Scouts BSA Merit Badge: Diversity and Inclusion

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color. Maya Angelou I want to grow. I want to be better. You grow. We all grow. We’re made to grow. You either evolve orContinue reading “Scouts BSA Merit Badge: Diversity and Inclusion”

Scouting Tech: Using Zoom Breakout Rooms for Survival Situation Games

My oldest son is working to complete his Eagle and has the special opportunity to lead the newest Scouts (recent AOL graduates) in earning their Scout Rank virtually. He’s leaned heavily on the 30 Day Rank Challenge posted by the Heart of America Council, and over the last few weeks has learned a lot aboutContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Using Zoom Breakout Rooms for Survival Situation Games”

Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Preparing AOLs (and their PL’s) for Scout Rank

If you had asked me two months ago how my AOL Bridging plan was coming along, I would’ve told you I was prepared for our big April event. I had, afterall, been dreaming about the day my den of Cub Scouts would cross into the care of their new Troops since they first donned theirContinue reading “Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Preparing AOLs (and their PL’s) for Scout Rank”

Cub Scout Activities: SCOUTStrong PALA Rank-Specific Scavenger Hunts

Since my last post, Cub Scout Activities: SCOUTStrong PALA & the “Where in the World is my Cub Scout Leader” Game, I decided to work on some rank-specific SCOUTStrong Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) Scavenger Hunts to make our outdoor adventures a little more… adventurous. As many neighborhoods are posting rainbows, Easter eggs, and inspirationalContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: SCOUTStrong PALA Rank-Specific Scavenger Hunts”

Cub Scout Activities: SCOUTStrong PALA & the “Where in the World is my Cub Scout Leader” Game

What is the SCOUTStrong PALA Award? Leaders familiar with the SCOUTStrong Healthy Unit award know that this special series of activities fit perfectly into the den setting. You can incorporate healthy snacks, water, and physical activities into just about every adventure and easily earn this special award as you go. In particular, my den enjoyedContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: SCOUTStrong PALA & the “Where in the World is my Cub Scout Leader” Game”

Scouting Tech: Youth Protection in a Virtual World

It seems to me that social distancing has brought the world closer than ever, from apartment complexes in Italy and China singing in concert, to authors performing Facebook Live readings for the masses, singers and songwriters performing free concerts from home, artists sharing tutorials so we can release our collective creativity, educators hosting live classesContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Youth Protection in a Virtual World”

Cub Scout Activities: How to Run a Virtual Pack Meeting

The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. Robert Burns Well, if you’re doing your part to flatten the curve by sitting on your couch and brainstorming all of the ways you and your Pack can Scout in these difficult times, welcome to the One Hour A Week Club. We’re starting campfires withContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: How to Run a Virtual Pack Meeting”

Scouting Tech: Online Conferencing Tools for Virtual Meetings

We’re navigating some seriously uncharted territory right now, trying to find ways to maintain some normalcy and keep the kids from physically turning into the Fortnite character they’re obsessively playing. It’s been pleasantly surprising to witness the outpouring of knowledge and generosity in the last week; the sharing of wisdom and resources is truly inspiring.Continue reading “Scouting Tech: Online Conferencing Tools for Virtual Meetings”

Cub Scout Activities: Adventuring from Home Rank Challenges

My Pack is issuing Rank Challenges to help our Scouts stay involved and entertained over this prolonged period of self-quarantine and social distancing. As an addition to my post about Webelos/AOL Adventures to Complete at Home, which includes an extensive look at how Scouts can complete numerous adventures from the safety of home, I decidedContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: Adventuring from Home Rank Challenges”

Cub Scout Activities: Webelos/AOL Adventures to Complete At Home

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 grandparentsContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: Webelos/AOL Adventures to Complete At Home”