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Weekend Camping 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, December 3, 2020 10:17:00 AM

Registration is now open for weekend camping at the new Camp Strake.

Outdoor adventure is the promise made to Scouts when they join Scouting. Youth yearn for outdoor programs that stir their imagination and interest. Troops, crews, and ships can camp at Camp Brosig, Camp Strake and Tellepsen Scout Camp.  Packs and Webelos dens can camp at Camp Brosig and Bovay Scout Ranch

Weekend Camping Reservations:

 

Youth Safety | Ongoing Commitment 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Tuesday, November 17, 2020 10:46:00 AM

The safety of children in our programs is the most important priority of the Boy Scouts of America. 

The BSA’s safeguards highlighted below are key parts of our multilayered approach to help keep kids safe.

These measures were informed by respected experts in the fields of child safety, law enforcement, and child psychologyand are among the strongest safeguards found in any youth-serving organization. 

 

Learn More

College of Commissioner Science 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, November 5, 2020 6:53:00 AM

December 5, 2020, Saturday  |  Online Classes

The College of Commissioner Science (CCS) is a full day of training for commissioners covering the basics through advanced learning experiences in unit service. The College of Commissioner Science is held annually on the first Saturday in December.    Participants do not have to be a commissioner; any adult leader that is interested in the numerous resources available in the Scouting movement is also invited to attend CCS. 

CCS helps commissioners stay current in policy, techniques, and application of commissioner service to units.  The objectives are to help commissioners expand their skills and unit service philosophy.


This ongoing training opportunity will benefit both new commissioners and experienced unit commissioners.  In order to comply with local and state safety regulations regarding large gatherings, the 2020 CCS will be held as a virtual event using the Zoom meeting platform. As such, there is no commute required; participants may be located anywhere…locally, nationally or globally. 

Registration

Class sizes will be limited in order to allow course instructors to interact with participants, so don’t wait to register. Classes are expected to fill quickly. Registration closes 12/1/20. Refund Policy.

The registration fee is $10 per person. 

Register

 Course Schedule    Course Descriptions

Schedule Overview

7:30 am Online gathering
8:00 am Keynote Speaker, Roger Mosby
9:00 am Period 1
10:00 am Period 2
11:00 am Period 3
12:00 pm Lunch Break (online socializing in breakout rooms)
1:00 pm Period 4
2:00 pm Period 5
3:00 pm Period 6

Highlights for CCS 2020

• 38 courses offered
• Bachelor, Masters, Doctorate, and continuing education courses
• 50-minute classes; 10-minute breaks between and 1-hour lunch breach
• Distinguished commissioners will be recognized
• Keynote speaker will be Roger Mosby, President and CEO of BSA

 

Why Attend CCS 2020?

Content – Updated, degree-track national curriculum
Instructors – District commissioners and others with years of experience
Confidence – Knowing you are doing your job right


Degrees and Learning Opportunities

  • Associate's Degree is the beginning of the commissioner experience that includes Commissioner Basic Training.(not being offered in 2020)
  • Bachelor of Commissioner Science (BCS) is an entry-level program for commissioners who have completed basic commissioner training.
  • Master of Commissioner Science (MCS) focuses on advanced problem solving and administrative skill instruction.
  • Doctorate of Commissioner Science (DCS) is a two-year program that challenges candidates to identify, develop, and present a project or service concept to a panel of their peers.
  • Continuing Education (CED) is an opportunity to expand knowledge and increase the effectiveness of unit service.

Resources

  • Degree Requirements required to earn the Bachelor, Master or Doctorate degrees.
  • Transcript System contains a listing of all courses that commissioners have taken at the College of Commissioner Science. It is a useful tool to help commissioners determine courses needed for the various degrees.

How to Register

Click on the Register button

Step 1: Select Schedule for (participant)
Step 2: Choose activity (day)
Step 3: Pick a class (click “+” add)
Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each day of classes
Continue steps 1, 2 and 3 for additional participants

Step 4: Click continue and the bottom of the page 
Step 5: Checkout
Step 6: Payment

Classes that are full will not show up.

 

How to Modify a Registration

To change class selections after registering:

• Logon to www.samhoustonbsa.doubleknot.com or use the direct link in your emailed receipt.
• If you don't know your User ID and Password, select the Need help logging on? link. 
• Logging in will bring you to the Summary tab showing your current registrations.
• Click on the desired action button to update the registration. Please note that some classes might be full.  

