Scouting Tech: Bitmoji Den and Pack Meeting Settings

Edited: 9/27/2020 to include a video tutorial!
Edited: 11/7/2020 to include a link to Scouting Tech: Bitmoji Scout Setting Expansion Winter Holidays!

By my count, it’s day 146 of self-isolation, and I think it’s finally sent me into the deep end. Units across the world are finding new ways of meeting online, and for some of us, we’re struggling to make it less like school and more like Scouts. But how do we find new ways of using our virtual resources, especially when we’re feeling tapped out on creativity and time? We look to our educators. Those fine folks are real-life magicians, pulling the most incredible ideas out of what seems like thin air. Truth is, they’re just that good!

Gobs of my teacher friends are utilizing their Bitmoji characters to create a digital version of their classroom, complete with clickable resources and personalized decorations, to help create the feel of a home room in an otherwise boring format. I wondered if the same could be done for Den and Pack meetings, and yep… it can.

So, what’s a Bitmoji, you ask? It’s a super cute, easy to customize, personal emoji. It’s a digital character that can be personalized to look just like you. You simply download the app from the Apple Store or Google Play, and get to customizing. Mine is eerie, it’s just about a dead ringer! Disclosure: No, you cannot customize your Bitmoji with a full Scouting uniform. The shirt and pants are available, but I added the rest using my graphic design software!

After you’ve made yourself and finish looking at yourself in a million different Bitmoji scenarios, laughing at your emoji’s sarcasm and snarkiness, you can do a search for “pose” and find full-bodied images of yourself doing fun things like wave. The best part is, you can then save that image to your device or send it to your email and drop it right into your favorite graphic design software to further customize it if you’d like… adding patches, a neckerchief, etc. You will need to remove the white background and save yourself as a transparent image so you can then drop yourself onto a background.

Don’t have graphic design software? No problem. Use a website like remove.bg to give any image a transparent background.
A flashback to my den leadership days!

Let’s talk about background settings, starting with where you’re using them. I use mine in Google Slides, dropping them in and resizing them to fit the slide, then adding transparent images to build the room the way I want to. This is a fun opportunity to bring Scouts to their den meeting space without ever leaving their house.

Why you are using them depends on your needs:

  • as a static greeting while your Zoom meeting gathers. This is a fun way of sharing your screen and letting Scouts know what’s coming in the next hour, almost like a graphic agenda.
  • as an interactive tool while you host your Zoom meeting. You can customize your slides by making any image or text a hyperlink, clicking along as you go. Need to show a video on first aid? No problem! Just drop in the first aid kit from my transparent images pack and link it to the video of your choice. Then, as you’re hosting your meeting, just click the image of the first aid kit and you’re in business. This is far easier than clicking between tabs or trying to remember a URL on the fly.
What this looks like in Google Slides.

How you use backgrounds in Google Slides is fairly straight forward, especially if you’ve ever used a program like PowerPoint. Open a new presentation and drop your background in. You might need to resize it to fit your slide, but that’s pretty simple to do. Start decorating by dropping in transparent images and adjusting your layering as you need to. Don’t forget Bitmoji you!

If you’re having one of those nights where a meeting needs to be cancelled, you can create a Google Slideshow that you share with parents via email, ScoutBook, social media, etc. Just click the yellow “Share” button in the top right corner and a link will be generated that you can copy and paste into your favorite method of communication. Make it interactive, use the white board to share a list of requirements Scouts can complete at home, and any other instructions they’ll need to have a successful night at home.

The Webelos Moviemaking Adventure was a total blast!

Get creative! Did your Webelos / AOLs work on the Moviemaking Adventure? Have them upload their videos to YouTube, then click Insert > Video to embed their movie right onto the movie screen! Don’t forget the popcorn.

Quick Tutorial

First and foremost, THANK YOU for making this post such a great success! The settings you all are sharing with me are terrific and it’s a real joy seeing these tools in action. Great job!

Some of your feedback includes a tutorial. I’ve finally found a few moments to put one together for you in the hopes it helps you get your own settings ready to go for your next virtual meeting. Enjoy!

Here’s an additional tutorial for creating links from images within your Bitmoji setting.

