Virtual Advancement

Reopening your doors to Scouting!

Summer is the time for Scouts, young and old, to experience the outdoors and learn new skills. In addition to Virtual opportunities, here are some ideas to help get back the “outing in Scouting”.


With all the updates we receive almost daily, it’s hard to tell when the best time is to “restart” Scouting. Here are some checklists and guidelines to help you prepare your family and unit!

Unit Leader Checklist | Scouts BSA Checklist | Cub Scout Checklist

National Boy Scouts of America Checklist


Orange County Council is offering a full array of camp programs at the Newport Sea Base and Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center for Cubs and Scouts BSA which includes rank advancement, Merit Badges, and FUN! Each location takes advantage of the unique program experiences Scouts can participate in. Cubs also have an opportunity for a Virtual Day Camp experience. See the full details.


Although large groups are still discouraged at this time, small Den sized groups are allowed and encouraged! Dens can meet within the safety guidelines of social distancing and PPE to work on Adventures and Den outings. Start with the Cub Scout Checklist to get your Den ready!


Although large groups are still discouraged at this time, small patrol sized groups are allowed and encouraged! Patrols can meet within the safety guidelines of social distancing and PPE to work on advancement and merit badges. Patrols can also plan campouts with help from their Troop leadership. Start with the Scouts BSA Checklist to get your Patrol ready!


Each District has a dedicated group of Merit Badge Councilors that can work remotely with Scouts that are unable to meet in person. Scouts may contact the District Merit Badge Councilor Coordinator for local contacts.



Your Virtual Resource for Keeping Scouts Advancing, Connected & Having Fun During the COVID-19 & Beyond

We’re not letting COVID-19 stop us from Scouting! That’s why we’ve created the Virtual Advancement Page. We’re lining up merit badge counselors, advancement experts and fun activities for you and your Scouts! Here you’ll find webinars, resources, tools and more for your Scouts to keep achieving, growing and advancing in Scout skills.

Be sure to check out our Resource Hub for all the latest articles, tips and kid friendly activities.


Purchasing Rank Advancement Items

During this time that Scout Shops are closed and a leader needs to purchase Rank advancement items, please use the following steps. 

  1. Unit Leader will email in their ScoutBook Advancement report to
  2. Please include a contact phone number so the Customer Service team member can contact for payment information
  3. Customer Service Rep will contact Unit Leader for credit card information, ship to and bill to address, and verify the correct Council along with the actual advancement needed


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Cub Scouts and their parents can join in the FUN of games, songs, crafts, advancement and more during their daily Cub Adventure Hour!!  CLICK HERE to learn more. 


30-Day Lion Challenge 

Lion Bingo! 

Animal Kingdom | This Adventure is all about community. | Required Adventure

Build it Up, Knock it Down | This Adventure is all about building. | Elective Adventure

Gizmos and Gadgets |  This Adventure is all about motion, force and creating objects. | Elective Adventure

I’ll Do It Myself |  This Adventure is all about being prepared. | Elective Adventure

Pick My Path |  This Adventure is all about to do a good turn daily. | Elective Adventure

Ready, Set, Grow | This Adventure focuses on plants and gardens. | Elective Adventure

30-Day Tiger Challenge 

Backyard Jungle | This Adventure and is very hands-on with planting something and building birdhouses — this can be done as a solo family Adventure. | Required Adventure

My Family’s Duty to God | This is often an “at home” adventure anyway because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family. | Required Adventure

Tiger Bites | An Adventure that covers food choices and preparation, manners and nutrition. | Required Adventure

Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries | An Adventure about magic, codes, sign language and more. | Elective Adventure

Family Stories | An Adventure about family heritage. | Elective Adventure

Sky is the Limit |  Adventure all about the night sky, constellations, astronauts, etc. | Elective Adventure

Stories in Shapes | An Adventure about art. | Elective Adventure

Tiger-Safe and Smart | An Adventure all about home and neighborhood safety. | Elective Adventure

Tiger Tales | An Adventure all about story-telling, tall tales, singing. | Elective Adventure

30-Day Wolf Challenge

Animal Kingdom | This Adventure is all about community. | Required Adventure

Paws on the Path | An Adventure covering hiking skills and nature and maps. | Required Adventure

Adventures in Coins | An Adventure about Coins. | Elective Adventure

Code of the Wolf | An Adventure that uses math games and secret codes. | Elective Adventure

Digging in the Past | An Adventure about dinosaurs, fossils and archeology. | Elective Adventure

Finding Your Way | An Adventure about map and compass, hiking and a scavenger hunt. | Elective Adventure

Germs Alive | An Adventure about keeping clean and germs. | Elective Adventure

Grow Something | An Adventure about planting and make a terrarium. | Elective Adventure

Motor Away | An Adventure about cars, boats and paper airplanes. | Elective Adventure

Paws of Skill | An Adventure about fitness, sports, sporting event and obstacle courses. | Elective Adventure

30-Day Bear Challenge

BALOO the Builder | An Adventure covering using tools and wood tools. | Required Adventure

Bear Claws | An Adventure all about knife use and knife safety. | Required Adventure

Fellowship and Duty to God | This is often an “at home” adventure anyway because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family. | Required Adventure