 

Contacts

John Brogan
College of Commissioner Science Dean
 john.brogan.scouting@gmail.com

Lynda Worlow
College of Commissioner Science Registration
commissionercollege@yahoo.com

 

Commissioner College Transcript System (CTS) Admin
 shac.com+cts@gmail.com

Pam White
College of Commissioner Science Doctorate Dean
 pwhitehouston@comcast.net

 

Chris Hogue
College of Commissioner Science Staff Advisor
 chris.hogue@scouting.org

 

 

 

 

#12 SHAC Communication for COVID-19 Response 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, October 29, 2020 9:37:00 AM

Dear Scouting Family of the Sam Houston Area Council,

The leadership of the Sam Houston Area Council would like to present this, our twelfth update, on our response to the COVID-19 outbreak and protocols for Scouting operations going forward. We appreciate your continued patience as we navigate this situation as best we can.

Any units wishing to conduct small-scale meetings or activities should do so only if able to meet specific preventative guidance from the State of Texas and the Center for Disease Control and upon consultation with and approval from their chartered organization.

  • All in-person council meetings through December 31st are cancelled or postponed unless conducted over teleconference or online.
  • District meetings (ex: Roundtables, District Committee Meetings, Commissioner Staff Meetings) may be conducted in person only if standards from the State of Texas and CDC can be met. Otherwise, these meetings should be conducted over teleconference or online.
  • Beginning November 1st, overnight district and council activities and trainings are allowed for Scouts BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Adult Leaders. These events still must submit a plan to ERM in advance to ensure compliance with all relevant guidelines. Cub Scouts, including Webelos Scouts, are not permitted to attend overnight district and council activities through December 31st. Webelos Scouts may attend district or council activities, such as Webelos Woods, as day-only participants. Adult-only overnight trainings, such as BALOO and IOLS are allowed beginning November 1st.
    • Merit Badge Days will continue to be held at Camp Strake through the fall. More information, including how to register, may be found here and will updated as more days are added.
  • Weekend camping for Cub Scouts at Bovay Scout Ranch is cancelled through December 31st.
    • Additional "Outdoor Sports Days” will be conducted at Bovay Scout Ranch during the fall as a replacement for Adventure Camp overnight programs. 
  • Weekend camping for Scouts BSA at Tellepsen Scout Camp is available; Camp Strake reservations open soon. Participating troops must follow council policies regarding social distancing and COVID-19 prevention measures, along with State of Texas protocols for camps.
  • The Cockrell Scout Center remains open for drop off only with hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday.
    • Any interaction needed with staff members must be conducted through phone and email. If you need assistance determining the appropriate person to contact, please refer to our updated “who to call directory,” or contact the receptionist at (713) 659-8111 during our office hours to be directed to the appropriate person.
    • Field-based staff (District Executives) will be working remotely during this time and are available by phone and email.
  • The 5 Scout Shop locations are open to limited retail traffic (store hours)
  • University of Scouting will be conducted in both online and in-person formats during the week of November 9-14th
  • Colonneh Lodge has established plans to conduct Order of the Arrow Ordeals during COVID-19. 
  • Scout Fair 2021 has been cancelled.
  • Our council program team is currently looking at planning and potential alternate planning for other upcoming major events.

Our Enterprise Risk Management Team is working regularly and diligently to determine our plans going forward. If you have any questions regarding the COVID-19 response for the Sam Houston Area Council, please contact Thomas Franklin, Deputy Scout Executive, at thomas.franklin@scouting.org. The council remains committed to keeping our constituents updated regularly with new information as we have it. We will continue to communicate through three main mechanisms – FacebookEmail, and Council Website. Please consult these regularly for updates.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting

Forrest Bjerkaas
Council Commissioner

Clay Williams
Chair of the Board

Tom Varnell
Scout Executive / CEO

Contact

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Thomas Franklin, Deputy Scout Executive, at thomas.franklin@scouting.org

As this is a constantly evolving situation, please regularly monitor our standard means of communication (FacebookEmail, and Council Website) for updates. 

