Scouting from 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.
Coping with COVID - For Adults
Throughout the last few months, we heard from parents in our Scouting family who are navigating the challenges of parenting through the COVID-19 crisis. We posed these questions to independent experts on matters related to youth development to help provide some answers to our community.
Cyber Chip Promotes Online Safety
Today's youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. Parents, use the Cyber Chip as a tool to work with your youth to create additional open communications. Cyber Chip Requirements:
Lions - Kindergarten
- Animal Kingdom | This Adventure is all about community. (Required)
- Build it Up, Knock it Down | This Adventure is all about building. (Elective)
- Gizmos and Gadgets | This Adventure is all about motion, force & creating objects. (Elective)
- I’ll Do It Myself | This Adventure is all about being prepared. (Elective)
- Pick My Path | This Adventure is all about to do a good turn daily. (Elective)
- Ready, Set, Grow | This Adventure focuses on plants and gardens. (Elective)
- 30 Lion Challenge!
- Video 30 Day Challenge
Tigers - First 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 )
- 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)
- Tiger Bites | An Adventure that covers food choices and preparation, manners and nutrition. (Required )
- Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries | An Adventure about magic, codes, sign language and more. (Elective)
- Family Stories | An Adventure about family heritage. (Elective)
- Sky is the Limit | Adventure all about the night sky, constellations, astronauts, etc. (Elective)
- Stories in Shapes | An Adventure about art. (Elective )
- Tiger-Safe and Smart | An Adventure all about home and neighborhood safety. (Elective)
- Tiger Tales | An Adventure all about story-telling, tall tales, singing. (Elective)
- 30 Day Tiger Challenge!
- Video 30 Day Challenge
Wolves - Second Grade:
- Paws on the Path | An Adventure covering hiking skills and nature and maps. (Required)
- Adventures in Coins | An Adventure about Coins. (Elective)
- Code of the Wolf | An Adventure that uses math games and secret codes. (Elective)
- Digging in the Past | An Adventure about dinosaurs, fossils and archaeology. (Elective)
- Finding Your Way | An Adventure about map and compass, hiking and a scavenger hunt. (Elective)
- Germs Alive | An Adventure about keeping clean and germs. (Elective)
- Grow Something | An Adventure about planting and make a terrarium. (Elective)
- Motor Away | An Adventure about cars, boats and paper airplanes. (Elective)
- Paws of Skill | An Adventure about fitness, sports, sporting event and obstacle courses. (Elective)
- 30 Day Wolf Challenge!
- Video 30 Day Challenge
Bears - Third Grade:
- BALOO the Builder | An Adventure covering using tools and wood tools. (Elective)
- Bear Claws | An Adventure all about knife use and knife safety. (Required)
- Fellowship and Duty to God | This is often an “at home” adventure anyway because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family. (Required)
- 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)
- Bear Picnic Basket | An Adventure about cooking. (Elective)
- Make It Move | An Adventure about fun Engineering. (Elective)
- Roaring Laughter | An Adventure about Fun, Jokes, Stories and Games. (Elective)
- Robotics | An Adventure about robots. (Elective)
- Super Science | An Adventure about Fun Science experiments. (Elective)
- A World of Sound | An Adventure about World Music and Instruments. (Elective)
- 30 Day Bear Challenge!
- 30 Day Video Challenge
Webelos & Arrow of Light - 4th Grade & 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)
- First Responder | An adventure, covering basic first aid and emergency preparedness. (Required)
- Adventures In Science | An Adventure about science. (Elective)
- Art Explosion | An Adventure about art. (Elective)
- Aware and Care | An Adventure about Disabilities Awareness. (Elective)
- Build My Own Hero | An Adventure about Citizen Heroes. (Elective)
- Engineer | An Adventure about engineering. (Elective)
- Fix It | An Adventure about home repairs. (Elective)
- Game Design | An Adventure about games. (Elective)
- Looking Back, Looking Forward | An Adventure about Your Own Timeline. (Elective)
- Maestro | An Adventure about music. (Elective)
- Moviemaking | An Adventure about moviemaking. (Elective)
- Project Family | An Adventure about family life. (Elective)
- 30 Day Webelos Challenge!
- 30 Day Video Challenge
Scouts BSA - Age 11 to 18
Rank Requirement Aids
Sponsored by the Black Hawk Lodge, Order of the Arrow
Via the Mississippi Valley Council Youtube Channel
Merit Badges that can be completed at home with counselor of your choosing include:
- Family Life
- Personal Management
- Personal Fitness
- American Heritage
- Emergency Preparedness
- Public Health
- Citizenship in Community
- Citizenship in Nation
- Citizenship in the World
- Conduct virtual Patrol Leaders Council meetings via teleconference or web video conferencing. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meetings.
- 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
Scouts BSA Advancement Notes:
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 184.108.40.206 Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing. District Advancement Chairs will provide directions on Eagle BORs. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting.
For more info, check out this FAQ: Mississippi Valley Council Advancement and Recognition Committee Guidance on Advancement During COVID-19
- 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 #MVCBSA
Community Service from Home
- Volunteer to be an Online Ambassador with Ark of Hope for Children.
- Volunteer to Translate with Translators without Borders.
- Be an online emotional support person at 7 Cups.
- Lend your eyes to solve tasks for blind and low vision people. Visit Be My Eyes.
- Sew emotional support blankets for Binky Patrol.
- Proofread ebooks for Project Gutenberg.
- Crochet or knit afghan squares that will help build blankets for both babies and adults. Send them to Warm Up America.
- Record audiobooks for Librivox.
- Send a card, letter or note to someone who is sick.
- Write thank you notes for people who serve in the community. (Police Officers, Elected Officials, pastors, etc.)
- Tutor someone via Zoom or Skype.
More Resouces: https://www.mississippivalleybsa.org/resources