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We may be in isolation, but scouting will go on!  In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we have put together a list of ways that scouts can safely stay involved while adhering to guidelines from the health department and the governor.  Look below to see how scouts can stay active and involved from the safety of their own homes.   

See anything that is missing or have something that you would like to add?  Email Koby McInnis at kmcinnis@seattlebsa.org with the details.  


Table of Content:

Virtual Scouting For All Ages

Virtual Merit Badge Classes

Virtual Cub Scout Activities (including ideas for hosting your own virtual cub scout meetings!)

Resources and ideas for how you can do scouting from home


Virtual Scouting for All Ages:

Virtual Camping Around the Country: check out these awesome virtual camping experiences being offered across the country!  These can be a great way to keep scouts engaged and having fun this summer!

CSC Scouting at Home Award: This award is for those Scouts and Scouters who have continued to participate in Scouting in some form during the COVID 19 Pandemic.  Requirements for this award can be completed any time between March 1st and June 30th, 2020.  The patch for this award will be available for order in mid to late June through the Council website. For more information on how to earn this badge, please click here. In order to help keep shipping costs low, please do your best to order the patches for your unit in the same order, rather than on an individual basis.  Patches cost $3 per patch and can be ordered here (there is no need to fill out advancement forms).  

Wilderness Remote First Aid- 2020: Obtaining Wilderness Remote First Aid has been difficult during the COVID-19 outbreak. For summer 2020, the BSA has been working with ECSI to design a blended learning format that combines 8-hours of online learning with 8-hours of in-person skills testing. The platform is now live and ready for participants to begin the course. Information, for both participants and instructors, is available on ECSI’s website: https://www.ecsinstitute.org/scouting.  

In addition, there are several options to satisfy this requirement for backcountry, wilderness and remote programs. The options are listed below:
1. The crew has at least one member with a current certificate of training in WFA
2. The crew has at least one member who meets the criteria for an extension from the issuing agency. It is incumbent on the individual to research and obtain the extension with the issuing agency.
3. A member of the crew obtains “just in time training” prior to arrival. This may become more accessible as states begin to reopen.
4. A WFA trained staff member accompanies the crew.
5. A crew member completes the 8-hour online course, followed by the 8-hour skills test (prior to arrival, or upon arrival) resulting in a certificate of training.

Any BSA participant may take the 8-hour online WFA course as an awareness class but if they require certification, they will need to show competency by successfully completing the 8-hour skills check with a certified ECSI BSA WFA instructor. Current CPR/AED certification is the only pre-requisite for students.

The fee for the eLearning course is $24.00 and includes a one-year e-book version of the ECSI WFA course book.

 

Make sure that scouting remains safe, even when scouting online!  Click here for important information on digital safety and online scouting activities released by the national Boy Scouts of America. 

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Virtual Merit Badge Classes: 

All scouts should email their scoutmaster before the class to receive permission to do the merit badge.  An email from your scout master confirming that they are giving you the go ahead to participate will count for the purpose of the virtual merit badge. 

When participating in virtual merit badge classes, it is important that all scouts adhere to the following virtual scouting code of conduct.  Please make sure to read the guidelines below before joining a virtual class.  Remember, a scout is courteous- even when we are meeting virtually.

  • Youth Protection in a Digital World: Make sure that all virtual scouting meetings follow the BSA Youth Protection Policies.  For information and clarification on how to safely run a virtual scout meeting, please click here.
Virtual Scouting Code of Conduct List of Available Classes:
  • At the beginning, everyone who is not speaking should mute themselves so that background noise does not interrupt the speaker
  • Dress code: all scouts are required to wear their scouting neckerchief.  Check the class description on the registration page to see if your counselor requires the full uniform or not.
  • All interactions, including speaking and use of the chat, should be scouting appropriate- just because you are not there in person does not mean you can act inappropriately
  • Make sure you follow all direction given by the merit badge counselor with regards to how to respond to questions, speaking up during the call, and use of the chat.
  • When using the chat feature, do not send private chats, all chats must be sent to the group as a whole.
  • In order to show their participation, all participants must keep their camera on so that counselors can see who is paying attention.
  • To volunteer to teach a class, please contact Koby McInnis at kmcinnis@seattlebsa.org

 Stay tuned- more classes are coming! 

Need to order advancement materials?  Click here for more information on how to order advancement materials online.