 

BSA National Statement on COVID-19       Previous Updates

Rank Advancement Update       Scouting at Home      Digital Safety        Online Meeting Resources

 

 

Returning to Scouting 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, October 16, 2020 9:19:00 AM

The Steps You Can Take Right Now to Help You Return to Scouting Activities 

(Source) While many Scout units have a desire to return to Scouting activities, they have questions about how to do so safely during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. During the recent webinar on how to hold meetings safely during COVID-19, attendees received tips on the key steps they can be taking right now to find a safe way to return to their meeting activities.

Step 1: Check your local requirements to see if you can meet. The safety requirements vary greatly around the nation, so it’s vital to check on what your local government requires and abide by those regulations. The BSA SAFE Restart Scouting Checklist has been specifically created to help you guide you through this as you build a framework for getting back to your Scouting activities. 

Step 2: Call the families in your Scout unit to see how they’re doing. Check in by phone to connect personally with these families. Listen to their responses and gauge their readiness to return to Scouting activities. If laws in your community permit meeting, and you’ve met the other requirements of the SAFE Restart Scouting Checklist, spend some time talking about your process and the intention to return to Scouting activities safely. 

Step 3: Connect with other leaders and families to find solutions for ways the unit can meet safely. Currently, some traditional meeting places for Scout units are not available because of the pandemic, but there may be other viable, safe options for meeting that can be discussed. Some of these options may be outdoors using social distancing. Other options may be virtual. Be sure to use the guidance for Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities when meeting virtually.  

Step 4: Engage your chartered organization. Especially if you’re having difficulty finding a meeting place, talk with your chartered organization to see what other options they might be able to provide. While a meeting room might not be available, perhaps the parking lot, a field, or a park could be a safe alternative. Whatever the proposed location, the chartered organization should be made aware of the issue and brought into the discussion.

Step 5: Reach out to the school in your community. If you’re used to working with your local school for a recruiting night, meeting space or otherwise, connect with them to talk about ways your Scout unit could be of service and assist them during this time. 

Step 6: Make sure you’ve updated your BeAScout pin and are using all of the available easy-to-use online registration tools. As you get back to Scouting, help new families find and join your unit without ever needing any paper to change hands. 

Though the times remain uncertain, Scouts and Scouters are resilient, and following the above steps can help you to Be Prepared and ease the process of getting back to Scouting quickly and safely whenever local requirements allow it. 

Scouts BSA Summer Camp 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, October 15, 2020 7:00:00 PM

Summer camp is a week-long council-organized overnight camp for Scouts BSA that operates under council-retained leadership. The program provides opportunities for Scouts to earn merit badges along their advancement trail.

Summer camp is being held at the nex Camp Strake (Hines Lake Rd, Coldspring, TX 77331), a first-class and state-of-the-art facility for Scouts and their leaders. Program areas include shooting sports (rifle, shotgun, archery, sporting arrows), Wild Hex (aerial adventure tower), zip lines, climbing, rappelling, COPE, swimming, biking, merit badge classes and more.

 

Camp Strake has 20 campsites with pavilions and an air-conditioned dining hall, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) center, 28-acre lake, aquatics center with a swimming pool and pool house, extensive trail system, basketball court, sports fields, chapel and more.

Learn More and Register        About Camp Strake        Program and Merit Badges

Summer Camp:
• Week 1: June 6-11, 2021
• Week 2: June 13-19, 2021
• Week 3: June 20-26, 2021
• Week 4: June 7 - July 3, 2021
• Week 5: July 4 - 10, 2021
• Week 6: July 11-17, 2021
• Week 7: July 18-24, 2021
Super Troop*:
• Week 6: July 11-17, 2021 Super Troop
• Week 7: July 18-24, 2021 Super Troop

 

Fees and Payment Schedule

The registration fee is $350 per Scout and $150 per adult. The fee includes meals, a patch, and all program supplies.

• $30 per Scout due by 10/15/20.
• Half of final payment due 1/15/21.
• Final payment due 5/15/21.

*Super Troop

Super Troop is a temporary troop made up of Scouts from troops around the council. Super Troop is a fantastic opportunity for Scouts to attend an extra week of summer camp, for a Scout to attend camp individually if they can't attend camp with their unit, or for those Scouts who just like to camp. Super Troop is staffed each week by experienced volunteer Scouters.

