While current state Executive Orders and recommendations from organizations like the WHO and the CDC prevent us from holding our regularly scheduled meetings and programs, we highly encourage families to participate in “Scouting at Home”!
We’ve been busy this week brainstorming with friends from other Councils near and far, as well as scouring the internet for resources for our families looking to engage their children (and themselves) in Scouting and/or educational activities while at home.
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 we’ve found:
Scouting at Home: 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.
Coping with COVID-19: Throughout the last few months, we heard from parents in our Scouting family who are navigating the challenges of parenting through the COVID-19 crisis. We posed these questions to independent experts on matters related to youth development to help provide some answers to our community.
Advancement Academy: 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.
At Home Scouting Activities: 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.
Bryan’s Blog on Scouting: Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer to Scouting Magazine. His blog has a plethora of ideas and a wealth of official Scouting knowledge.
Digital Boy’s Life Magazine: Earlier this week, Boy’s Life Magazine released the last year’s worth of Boys’ Life issues for free on the app! This won’t last forever so get reading now!
Explorers – Staying Engaged While Sheltering In Place: Explorers in all focus areas can work towards earning the Career Achievement Award for their designation. Law Enforcement programs can find a way to focus virtual meetings on cyber crime, while Fire & EMS and Healthcare programs can learn all about public health emergencies, and crisis management.
Jamboree On The Internet: This is a one-of-a-kind special edition of JOTI! Both educational and fun, this JOTI will bring Scouting to the homes of young people around the world during a challenging time. You can learn about safety measures, mental and physical health and digitally engage as global citizens through a range of different activities. The best part is, you’ll make new friends from around the world!
NOVA/STEM: The Capital Area council’s STEM Nova Committee is putting together a series of remote Scouting activities tied to the Nova Award and Hornaday related merit badges.
ScoutShare: 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.
30-Day Challenge: As communities are practicing caution and social distancing, the Hawkeye Area Council developed a 30-Day Challenge for each Cub Scout rank. Use this at home to help keep Scout’s skills sharp.
You can also visit the National Council’s page for their resources regarding Scouting at Home.