Virtual Scouting 

Out of an abundance of caution schools are closed, meetings are being postponed or held online, and families are spending more time together at home. But that doesn't mean Scouting has to stop! Families are always encouraged to review the handbook with their Scout.

 

Click on the tabs below to discover more great options for continuing your Scouting journey!

And stay tuned for more!

Scouting at Home Award

The Scouting at Home Award is a great new award based around all of our Virtual Scouting options. Use our weekly themed checklists to begin badges, trainings, activities and belt loops. We realize some may not be completed due to lack of resources during COVID-19 shutdowns.
Checklists can be completed at any time!  
FAQs
When your Scout have earned the award make sure they get the Cub Scout and Scouts BSA Certificates!

Sunday Scouting at Home

Join us on May 31st as we come together and discuss all the wicked awesome work being done while Scouting At Home! Every other Sunday Patrick Afonso and Hannah Madrid will be hosting webinars to discuss the Scouting At Home Award. Participants are encouraged to join so we can all discuss what we've been doing and upcoming weeks. 

Week 8 Checklist: Do a Good Turn

Some Good Turns are big - saving a life, helping out after floods or other disasters, recycling community trash, working with your patrol on conservation projects. But Good Turns are often small, thoughtful acts - helping a child cross a busy street, going to the store for an elderly neighbor, cutting back brush that is blocking a sign, doing something special for a brother or sister, welcoming a new student to your school.

A Good Turn is more than simple good manners. It is a special act of kindness.

 

 

 


 

Week 7 Checklist: Creativity

 

 


 

Week 6 Checklist: Physical Fitness

"To keep myself physically strong..." A Scout keeps themselves physically fit so that they have the ability to give back to their community and to help others in need.

 

 


 

Week 5 Checklist: Be Prepared

A Scout is prepared. They are are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do their duty. Scouts should prepare themselves to become productive citizens and strong leaders and to bring joy to other people. Each Scout should strive to be ready to meet whatever challenges await.

 


 

Week 4 Checklist: Clean

A Scout is Clean. A Scout keeps his body and mind fit. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean. He also keeps himself clean from harmful language, thoughts, and actions.


 

Week 3 Checklist: Thrifty

A Scout is thrifty. A Scout works to pay their way and to help others. They save for the future. They protect and conserve natural resources. They carefully uses time and property. Scouts learn to live comfortably with little more than the resources they have and the gear in their pack. They learn to live other parts of their life simply and well, taking care of what they have and being generous to others. 

 

 


Week 2 Checklist: Helpful

A Scout is Helpful. A Scout cares so much about other people that it is enshrined in the motto: "Do a good turn daily." And, a Scout is ready to help because they are prepared!

 


Week 1 Checklist: Trustworthy

A Scout is Trustworthy. This means that a Scout is dependable. Scouts show that they are worthy of the trust of others.

Cub Scouts

Scouts should always live by the Scout Oath and Law even when they aren't at their meetings. There are many ways to continue your Cub Scout journey from home! Families are encouraged to review advancement and the Cub Scout Handbook together. We also have these great online videos and guides, with more being added all the time!

Check out these fun home projects for Cub Scouters from Bryan on Scouting!

The popular Engineering is Elementary series from Boston's Museum of Science is now available to you free of charge! These interactive online books feature compelling stories of kids exploring engineering design challenges. Elementary-aged children can practice science and learn to think like engineers and scientists as they develop solutions to mini design challenges with materials easily found around the house.  

Sign up today for access to the free library of digital storybooks. New titles are being added each week. Please enjoy free access as a valuable community partner through July 1, 2020.  

Discover more family-focused STEM activities and events at eie.org.  

Yo-Yo Preview Adventure

This preview adventure gives Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts the opportunity to learn the concepts that make a yo-yo work and the basic physics of a pendulum.

So dig that yo-yo out of your drawer and give it a spin! 

Your feedback will help decide if this adventure makes it in the next handbook!

Super Science!

Richard and Jim from Adventure Base Camp are back with 4 great gravity experiments!

Germs Alive!

Richard and Jim from Adventure Base Camp tell us all about being clean and healthy.

See them demonstrate with experiments why it's important to have good health practices! 

Use these guides to challenge your Cubs!

Loyal Lion Challenges 

Terrific Tiger Challenges

Witty Wolf Challenges

Busy Bear Challenges

Wonderous Webelos Challenges

Virtual Pinewood Derbies

Chasity from Pack 7 Somerset has some great tips on setting you your Virtual Pinewood Derby!

