Scouting at Home

Scouting can happen anywhere, and a lot can happen in your own home! At times when families are together for extended periods, conducting Scouting activities is a great option for parents to discover new ways to connect with and learn with their kids.

Follow along here and on our social media channels using the #Scoutingathome #SVMBC hashtags to get and share ideas for Scouting in a virtual and home environment.

Before starting any online activity, be sure to review the Cyber Chip requirements with your Scout and observe youth protection and online safety guidelines at all times.

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Want information about event postponements/cancellations and our response to Covid-19? Visit our Covid-19 page.

Scouting Resources

Here you will find a resource hub for parents and leaders to help support Scouting at home, with stay-at-home educational activities for any Scout rank, tips for continuing to work on advancements and kid-friendly content that connects Scouting with their daily lives. We will continue to add new content and resources to this hub regularly.

Our goal is to make it easier to deliver the Scouting program by making plans more accessible to leaders and those who can help leaders like our parents.

Events

Virtual “Scouts Got Talent” Campfire program – aired Saturday, May 9th at 4:00 PM

We had a fun campfire on May 9th. Thank you to the Scouts who submitted content via video and to our hosts:
MC: James Rahn, Assistants Finn Doyle and Saurav Gandhi; Adult advisor: Dan Krent and staff advisor Jeff Lindenmuth.
We are discussing doing another one in June. If you are interested in being on the planning team, please email Jeff Lindenmuth 

General Resources

Advancement Considerations & Extension process
Guidance for all your advancement questions from eagle extensions to cub scout sign-offs.

Virtual Scouting Meeting How-to

Digital Guidelines for ensuring Youth Protection

Cub Scouts

Cub Camp Activities Video Series
Every Wednesday and Friday at 8 AM we post videos on our facebook of fun activities to do at home from Cub Camp Directors. Check out the back catalog including “Armpit Fudge” and tune in each Wednesday and Friday to our Facebook.

Digital Den Meetings
Every Thursday join us for a fun and educational digital den meeting! Themes include Cyber Chip, Magic, Music, and More!

Click here for details and to register.

Resources from past meetings:

Cyber ChipClick here for resources from NetSmartz to talk about Online Safety.

Helping HeroesClick here for thank you card templates. Email them to Dianne.Betz@scouting.org to have them printed and delivered to local heroes.

Magic & ScienceClick here for magic tricks learned during the meeting. 

Completing Cub Scout rank Adventures
Scouter’s blog with free resources to help Cub Scouts continue rank advancement while at home

Lion Cub Scout “30 day challenge”
Tiger Cub Scout “30 day challenge”
Wolf Cub Scout “30 day challenge”
Bear Cub Scout “30 day challenge”
Webelos Scout “30 day challenge”

A 30 day calendar with daily activities organized by week; each week corresponds to a Cub Scout Adventure belt loop and its requirements from the Hawkeye Council in Iowa!

Webelos to Scouts Transition:

As Cub Scout Packs wrap up for the program year, Webelos are looking for a new Scout Troop home to continue their Scouting adventure. Some Scouts may have already found homes but some Webelos may be still looking. Check out our document for some tips to making this transition still a memorable one during this special time for all Webelos.

Download Webelos to Scout Transition while Scouting at Home

Scouts BSA

In the coming weeks, Merit Badge Counselors across the councils will be hosting virtual merit badge classes. These merit badges are hand selected so that Scouts can complete them at home. All merit badges will be done virtually through a web conference service.

Merit Badges Currently Offered:

  • Public Health
  • Family Life
  • Art
  • Sustainability

More will continue to be added in the coming weeks, so check back often. For more popular or required merit badges, multiple sessions may be provided.

To see which merit badges are currently offered and scheduled, please visit the council calendar.

Other Programs

30 Day Scouts BSA Challenge
Help your Scout keep their skills sharp by taking on this 30-day challenge from Hawkeye Council to help with adventure and elective requirements. Merit  badge requirements that can be worked on at home. Check with your ScoutMaster for approval before starting a new merit badge.

Scout on through Covid-19
ScoutWiki’s page of ideas for Scouting activities to be done remotely while still feeling like a part of the unit.

ScoutShare.org
Scouting Resources from Seneca Waterways Council with ideas on remote Scouting activities and running meetings remotely.

Cascade Pacific Council Advancement Academy

Check out some great webinars coming out of Portland, Oregon for digital den meetings and digital merit badge counseling.


Looking for other free resources for youth? Here are just a few: 

30 Virtual Field Trips

Khan Academy
Especially good for math and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system, but it’s mostly common material. 

Futurelearn
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (accounts require users to be at least 14, but younger learners can use with a parent). 

Openlearn
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University, but everyone can access it. Developed primarily for adults, but some courses, e.g., nature and environment, could well be of interest to young people. 

Blockly
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free. 

Scratch
Creative computer programming 

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos 

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids 

Duolingo
Learn languages for free 

Mystery Science
Free science lessons 

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos 

Crash Course
YouTube videos on many subjects 

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience 

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home 

Tinkercad
All kinds of making 

Prodigy Math
Good for elementary school ages 

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age, multi-disciplinary activities 

Geography Games
Geography gaming! 

STEM Simulators 

Learn Computer Science 

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page 

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones 

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest 

Toy Theater
Educational online games 

 

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