FREE Download on Teachers Pay Teachers

>> Bitmoji Scouting Themed Den and Pack Meeting Settings and Accessories
A collection of seventeen setting templates, custom “artwork” for the walls, and over 50 transparent accessory graphics, all in a Scouting theme!

Go virtual with Den and Pack meetings and bring your meeting space to your Scouts, right from your desktop!

What’s included:
· Five blank room templates (gray, navy, blue, tan, green)
· Five den meeting templates (Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos)
· Five Oath, Law, Outdoor Code templates (gray, navy, blue, tan, green)
· Two special event templates (birthday and camping)
· Seven custom artwork graphics (Oath, Law, Pocketknife Pledge, and more)
· 50+ transparent accessory graphics (shelves, tables, tents, rugs, whiteboards, tents, plants, lighting, pets, and more)

>> Bitmoji Scouting Themed Expansion Pack, now including GSUSA!
Includes:
· four additional Scouting scenes
· seven GSUSA themed scenes
· 40 new transparent accessories, including Scout neckerchiefs in seven colors, GSUSA-themed Oath and Law artwork, additional lighting, windows with views, seating, and more
· Transparent images and full setting backgrounds that can be used for GSUSA, Scouts BSA, and Cub Scouts

>>  Bitmoji Scout Setting Expansion Winter Holidays!
Includes:
· 17 new scenes
· 56 transparent themed accessories
· Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, New Year, Chinese New Year (specific to 2021), and even Snowy Winter
· See the blog post, Bitmoji Scout Setting Expansion Winter Holidays!

So, what do you think?

Will you create your own Bitmoji you? Will you use Google Slides and my Bitmoji settings for your Den and/or Pack meetings? Have you already used resources like this? How did it go?

Don’t forget to like and comment on this post, then follow Look Wider Still to be the first to know about new LWS posts.

Yours in Scouting,
Rebekah

Published by Look Wider Still

Rebekah is the mother of two wonderful sons, Michael and Nate. She and her husband, Mike, married in 2002 and have built their family on a foundation of adventure. Between geocaching, camping, hiking, cooking, fishing, crafting, reading, and snuggling their Irish Terrier, Bentley, they enjoy a long and happy career in Scouting. The boys come from a long line of Scouters, including Eagles on all sides. Mike has served as assistant den leader, treasurer, and Pack Committee member, and Rebekah has served as den leader and Cubmaster for Pack 521 out of Mechanicsville, Virginia. LookWiderStillBlog@gmail.com

8 thoughts on “Scouting Tech: Bitmoji Den and Pack Meeting Settings

  1. omg! I love it!!!! I have both Boy Scout and Girl Scout! I would love to make meeting room for both!!! Do you happen to have youtube tutorial video?

    Like

    1. Hi Mari! I’m so glad you love the Bitmoji Settings… they’re a lot of fun, for sure. I don’t have a YouTube Tutorial, but if that’s something you think would be helpful, I’m sure others would benefit from it as well. I can work on putting one together. I will say that using Google Slides is a breeze! Just drop the background you’d like to use on your slide and start adding accessories. The images are transparent, and if you right-click an image you can reorder it (place it behind another image, in front of another image, etc.). I hope that gets you started!! I’d love to see your finished setting when you’re done. 🙂

      Like

  2. Where do you find the links for the adventures for cub dens etc and how do you link them to the pictures? I am a an older adult and am learning fast, but I’m still confused and unsure.

    Like

    1. Hi Kathleen!

      You can find resources for Cub Scout adventures all over the Internet. If you’re looking for rank requirements, try https://boyscouttrail.com/cub-scouts/cub-scouts.asp. You can also find great information and adventure ideas at https://cubscoutideas.com/. Also, if you are on Facebook, search for and join the “Cub Scout Volunteers” group – it will make your job much easier. 🙂

      I am working on individual Cub Scout adventures with resources, but it’s more time-consuming than I expected. I imagine I’ll release new materials little by little in the coming months.

      To add links to images in a Bitmoji scene using Google Slides, you can select the image, then choose “Link” from the Insert menu dropdown. This tutorial might help you. https://slidesgo.com/slidesgo-school/google-slides-tutorials/how-to-add-hyperlinks-in-google-slides

      Thanks so much – please let me know how else I can help you!

      Rebekah

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: