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CUB SCOUTS: SCOUTING FROM HOME

We hope that you and your family are safe and healthy during this unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic. 

We are all doing our best to slow the spread, and this page is to help create opportunities to SCOUT FROM HOME. We have put together the following tips, tools, and activities that can engage Cubs and non Cubs alike. 

Please come back often and check for more fun ideas to keep your Cub Scouts busy. 

Activities 

Tools 

Resources 

Thirty Day Challenges 

This is a great way to keep up with your Scouting Skills without leaving home! Each Challenge is packed full of adventure and elective requirements, use this daily checklist as a road map to rank advancement!

Virtual Den Meetings

Cub masters can still award Adventures and other awards and offer a program as well. Record a video of yourself virtually awarding the Scouts their hard earned Adventures. Ranks and other awards. Mention each Scout by name and tell everyone what they earned. Maybe throw in a song of skit and then post in on your Pack's website, social media outlets or email it your families! Make it extra special and "snail mail" the awards to the Scouts!

Continue Your Weekly Meetings 

There are "virtually" dozens of ways Den Leaders can have their weekly Den Meetings. Consider using an app on your phone like Zoom,  FaceTime, Skype or other virtual programs that allow you to meet. Ask parents to download the app to connect with you and allow the Scouts the chance to be part of the Den Meeting. Remember Two Deep Leadership! 

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Find projects you can create at home and stories that will take young readers’ minds on adventures all over the world. Download the app for access from the App Store or on Google Play.

Stem Activities 

The following is a list of YouTube Channels that are perfect for your scientist scout! They are full of videos that cover all kinds of STEM topics, exciting experiments, fantastic facts, and powerful projects. 

Note to Parents and Leaders of Registered Cub Scouts on Advancement:

The National Director of Cub Scouting has issued the following statement :

"We have approve that all Cub Scouting requirements for all ranks, including Webelos and Arrow of Light may be approved by the parent, legal guardian, or other adult family member. In Addition, Cub Scouts my continue to work on their badge of rank and adventures for that rank through June and July. They are not required to, we just want to provide additional time for those who may need it."

Read More on this COVID-19 FAQ page

 

Boys’ LifeProjects That Can Be Done at Home

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

Self Guided Activities

Scouts, be sure to talk to a parent or guardian before trying these at home.

“Virtual Zoo” Activity Instructions
“Motor Away” Activity Instructions
“Games Tigers Play” Activity Instructions
“Picasso Self Portrait” Activity Instructions
“Outdoor Code & Leave No Trace” Activity Instructions
“Getting Knots Squared Away” Activity Instructions
The Importance of Washing Hands
Break Time Activity Ideas

Activity Videos:

Live Cameras at the Monterey Bay Aquarium
Kim’s Game – Rudyard Kipling’s game
Bear Necessities- Build a Barometer
How to Hang a Picture
How to Prepare A First Aid Kit
Prepare A Family Emergency Plan

Tips for Running a Productive Virtual Meeting

It's easy to get distracted, lose your audience, or try to multi-task while running the meeting.
The following will help you run a virtual den meeting, pack meeting, committee meetings or Campfires. 

Be sure to follow YPT for any virtual meetings!

You will want to have engaging content for your cubs, as well as eliminated distractions,
and be sure to have multiple hosts. This will help break up the meeting and keep your scouts engaged. 

The following is other tips and tricks for running a successful virtual meeting.

Leaders

Bryan on Scouting
This Blog is for the BSA's Adult Leaders. It is the official blog of Scouting Magazine. 

Scouting Wire
This is an official BSA website offering Scouting news and updates for volunteer and professionals! You will find all kinds of content about scouting activities, finance, fundraising, High Adventure, Leadership, Marketing, Training and Recruiting. 

Adult Training
Boy Scout leaders can now get trained anywhere at any time!

Den Leader Resources

Advancement Academy 

Worksheets for Adventures

Coloring Pages

Scouting at Home Certificate

 

 

 

 

List of Online Communication Tools

There are many free (and paid) solutions out there. 
Below we’ve collected a few free options for you to consider as you’re formulating a plan for virtual Scouting:

Free Account Features Listed (most offer additional features for a paid account):

Cisco WebEx: Full featured, no time limit, allows up to 100 participants

Zoom: Great features, 40-minute time limit, allows up to 100 participants

Google Hangouts: Easy to use, no time limit, allows up to 10 participants

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

FreeConferenceCall.com: Old standby for audio conferencing, can also share screen.
Six-hour time limit, allows up to 1000 participants
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Free Activities for Families to Do AT Home 

We want to hear from you! Please let us know of anything you have found helpful with your scouts while staying home!
If you would like to see information on a topic not discussed here, have  a question, or idea that would help others please email heather.branson@scouting.org 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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