Are your Scouts at home? Here are some resources!
Find 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 add new content and resources to this hub regularly.
Questions or insights to share? The Council’s Scouting at Home committee can be reached at ScoutingAtHome@AlamoAreaBSA.org. National BSA has resources too:
- National BSA Statement on COVID-19,
- COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) AND National Scouting at Home page
Many resources below are links to the Scouting Mobile App for Individual Advancement tracking. This free app is available for both iPhone and Android devices. Search for “Scouting BSA” in the Apple App Store or Google Play and download,
Watch the Council’s live streaming broadcast site, including content like the Family Friday Scouting at Home Campout held the 4th Friday of every month. If you are a Scout family interested in hosting the next Family Friday Scouting at Home Campout, please email the Adventure team at Adventure@AlamoAreaBSA.org.
Join us every Wednesday from 2:00 – 2:15 pm for the Council’s Midweek Moment of Prayer. If you are a unit chaplain, institutional head, COR, or just would like to express your “Scout is Reverent” spirit during the Midweek Moment of Prayer, please email the Council’s prayer committee at Prayer@AlamoAreaBSA.org.
Current Scouting at Home LIVE Events:
- FB Live – Fun Paracord Creations (May 26th, 2020, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM)
- FB Live – Tuesdays with Ted (May 26th, 2020, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
- FB Live – Summer Fun (May 27th, 2020, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM)
- FB Live – Glow in the Dark Bowling (May 27th, 2020, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
- FB Live – Croquet Capers (May 28th, 2020, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM)
- FB Live – Archery Adventures (May 29th, 2020, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM)
- FB Live – Friday Family Campout (May 29th, 2020, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM)
Current Merit Badge or Unit Leader Classes
*Below is a list of the session offerings and their dates and times they are offered.
*NEW – IMPORTANT – Due to the number of Scouts not attending the classes they are signing up for, we send a reminder email on Thursday for all of the classes you are registered for and ask you to review them and notify us of conflicts so we can open those spots for others. If anyone does not attend a class they are signed up for without prior notification to Adventure@alamoareabsa.org we will be removing that Scout from all classes for the 2 weeks following the “no show”. We strive to offer the classes at no cost, fairly, to all Scouts. Please be courteous to other Scouts and do not register for a class which will overlap with another or unless you are completely committed to attending.
*Prerequisites and follow up dates are listed in the registration descriptions.
*It is the Scouts responsibility to recieve Scoutmaster approval prior to start of the merit badge, as stated in the Guide to Advancement.
*The evening prior to a scheduled session, the Scouts will receive an email, which will be sent to the email address entered in the registration system, with information on how to log into the Zoom Session. All class times are Central. *Please note – do not wait until the class has already started to reach out if you can’t find your email, after 30 minutes into the class we will not allow anyone else to enter.
*Once the Merit Badge Instructor finalizes a class, they will send the results to the Outdoor Adventure Department and an email will be sent to the participant and their Scoutmaster. This email does not come out until the entire class is finalized, not individual Scouts completing their badge. Please be patient, as some of these classes have follow ups for 90 plus days.
*New sessions will be added regularly as coordination happens.
* We would like to continue to offer these classes with no cost to our Scouts. To continue to do this, we are asking individuals to help support our Give the Adventure campaign in any way that they can. Please use our dedicated giving page to make a contribution today or in the future.
More Merit Badge Classes are coming for June and July….check back to see when they post
- Mammal Study Online (May 26th, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
- Pets Online (May 27th, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
- Full – Art Merit Badge Online (May 28th, 2020, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM)
- Full – Collections Online (May 28th, 2020, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM)
Latest Scouting at Home News
- Alamo Area Council Response to Coronavirus COVID-19
- Flags at Fort Sam – Virtual Event
- Top 10 DIY Backyard Family Camp Guide for Non-Scouters
- Front Yard Food Drive – A Good Turn!
- Fiesta 2020
Cub Scouts – Virtual Day Camp – EXPLORE THE WORLD!
Are you in Kindergarten through 5th grade beginning the fall of 2020 and looking for something exciting to do? Heard Day Camp was cancelled and really bummed out? Join us for our Virtual Day Camp and EXPLORE THE WORLD with friends and our experienced Day Camp Staff! Texas is hot, you can only play outside for so long before you need to come inside and cool off. So, cool off with us and travel the world. Registration is open now, click HERE to find out more!
- Conduct virtual Patrol Leaders Council meetings via teleconference or web video conferencing. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting.
- Encourage Patrol Leaders to communicate digitally with their patrol members.
- Conduct online merit badge counselor meetings using web video conferencing tools such as Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype, FreeConference or Facebook. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting. Note completing a worksheet and emailing it does not constitute a “virtual discussion”, rather use interactive video or phone conversations.
- 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.
- 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 us in your post using #AlamoAreaBSA #GoodTurnSA
- Go for a walk, Read a book, Write letter, Do a craft, Call a friend/family member, Play a game, Visit a virtual historical site or museum, Work in the yard, Cook/Bake, Or Do a puzzle.
Hold Scoutmaster Conference using web video conferencing. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting.
If needed, conduct Eagle Boards of Review via videoconferencing. Units can administer BORs up and including Life rank but should follow the guidance in The Guide to Advancement Section 188.8.131.52 Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing. District Advancement Chairs will provide directions on Eagle BORs. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting.
Bryan on Scouting has a great article on “How to conduct a Board of Review through Videoconferencing.
Youth Protection Reminder
It’s critical that we all continue to keep youth protection top-of-mind whether our Scouting activities are taking place in person or through a digital platform. Of note, remember that BSA prohibits any one-on-one interaction between an adult leader and a Scout – in person, online, through a web conference, over the phone, via text, or in any other form.
The BSA’s Social Media Guidelines serve as a complement to our youth protection policies.