Learn More and Register for Super Troop

Camp Staff

Camp staff is an experience that is truly unforgettable. It is a chance to spend your whole summer working at a beautiful camp while teaching kids and having fun. Every day is fully rewarding to you as a staff member and to the campers in whose lives you have made a difference. Camp work is often demanding as the schedule is packed full for the campers; but the opportunities, rewards and experiences are endless. Serving on camp staff is a great way to spend a summer. Staff week is May 31 - June 6, 2020.
 

A staff of outstanding Scouts and Scouters has been assembled to meet the needs of the Scouts and leaders. Staff is recruited from the area colleges (e.g., Texas A&M University, University of Texas, Sam Houston State University, Texas State), Order of the Arrow members, and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) staff and participants. The camp staff strives to assist in making the summer camping experience a highlight of the year. Scouts looking to be considered to be a part of the staff must fill out an application.

Apply for Camp Staff

Promote Scouting on Social Media 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Wednesday, August 19, 2020 8:59:00 PM

Help promote Scouting on social media by adding a photo frame around your profile picture. Encourage families to Text Cub Scout, Scouts BSA or crew to 31996. They will be sent to www.shac.org/join, a website with all packs listed by school district and links to register online.

To find the frame, click on edit/update your profile picture (or go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes), search for a frame by entering Sam Houston Area Council, then choose one of our four frames.

 

       

Support Scouting with Amazon Smile 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Saturday, August 15, 2020 10:58:00 AM

(SourceNow you can support Scouting without lifting a finger — or at least not more than one.

AmazonSmile, the simple and no-cost way to donate to the Sam Houston Area Council, now works on the Amazon Shopping app for iPhone and Android.

That means it’s easier than ever to support Scouting anytime, anywhere.

Through its AmazonSmile program, Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible purchases to the charity of your choice — at no cost to you. You’ll get the same prices, selection and service found on Amazon.com, but now Amazon gives 0.5% of its cut to a good cause.

The Sam Houston Area Council is an eligible AmazonSmile charity. Individual packs, troops, posts, ships and crews are not eligible.

Sam Houston Area Council, Boy Scouts of America

Why use AmazonSmile

Sure, I agree that 50 cents on a $100 tablet might not seem like a huge donation. And it’s not a substitute for the generous contributions you regularly make to local Scouting through campaigns like Friends of Scouting. But as any frequent Amazon shopper knows, your purchases add up.

What’s the news here?

Previously, AmazonSmile required the user to shop using their browser — either on a desktop computer or through the mobile browser on a smartphone.

That meant that when you shopped in the official Amazon app, you weren’t contributing to your chosen charity — even if you had already activated AmazonSmile.

By adding AmazonSmile to its official app, Amazon is making the program available anytime, anywhere. So now when you buy a blender from the back seat or a printer from the patio — our council still gets that 0.5%.

How to activate AmazonSmile on your iPhone or Android

Step 1: Join AmazonSmile

If you aren’t yet an AmazonSmile member, sign up at smile.amazon.com using a web browser (mobile or desktop). You’ll sign in with your Amazon credentials, and the site will walk you through the process.

Amazon will ask you to choose your favorite charity. This is where you search for “Sam Houston Area Council.”

Step 2: Open the Amazon Shopping app on your phone

If you don’t have the app already, download it from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Step 3: Open Settings within the app

Open Settings by tapping the three horizontal lines (aka the “hamburger”) at the top left and tapping “Settings.”

Step 4: Tap AmazonSmile

Step 5: Tap the button for “Turn on AmazonSmile”

You’ll need to follow the three-step setup process. Note that Amazon requires you to turn on notifications to be able to use AmazonSmile on your phone.

Step 6: Make note of your renewal date

Amazon asks that you renew your AmazonSmile donation every six months. This is easy but required. When six months are up, you’ll have to choose your favorite charity again. If you don’t, purchases made until you do will not count.

Step 7: Confirm that AmazonSmile is active before your next purchase

Look for AmazonSmile at the top of the app as you browse. You’ll also see your chosen charity on the confirmation screen.

Learn More

Scouting at Home 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Friday, April 3, 2020 8:30:00 AM

​Scouting activities contribute to the academic development of the children who participate. In the elementary grades, the program is built around a series of theme-based explorations. As a Cub Scout advances, the requirements get more challenging, to match the new skills and abilities they have learned. Cub Scout advancement supports over 120 elementary TEKS. In the middle and high school grades, service, community engagement and leadership development become increasingly important parts of the program as youth lead their own activities. More than 85% of merit badges include requirements that meet National Science Education Standards, giving Scouts a foundation in everything from nuclear science to robotics. Learn more at www.shac.org/education.

