Scouting at Home
Are your Scouts at home?
Scouting can take place anywhere – even in the comfort of your home!
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.
Lions – Kindergarten
- Animal Kingdom | This Adventure is all about community. | Required Adventure
- Build it Up, Knock it Down | This Adventure is all about building. | Elective Adventure
- Gizmos and Gadgets | This Adventure is all about motion, force and creating objects. | Elective Adventure
- I’ll Do It Myself | This Adventure is all about being prepared. | Elective Adventure
- Pick My Path | This Adventure is all about to do a good turn daily. | Elective Adventure
- Ready, Set, Grow | This Adventure focuses on plants and gardens. | Elective Adventure
Tigers – 1st Grade
- Backyard Jungle | This Adventure and is very hands-on with planting something and building birdhouses — this can be done as a solo family Adventure. | Required Adventure
- My Family’s Duty to God | This is often an “at home” adventure anyway because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family. | Required Adventure
- Tiger Bites | An Adventure that covers food choices and preparation, manners and nutrition. | Required Adventure
- Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries | An Adventure about magic, codes, sign language and more. | Elective Adventure
- Family Stories | An Adventure about family heritage. | Elective Adventure
- Sky is the Limit | Adventure all about the night sky, constellations, astronauts, etc. | Elective Adventure
- Stories in Shapes | An Adventure about art. | Elective Adventure
- Tiger-Safe and Smart | An Adventure all about home and neighborhood safety. | Elective Adventure
- Tiger Tales | An Adventure all about story-telling, tall tales, singing. | Elective Adventure
Wolfs – 2nd Grade
- Paws on the Path | An Adventure covering hiking skills and nature and maps. | Required Adventure
- Adventures in Coins | An Adventure about Coins. | Elective Adventure
- Code of the Wolf | An Adventure that uses math games and secret codes. | Elective Adventure
- Digging in the Past | An Adventure about dinosaurs, fossils and archeology. | Elective Adventure
- Finding Your Way | An Adventure about map and compass, hiking and a scavenger hunt. | Elective Adventure
- Germs Alive | An Adventure about keeping clean and germs. | Elective Adventure
- Grow Something | An Adventure about planting and make a terrarium. | Elective Adventure
- Motor Away | An Adventure about cars, boats and paper airplanes. | Elective Adventure
- Paws of Skill | An Adventure about fitness, sports, sporting event and obstacle courses. | Elective Adventure
Bears – 3rd Grade
- BALOO the Builder | An Adventure covering using tools and wood tools. | Required Adventure
- Bear Claws | An Adventure all about knife use and knife safety. | Required Adventure
- Fellowship and Duty to God | This is often an “at home” adventure anyway because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family. | Required Adventure
- Paws for Action | An Adventure that’s all about history/patriotism, visiting a law enforcement facility, basic emergency preparedness, energy conservation and a cleanup service project. | Required Adventure
- Bear Picnic Basket | An Adventure about cooking. | Elective Adventure
- Make It Move | An Adventure about fun Engineering. | Elective Adventure
- Roaring Laughter | An Adventure about Fun, Jokes, Stories and Games. | Elective Adventure
- Robotics | An Adventure about robots. | Elective Adventure
- Super Science | An Adventure about Fun Science experiments. | Elective Adventure
- A World of Sound | An Adventure about World Music and Instruments. | Elective Adventure
Webelos – 4th and 5th Grade
- Duty to God and You | This is often an “at home” adventure anyway because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family. | Required Adventure
- First Responder | An adventure, covering basic first aid and emergency preparedness.
- Adventures In Science | An Adventure about science. | Required Adventure
- Art Explosion | An Adventure about art. | Elective Adventure
- Aware and Care | An Adventure about Disabilities Awareness. | Elective Adventure
- Build My Own Hero | An Adventure about Citizen Heroes. | Elective Adventure
- Engineer | An Adventure about engineering. | Elective Adventure
- Fix It | An Adventure about home repairs. | Elective Adventure
- Game Design | An Adventure about games. | Elective Adventure
- Looking Back, Looking Forward | An Adventure about Your Own Timeline. | Elective Adventure
- Maestro | An Adventure about music. | Elective Adventure
- Moviemaking | An Adventure about moviemaking. | Elective Adventure
- Project Family | An Adventure about family life. | Elective Adventure
30 Day Challenges
- 30 Day Lion Challenge
- 30 Day Tiger Challenge
- 30 Day Wolf Challenge
- 30 Day Bear Challenge
- 30 Day Webelos Challenge
Ultimate Cubmaster’s Challenge- Click here
Other Remote Ideas to do with your Family!
- 77 more simple STEM activities
- The world has been handed a big challenge with the new COVID-19 outbreak… how do we continue to function when the world is locking down everything to slow the spread? In this series of articles we are building, we provide ideas on how to Scout… remotely. Visit REMOTE SCOUTING for more ideas
- DIY Paper Rockets
- Scout Escape Room- Test Your Patrol!
Boys’ Life App
BSA has just released an entire year’s worth of Boys’ Life issues for free on their app! Find projects you can create from home and stories that will take your minds on adventures all over the world.
The Cascade Pacific Council has an Advancement Academy with digital den meetings and online merit badge class. Digital den meetings are offered through Zoom and promoted through Facebook. Participants are asked to sign up in advance.
Learn about using Facebook live, Skype Group Meetings, Zoom and Google Hangouts to keep Scouts engaged during this time of self-quarantine and social distancing in this blog post by Cubmaster Rebekah of Look Wider Still.
HMNS at Home
The Houston Museum of Natural Science is offering digital museum experiences right in the comfort of your home. Dive into their online collection with video archives and virtual tours, connect with our social media and dig even deeper with Beyond Bones.
Smithsonian Fun Stuff for Kids
Visit the Smithsonian website to play fun science games and apps, learn about conservation, meet the residents at the zoo, and discover fun facts.
NASA STEM @ Home
NASA offers a variety STEM activities for kids in grades K-4 with ideas to build, problems to solve, books to read, pages to color and games to play.
Interactive activities about water topics including water cycle, ocean, fresh water, watersheds, water conservation and protection, indirect and direct water use and more.
KHOU TV (Houston) meteorologist David Paul is doing a Facebook Live class each day at 2pm for March 18-20 and the week of March 23-27 (offered on the KHOU Facebook account). Topics include The Atmosphere, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Space, Weather Forecasting.
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.
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).
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.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids
Learn languages for free
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home
All kinds of making
Good for elementary school ages
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age, multi disciplinary activities
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest
Educational online games
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 #TRCScouts
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 188.8.131.52 Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing. District Advancement Chairs will provide directions on Eagle BORs. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting.
Rank Advancement and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Questions and Answers
The following questions regarding advancement have arisen as we deal with closures, cancellations, or other issues caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Although there are difficulties and constraints, advancement can continue. Youth, parents, and leaders should work together to implement creative, common sense ways to facilitate advancement while adhering to the Guide to Safe Scouting and following the rules of Youth Protection training. Please follow this link to the Guide to Advancement (GTA), which remains the primary source for information related to Scouts BSA advancement. It is referenced throughout the answers provided here. Please send additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
All Programs Q&A’s
Q: How can advancement be tracked remotely?
- Scouting units should use ScoutBook to record and track advancement. To track advancement remotely, parents should:1) Connect with their child’s member profile via an invitation that the unit leader sends within ScoutBook.2) Once a connection is made, the parent should use the Scouting app, found in both the App Store and Google Play, to stay connected with their unit.3) The Scouting app provides parents the ability to report any advancement that was completed at home.Go to https://help.scoutbook.com to learn more about how to start using ScoutBook and how to connect parents to their Scouts.
Cub Scouts Q&A’s
Q: May parents sign off on Arrow of Webelos Arrow of Light requirements?
- Yes. Through July 31, 2020, parents and other adults in the Cub Scout’s family, may sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements. We strongly encourage that parents use the Scouting App or ScoutBook to record the completion of their child’s requirements.
Q: If my den is behind in advancement due to COVID-19, can my Cub Scout continue to work advancement through the summer?
- Yes. Cub Scouts can continue to work on their current den’s advancement through July 31, 2020. This is to provide any additional time a Cub Scout needs to complete their badge of rank; if they earn their badge of rank prior to July 31, 2020, they may advance to the next rank.
Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts Q&A’s
Q: May rank requirements or merit badge requirements be modified?
- No. All requirements must be completed as written. If meetings or activities are canceled or limited, youth should continue to work on requirements as far as possible. By employing common sense and creative solutions, many requirements–even Scoutmaster conferences–can be fulfilled through video conferencing or telephone calls.
Q: Can merit badge counseling or Nova/Supernova counseling be done using digital technologies like Zoom or WebEx?
- Yes, registered merit badge counselors or Nova counselors/Supernova mentors may work with youth using digital platforms, ensuring that all youth protection measures noted in the Guide to Safe Scouting and BSA’s social media guidelines are in place. In addition to youth protection, the advancement guidelines in GTA Section 7 are required.
Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward active participation requirements?
- Yes. If youth are registered and in good standing, a disruption from COVID-19 virus can be the “noteworthy circumstance” that prevents participation. This policy has been in place for many years and is explained in GTA Topic 184.108.40.206.
Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward a position of responsibility requirements?
- Yes. If youth are registered and unable to meet the expectations of their positions because of COVID-19 disruptions, then units may need to waive or rethink the expectations. Just as youth must not be held to unestablished expectations, they must not be held to expectations that are impossible to fulfill. See GTA Topic 220.127.116.11, “Positions of Responsibility,” with its six subtopics.
Q: Does the National Council grant extensions of time to complete rank requirements beyond the 18th birthday for the Eagle or 21st birthday for Summit or Quartermaster?
- Yes, but only for the Eagle Scout rank as described in GTA Topic 18.104.22.168 or for Venturing Summit or Sea Scout Quartermaster as described in GTA Topic 22.214.171.124. Unit leadership must become familiar with the five tests under 126.96.36.199. The tests were designed to accommodate such obstacles as those presented by COVID-19 disruptions.
