Program Support Resources

An effective commissioner provides unit leadership with information and guidance on the latest changes in their specific program, whether Cub Scouts or Sea Scouts.  Change is a constant throughout the national level programs, and flowing down this information is an essential part of ensuring quality programs for all BSA youth participants. Check out the latest resources for Scouting@Home to help scouts continue advancement activities while shelter-in-place.

We are looking for your input; use the suggestion box at the end of this page to let us know the most common Program questions you receive from the units you serve.

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. Besides, as individual states are allowing meetings with COVID guidelines, BSA is providing guidance to unit leaders on when and how to meet. Here is a list of a few of these sites and articles at the current time.

  1. SAFE Scouting Meetings During COVID
    1. Restart Scouting Checklist
    2. Latest news from our COVID-19 FAQ
    3. National Statement on COVID-19 – August 24, 2020
  2. Official BSA websites
    1. Scout Life Magazine article on 25 Projects Around the House
    2. Scout Life YouTube Channel: 30 Day Challenge Videos for non-scouting kids at home
    3. Bryan on Scouting with the latest articles on scouting during COVID-19
    4. Camping Director Resource Page with COVID-19 resources
    5. Coping with COVID-19 short videos from independent experts on parental challenges during these times
    6. Scouting At Home is a collection of national resources for all BSA programs
    7. ScoutingWire’s Marketing and Membership Hub offers several great webinars on Virtual Recruitment and Outreach
    8. Scouting Wire TV a collection of the best moments with #ScoutingAtHome
    9. YouTube Video on Scouting at Home
    10. 2021 JTE Scorecard with Accommodations for Virtual and At-Home activities
  1. Non-BSA Scouting websites
    1. Leave No Trace on Getting Outside During COVID-19
    2. Scout Share with current articles on Scouting with Remote Utilities
    3. ScoutWiki with Scouting through COVID-19
    4. TroopResource.org offering resources for Scouting While at Home
  2. BSA Webinars
    1. Recent Marketing Webinars:
      • Spring Into Scouting – March 4, 2021
        1. Five things to do now to recruit new Scouts in Spring
      • Restarting Cub Scouting – November 4, 2020
        1. How to Bring Your Scouting Family Back Together
        2. Making In-Person Meetings Fun and Safe
        3. Ideas on Where to Meet
        4. Best Practices for Virtual Meetings
    2. Scouting At Home Web Conference – March 26, 2020
    3. The Role of the Unit Commissioner in the New Normal – March 22, 2020
  3. 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.  Recordings of these webinars are available for later viewing.
  1. Updated Merit Badge Pamphlets are now available through Amazon Kindle.  See the article in Bryan on Scouting for more information.
  2. We have available Lone Scout resources for socially distancing families with virtual learning from their RV (Roadschooling), boats, or remote cabin.  Since they are traveling all over the country, they can not participate with traditional units.  However, they can still participate in Scouting with their family.
    1. Lone Scout Program from the Commissioner website
    2. Lone Scout Friend and Counselor Guidebook
    3. Byran on Scouting article
    4. Trans-Atlantic Council Resources. Including registration to virtual units for Scoutbook access.
    5. Northern Light Council in ND is also providing virtual troop and pack for Scoutbook access.
    6. Advancement forms to submit to their council (non-Scoutbook). List unit number as LONE.
  3. Learn more about Scoutbook by using the demo site. As commissioners, we are often the resource that units go to ask their Scoutbook questions. If you have limited experience with Scoutbook now, you can learn the mechanics with this demo site.

Email Steven Lee with new announcements on virtual activities for publication on this webpage.

Cub Scouts

You can share these Cub Scout Resources that with new leaders or families interested in Cub Scouts.  The following resources were provided in a recent article from Bryan on Scouting.

  1. Welcome Tools for Families
    1. The eight-page Welcome New Cub Scout Family brochure
    2. Den leader guides
    3. Position-specific guides
  2. Online Resources for New Families
    1. Cub Scouting National Program Information
    2. Scout Preview Adventures
    3. The article, Go online for new Cub Scout Preview Adventures.
    4. Cub Scout Adventure Survey
  3. New leadership recruitment material: Pack Committee Resources
  4. The Den Leader Experience on Scoutbook provides a one-stop-shop for Den Leaders. It helps on anything from organizing meetings for the year to preparing for their next meeting to tracking attendance and advancement.

Scouts BSA

The following Scouts BSA resources were provided in a recent article from Bryan on Scouting.

  1. A quick-start guide to Scouts BSA – Program Resources Page
    • 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
    • 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
  2. Latest updates to Scouts BSA – Program Updates Page
    • New or updated language for Scouts BSA printed materials, such as the Scouts BSA HandbookScouts BSA Requirements book, or a merit badge pamphlet.
    • Updated requirements for merit badges or ranks
    • Information on new Scouts BSA initiatives or opportunities

Venturing

You can find the following Venturing resources 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.

Sea Scouts

You can find the following Sea Scout resources under the Resource menu at SeaScout.org:

  • Ship Resources
  • Scout Resources
  • Leader Resources
  • Quick Resources
    • Marketing Toolbox
    • Program Toolbox
    • Uniforms
    • Documents

Check out the Lookout Sea Scout Podcast Series, with the first episode being a great introduction to Sea Scouts for commissioners.

International Scouting

You can find resources for your units on the BSA’s International Scouting page:

Disabilities Awareness

You can find the following resources on the Disabilities Awareness page:

Awards Central

Awards Central is the Boy Scouts of America’s repository for information about official awards and recognitions. This site is where the most up-to-date information about BSA-related awards may be found, including award applications and nomination forms.

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