BSA has resources to help both parents and leaders support Scouting at home, with stay-at-home activities for any Scout rank, and tips for continuing to work on advancement.

Learn More

Here are some additional great ideas to use at home to keep your Scout's skills sharp! Check back regularly and let your friends know about theses great options for at-home fun and learning for Scouting families and non-Scouting families alike. Read the important digital safety guidelines from BSA National Council.

Digital Safety Guidelines

 

When considering advancement opportunities for your Scout, especially merit badge classes, please keep the following in mind:

  1. Is the presenter following youth protection guidelines and digital safety guidelines?
  2. Is the presenter's process in line with basic BSA advancement procedures (see merit badge program and Guide to Advancement)
  3. Is the presenter charging a fee?
  4. How is the presenter ensuring that each youth actually and personally completes each requirement? (see Guide to Advancement section 7.0.3.2, which gives specific requirements and guidance for group instruction.)
  5. Do you have approval from your unit leader?
  6. Is the class occurring in a different time zone?

Cub Scouts Den Meeting Video Resources

Videos have been developed by councils across the country to support den leaders with virtual meetings. Content is to be used as an aid and does not take the place of the program as designed and presented in the den leader experience or Cub Scout Handbooks. During the current pandemic, virtual resources may be used to complete requirements such as virtual tours in place of den outings. The standard of Cub Scout advancement is for the Cub Scout to do their best. These videos can be used to support den leaders in a variety of ways:

  • Watch before a den meeting to gain background knowledge before working with the youth
  • Show during a virtual (or in-person) den meeting to help guide a den’s conversation and activities.
  • Take Cub Scouts on a virtual visit to exclusive locations across the US

Cub Scout Adventure Boxes

Capitol Area Council has Adventure Boxes that can be ordered for each Cub Scout rank (the Lion rank is still in development).

The purpose is to make life a little easier and keep Cub Scouts earning Adventures and moving ahead through the program with Adventure Boxes – a curated collection of instructions and materials conveniently delivered to you. There are two boxes for every Cub Scout rank: one to help a Scout earn the rank for their grade level and another to earn elective Adventures. Each box costs $50, which includes all materials and shipping.

Each box contains all the program materials, spiral-bound workbook, self-directed activities, and video links to the council's kid-friendly private YouTube channel. Individual families can order and complete the activities on their own and report the advancements to their leader. Dens and packs can also order boxes. The cost is about the same as you’d spend or charge in dues to purchase supplies yourself.

  • Box 1: All activities needed to complete all requirements and elective for rank
  • Box 2: All activities needed to complete most rank electives

Learn More and Order


SHAC Virtual Scouting

Volunteers have developed a series of remote Scouting classes. The coursework will be completed through live video conferencing calls. Classes are being added regularly. Classes are free. (Central Standard Time)



Service Projects

Doing service together is one way that Scouts keep their promise “to help other people.” Helping others is one of the fundamental values of Scouting and allows Scouts to see the value and impact they make by contributing to their community.  

For Scouts BSA, all service projects must be approved by the unit leader (Scoutmaster) in order to count towards rank advancement. "A service project is a special Good Turn that puts Scout spirit into action.” (Scout Handbook). Projects can take many forms.




Scout Saturday Live

The Western Los Angelos County Council holds a weekly Scout Saturday Live (SSL) and FUN for the entire family. Packed with games, projects, science experiments, and prizes, the SSL! livestream broadcast has something for everyone. The program will air every-other Saturday and is hosted by Scouts.

Scouts who view and participate in the show’s activities have multiple opportunities to check-off requirements toward advancements, awards and merit badges.  (Pacific Daylight Time)




Merit Badge Classes

The Circle Ten Council is offering several online merit badges. There are some pre-requisites that need to be completed prior to the course. The cost is $5. (Central Daylight Time)





 


Merit Badge Classes

The Caddo Area Council is offering several online merit badges. There are some pre-requisites that need to be completed prior to the course. (Central Daylight Time)


Merit Badge Classes

The Black Warrior Council is offering three virtual Merit badge classes via Zoom. Class sizes are limited. (Central Daylight Time)


Scout Connect

Heart of America Council has a series of online merit badge courses. More merit badges are being added each week. (Central Daylight Time)


Scoutbook App

The new Scoutbook App makes it easier than ever for youth and their parents to view and track advancement. Find the advancements your Scout needs to work on to finish their rank.



