Scouts BSA Patrol Activities: JEOPARDY! Scouting Showdown

“I think what makes ‘Jeopardy!’ special is that, among all the quiz and game shows out there, ours tends to encourage learning.”-Alex Trebek When it comes to trivia, there’s one game show that stands out from the rest, and that’s Jeopardy! (Sorry, Cash Cab. Although that show was pretty great, too.) Even if you aren’tContinue reading “Scouts BSA Patrol Activities: JEOPARDY! Scouting Showdown”

Scouting Tech: Bear Den Slides and Meeting Resources

Well, we’ve made it to 2021! While there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, many units continue to encounter hurdles for meeting face-to-face. With winter weather bearing down on much of the U.S., outdoor meetings are a little less convenient, especially for Cubs. So, while we’re all still navigating aContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Bear Den Slides and Meeting Resources”

Scouting Tech: Bitmoji Scout Setting Expansion Winter Holidays!

See my original post, Scouting Tech: Bitmoji Den and Pack Meeting¬†Settings, for the Base pack and Scouts Expansion pack, as well as a video tutorial to learn how to use Bitmoji! ‘Tis the season to be, well, a whole lotta things… jolly being at the top of the list! I have been blissfully and intentionallyContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Bitmoji Scout Setting Expansion Winter Holidays!”

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,Continue reading “Scouting Tech: Bitmoji Den and Pack Meeting Settings”

Scouts BSA Merit Badge: Using Google Classrooms for Virtual Merit Badges

This crazy coronavirus has certainly changed the world we live in. All of us are adapting the way we shop, the way we socialize, and the way we parent. We’re grappling with an overwhelming amount of information and the politicization of every decision we make, most of the time struggling to determine the lesser ofContinue reading “Scouts BSA Merit Badge: Using Google Classrooms for Virtual Merit Badges”

Scouting Activities: Flag Ceremonies and Retirements

On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight. Our Scout Oath goes back to the 1908 publication of “Scouting for Boys”, where “BeContinue reading “Scouting Activities: Flag Ceremonies and Retirements”

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”

Scouting Tech: Free Cub Scout and Scouts BSA Backgrounds for Virtual Meetings

If you’re looking to switch things up in your next Zoom meeting, and hide the piles of Scout Stuff stacked up in your room, consider virtual backgrounds. I’m sure you’ve had Scouts floating in space or enjoying a tropical vacation in recent meetings, and maybe you’ve wondered how. Check out this great article by canva.comContinue reading “Scouting Tech: Free Cub Scout and Scouts BSA Backgrounds for Virtual Meetings”

Cub Scout Activities: Webelos & AOL Elective, Adventures in Science

At the very beginning of our Webelos year, I told my Scouts that they could vote on and determine the electives we’d complete throughout the year. In the back of my mind, I almost dreaded the day that they’d choose Adventures in Science. Why? I harkened back to my high school chemistry class and gotContinue reading “Cub Scout Activities: Webelos & AOL Elective, Adventures in Science”

Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Final Reporting and Unit Transfers in ScoutBook

It’s finally happened. Those adorable Tigers (or Lions) of yesterday have completed the Cub Scout program and are bursting out of the nest, soaring toward their next big adventure. We usher them out in ceremony and are sometimes so distracted by the to-do lists and the emotions that we forget to wrap up the digitalContinue reading “Pack-to-Troop Transitions: Final Reporting and Unit Transfers in ScoutBook”