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Activities To Continue #ScoutingAtHome

Updated October 22, 2020

Children need Scouting like never before. That’s why it’s important to find ways to restart your Scout unit’s activities – whether virtual or in a limited in-person way.

Our council’s Vice President of Membership is working with our staff to find examples of units who are keeping their programs going. Here’s an interview he did with three Cub Scout leaders whose packs might give you some ideas about things you can do with your Scouts:

Den-sized outdoor activity – the CDC says getting outdoors is a great way to keep your mind and body healthy. You can do this in a safe way at our Cub Family Outdoor Discovery Sessions at Camp Tom Wooten. This program offers four hour sessions each weekend outdoors at our main Cub Scout camp with multiple precautions in place to keep everyone safe. Better yet, our volunteers will have a program waiting for you so the Den Leader doesn’t have to plan anything!

 

If your unit doesn’t believe it’s safe to meet or conduct any activity in-person, here are resources to help your children continue Scouting while at home.

Want to earn our council’s #ScoutingAtHome patch? Visit this page to learn about the requirements.

 

For Cub Scouts

 

Adventure Boxes
We want to make your life a little easier and keep your Cub Scouts earning Adventures and moving ahead through the program. To do this, we’re offering what we call the Adventure Box – a curated collection of instructions and materials conveniently delivered to you. There are two boxes for every Cub Scout rank: one to help a Scout earn the rank for their grade level and another to earn elective Adventures. Each box costs $50, which includes all materials and shipping. You can order a box for one Scout or for your whole den or pack. Click HERE to learn more and order.

 

Cub Scout Tuesdays
Join Program Ranger Shea for some fun interactive Cub elective Adventures.  Classes are limited in size, so sign up soon! (Minimum of 3 participants required to hold class.)   Click on each class name to register.  All classes are held on Tuesdays and run from 6pm-7pm.

 

NOTE: Cub Scout Tuesdays are not happening right now due to lack of interest. If your pack is interested in taking part in these programs, please contact [email protected].

 

Cub Scout Nova Thursdays
Join Program Ranger Shea for some interactive fun with Science.  Classes are limited in size, so sign up soon! (Minimum of 3 participants required to hold class.)   Click on each class name to register.  All classes are held on Thursdays and run from 6pm-7pm.

 

NOTE: Nova Thursdays are not happening right now due to lack of interest. If your pack is interested in taking part in these programs, please contact [email protected].

 

At Home Adventures (On demand videos for all ranks)

Lions

Tigers

Wolves

Bears

Webelos

 

30 day Cub rank challenge (Calendar for self-paced activity)
A 30 day calendar with daily activities organized by week; each week corresponds to a Cub Scout Adventure belt loop and its requirements found in your Handbook
Lion Tiger Wolf Bear Webelos

 

30 day challenge video playlists from Boys’ Life magazine
K-2nd Grade
3rd-4th Grade

 

For Scouts BSA

 

Fall Merit Badge Weekends with Lost Pines Staff

Join us this fall for some fun and unusual merit badge classes, taught by our awesome Lost Pines staff. Classes are three hours total over Saturday and Sunday and cost is $20/class. Classes available October 24-25. Click here for more information and to register.

 

Merit Badges offered: Electricity, Fingerprinting, Geology, Graphic Arts, Railroading, Aviation, Painting, Pets, Traffic Safety, Truck Transportation, Archaeology, Coin & Stamp Collecting, Crime Prevention, Disability Awareness, Moviemaking

 

Troop Merit Badge Challenge
Scouts BSA Troop 685 has started its own troop merit badge challenge (see the message from their Senior Patrol Leader to troop members here). Could your unit consider something similar to keep your Scouts active?

 

Merit Badges
List of Scouts BSA merit badges that can be earned while Scouting at home

 

30 day Scouts BSA Rank Challenge (Calendar for self-paced activity)
A 30 day calendar with daily activities organized by week; each week corresponds to a Scouts BSA Rank Requirements.  An exact list of requirements can be found in your Handbook
Scout   Tenderfoot   Second Class   First Class

For Venturers, Sea Scouts, Explorers

 

30 day Venturing and Sea Scouts Rank Challenge (Calendar for self-paced activity)
A 30 day calendar with daily activities organized by week; each week corresponds to a Venturing or Sea Scout award requirements.

Venturing       Sea Scouts

 

30 day challenge video playlist from Boys’ Life magazine
for Venturers

 

Career and Life Skills Web-based Trainings
Pick up some important life skills during this break by signing up for our free web-based trainings.   Classes are free, taught but industry trainers and for Explorers, Venturers, Sea Scouts and Older Scouts BSA members.

 

Nova Awards/STEM

Upcoming Online Nova Award classes

TBA

 

Nova Award activities
Activities both online and off to help Scouts work on earning Nova Awards, by our council’s STEM Nova Committee

 

Other online STEM activities
A list of options assembled by our council’s STEM Nova Committee

 

 

For all Scouts

 

Should We Meet? (and the Scouting at Home patch)

Scouts BSA Troop 146 committee member Jerry Lopato was the first of our volunteer leaders to suggest that our council should have a special patch commemorating “Scouting at Home” activities during COVID-19. We visited with Jerry to thank him for his inspiration, but also to ask how his unit is discussing the possibility of meeting and/or conducting events again in person. Watch a video of our discussion here.

 

Worried About “Boring” Virtual Meetings?

Sea Scout Ship 911 Skipper Dave Aronson shared how his unit is getting inspiration from its youth members. Watch a video of our discussion here.

 

Virtual Campout Tips

Scouts BSA Troop 365 Scoutmaster Tim Williams shared how his unit is working through planning a “virtual campout.” Watch a video of our discussion here. Read this story from the Austin American-Statesman to see how the campout turned out.

 

Virtual Blue and Gold Banquets, Scouts BSA Patrol Activity

Cub Scout Pack 61 Cubmaster Scott Green shared how his pack is trying to plan a Blue and Gold Banquet remotely, and how his son’s Scouts BSA patrol is staying active in Scouting. Watch a video of our discussion here.

 

Service project ideas during Covid-19 conditions
Scouting Magazine has some ideas for service projects that can be done from home plus a separate post on suggestions for healthcare-related service projects.

 

Religious Awards
P.R.A.Y. has extended grade-level eligibility for Scouts to earn certain religious awards; learn more about that and ways to complete religious award requirements at home by watching this replay of P.R.A.Y.’s March Facebook Live broadcast.

 

Scouting at Home ideas from BSA National Council
The website, www.scouting.org/scoutingathome, has multiple activities divided by Scouting programs and/or subject areas for your Scout or unit.

 

Additional Scouting at Home ideas
The website, www.scoutshare.org, was created by a Scouting volunteer in Seneca Waterways Council in New York. It has several ideas on how to keep your unit’s Scouting programs active while Scouts are at home.

 

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

 

Activities Outside Scouting