Councils Get Creative as Scouts are Required to Stay Home
Across the nation, councils are finding ways to help keep their youth members engaged and Scouting. These out-of-the-box, in-home activities are centered around providing advancement related content to help keep kids safe, engaged and to help them make the best of home time.
Here are just a few examples of what councils are doing:
30 Day Challenge
As communities are practicing caution and social distancing, the Hawkeye Area Council developed a 30-Day Challenge for each Scout rank. Use this at home to help keep Scout’s skills sharp. Click on your rank to see more.
Cascade Pacific Council, Portland, OR
Virtual Resources for Keeping Scouts Advancing, Connected & Having Fun
Can’t get together as a group? Visit the Advancement Academy for a digital den meeting or merit badge class. Digital den meetings are offered through Zoom and promoted through Facebook.
Participants are asked to sign up in advance. There is also great content for Scouts BSA, including sessions on How to Run Successful Digital Scout Meetings as well as online Merit badge sessions on Coin Collecting, Personal Fitness and more. The site also includes Facebook groups that anyone in the country can join: Cub Scout and Scouts BSA.
Capitol Area Council, Austin, TX
The council’s STEM Nova Committee is putting together a series of remote Scouting activities tied to the Nova Award and Hornaday-related merit badges.
National STEM in Scouting Committee
The committee has developed an online Nova for remote Scouting.
You can sign up here.
Scouting at Home
Atlanta Area Council, Atlanta, GA
If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of things that Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA can do to Scout at home, this is it. The page features content directly from Scoutbook and includes ideas of other activities Scouts can do. Plus, suggestions for video platforms – and of course, reminders about the importance of following youth protection standards.
Seneca Waterways Council, Brighton, NY
Seneca Waterways Council has set up a site to share ideas on how to do Scouting remotely, plus suggestions on how to work on documents together, and how to hold meetings together if you’re not in the same room.
At Home Scouting Activities
Spirit of Adventure Council, Boston, MA
This web site features an entire selection of content designed to let Scouts have adventures without leaving home. The site includes links for youth of all ages, from live cams at zoos, to a range of support resources and videos to help Scouts work on merit badges.