Eclipse

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the entire North American continent will experience a solar eclipse. (Check the websites cited below for the exact time the eclipse will occur in your town.)

The path of totality will begin at the Oregon coast, south of Portland, and exit the United States just north of Charleston, South Carolina.

This is a great opportunity for Scouts, Scouters, and their friends and families across the nation to witness one of nature’s finest spectacles.

So, what can you do to make the most of this STEM opportunity?

Rally family and friends and the Scouts and Scouters in your units, districts, councils, and regions by sharing news of this unique event with them, and then inviting them to join you.

Go online and search for “2017 Total Solar Events” near your town, or host your own event.

The eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21. If you will be in school, you should talk to your teachers about organizing an event at your school to view the eclipse.

This is a great opportunity for Scouts, Scouters, and their friends and families across the nation to witness one of nature’s finest spectacles.

So, what can you do to make the most of this STEM opportunity?

Rally family and friends and the Scouts and Scouters in your units, districts, councils, and regions by sharing news of this unique event with them, and then inviting them to join you.

Go online and search for “2017 Total Solar Events” near your town, or host your own event.

The eclipse will occur on Monday, August 21. If you will be in school, you should talk to your teachers about organizing an event at your school to view the eclipse.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Location matters—being close to the path of totality doesn’t guarantee that you will see the total eclipse! You should find a suitable site well ahead of the event, but keep in mind that unless Scouts travel into the path of totality, they will observe only a partial eclipse. A partial eclipse is still well worth your time and effort to see.

There are many cool ideas online about how to view the partial eclipse. The simplest way is to use a pinhole projector. It’s a great and safe way to see the partial eclipse! You may even find that the sunlight filtering through the leaves of a tree may show many tiny images of the partial eclipse.

Contact organizations such as NASA; the Great American Eclipse website; Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, and Scientific American magazines; and local science centers, schools, and universities to see what they are doing to mark the event.

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

Location matters—being close to the path of totality doesn’t guarantee that you will see the total eclipse! You should find a suitable site well ahead of the event, but keep in mind that unless Scouts travel into the path of totality, they will observe only a partial eclipse. A partial eclipse is still well worth your time and effort to see.

There are many cool ideas online about how to view the partial eclipse. The simplest way is to use a pinhole projector. It’s a great and safe way to see the partial eclipse! You may even find that the sunlight filtering through the leaves of a tree may show many tiny images of the partial eclipse.

Contact organizations such as NASA; the Great American Eclipse website; Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, and Scientific American magazines; and local science centers, schools, and universities to see what they are doing to mark the event.

As with all things Scouts do, it is imperative to consider the safety aspects of this activity. This will hold true for viewing the eclipse throughout all of its phases – you should never look directly at the sun.

As with all things Scouts do, it is imperative to consider the safety aspects of this activity. This will hold true for viewing the eclipse throughout all of its phases – you should never look directly at the sun.

WHAT CAN SCOUTS DO WITH THE ECLIPSE?

Plenty! There is a unique BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch that can be earned for your participation.

The requirements to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch are simple:

  1. Locate a site suitable for viewing either the total eclipse or the partial eclipse.
  2. Describe how to safely view the eclipse.
  3. Discuss with your group what you saw and felt during the eclipse. If you can, post your comments and eclipse photos on social media with the hashtag #BSAEclipse2017.

Do the following:

  1. Cub Scouts—Discuss what a solar eclipse is with your leaders.
  2. Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts—Draw a diagram of the positions of the moon, earth, and sun to show how the solar eclipse happens.
  3. Venturers and Sea Scouts—Research Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington’s 1919 experiment and discuss how it confirmed Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Your unit leader can buy the 2017 Solar Eclipse patch at your council service center.

WHAT CAN SCOUTS DO WITH THE ECLIPSE?

Plenty! There is a unique BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch that can be earned for your participation.

The requirements to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch are simple:

  1. Locate a site suitable for viewing either the total eclipse or the partial eclipse.
  2. Describe how to safely view the eclipse.
  3. Discuss with your group what you saw and felt during the eclipse. If you can, post your comments and eclipse photos on social media with the hashtag #BSAEclipse2017.

Do the following:

  1. Cub Scouts—Discuss what a solar eclipse is with your leaders.
  2. Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts—Draw a diagram of the positions of the moon, earth, and sun to show how the solar eclipse happens.
  3. Venturers and Sea Scouts—Research Sir Arthur Stanley Eddington’s 1919 experiment and discuss how it confirmed Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Your unit leader can buy the 2017 Solar Eclipse patch at your council service center.
Scout Shops, for the Eclipse patch (641563), please contact Supply as 1-800-323-0736.

MORE INFO

Scouts can earn the patch whether they view the total or partial eclipse, rain or shine. Be prepared—rain and clouds happen!

