Scouting at Home - New BSA webpages with resources during 2020 Coronavirus Outbreak

Boy Scouts of America has created a special set of resources for Scouting youth, families, and adult volunteers for "Scouting at Home" which is a continuation of Scouting program for those who are at home and unable to participate in traditional in-person activities.

This special set of resources is best accessed using this link

Scouting at Home - Resources for Scouts and FamiliesExternal Link

This webpage by National BSA includes links to online articles regarding our Scouting community response to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  When clicking on each of the four program tabs - Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts -- one will find various program-specific resource links for activities and advancement opportunities for BSA youth members, adult members, and their families that can be done while Scouting at Home..

Special video Scouting at Home - We are Scouts!External Link

For specific resources regarding Advancement and badge activities, review our council webpage for Advancement/Recognition for links to other resources.  We also have links to larger councils' Scouting at Home program resources listed below.

Link to temporary BSA Program and Advancement Policies during 2020 Coronavirus pandemicExternal Link

Digital/online opportunities for Scouting at Home

Show and Tell: Scouting at Home (Scouting magazine article on what Scouts are doing)External Link

For Scouts BSA members, our REC-BSA district/council merit badge teams are organizing several Merit Badge Workshops suited for completing a majority of requirements for specific merit badges in which Scouts may meet with each other and approved Merit Badge Counselors through videoconference.  Links to each such Workshop will be on the REC-BSA website calendar.  Although each Scout needs to register in advance through the website (assisted by parents as needed), all such programs and technology is supported by Friends of Scouting donations, and there will not be any fees to register ("free registration").

A list prepared by National BSA of merit badges suitable for Scouts to work on while at home can be found at this Bryan on Scouting blog webpage Merit Badges while "Social Distancing"External Link

Redwood Empire Council encourages units to honor Cub Scout and Scouts BSA participation in other councils' digital/online advancement workshops.  The council expects all units to honor PDF copies of Merit Badge Counselor applications ("blue cards" that may not actually be blue in these instances!)

Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities - revised policies released April 2020External Link

Religious Emblems: Another program activity well-suited for BSA youth to work on with family and members' religious leaders

Recorded presentation - Helping Scouts earn their religious emblemsExternal Link

Resource links provided by PRAY non-profit org.External Link

Note that all religious emblems, when earned, are ordered by each member's congregation or diocese through the process specific to each religious denomination.  BSA Supply Group and local councils are not allowed to sell the actual religious emblem awards.

Scouting at Home online resources provided by other BSA councils

North Florida Council BSAExternal Link

Central Florida Council BSA - Cub Scouting at HomeExternal Link

Greater Los Angeles Area Council BSAExternal Link

Pacific Skyline Council BSAExternal Link

Spirit of Adventure Council BSA - New England Base CampExternal Link

Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council BSAExternal Link - including links to "30-day Challenge" for each Cub Scout program level