Virtual Scouting

We want to provide you with some resources to help you continue #ScoutingAtHome for the duration of the quarantine period related to COVID-19.  This post contains some resources that will be helpful.  A team of volunteers on the District are also working to figure out new ways for the district to support Scouts, leaders, and families during this time.  In the meantime, here are some compiled resources from councils across the nation.

First, you can always stay in contact with other leaders in our district by reaching out on our Facebook Group.  It’s a great place to share resources or request resources from your fellow Scouts and Scouters as well as district and council staff and volunteers. 

You can also onnect with Scouters all over the world using the BSA’s Official forum at https://discussions.scouting.org.  You can also search for the hashtag #ScoutingAtHome on any social media site to see what other Scouters are talking about online.  Don’t forget to use the #ScoutingAtHome hashtag when you post about what you are doing to keep Scouting going so you can be part of the conversation.

Finally, below is some information compiled by the national council about what councils are doing all over the United States and some other resources that might be useful for #ScoutingAtHome.

Scouts BSA Scouting at Home Resources

Home Scouting for Cub Scouts & Guests – Pack 3229 Rising Fawn – Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in April – INFORMATION

Cyberchip: Earn & Recharge – All Cyber Chips will expire annually. Make sure yours is up to date before Virtual Scouting.

DIY Science Activities for home – Boonshoft Museum

Knots 101: Scouts BSA/Grades 6-12 – Learn to splice – Pioneering Merit Badge

Merit badges for social distancing – 58 badges Scouts can complete at home

Scouting at Home Videos from Scouts – Opportunities to participate in Scouting activities with videos from other Scouts!

Scouts BSA Bingo (PDF File) – Complete the activities with help from a family member as needed. Take pictures as you go.

Other Councils Resource Pages for Scouts BSA

Cub Scouting at Home Resources

Completing Cub Scout rank Adventures by Look Wider Still

Cub Scout Bingo (PDF) – Complete the activities with help from a family member as needed. Take pictures as you go.

Cyberchip: Earn & Recharge – All Cyber Chips will expire annually. Make sure yours is up to date before Virtual Scouting.

Scouting at Home Videos from Cub Scouts – Opportunities to participate in Scouting activities with videos from other Cub Scouts!

The Great Indoors – From the UK, keep earning new skills and having fun all in #TheGreatIndoors.

The Ultimate Cubmaster Challenge – Cubs are asked to complete a challenge based on rank

Virtual Pinewood Derby (YouTube) – A video showing you how to host your units Pinewood Derby while still maximizing social distancing

Other Councils Resource Pages for Cub Scouts

Venturing at Home Resources

Learn ideas for Venturing at home from the Venturing 30 Day challenge

Start working on the Quest Award.

Venturing Server offering Core Award Presentations: https://discord.gg/p73cXqu

VOA Server: https://discord.gg/JTTuX6W


Other Resources for Virtual Scouting

Bear Grylls indoor survival activities – Weekly videos to surviving extended time with family

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

Blockly – Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Crash Course – You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids – As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards – Science awards you can complete from home

Duolingo – Learn languages for free

Geography Games – Geography gaming!

Futurelearn – Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14 but younger learners can use a parent account).

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.

Look Wider Still – A Scout mother’s take on bringing the joys of outing to her Scouting family and yours

Mystery Science – Free science lessons

National Geographic Kids – Activities and quizzes for younger kids

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

Prodigy Math – Good for elementary school ages

Red Ted Art – Easy arts and crafts for little ones

Scratch – Creative computer programming

STEM Simulators – Learn Computer ScienceThe Artful Parent – Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page

Ted Ed – All sorts of engaging educational videos

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

The Kids Should See This – Wide range of cool educational videos

Tinkercad – All kinds of making

Toy Theater – Educational online games 

Virtual Campsite Competition (Tent not included) – A resource for a fun activity that can be adopted for your Troop or Pack

More Virtual Scouting Resources

  • Conduct virtual Patrol Leaders Council meetings via teleconference or web video conferencing. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting.
  • Encourage Patrol Leaders to communicate digitally with their patrol members.

FREE OR LOW COST WEB MEETING RESOURCES

The CDC is recommending to be careful with meetings and travel and use teleconferencing when possible. Here are some free or low-cost online communication tools:

Free Conference Call
Webex
Go To Meeting
Join Me
Google Hangouts

Please continue to keep families impacted by this illness and all the healthcare workers, first responders, military who are dealing with this each day in your thoughts. Please also keep our local, state and national leaders in your thoughts and prayers. 

Be Prepared and Keep Scouting!