Staying home often means more time on the computer. Check out the new Protect Yourself Rules Adventure. It has great videos and tips on speaking with Scouts about staying safe. It can be done in place of Cyber Chip or as an elective! (Be sure to take the survey and tell us what you think about this brand new adventure!)

Scouts BSA

Scouts should always live by the Scout Oath and Law even when they aren't at their meetings. There are many ways to continue your Scouting journey from home, including our new award! Be sure to check out the "Scouting at Home Award" tab.

Also, Merit Badge Counselors from across the region are coming together to provide online merit badge courses you can do from the comfort of your own home. If you're a Merit Badge Counselor and you're interested in hosting an online course, let us know!

Sign up early, because space is limited! Check back often for more opportunities!

The Yawgoog Network Webinar

Although we aren't able to move forward with our previously planned summer camp program this year, the key staff have been putting together an exciting opportunity for all those that love Yawgoog and those that may have never crossed through that majestic gate. 

Join us for a webinar on June 2nd at 7:00 pm to hear all about what we have been working on, how you will be able access Yawgoog any time, any place!

Virtual Astronomy Merit Badge

This Merit badge is full.

Since before recorded history, man has looked to night sky as a source of guidance, inspiration and faith. From simple stargazing to powerful radio telescopes in orbit, Astronomers – both professional and amateur – continue to study the celestial bodies that populate the universe. In this merit badge, we will begin to explore the cosmos from our back yards, learn about the tools we can use to look out into space, and discuss the meaning of what we find there.

Join Andy Rees on June 2nd!

Virtual Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

This Merit badge is full.

learn how to be active members of their local community while working on the Citizenship in the Community merit badge. They learn about local government and do service work in their region. They also research the history, culture, and demographics in their area.

Join Doug Ackerman on June 2nd!

Virtual Public Speaking Merit Badge

This Merit badge is full.

Learn proper techniques and procedures for presenting to an audience. In class scouts will have the opportunity to present about various topics. Learning how to give a presentation is one of the most important things a scout can learn. 

Join Jonathan Ryder on June 2nd!

Virtual Insect Study Merit Badge

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learn about the identifying characteristics of insects while working on the Insect Study merit badge. They find out which insects are hazardous and how to avoid and respond to them, with first aid if necessary. Scouts observe a number of insects. They also explore career opportunities in fields related to insects.

Join Kevin Thompson on June 2nd!

Virtual Communications Merit Badge

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The ability to effectively communicate is one of the most important life skills one can develop. Scouting provides a multitude of opportunities to gain and use these skills. Topics will range from verbal vs. nonverbal methods of communications to career paths in various fields like broadcasting and journalism.

Join Matthew Goudreau on June 2nd!

Virtual Personal Fitness Merit Badge

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A Scout is physically fit! Learn to keep yourself healthy while becoming stronger. Explore the science of nutrition and exercise. Develop an exercise plan and carry it out!

Join Tom Struminsky on June 2nd! 

Virtual Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

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Learn about what it means to be a good citizen in the country, including learning about how our government works and what they do to make our country a better place.

Join Joshua DiBastiani on June 2nd!

Virtual Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

This Merit badge is full.

Learn about what it means to be a good citizen in the country, including learning about how our government works and what they do to make our country a better place.

Join Joshua DiBastiani on June 3rd!

Virtual Architecture Merit Badge

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Be introduced to the world of designing the built environment. Architects are problem-solvers; they have to know how to be creative in the use of form, resources, and history to provide aesthetically pleasing residential, commercial, and public buildings.  The merit badge requirements will give Scouts an opportunity to learn about the knowledge architects need to access to meet the challenges of providing great solutions for the design of buildings.

Join Eric Anderson on June 3rd!

Virtual Nature Merit Badge

Combine your love of the outdoors with useful knowledge about plant life and animals! Examine the forms of nature that interest you most, from reptiles and amphibians to mollusks and crustaceans. 

Join Patrick Dalton on June 4th!

 

Virtual Mammal Study Merit Badge

Learn the characteristics that distinguish mammals from other animals, practices used by biologists to study them, and techniques to observe and record them in their natural habitats.

Join Kevin Thompson on June 5th!

 

Virtual Sports Merit Badge

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Learn how playing sports can keep you physically fit! Discover the importance of training and how to do it safely. Discuss what you've learned by playing competitive individual or team sports.

Join Brandon Gagliardi on June 6th!

