportunity to network with other Scouters, and is truly a learning adventure. This one-day supplemental training event is designed for all Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Varsity and Venturing Leaders. All Scouting volunteers, regardless of tenure, are encouraged to attend and expand your Scouting knowledge. This annual training day is like no other in the Council, and is a fantastic opportunity to meet Scout leaders just like you who are working hard to provide a great program for our youth each and every day.

University of Scouting provides course offerings in four colleges. Three colleges are devoted to the major Scouting programs – Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing. The General Studies College offers classes of interest to Scouters across all programs.

Lunch will be provided to all paid participants by the staff of Drury University. 4 box lunch options are available to choose from during online registration

**Please register in advance to ensure enough supplies are available for each class**


What classes are offered at University of Scouting?
Click Here to download the registration packet, and read full course descriptions for the 2017 event.

Questions? Click Here to email the Event Chairman for more information, or call us at 417-883-1636
Need Directions to Drury University? Click Here for a Google Maps link

2017 COPE & Climbing Training


Are you planning your training schedule for 2017 or want to staff at Jamboree in 2017? Take part in COPE and Climbing Training in 2017!

Get valuable training to take your Scouting adventures to the next level this year. Learn to safely operate elements of  C.O.P.E and become a Council C.O.P.E Instructor, or learn safe climbing techniques needed to add climbing to your Unit’s program potential. You’ll also learn from some of the very best in the Central Region of the BSA!


Dates and Locations
March 18th - Level I BASIC COPE/Climbing - Camp Arrowhead
March 25th - Regional COPE/Climbing Conference - Camp Geiger (St. Joseph, MO) contact Sherry Davis for more info
April 29-30 - Climbing Level II - Camp Arrowhead
May 19-21 - COPE Level II - Camp Arrowhead

Download the training flyer for more information (click here)


Wildnerness First Aid Training - February 2017

Wilderness First Aid Training on February 11 and 18th. 

First class is at Nixa Christian Church on Feb 11th 8-5. 

Second class will be somewhere in the woods for real life training. 

The course curriculum is taught through ECSI and backed by the Wilderness Medical Society - same curriculum you see listed on the BSA website.  

Cost is $80 and the textbook will be about $30 more. 

Class is limited to 10.

Adults can sign up here

Trainer's EDGE - March 11th, 2017


A one-day course designed to improve teaching and presentation skills. Open to ALL who are interested.

Required training for NYLT Staff and Wood Badge Staff.
NEW! The Trainers EDGE, replaces the Trainer Development Conference (BSA 500) as the required train-the-trainer
course for Wood Badge and NYLT staffs. Only practice can polish skills, and this course is intended to “train the
trainer” on behaviors and resources while offering hands-on experience in methods and media.

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017; 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (registration starts at 8:30 am)
Where: Council Service Center 1616 S. Eastgate Avenue Springfield MO 65809
Cost: $12.00 by March 3 - $22 after March 3 –Includes lunch and course materials
Early Registration Deadline: Friday, March 3, 2017
CLICK HERE to download the registration form


STEM / NOVA Counselor Training
April 8th, 2017


Join us Saturday April 8th at the Springfield Service Center to complete training on becoming a STEM or NOVA Counselor for your unit.
To be either a Counselor or Mentor, you must be 21 years of age or older, a current BSA member, and have completed Youth Protection Training in the last 2 years.
Download the flyer and sign up (click here)
Contact: Neisha Rogers

 Youth Protection is the #1 Priority of the BSA

To ensure the safety of all of our young men and women in Scouting, the youth protection training requirements for all leadership has been updated.  It is now mandatory for all leaders to have completed youth protection training prior to registering and then renew that training at least every 24 months. 

Click here for full details. 

Council Basic Training Initiative Policy

In order to ensure that all youth in our Council receive the best Scouting program possible, the Executive Board of the Ozark Trails Council considers it imperative that all registered leaders become familiar with the Scouting program, how it works at the different levels and how to implement it, while making it fun and exciting for the youth of the program. All this is accomplished through leadership training.

Click here for full details.