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In response to COVID-19, the Orange County Council, B.S.A. will be offering online merit badge classes starting April 1, 2020 to any scout(s) involved in a Scouts BSA program. We believe that this will help support our youth and their families in these programs as our local communities have suspended all school and / or other group programs with no more than ten individuals present at one time.
Beginning April 1, 2020 scouts and their families will be able to select and participate in any of the following online merit badge sessions. Each session will have its own schedule, please refer to the registration information for times and days. The scout(s) will receive a link to log into their classes (no less than 24 hours before the start of the class).
Scouts will use the same link each lesson day to receive live instruction from a merit badge counselor and guest presenters related to those important topics. Scouts will have various requirements to complete in between classes which may require email submission to the Merit Badge. A parents email must accompany all online submissions to comply with Youth Protection practices.
Overall, we believe that these online merit badge-based programs will make a great educational supplement to ongoing online efforts being made by our current public, private, and charter schools throughout our impacted region.
Blue cards will be provided digitally to the scout after the lessons are over and only after the merit badge counselor has verified that the individual scout has completed all listed requirements under that specific merit badge.
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