Scouting at Home!
Please visit the National BSA web page for Scouting at Home ideas including 58 Merit Badges Scouts can complete at home, and fun projects for youth to do at home.
Youth Protection Reminder
It’s critical that we all continue to keep youth protection top-of-mind whether our Scouting activities are taking place in person or through a digital platform. Of note, remember that BSA prohibits any one-on-one interaction between an adult leader and a Scout – in person, online, through a web conference, over the phone, via text, or in any other form.
The BSA’s Social Media Guidelines serve as a complement to our youth protection policies.
- 25 Projects you can do from home
- Blog for Adult Leaders
- Camp Skill Videos
- Cub Scouts projects you can do from home
- Download-able Merit Badge workbooks
- Goal setting for Scouts, leaders & families
- Guide to Awards & Insignia
- How to conduct a board of review through videoconferencing
- Scouting Activity Blog
- Voice of Scouting
Cub Scouts 30 Day Challenge
Cub Scouts can take place anywhere – even in the comfort of your own home! Even with schools closed, there are still opportunities to participate in Scouting. The 30 Day Cub Scout Challenge is a great way to continue with Scouting adventures and achieve elective requirements. Use these calendars as a daily checklist and roadmap for rank advancement.
Scouts BSA at Home
- 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.
- Conduct online merit badge counselor meetings using web video conferencing tools such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype, FreeConference or Facebook. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting. Note completing a worksheet and emailing it does not constitute a “virtual discussion”, rather use interactive video or phone conversations.
- Remeber YTP applies to digital media as well.
- Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI) | April 3-5, 2020
Merit Badges that can be completed at home include:
- Family Life
- Personal Management
- Personal Fitness
- American Heritage
- Emergency Preparedness
- Public Health
- Citizenship in Community
- Citizenship in Nation
- Citizenship in the World
- Plan and cook a meal for your family.
- Encourage Scouts to post online stories from history and how humanity was able to overcome such difficulties and give people hope. Use #AlaFloScoutingFromHome when posting on social media.
- Hold a virtual gaming meet. Or use Kahoot to host an online quiz.
- Encourage Scouts to communicate with Scouts around the world. Learn about the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM). Introduce JOTA/JOTI.
- Coordinate a community-based support network. Work with your Chartered Organization to develop a plan. Offer your unit assistance in helping the needy.
- Post examples of how Scouts are helping the community on social media. Make sure to tag us in your post using #AlabamaFloridaCouncil
Hold Scoutmaster Conference using web video conferencing. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting.
If needed, conduct Eagle Boards of Review via videoconferencing. Units can administer BORs up and including Life rank but should follow the guidance in The Guide to Advancement Section 22.214.171.124 Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing. District Advancement Chairs will provide directions on Eagle BORs. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting.