Scouting 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.

Leaders

Youth Protection Reminder

It’s critical that we all continue to keep youth protection at the forefront 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.

Detailed youth protection information is available here. To ensure you are following safety standards for all Scouting activities, please reference the Guide to Safe Scouting.

The BSA’s Social Media Guidelines serve as a complement to our youth protection policies.

We also recommend that all Scouts complete their cyber chip before participating in Scouting at Home with their unit.

Below you will find the link to the tool kit to aid MTC leaders in providing Scouting at home to their youth and up to date information on advancement during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Cub Scouts

  • Conduct virtual den and pack meetings via teleconference or web video conferencing. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting. 

  • Encourage Den Leaders to communicate digitally with their Den Parents and Scouts.

Adventures that can be completed from home:

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  • 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:

Other Activities: 

  • 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 #MTCScouts 

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 8.0.1.6 Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing. District Advancement Chairs will provide directions on Eagle BORs. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting.

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