Scouting Continues V 1.0

Due to recent events requiring Shelter in Place, here are some updates regarding advancement and ideas on how to continue Scouting at home.   https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/

National Updates:

The World Organization of the Scout Movement will hold a “special edition” Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet on April 3-5

Bryan on Scouting article explaining how a Troop in Pennsylvania is meeting virtually, read here!

Sites for running a virtual meeting (from Bryan on Scouting):

  • Google Hangouts: Easy to use, no time limit, allows up to 10 participants
  • Zoom: Great features, 40-minute time limit, allows up to 100 participants
  • Skype: Good stability, four-hour time limit, allows up to 50 participants
  • UberConference: Excellent video quality, 45-minute time limit, allows up to 10 participants

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Cub Scouts: 

Bryan on Scouting Article for Age Appropriate Activities, here.

From National regarding Cub Scouts Rank Advancements:

“We have approved that all Cub Scouting requirements for all ranks, including Webelos and Arrow of Light may be approved by the parent, legal guardian, or other adult family member.  In addition Cub Scouts may continue to work on their badge of rank and adventures for that rank through June and July. They are not required to, we just want to provide additional time for those who may need it.

Consider the following when putting together local resources.

Most Cub Scouts have already completed their required adventures so focus on electives.

Consider elective adventures that focus on home based skills.  For example the Fix It elective Adventure in Webelos / AOL has several ideas and the handbook gives great guidance on things to do around the house.  Bear Picnic Basket has Scouts learning about kitchen safety and preparing meals for their family.”

Preview Electives:

Test out trial programs for Cub Scouting and offer suggestions to National by clicking here!

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Scouts, BSA:

Conducting a Board of Review via video conference, click here!

  • See “Advancement” tab for information on Rank Advancements, Earning Merit Badges, and Eagle Projects. 
  • Bryan on Scouting Article for Merit Badges at home, here.
  • P.R.A.Y. is extending grade-level eligibility for Scouts to earn certain religious awards; learn more about that and ways to complete religious award requirements at home during P.R.A.Y.’s Facebook live broadcast at 2:00pm on March 24

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Fun online activities for Youth and Families (from Capitol Area Council):

Do your best and be prepared!