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Thank you participating in Scouting @ Home. Starting Friday, May 29th we will begin transitioning away from our traditional weekly Scouting @ Home into a summer-oriented virtual program. Stay tuned for some of our summer virtual offerings!

Scouting can take place anywhere – even in the comfort of your home!

Here you will find a resource hub for parents and leaders to help support Scouting at home, with stay-at-home educational activities for any Scout rank, tips for continuing to work on advancements and kid-friendly content that connects Scouting with their daily lives. We will continue to add new content and resources to this hub regularly.

Our goal is to make it easier to deliver the Scouting program by making plans more accessible to Leaders and parents. For any questions, please contact Activities & Program Director, Thomas Yang at thomas.yang@scouting.org. In addition, please share how your Scouts are Scouting On on your social media pages with #ScoutOn, #Scouting@Home, and tag us @BSAGRC. Send Thomas Yang your photos and videos for a chance to be featured on our social media. 

Scouting @ Home, Issue 1, March 20, 2020
Scouting @ Home, Issue 2, March 27, 2020
Scouting @ Home, Issue 3, April 3rd, 2020
Scouting @ Home, Issue 4, April 10th, 2020
Scouting @ Home, Issue 5, April 17, 2020

Scouting @ Home, Issue 6, April 24th, 2020

Scouting @ Home, Issue 7, May 1st, 2020

Scouting @ Home, Issue 8, May 8th, 2020

Scouts BSA

Cub Scouts

All Scouts

Order your exclusive, limited edition Scouting @ Home Patch! A limited amount of these will be made.

Order Here

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Online Merit Badges

The Great Rivers Council will be offering a variety of online merit badges over the next few weeks. The virtual classes will be taught through Zoom, a videoconferencing service. Please check back weekly. Merit badges will be updated every Friday.

There is no cost to register for these online merit badge courses. Scouts will be required to have access to a computer/laptop with video & microphone access and reliable internet. Once registered, Scouts will receive login information no less than 24 hours before their class.

Blue Cards will be provided digitally to Scouts after the completion of the merit badge. Some classes will require multiple sessions with homework in between to complete. Please ensure that you click on the merit badges and get the proper information below; as each badge has different requirements. It is the responsibility of the Scouts to ensure that they attend all the necessary virtual sessions to complete the badge. Counselors cannot guarantee makeup sessions.   

To assure the quality of instruction, classes sizes will be limited. The badges will take place over 1, 2, 3, or more sessions. Scouts must participate in all sessions in order to complete the badge. Remember, a Scout is Courteous. In the interest of being able to serve a large number of Scouts, please refrain from registering for every class. Conversely, if a class fills up quickly, we will do our best to add additional sessions. Click on the merit badges below to get more information and register:

All counselors are registered members of the BSA and have Youth Protection Training. Two deep-leadership will be enforced at all online merit badge classes. Additionally, parents are encouraged to sit alongside their Scouts throughout the duration of the class(es). 

If you are interested in being a counselor for a virtual merit badge, please contact Program Director, Thomas Yang, at thomas.yang@scouting.org.

Scout Skills & Rank Advancement

The Great Rivers Council is excited to announce the 30 Day Brownsea Challenge for Scouts between the ranks of Scouts and First Class. The challenge will start from April 10th and last until May 9th.  Complete the challenge and earn the limited Scout On Patch. 

Click on the links below to get requirements for each rank:

Scout

Tenderfoot

2nd Class

1st Class

Register Here

Other Resources:

Did you just crossover? Checkout our Scout Skills & Advancement resources to make sure you stay on track with rank advancement. We will continue to update this weekly with videos, live trainings, articles, and more!
 
Need to learn how to tie knots? Download the 3D Knots App. 3D Knots teaches you how to tie over 120 different knots, step by step. It is available for Android and Apple.
 
Also, checkout the website, www.animatedknots.com!
 