 

More Ways to Practice Scouting at Home

Are you a new Eagle Scout?  Don't forget to register for the annual Eagle Banquet!  Due to COVID19, the banquet will be held virtually on June 3rd.  For more information, and to register for the event, please click here.

The Alpine Order of the Arrow Scouts have put together a series of videos geared towards helping and encouraging other scouts practice their Camporee skills at home, especially since many Camporees ended up getting cancelled this year.  Click here for more information and to watch their awesome videos! To access their complete play list directly on Youtube, click here.

Assign one scout in your troop to go out and take pictures of 10 wild/native plants growing around their home and then do a picture presentation to the rest of the troop where they identify and talk about the plants.  

Click here to see how one scout earned his cooking merit badge at home!  Looks delicious!

Make sure that scouting remains safe, even when scouting online!  Click here for important information on digital safety and online scouting activities released by the national Boy Scouts of America.


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Virtual Cub Scout Activities:

Live Virtual Activities:

Virtual NOVA Awards: Ash Hennessey of the Aurora District is hosting virtual NOVA awards to scouts ages Wolf rank and up on the second Thursday of each month.  For more information and to register, please click here.

  • Youth Protection in a Digital World: Make sure that all virtual scouting meetings follow the BSA Youth Protection Policies.  For information and clarification on how to safely run a virtual scout meeting, please click here.
Pre-Recorded Virtual Activities:  

 

Ideas for holding your own socially distanced Cub Scout meetings:

Take your cub scouts on a virtual tour of zoos and aquariums:  Various aquariums and zoos around the country (and even the world) have set up live webcams so that people can still explore and learn about the amazing animals they have from the comfort of home! There are also live webcams in the wild all around the world, so you can adventure pretty much anywhere you want!  All you need to do is get everyone together on zoom, pull up the webcam and share your screen so that everyone can watch!  To get you started, here is a short list of webcams that some of our packs have already accessed:

 

A Pack Awards Parade: Watch this youtube video for a great idea on how to recognize cub scouts who continue to stay involved.  This is a great way to make sure that they receive their awards and keep them motivated and excited about scouting!  Have more ideas on how cub scouts can continue to stay involved?  Please email them to Koby McInnis at kmcinnis@seattlebsa.org.  

 

Advice from a Cubmaster on holding virtual cub scout meetings:

Thought for the day: I hear about a lot of Den Leaders who are stressing out thinking that they need to plan 1 to 1.5 hour educational Den Meetings that accomplish all that would happen at a normal in person Den Meeting. Don't stress about being perfect. Think about what you are accomplishing just by meeting. You are providing continuity, a little education and adding the social part back into Scout's lives so that they may be physically distant but not socially distant.

Here is an easy format for a virtual (I use Zoom) meeting:

  • As folks are getting into the meeting, let them socialize a little. They all want to say hi. Ask them how they are doing and what they have been up to.
  • Start the meeting with the same routine you would in person. I have a small handheld flag that I hold up to the camera. We go through the Pledge, Oath and Law. Let Scouts have an opportunity to lead them off. Our Webelos go through the Outdoor Code and/or the Leave No Trace (with hand motions) where they each get to say a portion.
  • Announcements for what they might need to know in the next few weeks. Give them things to look forward to (but keep it brief and age appropriate).
  • Work on an adventure for 15 to 30 minutes. Incorporate things you can talk about, a guest speaker (could be another parent in the Pack). Incorporating videos is super helpful in explaining topics and this has made video even easier to incorporate (just know that you have to share the sound too). Give them a chance to practice or share what they are doing by giving Scouts a chance to show what they are doing during the lesson. If you need to have supplies, give parents enough of a lead time to get them or have a pick up day where families can pick up den meeting supplies from a single location. This allows you to get hands on (we have done plants, yoyos, circuits and more).
  • Leave 15 minutes to have unscripted (but maybe directed social time). As them questions about what they like to do and see if other Scouts have similar interests. This could be playing a game involving dice which causes them to select something or something like Simon says (might vary by age). Ask them what they are reading for fun. Ask for book recommendations. What is the hot new movie or video game.
  • Remind them what they need to do for next meeting.
  • Make sure that you have two leaders on until all Scouts have left the meeting. Then make sure that you select leave and close meeting.

Keep in mind that this may be the most they are getting to see their friends in an environment which is meant to build community as much as it is about learning. These meetings are great for their mental health as well as yours. This also does a lot to let families know that Scouting is there for them and their children and it will be much easier to keep Packs growing into the Fall.

 

Looking for new ideas for inviting kids to check out your pack?  Here is a list of ideas for putting together a fun, easy virtual join night!

