An effective commissioner provides unit leadership with information and guidance on the latest changes in their specific program whether it be Cub Scouts to Sea Scouts. Change is a constant throughout the national level programs and flowing down this information is an important part of ensuring quality programs for all youth participants of the BSA. Check out the latest resources for Scouting@Home to help scouts continue advancement activities while shelter-in-place.
Scouting @ Home and Virtual Meetings
These are unprecedented times with the COVID-19 pandemic and the national directive for social distancing and avoidance of social gatherings. Given the challenges, many units and councils are coming up with new ideas for at home meetings and utilizing technologies to host virtual meetings. Here is a list of a few of these sites and articles at the current time.
- Official BSA websites
- Bryan on Scouting with the latest articles on scouting during COVID-19
- Boys’ Life Magazine article on 25 Projects Around the House
- Boys’ Life YouTube Channel: 30 Day Challenge Videos for non-scouting kids at home
- Camping Director Resource Page with COVID-19 resources
- Coping with COVID-19 short videos from independent experts on parental challenges during these times
- Family Fun Fest on Aug. 8th for Cub Scout Leaders on how to Build Your Own Adventure!
- National Statement on COVID-19 by BSA President & CEO Roger Mosby
- Scouting At Home is a collection of national resources for all BSA programs
- ScoutingWire Marketing and Membership Hub offers a number of great webinars on Virtual Recruitment and Outreach
- Scouting Wire TV a collection of the best moments with #ScoutingAtHome
- Sea Scouts Commodore’s Corner: Coronavirus Edition by TW Cook – March 28, 2020
- YouTube Video on Scouting at Home
- 2020 JTE Scorecard with Accomodations for Virtual and At-Home activities
- Non-BSA Scouting websites
- BSA Webinars
- Scouting At Home Web Conference – March 26, 2020
- The Role of the Unit Commissioner in the New Normal – March 22, 2020
- Council specific websites for Scouting at Home
- Northeast Region
- Greater Niagara Frontier Council in is hosting Virtual Merit Badges from July 20 – Aug 17th
- Hawk Mountain Council in Reading, PA is offering Virtual Merit Badge Classes from June 29 to Aug 7th
- Hudson Valley Council in Newburgh, NY
- National Capital Area Council in Bethesda, MD on Virtual Patrol Meeting
- Narragansett Council in East Providence, RI on Virtual Scouting
- New Birth of Freedom Council in Mechanicsburg, PA on Conducting Virtual Scouting Meeting.
- Spirit of Adventure Council in Woburn, MA
- Southern Region
- Central Region
- Bay-Lakes Council in Appleton, WI
- Buffalo Trace Council in Evansville, IN offering Online Merit Badge links to other councils
- Greater St. Louis Area Council in St. Louis, MO
- Hawkeye Area Council in Cedar Rapids, IA with the 30 Day Challenge
- Heart of America Council in Kansas City, MO offering Scouting Adventure at Home and Scout Connect Virtual Merit Badge Courses
- Mid-America Council in Omaha, NE
- Northern Light Council in Fargo, ND offering Home Base Camp
- Western Region
- Far East Council in Japan has a Scouting at Home webpage with great ideas and links to virtual resources
- Grand Canyon Council in Phoenix, AZ on Scout Advancement from Home
- Greater Los Angeles Area Council in Los Angeles, CA with a Scouting at Home brochure
- Greater Yosemite Council in Modesto, CA is offering Virtual Merit Badge Midway from June 29th to Aug 7th
- Western Los Angeles County Council in Van Nuys, CA is offering Virtual Merit Badge University from July 11 – Aug 30th.
- Northeast Region
- Facebook groups on Scouting plus official BSA groups for national, council and district contain online resources for Scouting at Home as well as practical tips on virtual conferencing. The Commissioner group publishes notification of upcoming Zoom webinars by various leaders and committees at the national level. Many of these webinars are recorded for later viewing.
- Updated Merit Badge Pamphlets are now available through Amazon Kindle. See article in Bryan on Scouting for more information.
Email Steven Lee with new announcements on virtual activities for publication on this webpage.
Cub Scout Resources that can be shared with new leaders or families interested in Cub Scouts. The following resources were provided in a recent article from Bryan on Scouting.
- Welcome Tools for Families
- Online Resources for New Families
- New leadership recruitment material: Pack Committee Resources
The following Scouts BSA resources were provided in a recent article from Bryan on Scouting.
- Quick-start guide to Scouts BSA – Program Resources Page
- A checklist for a new Scoutmaster who might be unfamiliar with Scouts BSA
- The main page for family Scouting, which is the BSA’s initiative to welcome all members of the family into all Scouting programs
- A one-page, customizable document you can use at parent orientation
- A troop resource survey, which lets you learn the skills of each troop parent to identify potential merit badge counselors and volunteers
- The latest requirements for every merit badge
- The complete script for an orientation for new Scout parents
- Resources to help you plan better troop meetings
- Information on the National Eagle Scout Association, which is essentially an alumni group of those who have earned Scouting’s highest honor
- Latest updates to Scouts BSA – Program Updates Page
- New or updated language for Scouts BSA printed materials, such as the Scouts BSA Handbook, Scouts BSA Requirements book or a merit badge pamphlet
- Updated requirements for merit badges or ranks
- Information on new Scouts BSA initiatives or opportunities
The following Venturing resources can be found on the Crew Resources page:
- Starting up a new crew
- Recruiting new members
- Marketing Toolbox to share the Adventure
- Annual Planning Program for successful year
- College Scholarships to Venturing Summit Award Recipients
- Starting a Scouts BSA Troop as a source of youth looking for the next great adventure.
The following Sea Scout resources can be found under the Resource menu at SeaScout.org:
- Ship Resources
- Scout Resources
- Leader Resources
- Quick Resources
- Marketing Toolbox
- Program Toolbox
The following resources can be found on the Disabilities Awareness page:
- General Resources
- Continuing education courses, Special Needs Scouting
- Scouts with Special Needs and Disabilities brochure
Awards Central is the Boy Scouts of America’s repository for information about official awards and recognitions. This is where the most up-to-date information about BSA-related awards may be found, including award applications and nomination forms.