Virtual Dentistry Merit Badge

Learn about how to keep teeth and gums healthy and why it's important. Investigate the equipment and techniques used by dentists and explore careers related to oral health.

Join Mitchell Forman on June 6th!

 

Virtual Movie Making Merit Badge

Moviemaking includes the fundamentals of producing motion pictures, including the use of effective light, accurate focus, composition, and camera movement to tell stories. Learn to develop a story and describe other pre- and postproduction processes necessary for making a quality motion picture.

Join Lee Estes on June 8th! 

Virtual First Aid Merit Badge

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Dive into some of the advanced aspects of first aid, such as properly performing CPR, proper first aid techniques for different conditions, and how to properly move an injured person.

Join Joshua DiBastiani on June 8th!

Virtual American Labor Merit Badge

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Join the Museum of Work & Culture as we explore the history and significance of the American Labor movement. We will learn about the circumstances that lead to unionization, the purposes of unions, and the relationships between management and labor. This will include hearing from a union member and a labor/management negotiating activity.

Join Sarah Carr, the Assistant Director of the Museum of Work & Culture, on June 8th!

Virtual Fish and Wildlife Merit Badge

Gain an understanding and appreciation of fish and wildlife conservation. Learn about skills, conservation groups and projects you can engage in from home to help conserve the fish and wildlife in your community.

Join Kevin Thompson on June 8th!

Virtual Crime Prevention Merit Badge

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Preventing crime is far less costly than apprehending and bringing legal action against those who break the law and it helps save people from being victims. Learn what you can do to make your community safer!

Join Officers Melucci and Brown on June 9th! 

Virtual American heritage Merit Badge

Dive into the history of the United States! Research some of the names and places that helped to shape it into the country we live in today. This class will focus on the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. Learn about American symbols and ideals, civic engagement, and the American figures and organizations who championed giving women the right to vote.

Join Sarah Carr, the Assistant Director of the Museum of Work & Culture, on June 9th!

Virtual Pioneering Merit Badge

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Expand your Scout’s skills beyond the Second Class and First Class requirements for knots and lashings. Learn new knots and lashings and their uses to make useful camp and back-country tools and gadgets.

Join Weston Sherman on June 9th!

 (This is a separate course from the June 10th course.)

Virtual Pioneering Merit Badge

This Merit badge is full.

Expand your Scout’s skills beyond the Second Class and First Class requirements for knots and lashings. Learn new knots and lashings and their uses to make useful camp and back-country tools and gadgets.

Join Mr. Tessier on June 10th!

 (This is a separate course from the June 9th course.)

Virtual Bird Study Merit Badge

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Learn the basics of spotting and identifying some of the most important wildlife in our ecosystem, birds! You will learn about habitats, feeding, common markings to identify species, and more! Learn a great hobby that you can learn now and enjoy throughout your life!

Join Sandi Ferretti on June 10th! 

Virtual Chess Merit Badge

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Chess is one of the most popular games in the world and one of the most popular merit badges! Learn the history, rules, and tactics of this strategic game. 

Join Matt Goudreau on June 10th!

Virtual Pets Merit Badge

This Merit badge is full.

Learn about different kinds of pets. Understand the process of taking care of a variety of pets. Share stories about your own pets and your experience taking care of them. Leave this class with the knowledge of what makes a good pet and what makes a good pet owner.

Join Patrick Afonso on June 12th!

Virtual Game Design Merit Badge

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Learn gaming terminology and analyze various types of games you've played. Examine a game, tweak its rules or objectives, and track how the changes affect players’ actions and experience. Then design a new game of your own! 

Join Don Mack on June 20th!

 

First Aid:

Richard and Jim go over some of the first aid requirements for Tenderfoot and Second Class. These are great tips for everyone!

There are some great resources at Scouting.org to help Scouts prepare at home. Check out these Campcraft Skill Videos!

Did you know that many merit badges can be started at home? Be resourceful and see which requirement you can get started on!

Resources for All Ages

Scouting can take place anywhere!

Here you will find a resource hub for Scouts, leaders, and parents from across the web to help support Scouting at home. We will continue to update this page with kid friendly content that helps connect Scouting with their daily lives.

 

Thanks to Frontline Workers

We all want to than those workers who are working on the frontlines tobattle this pandemic. 

Check out this list of the major hospitals in our area so that you can share you messages of thanks with them!