 
Lastly, checkout this great article from Scouting Magazine, that has videos on the 10 most important knots for Scouts
 
 
Totin' Chip
 
Totin' Chip is a certification that grants Scouts the right to carry and use wood tools. Scouts should earn their Totin' Chip before carrying knives and blades on campouts.
 
 
 

    Other Activities:

    • Plan and cook a meal for your family.
    • Encourage Scouts to post online stories from history and how humanity was able to overcome such difficulties and give people hope. 
    • Hold a virtual gaming meet. Or use Kahoot to host an online quiz.
    • Encourage Scouts to communicate with Scouts around the world. Learn about the World Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM). Introduce JOTA/JOTI.
    • Coordinate a community-based support network. Work with your Chartered Organization to develop a plan. Offer your unit assistance in helping the needy.
    • Post examples of how Scouts are helping the community on social media. Make sure to tag Great Rivers Council in your post using @BSAGRC 
    How to conduct a board of review through videoconferencing
     
    The board of review, like most aspects of Scouting, works best in person. But sometimes, for a number of legitimate reasons, that’s not an option. That’s why, as outlined in the Guide to Advancement, the BSA allows units to conduct boards of review by teleconferencing, using tools like Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom.  Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting.
     

    Cub Scouts

    Get ready for the 30 day Cub Scout Challenge! From April 1st to 30th, the Great Rivers Council will be commencing the 30 Day Cub Scout Challenge. Complete the challenge and receive the exclusive, limited 2020 Cub Scout Challenge Patch! To be eligible to receive the custom Cub Scout Challenge you must be registered. Registration will start March 20th @ 4pm and end March 31st @ 11:55 pm.

    Click on the links below to see the requirements for each challenge. Good Luck and Scout On!

    Register here

    Bobcat Badge

    Just joined Scouting? Then earn your Bobcat Badge! It is simple and easy. Cub Scouts must earn their Bobcat Badge before earning any ranks (does not include Lions). Click on the link below to get the requirements:

    Bobcat Badge Requirements

    Checkout these other resources:

    • Animal Kingdom | This Adventure is all about community. | Required Adventure
    • Build it Up, Knock it Down | This Adventure is all about building. | Elective Adventure
    • Gizmos and Gadgets |  This Adventure is all about motion, force and creating objects. | Elective Adventure
    • I'll Do It Myself |  This Adventure is all about being prepared. | Elective Adventure
    • Pick My Path |  This Adventure is all about to do a good turn daily. | Elective Adventure
    • Ready, Set, Grow | This Adventure focuses on plants and gardens. | Elective Adventure
    • Backyard Jungle | This Adventure and is very hands-on with planting something and building birdhouses -- this can be done as a solo family Adventure. | Required Adventure
    • My Family's Duty to God | This is often an "at home" adventure anyway because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family. | Required Adventure
    • Tiger Bites | An Adventure that covers food choices and preparation, manners and nutrition. | Required Adventure
    • Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries | An Adventure about magic, codes, sign language and more. | Elective Adventure
    • Family Stories | An Adventure about family heritage. | Elective Adventure
    • Sky is the Limit |  Adventure all about the night sky, constellations, astronauts, etc. | Elective Adventure
    • Stories in Shapes | An Adventure about art. | Elective Adventure
    • Tiger-Safe and Smart | An Adventure all about home and neighborhood safety. | Elective Adventure
    • Tiger Tales | An Adventure all about story-telling, tall tales, singing. | Elective Adventure
    • Paws on the Path | An Adventure covering hiking skills and nature and maps. | Required Adventure
    • Adventures in Coins | An Adventure about Coins. | Elective Adventure 
    • Code of the Wolf | An Adventure that uses math games and secret codes. | Elective Adventure
    • Digging in the Past | An Adventure about dinosaurs, fossils, and archeology. | Elective Adventure
    • Finding Your Way | An Adventure about map and compass, hiking and a scavenger hunt. | Elective Adventure
    • Germs Alive | An Adventure about keeping clean and germs. | Elective Adventure
    • Grow Something | An Adventure about planting and make a terrarium. | Elective Adventure
    • Motor Away | An Adventure about cars, boats and paper airplanes. | Elective Adventure
    • Paws of Skill | An Adventure about fitness, sports, sporting event, and obstacle courses. | Elective Adventure
    • BALOO the Builder | An Adventure covering using tools and wood tools. | Required Adventure
    • Bear Claws | An Adventure all about knife use and knife safety. | Required Adventure
    • Fellowship and Duty to God | This is often an "at home" adventure anyway because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family. | Required Adventure
    • Paws for Action | An Adventure that's all about history/patriotism, visiting a law enforcement facility, basic emergency preparedness, energy conservation, and a cleanup service project. | Required Adventure
    • Bear Picnic Basket | An Adventure about cooking. | Elective Adventure
    • Make It Move | An Adventure about fun Engineering. | Elective Adventure
    • Roaring Laughter | An Adventure about Fun, Jokes, Stories, and Games. | Elective Adventure
    • Robotics | An Adventure about robots. | Elective Adventure
    • Super Science | An Adventure about Fun Science experiments. | Elective Adventure
    • A World of Sound | An Adventure about World Music and Instruments. | Elective Adventure
    • Duty to God and You | This is often an "at home" adventure anyway because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family. | Required Adventure
    • First Responder | An adventure, covering basic first aid and emergency preparedness. | Required Adventure
    • Adventures In Science | An Adventure about science. | Required Adventure
    • Art Explosion | An Adventure about art. | Elective Adventure
    • Aware and Care | An Adventure about Disabilities Awareness. | Elective Adventure
    • Build My Own Hero An Adventure about Citizen Heroes. | Elective Adventure
    • Engineer An Adventure about engineering. | Elective Adventure
    • Fix It An Adventure about home repairs. | Elective Adventure
    • Game Design An Adventure about games. | Elective Adventure
    • Looking Back, Looking Forward An Adventure about Your Own Timeline. | Elective Adventure
    • Maestro An Adventure about music. | Elective Adventure
    • Moviemaking | An Adventure about moviemaking. | Elective Adventure
    • Project Family An Adventure about family life. | Elective Adventure

