Scouting at Home

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

Brian on Scouting has several service ideas you can do from home

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

For Scouts, at home is not the same as out of action. To help you stay engaged with Scouting and Scouting related activities, they will continually add to this 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

How to conduct a virtual board of review

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’ LifeProjects 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   

30-Day Challenge 

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 


National STEM in Scouting Committee 

The committee has developed an online Nova for remote Scouting. You can sign up at 

Additional Scouting Resources

Ideas to Stay Busy at Home (for kids!)

4 Activities to Do at Home During Coronavirus

Fishing: A Guide to Getting Hooked

5 Cub Scout Activities for Your Weekend

5 Fun and Active Den Meeting Game Ideas

WORM COMPOSTING (or Vermicomposting)

Top 10 Family Camping Activities

Scout Chef Kitchen presents Leprechaun Garden Pasta

Delicious Corn Chip Recipes for Camping

How to Make Irresistible Homemade Ice Cream

Looking for other free resources for youth? Here are just a few: 


Boys’ Life magazine 

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. 


Khan Academy 
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 

Ted Ed 
All sorts of engaging educational videos 

National Geographic Kids 
Activities and quizzes for younger kids 

Learn languages for free 

Mystery Science 
Free science lessons 

The Kids Should See This 
Wide range of cool educational videos 

Crash Course 
YouTube videos on many subjects 

Crash Course Kids 
As above for a younger audience 

Crest Awards 
Science awards you can complete from home 

All kinds of making 

Prodigy Math 
Good for elementary school ages 

Big History Project 
Aimed at Secondary age, multi-disciplinary activities 

Geography Games 
Geography gaming! 

STEM Simulators 

Learn Computer Science 

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 

Toy Theater 
Educational online games 


Amazing Educational Resources 
List of Education companies offering free subscriptions due to COVID 
Online education resources