Scouting At Home

EVENTS AT HOME

Virtual “Scouts Got Talent” Campfire program – aired Saturday, May 9th at 4:00 PM

We had a fun campfire on May 9th. Thank you to the Scouts who submitted content via video and to our hosts:
MC: James Rahn, Assistants Finn Doyle and Saurav Gandhi; Adult advisor: Dan Krent and staff advisor Jeff Lindenmuth.
 
We are doing another one in July. If you are interested in being on the planning team, please email Jeff Lindenmuth.
Throughout the month of June, we are challenging all participants to “Get Out and Scout!” by completing the set of activities we have listed for their age group below. Each week’s set of activities ties to advancement for their age and encourages them to get outside. At the end of the challenge, we will be capping off the activity with a council-wide campfire hosted by local scouts and scouters!
 
All participants will also be given the opportunity to earn a patch that can be purchased and mailed to them at the end of the challenge. (Stay tuned on Social Media for the patch design and order announcements later in June!)
 
Activities by rank:

Open to all Cub Scouts! We will holding virtual Cub Camps focused on STEM NOVA awards all July. Take either morning or evening tracks to earn a STEM NOVA award

Highlights include:

    • T-shirt & patch
    • 1 hour a day optional zoom session
    • Full supply list & instructions for all activities
    • Special guest speakers
    • Includes access to a future shooting sports day
    • Wolf-AOL earn a NOVA award in each track
    • All camps virtual campfire at the end of July for all Scouts.

Dates, Times, and Programs:

Week 1: July 6 -1010 AM -11 AM
Uncovering the Past
 6 PM – 7 PM
Symmetry and Shapes
Week 2: July 13 -1710 AM -11 AM
Symmetry and Shapes
 6 PM – 7 PM
1-2-3 and Curiosity
Week 3: July 20 – 2410 AM -11 AMNova Wild
 6 PM – 7 PM
Uncovering the Past
Week 4: July 27 – 3110 AM -11 AM
1-2-3 and Curiosity
 6 PM – 7 PMNova Wild

Registration opening by June 12th! Check back soon for more information!

Scouting can happen anywhere, and a lot can happen in your own home! At times when families are together for extended periods, conducting Scouting activities is a great option for parents to discover new ways to connect with and learn with their kids.

Follow along here and on our social media channels using the #Scoutingathome #SVMBC hashtags to get and share ideas for Scouting in a virtual and home environment.

Before starting any online activity, be sure to review the Cyber Chip requirements with your Scout and observe youth protection and online safety guidelines at all times.

Here you will find a resource hub for parents and leaders to help support Scouting at home, with stay-at-home educational activities for any Scout rank, tips for continuing to work on advancements and kid-friendly content that connects Scouting with their daily lives. We will continue to add new content and resources to this hub regularly.

Our goal is to make it easier to deliver the Scouting program by making plans more accessible to leaders and those who can help leaders like our parents.

CUB SCOUTS AT HOME

Every Wednesday and Friday at 8 AM we post videos on our facebook of fun activities to do at home from Cub Camp Directors. Check out the back catalog including “Armpit Fudge” and tune in each Wednesday and Friday to our Facebook.

We hosted 10 sessions of fun and educational digital den meetings! Themes include Cyber Chip, Magic, Music, and More!

Slides from all meetings. Use these to help create your own meetings and see what advancement was worked on. 

Access all presentations here. 

Cyber Chip – Click here for resources from NetSmartz to talk about Online Safety.

Helping Heroes – Click here for thank you card templates. Email them to Dianne.Betz@scouting.org to have them printed and delivered to local heroes.

Magic & Science – Click here for magic tricks learned during the meeting. 

Completing Cub Scout rank Adventures
Scouter’s blog with free resources to help Cub Scouts continue rank advancement while at home

Lion Cub Scout “30 day challenge”
Tiger Cub Scout “30 day challenge”
Wolf Cub Scout “30 day challenge”
Bear Cub Scout “30 day challenge”
Webelos Scout “30 day challenge”

A 30 day calendar with daily activities organized by week; each week corresponds to a Cub Scout Adventure belt loop and its requirements from the Hawkeye Council in Iowa!

As Cub Scout Packs wrap up for the program year, Webelos are looking for a new Scout Troop home to continue their Scouting adventure. Some Scouts may have already found homes but some Webelos may be still looking. Check out our document for some tips to making this transition still a memorable one during this special time for all Webelos.

Download Webelos to Scout Transition while Scouting at Home

SCOUTS BSA AT HOME

In the coming weeks, Merit Badge Counselors across the councils will be hosting virtual merit badge classes. These merit badges are hand selected so that Scouts can complete them at home. All merit badges will be done virtually through a web conference service.

Merit Badges Currently Offered:

  • Public Health
  • Family Life
  • Art
  • Sustainability

More will continue to be added in the coming weeks, so check back often. For more popular or required merit badges, multiple sessions may be provided.

To see which merit badges are currently offered and scheduled, please visit the council calendar.

OTHER SCOUTING PROGRAMS AT HOME

Help your Scout keep their skills sharp by taking on this 30-day challenge from Hawkeye Council to help with adventure and elective requirements. Merit badge requirements that can be worked on at home. Check with your ScoutMaster for approval before starting a new merit badge.

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ScoutWiki’s page of ideas for Scouting activities to be done remotely while still feeling like a part of the unit.

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Scouting Resources from Seneca Waterways Council with ideas on remote Scouting activities and running meetings remotely.

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Check out some great webinars coming out of Portland, Oregon for digital den meetings and digital merit badge counseling.

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SCOUTING RESOURCES AT HOME

Advancement Considerations & Extension process
Guidance for all your advancement questions from eagle extensions to cub scout sign-offs.

Virtual Scouting Meeting How-to

Digital Guidelines for ensuring Youth Protection

Follow us on Facebook mention us @SVMBC & Instagram svmbc_scouts

OTHER FREE RESOURCES FOR YOUTH AT HOME

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.

Khan Academy 

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (accounts require users to be at least 14, but younger learners can use with a parent). 

Futurelearn

Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University, but everyone can access it. Developed primarily for adults, but some courses, e.g., nature and environment, could well be of interest to young people. 

Openlearn

Aimed at Secondary age, multi-disciplinary activities 

Big History Project

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