On the path of totality, it will be dark even on a rainy day. Scouts will be able to detect the change in darkness even on an overcast day, but in the areas away from totality it will not be as evident.

We encourage Scouts and their units to live stream the NASA feed to see the eclipse, whether or not they are in the path of totality.

Scouts can show that they participated in an event even if weather prevents them from directly viewing the eclipse. They could watch it on a live feed over the internet or post their GPS coordinates showing where they were. Use the hashtag #BSAEclipse2017 to show your participation in the event.

Remember, an eclipse happens again on April 8, 2024! This time the path of totality will stretch from Texas to Maine. Residents of Carbondale, Illinois, will be on the center line of two amazing eclipses in a span of less than seven years. Following the 2024 eclipse, there will not be another one in the United States until 2045.

MORE INFO

Scouts can earn the patch whether they view the total or partial eclipse, rain or shine. Be prepared—rain and clouds happen!

On the path of totality, it will be dark even on a rainy day. Scouts will be able to detect the change in darkness even on an overcast day, but in the areas away from totality it will not be as evident.

We encourage Scouts and their units to live stream the NASA feed to see the eclipse, whether or not they are in the path of totality.

Scouts can show that they participated in an event even if weather prevents them from directly viewing the eclipse. They could watch it on a live feed over the internet or post their GPS coordinates showing where they were. Use the hashtag #BSAEclipse2017 to show your participation in the event.

Remember, an eclipse happens again on April 8, 2024! This time the path of totality will stretch from Texas to Maine. Residents of Carbondale, Illinois, will be on the center line of two amazing eclipses in a span of less than seven years. Following the 2024 eclipse, there will not be another one in the United States until 2045.

ECLIPSE AND SCOUTING AWARDS!

Beyond enjoying nature’s wonder, Scouts can work toward their:

Nova Awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts:

  • Cub Scout Nova Awards
    • Science Everywhere
      • Requirements 1ABC, 3A(5), 3BC, 4A
    • Out of This World
      • Requirements 1ABC, 3F, 4A
    • 1-2-3 Go!
      • Requirement 1ABC
  • Cub Scout Supernova Award (Alvarez)
    • Requirements 4, 6
  • Webelos Supernova Award (Townes)
    • Requirements 4, 9

Nova Awards for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts:

  • Boy Scout and Varsity Scout Nova Awards
    • Shoot!
      • Requirements 1ABC, 2
    • Astronomy merit badge
      • Requirements 4a and 8a, b, d, e
  • Boy Scout and Varsity Scout Supernova Award (Harris)
    • Astronomy merit badge
      • Requirements 5, 7
  • Boy Scout and Varsity Scout Supernova Award (Edison)
    • Astronomy merit badge
      • Requirements 5, 6

Nova Awards for Venturers, and Sea Scouts:

  • Venturer and Sea Scout Nova Awards
    • Launch!
      • Requirements 1ABC, 2A (Astronomy)
  • Venturer and Sea Scout Supernova Awards
    • Sally Ride
      • Requirement 7
    • Wright Brothers
      • Requirements 5, 6, 7
    • Einstein
STEM Scouts can work on a lab project—see https://stemscouts.org/.

ECLIPSE AND SCOUTING AWARDS!

Beyond enjoying nature’s wonder, Scouts can work toward their:

Nova Awards for Cub Scouts, Webelos Scouts:

  • Cub Scout Nova Awards
    • Science Everywhere
      • Requirements 1ABC, 3A(5), 3BC, 4A
    • Out of This World
      • Requirements 1ABC, 3F, 4A
    • 1-2-3 Go!
      • Requirement 1ABC
  • Cub Scout Supernova Award (Alvarez)
    • Requirements 4, 6
  • Webelos Supernova Award (Townes)
    • Requirements 4, 9

Nova Awards for Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts:

  • Boy Scout and Varsity Scout Nova Awards
    • Shoot!
      • Requirements 1ABC, 2
    • Astronomy merit badge
      • Requirements 4a and 8a, b, d, e
  • Boy Scout and Varsity Scout Supernova Award (Harris)
    • Astronomy merit badge
      • Requirements 5, 7
  • Boy Scout and Varsity Scout Supernova Award (Edison)
    • Astronomy merit badge
      • Requirements 5, 6

Nova Awards for Venturers, and Sea Scouts:

  • Venturer and Sea Scout Nova Awards
    • Launch!
      • Requirements 1ABC, 2A (Astronomy)
  • Venturer and Sea Scout Supernova Awards
    • Sally Ride
      • Requirement 7
    • Wright Brothers
      • Requirements 5, 6, 7
    • Einstein
STEM Scouts can work on a lab project—see https://stemscouts.org/.