    All Scouts

    Virtual Camporee

    Cyber Chip Training:

    If you have not earned your Cyber Chip, now is your chance! Cyber Chip teaches Scouts how to be safe online. It is available to all Scouts, 1st-12th grade. We will be doing a video training series for Cyber Chip. Please note that these videos are meant to be supplemental instruction to the Cyber Chip. Please ensure that you complete all requirements in order to earn your Cyber Chip.

    Cyber Chip Videos

    1st to 3rd grade

    4th to 5th grade
    6th to 8th grade
    9th to 12th grade 

            

    Chess:

    We are excited to announce the Virtual Boy Scouts of America Chess Tournament. Go the Online Chess Tournament Page to get more details & register. In the meantime, please review "Learn How to Read & Write Chess". Click on the link below to download a pdf copy. We strongly recommend that you have previous chess knowledge & experience.

    Learn How to Read & Write Chess

    We are excited to announce that we are partnering with ChessKid, to put on a virtual chess tournament for our council. ChessKid is an online tool that teaches young people how to play chess in a way that is fun and safe. Thank you to the Saint Louis Chess Club for their generous donation to make this possible.

    We are also excited to announce the Crazy Chess Set Competition. This is a virtual unit activity. Which unit can create the craziest, most unique-looking chess set?

    All you need to make your own chess set are the following materials:

    • a printer
    • printer paper or cardstock (8.5x11" or 11x17")
    • cardboard or foam board
    • a pair of scissors
    • decorating materials (paint, etc.)
    • your creativity!

    Click on the link below to get the cutouts:

    Chess Set Pieces Cutouts

    Simply cut the paper or cardstock. Trace the design on cardboard or foam board. Cut the pieces out. Paint or decorate and assemble the interlocking pieces. No glue required! Send your photos and/or videos to Thomas Yang at thomas.yang@scouting.org for a chance to be featured on our social media. Winners will be announced May 4th!


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