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‎Resources for your Scouting needs

Thanks everyone around Scouting for these great resources. Please share any resources you are using during the school closing and unit meeting cancellations.  Here are resources for families looking to engage their children in Scouting and/or educational activities while at home:

Virtual Cub Den Meeting series - by Black Swamp Area Council Scout leaders

8 museums offer virtual visits & help with merit badges - Bryan on Scouting

Merit badges every 'Hamilton' fan should earn - Bryan on Scouting

Cubmaster shares lyrics for funny Pack song he penned - Mitch Lynch video on YouTube

How Cooking Merit Badge can save your family time and heartache - Aaron Derr

Scoutbook Tutorial for Advancement - Black Swamp Area Council leaders share insight

How to teach (or learn) lashing from home - Bryan on Scouting

Pack-to-Troop transitions: Preparing AOLs (and their PL's) for Scouting Rank - Look Wilder Still

Special Cyber Chip program recognition - Black Swamp Area Council Scouts can receive special recognition

Scouting at Home - new ScoutingWire TV series

National Camp-in - Saturday, May 2, join a day of adventure from friendly competitions to camprire singalongs

Scouting at Home – A new web page for stay-at-home activities for any Scout rank, a National BSA website

Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities - via National BSA

Learn how to make a face mask with your neckerchief - via Boys' Life and see Old Sycamore DE Brian Botti's handy work 

LEGO Live #3 - build a symbol of hope at home

Online Merit Badge University - open to all courtesy of Palmetto Council

Perseverance pays off: Meet the Scout who named the next Mars rover

Take your kids on a #TrekAt2 without leaving your house

Scout Share - Help your unit provide a superior program

Free year of Boys' Life - limited time offer

New Scouting at Home video - sharing the impact of the Scouting movement

Remote Learning: Supporting educators, parents and teachers

How to tie a Woggle - Turk’s Head knot with Old Sycamore DE Brian Botti

Online Resources to Keep Your Unit Humming – Cub Den Leader planning made easy

BSA Instagram contest - #ScoutingAtHome share your great Scouting efforts from home

Prairielands Council offers virtual merit badge skill center

Scout On - find useful program for all types of Scouts, leaders & parents

Unit resource survey - Help us grow this effort stronger. Please complete our brief survey

Toilet paper solar system – Looking for fun activity at home courtesy of Great Oaks District

Merit Badges online for all - Any Scout can participate for free after registering 

STEAM Activity Pack - Family fun with STEAM (Download PDF)

Merit Badges Online – Registration Required – Central Florida Council, March 30 – April 3

Boys’ Life magazine - Find projects you can create from home and stories that will take young readers’ minds on adventures all over the world. In addition to the website, an entire year’s worth of issues is free in the BL app

Things all Scouts can do at home – Atlanta Area Council features a page full of ideas

ScoutShare – ideas how to Scout remotely plus work on documents together, and virtual meetings

Scouting Adventures without leaving home – Spirit of Adventure Council takes you outbound

Video Training on conducting virtual meetings - Cascade Pacific Council

Amazing Educational Resources - List of Education companies offering free subscriptions.  

WeAreTeachers.com - Online education resources for ideas & inspiration

Scouting at home - Participate in a six-week program online with family and achieve advancements along the way

Daily DIY Science Activities for home - Boonshoft Museum, Dayton

Merit badges for social distancing - 58 badges Scouts can complete at home

Advancement Academy - Your virtual resource for keeping Scouts advancing, connected & having fun

Scouting at home video series from our friends in Cincinnati at Dan Beard Council 

Merit Badge Classes Online - March/April 2020 - Open to all councils

Running your Packs Pinewood Derby virtually - A fantastic way to host your units Pinewood Derby while still maximizing social distancing

Bear Grylls indoor survival activities - Weekly videos to surviving extended time with family

The Ultimate Cubmaster Challenge – Cubs are asked to complete a challenge based on rank

Virtual Campsite Competition (Tent not included) - A resource for a fun activity that can be adopted for your Troop or Pack

Good Turns during the coronavirus: Acts of Scouting service you can do from home - Bryan On Scouting

BSA Family Scouting - On Facebook, a private group

Completing Cub Scout rank Adventures by Look Wider Still

Knots 101: Scouts BSA/Grades 6-12 - Learn to splice – Pioneering Merit Badge

Khan Academy - Especially good for math and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

Futurelearn - Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14 but younger learners can use a parent account).

Openlearn - Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Blockly - Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch - Creative computer programming

Ted Ed - All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids - Activities and quizzes for younger kids

Duolingo - Learn languages for free

Mystery Science - Free science lessons

Look Wider Still - A Scout mother’s take on bringing the joys of outing to her Scouting family and yours

The Kids Should See This - Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course - You Tube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids - As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards - Science awards you can complete from home

Tinkercad - All kinds of making

Prodigy Math - Good for elementary school ages

Big History Project - Aimed at Secondary age, multi-disciplinary activities

Geography Games - Geography gaming!

STEM Simulators - Learn Computer Science

The Artful Parent - Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page

Red Ted Art - Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree - Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest

Toy Theater - Educational online games

Please continue to keep families impacted by this illness and all the healthcare workers, first responders, military who are dealing with this each day in your thoughts. Please also keep our local, state and national leaders in your thoughts and prayers.

Be Prepared and Keep Scouting!



Black Swamp Area Council
2100 Broad Avenue, Findlay Ohio
(419) 422-4356