Below are links on Scouting Activities at Home.
More links and resources will be posted to support Scouts and families in the Crater Lake Council.
Search for #scoutingathome in social media for more ideas
New – Scouting at Home Community Service
New Plan on joining Scouts around the country on May 2nd for a national camp in.
New Virtual Scouting resource page
Narraganset Council, East Providence Rhode Island
Virtual Scouting resource page has a variety of activities for both Cub Scouts and Scout BSA Members
New Garden State Council’s Scout On! Hub
Video conferencing options
Note: Each of the options below has a paid option, but these are free tier options. Please remember Youth Protection and two-deep leadership for all virtual Scouting meetings.
- Google Hangouts: Easy to use, no time limit, allows up to 10 participants
- Zoom: Great features (allows for main meeting and sub-meeting rooms)
- Webex: Easy to use, no time limit, allows up to 100 participants. Call in for audio
- 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
- Free Conference Call: Asks for a donation to support their effort. Can host both audio and video conference for up to 1000 people
Advancement Resources and Guidelines
National Guidelines on Advancement due to coronavirus – Updated April 17
Scouting at Home Resources
Across the nation, councils are finding ways to help keep their youth members engaged and Scouting. This out-of-the-box, in-home activities are centered around providing advancement-related content to help keep kids safe, engaged and to help them make the best of home time. Here are just a few examples of what councils are doing:
Boys’ Life: Projects That Can Be Done at Home
Scoutshare – Ever growing list of at-home Scouting activities
Scouting @ Home Concept
Our Wild Rivers Outreach Director Heather Volkman has created a FaceBook page and is posting videos to help families work on Cub Scout advancement. “Scouter Heather” will help you Get your new Cub the Bobcat rank, has provided for you training videos on “Protect Yourself Rules” and other fun Cub Scout Activities.
Home Base Camp
Northern Lights Council, Minneapolis, Minnesota
It is our intent to provide a means for parents and youth to enjoy age or grade-appropriate character-building activities and projects at home. It is our hope that the whole family will find resources to put some of their at-home “downtime” to good purpose. Non-Scouts, as well as Scouts, are encouraged to participate and should equally enjoy the selection of activities provided.
Northern Lights Council – Home Base Camp https://www.nlcbsa.org/homebasecamp
Hawkeye Area Council, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
As communities are practicing caution and social distancing, the Hawkeye Area Council developed a 30-Day Challenge for each Cub Scout rank. Use this at home to help keep Scout’s skills sharp.
Scouting at Home
Atlanta Area Council, Atlanta, Georgia
If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of things that Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA can do to Scout at home, this is it. The page features content directly from Scoutbook and includes ideas of other activities Scouts can do. Plus, suggestions for video platforms – and of course, reminders about the importance of following youth protection standards.
Seneca Waterways Council, Brighton, New York
Seneca Waterways Council has set up a site to share ideas on how to do Scouting remotely, plus suggestions on how to work on documents together, and how to hold meetings together if you’re not in the same room.
Capitol Area Council, Austin, Texas
The council’s STEM Nova Committee is putting together a series of remote Scouting activities tied to the Nova Award and Hornaday-related merit badges. You can find out more at https://www.facebook.com/events/555955978607128/
National STEM in Scouting Committee
The committee has developed an online Nova for remote Scouting. You can sign up at https://forms.gle/wnu6csPv4kmbGstx9
Additional Scouting Resources
Looking for other free resources for youth? Here are just a few:
Find projects you can create from home and stories that will take young readers’ minds on adventures all over the world. And, for a limited time, we’re giving you an entire year’s worth of issues for free! Download the Boys’ Life app from the iOS/Apple or Google Play stores to read it all.
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 (accounts require users to be at least 14, but younger learners can use with a parent).
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.
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
YouTube 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
Amazing Educational Resources
List of Education companies offering free subscriptions due to COVID
Online education resources