Paws for Action | An Adventure that’s all about history/patriotism, visiting a law enforcement facility, basic emergency preparedness, energy conservation and a cleanup service project. | Required Adventure

Bear Picnic Basket | An Adventure about cooking. | Elective Adventure

Make It Move | An Adventure about fun Engineering. | Elective Adventure

Roaring Laughter | An Adventure about Fun, Jokes, Stories and Games. | Elective Adventure

Robotics | An Adventure about robots. | Elective Adventure

Super Science | An Adventure about Fun Science experiments. | Elective Adventure

A World of Sound | An Adventure about World Music and Instruments. | Elective Adventure

30-Day Webelos Challenge

Duty to God and You | This is often an “at home” adventure anyway because faith beliefs in Scouting are determined by the family. | Required Adventure

First Responder | An adventure, covering basic first aid and emergency preparedness.

Adventures In Science | An Adventure about science. | Required Adventure

Art Explosion | An Adventure about art. | Elective Adventure

Aware and Care | An Adventure about Disabilities Awareness. | Elective Adventure

Build My Own Hero An Adventure about Citizen Heroes. | Elective Adventure

Engineer An Adventure about engineering. | Elective Adventure

Fix It An Adventure about home repairs. | Elective Adventure

Game Design An Adventure about games. | Elective Adventure

Looking Back, Looking Forward An Adventure about Your Own Timeline. | Elective Adventure

Maestro | An Adventure about music. | Elective Adventure

Moviemaking | An Adventure about moviemaking. | Elective Adventure

Project Family An Adventure about family life. | Elective Adventure




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Quarantine Eagle Project Continuation Suggestions


Continue your Trail to Eagle by working on rank advancement with our Trail to First Class sessions! The classes below will focus on specific requirements and will be held online through face to face Zoom sessions. Classes are multiple sessions and all need to be attended and completed in full to receive a checklist of the requirements the Scouts’ completed and been exposed to. 

  • Each class is $20 with the start date listed. 
  • Ranks covered will be listed as S – Scout, T – Tenderfoot, 2nd – Second Class, 1st – First Class.

First Aid class B – T, 2nd, 1st: 5/11

Knot Tying class B – ALL TFC ranks: 5/26


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7 knots from Scout – First Class

Square Lashing

Fusing Rope

Shear Lashing

Diagonal Lashing


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30 Day Scout Rank Challenge


Square Knot

Two Half-Hitches



More coming soon! 


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30 Day Tenderfoot Challenge

Coming soon! 


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30 Day Second Class Challenge

2f. Sheet Bend

2g. Bowline

More coming soon!


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30 Day First Class Challenge

3b.Timber Hitch / Clove Hitch




More coming soon! 




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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 for $20 each session. Each merit badge 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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Support Us During These Challenging Times

We acknowledge the hardships and stressors that many in our Scouting community are facing today. The Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America will do our best to continue our mission of delivering the Scouting program to youth, even if from a distance. We are providing programs, like this, as a service to our community, our family, at $20 per Merit Badge. 

If you are in a position to alleviate some financial stress for the Orange County Council, as we face a significant shortfall in excess of $1.5 million due to the closure of our camps like the Newport Sea Base, Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center, Lost Valley, and Oso Lake, during a critical time of our operations, please click below to make a donation.

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Instructions for Scouts to sign up for Virtual Merit Badges

1) Each scout must register individually via Black Pug so we can track their progress and attendance.

2) Current youth protection guidelines (two – deep leadership and no one-on-one contact) will be followed by all staff and volunteers under the Orange County Council, BSA and its merit badge counselors at all times while working with youth and their families; more information can be found here: Advancement Guidelines

3) All merit badge classes are open to any Scout(s) from any council(s) that are currently participating in a Scouts BSA program.

4) We strongly encourage and recommend that any Scout(s) participating in these online classes receive verbal permission from their parents / guardians and their unit leader(s); please read the Virtual MB Guidelines.

5) All live merit badge instruction will be provided by an online format called Zoom; an online portal provided by the Orange County Council, BSA. Please be sure to download the app or program on your computer prior to the start of your lesson. A link will be emailed at least 24 hours before the start of class.  

6) Lastly, please be aware that not all merit badge requirements may be completed by the end of the end of the session.  Your Scout will receive a partial and they will need to complete the missing requirements once they are able.  A digital Blue Card will given once the class is complete for all requirements achieved. 

For more information and updates on the current COVID-19 situation and how Orange County Council operations have been impacted, click here for the OCBSA Rescoure Hub.


The Merit Badges listed below run 5 days, Mon-Fri unless otherwise noted on the registration page.  The day listed is the start day.  Click on the Merit Badge to register! 


Dog Care class B: 6/1  ** Please note, Scout must have a dog to complete this MB**

Family Life F: 6/4


Medicine class E: 6/1

Music class B: 6/1

Personal Fitness class B: 6/1



Click here to see all available Merit Badges.  Keep checking as we’ll be posting more soon!


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30 Day STEM Challenge! 

Below are some great science websites you can visit:

Stem in a Box

Steve Spangler Science


Science Bob

Scientific American

The Math Lab

American Chemical Society


Coming soon!