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”.
ARE YOU READY?
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!
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. ocbsa.org/summerprograms/
CUB SCOUT DEN MEETINGS
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!
SCOUTS BSA PATROL MEETINGS AND OUTINGS
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.
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.
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.
Keep your skills sharp and continue learning, click to start your Venturing 30 Day Challenge!
Keep your skills sharp and continue learning, click to start your Sea Scout 30 Day Challenge!
Continue with the Sea Scout 30 Day Logo Challenge!
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.