Advancement Academy

The Cascade Pacific Council has an Advancement Academy with digital den meetings and online merit badge class. Digital den meetings are offered through Zoom and promoted through Facebook. Participants are asked to sign up in advance. (Pacific Time Zone)

 

Merit Badges at Home

Scouting Magazine shared a list of 58 merit badges that Scouts can complete from home. 



Weekly Challenge

For the next few weeks, the Greater St. Louis Area Council is posting a Weekly Scout Challenge with a variety of Scouting at home challenges every Friday. By the way, parents and Scouters are not left out! Why let the youth have all the fun! 


Merit Badges / Live Events

Alamo Area Council has several online merit badges and Facebook live events.




ScoutShare 

Seneca Waterways Council has set up a site to share ideas on how to do Scouting remotely, plus suggestions on how to work on documents together, and how to hold meetings together if you’re not in the same room.




Daily Scouting Videos

The Dan Beard Council is posting daily Scouting videos and activities that can be done at home! 




Merit Badges

The Narragansett Council has a variety of resources. (Eastern Time Zone)



Scoutbook App

The new Scoutbook App makes it easier than ever for youth and their parents to view and track advancement. Find the advancements your Scout needs to work on to finish their rank.



Boys' Life App

BSA has just released an entire year’s worth of Boys’ Life issues for free on their app! Find projects you can create from home and stories that will take your minds on adventures all over the world.



Scout On

Connecticut Rivers Council has useful programs for all types of Scouts, leaders and parents.  


Online Scouting Resources 

Digital Safety in a Time of Increased Online Activity 

As local councils and units use digital and online resources, such as video conferencing, to continue Scouting meetings, projects and advancement during the COVID-19 outbreak, the National Council is providing the following guidance. Note this guidance is not comprehensive and may differ from the legal requirements of state or local jurisdiction. 

  • BSA’s youth protection policies apply to all online activities. All online activities, including video and audio conferencing through platforms such as Zoom and Skype, must adhere to the BSA’s current youth protection guidelines for digital communications, including the BSA’s Digital Privacy guidelines and the BSA’s Social Media Guidelines. Because safety features and privacy controls vary widely from platform to platform, and out of respect for families’ own preferences concerning social media usage, we strongly recommend using business-oriented conferencing platforms—for example, Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting and others—to conduct online group activities instead of platforms intended for online gaming (e.g., Discord, Robolux, Twitch). 

BSA’s Digital Privacy Guidelines         BSA’s Social Media Guidelines

  • Safeguard personal information. If you collect a person’s personal information online—for example, through web forms used to register people for online meetings—then you should post a notice or disclosure at the point of collection describing how you will use the information. The notice should be conspicuous and written in plain English. Keep in mind, video conferencing platforms (e.g., Zoom) have their own privacy policies which apply to data collected through the platform (e.g., if the platform is hosting your web form). Organizers of Zoom and Skype meetings—for example, unit leaders and Merit Badge counselors—may obtain personal information about a youth, such as his or her name, phone number or email address. Meeting organizers must keep such information private and not share a youth’s personal information with anyone else except that youths’ parent or guardian or the unit leader responsible for recording advancements. For example, a Merit Badge counselor should not publicly post or otherwise disclose a roster containing personal information of Scouts who the counselor has worked with. 
  • Recording online meetings is not authorized. As a reminder, Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse prohibits any one-on-one contact between an adult leader and youth members – in person, online, through a web conference, over the phone, via text, or in any other form. Electronic communication between adults and youth should always include another registered leader or parent. We believe our existing policy is the best way to protect youth and volunteers, and we do not believe recording online meetings would provide any additional material benefit. To the contrary, recording calls would increase personal risk as call recording is subject to various legal requirements under U.S. law and the laws of individual states, some of which require all parties to a call consent to recording. Considering those potential regulatory risks and the effect of BSA’s existing policies, we are not authorizing the recording of online meetings. 

Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse

  • Collecting personal information from youth under 13 is not recommended. We advise against collecting personal information directly from youth under 13 years of age due to the parental notice and consent requirements under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). COPPA does not restrict the collection of personal information about a youth from his or her parent or guardian. For the purposes of COPPA, “personal information” includes first and last name; home or other physical address; screen name or username that functions as online contact information; telephone number; a social security number; or a photograph, video, or audio file containing the child’s image or voice. 

Videoconferencing

Den and troop meetings, boards of review and Scoutmaster conferences don't have to be put on hold just because we're practicing social distancing. Here are a few resources to help you get started.






Educational Activities

HMNS at Home

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is offering digital museum experiences right in the comfort of your home. Dive into their online collection with video archives and virtual tours, connect with our social media and dig even deeper with Beyond Bones.


Merit Badge Classes

Alamo Area Council Scouting at Home
Aloha Council Epic Merit Badges
Bay Area Council Online Virtual Classes
Blue Ridge Council Online Merit Badge Classes
Caddo Area Council Online Workshops
California Inland Empire Council Online Merit Badge Classes
Capitol Area Council Activities To Continue #ScoutingAtHome
Cascade Pacific Council Advancement Academy
Central Florida Council Online Merit Badge Programs 2020
Central North Carolina Council Virtual Merit Badge Classes
Chickasaw Council Virtual Merit Badge
Chief Seattle Council Scouting from Home
Circle Ten Council 2020 DCD Going Viral Merit Badge Mania
Circle Ten Council Online Merit Badge University
Connecticut Rivers Council At Home Scouting
Dan Beard Council Virtual Merit Badges
Del-Mar-Va Council Scouting at Home – Scouts BSA
Denver Area Council Scouting at Home!
Evangeline Area Council Online Merit Badges
Garden State Council Scout Online
Glacier’s Edge Council Scouting From Home
Great Smokey Mountain Council Virtual Merit Badges
Greater Alabama Council Online Merit Badge Offerings
Greater Tampa Bay Area Council Keep Scouting – Resources
Gulf Stream Council Remote Activity Workshops
Hawk Mountain Council Virtual Merit Badge Classes
Heart of America Council ScoutConnect
Heart of New England Council Virtual Merit Badge Counseling
Hoosier Trails Council Virtual Merit Badge Day
Lake Erie Council Scouting at Home Merit Badge Series
Las Vegas Area Council Merit Badge Clinics
Michigan Crossroads Council Virtual Merit Badge Clinic
Mount Baker Council North Cascades Scouting From Home
Mountaineer Area Council Scouting at Home
Mt. Diablo Silverado Area Council MDSC iBadge 2020
Narragansett Council Merit Badge Event Registration
National Capital Area Council Merit Badges @Home
Northern Star Council Scouting at Home
Orange County Council Virtual Advancement
Overland Trails Council Virtual Merit Badges
Palmetto Council Online Merit Badge Classes
Pee Dee Area Council Online MBU
Piedmont Council Online Merit Badge Classes 2020
Potawatomi Area Council Virtual Merit Badge Clinics
Prairielands Council Virtual Scouting at Home
Rocky Mountain Council Scouting at Home
San Francisco Bay Area Council Virtual Exploration Camp
Seneca Waterways Council Virtual Merit Badge Days
Sequoyah Council Scouting From Home
Simon Kenton Council 2020 Online Merit Badge University
Spirit of Adventure Council Base Camp Merit Badges
Suffolk County Council Virtual Merit Badge Classes
Texas Southwest Council Merit Badge Workshop
Western Los Angeles Council Merit Badge University

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Council Communications on COVID-19     BSA Statement on COVID-19     Rank Advancement Update

Rank Advancement Update 

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, April 2, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Cub Scouting / Scouts BSA / Venturing / Sea Scouting Rank Advancement and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following questions regarding advancement have arisen as we deal with closures, cancellations, or other issues caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Although there are difficulties and constraints, advancement can continue. Youth, parents, and leaders should work together to implement creative, common sense ways to facilitate advancement while adhering to the Guide to Safe Scouting and following the rules of Youth Protection training.

Please follow this link to the Guide to Advancement (GTA), which remains the primary source for information related to Scouts BSA advancement. It is referenced throughout the answers provided from the National Council.

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For more information, contact your district advancement chair.