Camp Yawgoog Blood Donation Drive

There is always a need for blood donations, especially now. The RI Blood Bank is taking reservations for those willing to donate blood.

That donation can get you entered into a contest for a $200 Yawgoog Scout Reservation Gift Certificate!

Find out how!

National Camp-In

Check in for a day of adventure! 

From friendly competitions to campfire singalongs, this virtual event will bring the best parts of Scouting to life with activities all can enjoy from their living room or backyard.

This event is open to all families, so invite your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to join the fun!

WGBH Distance Learning Center

In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and New England Public Media, WGBH is offering some of their free, trusted digital resources from PBS LearningMedia and their award-winning educational preschool programming.

Boys' Life is currently offering an entire year of Boys' Life FOR FREE! Just follow this link to download their app!

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management released this list of 50 Nature-Based Activities For Rhode Islanders.

Go on Virtual Field Trips around the world!

Leaders and Parents

Being a leader isn't easy in the best of times. But when we arrive at an obstacle we look to our leaders for continuity. We'll be collecting tips and advice here to help you make Scouting Thrive!

We have a great team that's helping host online Merit Badges. But there's always room for more! If you're a Merit Badge Counselor and you're interested in hosting an online course, let us know!

Importantly, for leaders at all levels, the BSA has released these Questions and Answers about Covid-19 Advancement Related Issuses.

 

 

University of Scouting Presents:
Chartered Organization Representative Training

This training for adult volunteers will explore how to achieve true collaboration between the Chartered Organization Representative, BSA professionals, the unit, and the Chartered Organization. Learn the basics of BSA programs & standards and the role of the COR.

Join Paul on June 14th!

 

University of Scouting Presents:
Chartered Organization Representative Training

This training for adult volunteers will explore how to achieve true collaboration between the Chartered Organization Representative, BSA professionals, the unit, and the Chartered Organization. Learn the basics of BSA programs & standards and the role of the COR.

Join Paul on June 28th!

May Cub Scout Roundtable

Check out the entire May Cub Scout Virtual Roundtable!

Hear updates about Day Camp, Family Camp, and learn more about holding a Pack Planning Conference!

May Scouts BSA Roundtable

Check out the entire May Scouts BSAVirtual Roundtable!

Hear updates about summer camp and other safe scouting opportunities!

April Roundtable

Check out the entire April Virtual Roundtable!

Find out how to host virtual unit meetings. Hear tips right from successful units.

Free Online Meeting Platforms:

Google Hangouts:
Easy to use, no time limit, allows up to 10 participants

Zoom:
Great features (allows for main meeting and sub-meeting rooms), 40-minute time limit, allows up to 100 participants, call in for audio.

Webex:
Easy to use, no time limit, allows up to 100 participants. Call in for audio

Skype:
Good stability, four-hour time limit, allows up to 50 participants

UberConference:
Excellent video quality, 45-minute time limit, allows up to 10 participants

How to use Zoom for Unit Meetings

 Marc Cardin, Cubmaster of Pack 4 Gaspee, has hosted a number of his pack meetings over Zoom.

He shared a presentation on how you can do the same, including a bunch of his tips for success!

Meeting materials should remain as relevant as possible. With so many families staying home the SCOUT Strong program can be a great tool to help remind Scouts that physical fitness is one of the core parts of our program and that it isn't limited to physical activity. 

Eating right is just as important!

Virtual Pinewood Derbies

Chasity from Pack 7 Somerset has some great tips on setting you your Virtual Pinewood Derby!

And, of course, check out our other tabs for Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA materials available there!

Troop leaders should still check out 
TroopResources.Scouting.org to see what can be shared and practiced home or outside of a meeting place, like these campcraft skill videos! 

And, Den Leaders can check out the options on Scoutbook's new Den Leader Experience! There are lots of training videos, walkthroughs, and checklists available to simplify your job.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

NARRAGANSETT COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

PO Box 14777
10 Risho Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914

Phone:401.351.8700
(In Mass: 508.402.7060)
Fax:401.351.5515
info@narragansettbsa.org
 

WEST BAY SCOUT SHOP

1276 Bald Hill Road, Unit 160
Warwick, RI 02886

Phone:401.821.7005
Fax:401.821.7007
 

EAST BAY SCOUT SHOP

79 Swansea Mall Drive
Swansea, MA 02777

Phone:508.675.1528
Fax:508.675.1834
 

CAMP YAWGOOG 

61 Camp Yawgoog Rd

Rockville, RI 02873

campyawgoog@scouting.org