Q: Will youth who are not yet Life Scouts be allowed to apply for an extension to earn the Eagle Scout rank?
- Extensions are considered only for Scouts who are Life rank. If, once a Scout achieves Life rank, it turns out that COVID-19 disruptions along the way have left them with insufficient time to complete Eagle requirements, then this may be cited when the time comes to submit an extension request.
Q: May local councils grant extensions?
Normally, that is not allowed. However, due to the current situation—effective immediately and through September 30, 2020—council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the following limitations:
1. It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges. If any other causes were involved, the extension request must go to the National Council following the process outlined in the GTA.
2. Extensions shall only be granted to youth in Scouts BSA who have already achieved Life rank.
3. When the council receives a COVID-19-related request for a time extension, the council reviews the request and approves it if appropriate. A written response stating the outcome of the extension request must go to the youth. If approved, the notification must be attached to the youth’s Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster rank application. For Eagle, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 18th birthday; for Summit/Quartermaster, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 21st birthday.
4. Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete YPT; their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
5. Extension requests for more than 3 months beyond the youth’s 18th/21st birthday must be sent to the National Service Center following the process outlined in the GTA.
Note: A “month” in BSA advancement is defined as a day from one month to the next. For example, March 5 to April 5.
The authority for councils to grant extensions is temporary, lasting only through Sept. 30, 2020.
Q: If youth have already received an extension, can they request additional time due to COVID-19?
- Yes. Council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the limitations listed above.
Q: What should be done while an extension request is being considered?
- Youth should continue to work on advancement in so far as they are able—e.g., independently, or over the phone or videoconference—and at Scouting activities once they resume.
Q: Are extensions required when an Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster board of review must be delayed?
- No. Councils may grant Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster boards of review up to six months after the youth’s 18th/21st birthday. See GTA Topic 188.8.131.52, “Eagle Scout Board of Review Beyond the 18th Birthday.” See also, GTA Topic 184.108.40.206, “Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing.”
Q: Are electronic or digital signatures acceptable for rank advancement or for the Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster packets/applications?
- Yes. Electronic or digital signatures will be accepted through September 30, 2020
Q: How can a youth continue to work on advancement requirements if they don’t have internet or high-speed internet for videoconferencing?
- Youth may take a picture of their completed activity/requirement and share the work with unit leaders. In keeping with Youth Protection Training policies, all communications from youth should be sent to at least two adults. Parents or guardians may send advancement work on behalf of their child.
Eagle Time Extension due to Covid-19
Through September 30, 2020; the Grand Canyon Council can approve Eagle Scout extensions of up to 3 months based upon the limitations listed above.
The process is as follows:
A request for an extension must be made by the Scout,
Request for and justification for the extension needs to be sent to the following email addresses: email@example.com
All of the following must be included with the request:
1. The letter requesting the extension, by the Scout, the Scout’s parent or guardian, the unit leader, or a unit committee member. (Include the full Scout’s name as registered and unit number.)
2. Letters from others in the unit who know of the situation.
3. The latest advancement history report for the Scout from Scoutbook or Internet Advancement
We will review the request and, if needed, ask for more information. Our recommendation will go to the Scout Executive, Andy Price, who will make the final decision and provide a letter to the Scout and interested parties to be attached to the Eagle application. Allow 2 weeks for processing.
Please note: upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete YPT; their participant code will now be UP for ScoutsBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
Virtual Scout Handbooks
- Lions: https://www.amazon.com/Lion-Scout-Handbook-Parent-Guide-ebook/dp/B07L3Z2Q2Q/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Cub+Scouts&qid=1584718492&rnid=2941120011&s=digital-text&sr=1-1
- Tigers: https://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Scout-Handbook-Scouts-America-ebook/dp/B07KX3162K/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=Cub+Scouts&qid=1584718492&rnid=2941120011&s=digital-text&sr=1-7
- Wolves: https://www.amazon.com/Wolf-Scout-Handbook-Scouts-America-ebook/dp/B07L1658HF/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=Cub+Scouts&qid=1584718492&rnid=2941120011&s=digital-text&sr=1-2
- Bears: https://www.amazon.com/Bear-Scout-Handbook-Scouts-America-ebook/dp/B07KX4FBZR/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=Cub+Scouts&qid=1584718492&rnid=2941120011&s=digital-text&sr=1-5
- Webelos: https://www.amazon.com/Webelos-Scout-Handbook-Scouts-America-ebook/dp/B07L12LW1Y/ref=sr_1_11?keywords=Cub+Scouts&qid=1584718492&rnid=2941120011&s=digital-text&sr=1-11
- Scouts BSA for Boys: https://www.amazon.com/Scouts-BSA-Handbook-Boys-14th-ebook/dp/B084ZT2XHL/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=Scouts+BSA&qid=1584718613&s=digital-text&sr=1-3
- Scouts BSA for Girls: https://www.amazon.com/Scouts-BSA-Handbook-Girls-America-ebook/dp/B07NDGTG26/ref=sr_1_1?keywor
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