THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED WITH ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AS THEY ARE AVAILABLE!
As the nation struggles to get used to the idea of our unplanned coronavirus cancelations, I can’t help but think about what it means to be Scouts with a Duty to Country. I saw a meme this morning that simply stated,
Our grandparents were called to the front lines. We’re called to our couches. I think we can handle this.
It’s true. I think, just like any good Scout, this is our opportunity to find ways to be helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, and brave for the sake of our countrymen. For my part, I’d like to share the online resources I’m developing for the Webelos and AOLs in my charge in the hopes that it helps other units out there stay on track and engaged.
Cubmaster Challenge: Adventuring from Home Rank Challenges
As time has permitted, I’ve created a series of rank-specific challenges to be completed at home. Check out my post entitled “Cub Scout Activities: Adventuring from Home Rank Challenges” to download the PDFs. A Lions Challenge will be added soon.
There are several free tools out there that are perfect for virtual meetings. Check out “Scouting Tech: Online Conferencing Tools for Virtual Meetings” for suggestions and tutorials for hosting your own Den and Pack meetings online using Facebook Live, Skype, Zoom, and Google Hangouts. Each option is easy to use and built to suit the needs of each individual unit.
Before we begin any online adventure, it’s important that your Scout has completed their Cyber Chip requirements. Some of the adventures below require the use of the Internet with a parents permission, but learning how to safely navigate resources on the World Wide Web is imperative. Webelos and AOLs watch the Password Rap video and visit NetSmartz to watch another video of their own choosing!
Adventures in Science
Along with the Adventures in Science elective, my Scouts were working toward the NOVA Award – Science Everywhere! module. Though we can’t complete some of these adventures remotely, there are a few requirements we can tackle online.
NOTE: Please make sure you download copies of the files shared in this post. Editing them directly in Google Docs edits the file for everyone who views it.
Our plans to visit our science museum were cancelled, following the lead of our local schools and Council. This was a tremendous piece of our adventure plan, so I got to work finding ways to tackle it from home. I created a Google Form for families to access and fill-out at home, and included a Virtual Science Museum Scavenger Hunt that can be completed electronically and returned to me through that Google Form. Easy peasy, and since Google Forms can be updated and edited, Scouts can take their time completing the adventure requirements from home over the next few weeks.
UPDATE 6/15/20: Per Scouter requests, I’m including a link to a SAMPLE Google Form, identical to the images below. Please do not encourage your Scouts to complete THIS form; instead, use it as a guide for developing your own Google Form. Thank you!!
The Kennedy Space Center is even offering Facebook Live videos on rocketry from the Saturn 5 Center! They’ll give lessons on creating your own rockets at home from materials that are lying around your house. The sessions will take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9:30 a.m. ET for young kids, and 1p.m. for older kids.
Fix It is the perfect elective to complete at home, and parents might even enjoy the help around the house. I created a Scout Bingo game that can be printed and stuck right on the fridge so Scouts can help out here and there while they’re home. The board is set-up like Bingo, but with a Scouting twist. The green squares are required in this adventure, and the blues are Scout choice. Pick 8 and see how many times you can complete Scout Bingo for the win!
Protect Yourself Rules
The Protect Yourself Rules preview adventure is built for completion at home for all Cub Scout ranks. Scouts BSA has provided a printable adventure PDF that lays everything out for you. Just navigate down to the 4th and 5th grade resources for your Webelos and AOLs and you’re good to go.
Art Explosion is SUCH a cool elective adventure, and there are about a million ways to complete it at home. Just because art museums around the world closed for business doesn’t mean you can’t get inside. The Guggenheim Museum in New York and offers a virtual tour of two exhibits using Google Street View. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has an entire website built for kids to explore the museum and learn more about art. Take a walk around, learn about some of the art there, and you’ve knocked out one of the requirements. Free online resources like Sketchpad 5.1 are perfect for creating and sharing your self-portraits! I used it to make my own – uploading a photo and tracing it with the available tools to create a stunning portrait of myself and challenging my den to do the same. HA! The results were fantastic! You can even sign-up for Free Art Tutorials by McHarper Manor and learn how to use watercolors, chalk, Model Magic, and more! The New York Academy of Medicine, one of the most significant historical libraries in the world, shared 12 pages of historical medical masterpieces that can be printed and colored! Comets, anatomical hearts, plants, and animals? Try your hand at drawing and/or coloring them all.
Break out the Play-Doh or make your own salt dough by kneading together:
- 2 cups plain flour
- 1 cup salt
- 1 cup water +/-
Just add the water in slowly! If you end up with too much water and your dough is sticky, add a little flour and keep kneading until it’s right. Use your dough to sculpt a simple form.
Some adventures include preparing for natural disasters like floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes. The Wolf Adventure, Call of the Wild, AOL required Adventure, Outdoor Adventurer, both require that Scouts discuss the actions they should take in natural disasters, minimizing as much danger as possible. The Disaster Detector app, developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center is the perfect tool for teaching Scouts about predicting and preparing for natural disasters, protecting the good citizens of Smithsonville in the process.
It’s true that there’s nothing like the great outdoors, but the indoors can be pretty great, too! Plan a living room campout, complete with your tent, and knock out requirement 2 and 3 of option A. Talk with your Scout about choosing a tent site that isn’t in a low area, full of rocks or roots, or nearby a bees nest (for instance). Have them set-up the tent, and when it gets dark, throw on some fun ambient camping sounds to bring the outdoors inside. Don’t forget the s’mores and campfire stories!
Well, while we’re stuck together, we may as well learn something about our families and find ways to chip in to make everyone’s load a little lighter. Project Family is the perfect adventure to complete at home, and even dovetails nicely with Fix It (see my Fix It section above). I created a Project Family Workbook (PDF) with all of the good adventure details, including interview prompts, a family tree, a job chart, and more.
A Scout Is Clean
As we navigate this difficult time together, let’s do our best to do our part in keeping our elderly, immuno-compromised, and vulnerable safe. Webelos and AOLs can think back to the Germs Alive Wolf adventure, when they learned about hand washing and safe sneezing. Don’t forget…
If they’ve outgrown the Wolf Germ Song, have no fear. Washing your hands while reciting the Scout Oath and Scout Law together is perfect amount of time for killing all those yucky germs!
Other Cool Virtual Resources
- 12 Museums From Around the World That You Can Visit Virtually
- Virtual Field Trips
- Free Audio Books for Kids
- Free Podcast Suggestions for Kids
- Free Art Tutorials by McHarper Manor
- Disaster Detectors App by the Smithsonian
- Bill Nye Home Science Demos
- Virtual Field Trips – Google Docs Collection
- Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council – Activities At Home
- Doug Kammerer – NBC 4 Meteorologist – Daily FB Live Science and Weather Lessons
- Jennifer Garner FB – #SaveWithStories Daily Stories Read by Celebrities
- Kids Stuff: Snake Savvy
- The New York Academy of Medicine Historical Artwork Coloring Collections
- Scouts.org.uk Online Activities
- Virtual Dissections and Labs
- Kennedy Space Center Facebook Live Rocketry Videos
- Time for Kids Free Digital Library
- Bear Grylls The Great Indoors Scouting Movement
Work in Progress
This post will be updated as I think up more ways to help our Webelos and AOLs stay busy over this extended break from school and Scouts. If you have an adventure suggestion, please let me know in the comments! The more I can do to be helpful, the better. In the meantime, please stay healthy!
Yours in Scouting,