 

Need to order advancement materials?  Click here for more information on how to order advancement materials online.

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Resources and ideas for how you can do scouting from home:

 

Resources and Information:

  • Make sure that scouting remains safe, even when scouting online!  Click here for important information on digital safety and online scouting activities released by the national Boy Scouts of America.
  • Youth Protection in a Digital World: Make sure that all virtual scouting meetings follow the BSA Youth Protection Policies.  For information and clarification on how to safely run a virtual scout meeting, please click here.
  • The national council has put together a lot of great information on their own Scouting from Home page, so make sure to check it out! Included is information on advancement, ideas, and more. 
  • Summer Camp: Stay up to date on the latest news regarding the Chief Seattle Council Summer Camp with this great COVID 19 FAQ sheet (this will be regularly updated, so make sure to keep an eye on it!).
  • Advancement: Learn more about how advancement and Eagle Rank achievements can still continue while we are stuck at home.
  • Need to order advancement materials?  Click here for more information on how to order advancement materials online.
  • Scouting and COVID-19 FAQ from the national council 

 

Ideas for scouting while maintaining social distance: 

  • Looking for something new to try?  Use a random word generator (or create your own list of words) and send a word to a scout in a private chat (make sure to include another adult in the chat for YPT purposes) and have them use the whiteboard feature in the sharing options on Zoom to play pictionary!
  • Awards Parade- Watch this youtube video for a great idea on how to recognize cub scouts who continue to stay involved and make sure that they receive their awards and keep them motivated and excited about scouting!  Have more ideas on how cub scouts can continue to stay involved?  Please email them to Koby McInnis at kmcinnis@seattlebsa.org.  
  • In times of crisis, Scouts find a way to adapt. We’re hearing from Scouts and leaders across the country who have found creative ways to keep on Scouting even while practicing social distancing (staying home and remaining at least 6 feet from others if you must go out). For more information, click here.  (Continue reading at Bryan on Scouting).
  • As public places, including many parks and campgrounds, are closing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you might be left scratching your head on what you and your kids can do. Plenty! (Continue reading at Bryan on Scouting).
  • For a limited time, get an entire year’s worth of Boys’ Life issues for free!  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.
  • Four Activities to do at Home During the Coronavirus (courtesy of the National Scout Shop)
  • Ideas for Staying Busy at Home (for kids- courtesy of the National Scout Shop)
  • Is your troop looking to go on a wild adventure once we open back up?  River Recreation in Monitor, WA offers white water merit badge classes!  The owner is an Eagle Scout and loves working with scout troops, while also offering a great price!

 

 

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Merit BadgesAquila district is in the process of updating the current list of merit badge counselors. If you are currently a merit badge counselor please respond to or e-mail Ken DeVos, 206-248-2543. We need to know the merit badge(s) that you are the counselor for and the troop that you are affiliated with. Please specify if you are willing to reach outside your troop. If you do not wish to continue as MBC let us know that too. If you are interested in becoming a merit badge counselor read on...

Internet AdvancementInternet AdvancementCub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, Varsity Scout Teams, and Venturing Crews can process their advancement on Internet Advancement.

Internet Advancement lets unit leaders (Pack, Troop, Team, Crew) record youth advancement to their BSA member records at any time throughout the year.

Ranks and earned awards will be added to the youth member records and submitted to the BSA's ScoutNET system. This will update the youth member's record and the unit advancement statistics as they are achieved.

Merit Badge PamphletsAquila District's Merit Badge Jamboree gives Scouts the opportunity to meet and work with qualified, registered Merit Badge Counselors on a variety of Merit Badges. All Scouts BSA Scouts, Varsity Scouts, and qualified Venturers are welcome to attend. There is typically a Jamboree in the spring and fall each year, with different Merit Badges offered at each event. Jamborees are also opportunities for adults to take trainings like Youth Protection, Merit Badge Counselor, and Scoutmaster Specific.

OA T'kope Kwiskwis LogoThe Order of the Arrow is Scouting's national honor society. Its membership fulfills the Order's purpose of recognizing those who exemplify Scouting's values, promoting responsible outdoor adventure, developing young leaders, and crystallizing the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others. Established in 1915, the OA emphasizes service to the unit. In this way, Arrowmen give back to their troops with the leadership skills and values of service learned through the Order. The Order's program complements the troop's, providing valuable leadership training programs, world-class high adventure opportunities, and exciting national conferences.