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Merit Badge Management with Scoutbook

A look at what Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Scouts, Parents and Merit Badge Counselors can do using Scoutbook for Merit Badge tracking. WATCH VIDEO: 

Digital Safety & Online Scouting Activities

As Scouting moves to virtual and online platforms, we offer the following reminders to help keep kids safe. The below guidance applies to all online Scouting activities and meetings.

How to conduct a Board of Review by Videoconferencing

The board of review, like most aspects of Scouting, works best in person. But sometimes, for a number of legitimate reasons, that’s not an option. That’s why, as outlined in the Guide to Advancement(section, the BSA allows units to conduct boards of review by teleconferencing, using tools like Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom.

Resources from Northern Star Council

Here's where we provide tips, tricks, and ideas for how you can do Scouting from home or during social distancing! This page is continuously updated with ideas from many sources including our council staff and volunteers, other councils as well as our National organization.