Home Base Camp
Scouting @ Home Concept
As the Coronavirus pandemic has resulted in the closure of schools in our council, it is our intent to provide a means for parents and youth to enjoy age or grade appropriate character building activities and projects at home. It is our hope that the whole family will find resources to put some of their at-home “downtime” to good purpose. Non-Scouts, as well as Scouts, are encouraged to participate and should equally enjoy the selection of activities provided.
You Don't Need to Be a Scout to do these Activities
The general public is welcome to use this as an activity resource free of charge. If your children are not registered in the Scouting program, print, and use the Certificate of Achievement to unofficially recognize them as they complete the various adventures or tasks. For background information, knowledge, and information to help your children to complete the Adventure Requirements, feel free to simply research things on the web. This in itself is a worthwhile activity under your supervision. Electronic Cub Scout and Scouts BSA Handbooks are available online for purchase — but do not feel like you need to purchase them. To find a Scout Group near you visit BeAScout.org
Get a Home Base Camp patch!
5/22/20 update: The first order of patches have arrived from the manufacturer and were mailed out to the first 100 requests we received. We are still waiting for the second order of patches to arrive.
Cub Scout Adventures
The core of Cub Scout advancement consists of “Adventures” in each Cub Scout Handbook. To help den leaders and adult family members deliver these Adventures, there are a variety of resources including Den Leader Guides with activity plans for each Adventure. All of the 95 Adventure plans and resources are available at this site.
There are pages for each of Lion, Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos, and within those pages, separate “Adventure by Adventure” pages of ideas for when families lead an Adventure.
Adventures for Youth in Grades K-5
Other Activities & Resources for Boys and Girls in Grades K-5
Social Isolation Daily Schedule for Scouting Families (pdf of the image below)
Cub Scout Skills Videos
Support Home Base Camp!
Take the opportunity to support the Northern Lights Council programming like Home Base Camp. Consider making a tax-deductible donation to Scouting. A gift of as little as $5.00 helps to support Home Base Camp. Click on Donate Now to make a gift.
National BSA Resources
New From Boy's Life - 25 Fun projects to do at home!
Thank you to our friends at Northern Star Council for the video above.
If you find that hair ties are too tight, you can use rubber bands instead.
References Needed for the Completion of Some Adventures
The Cub Scout Motto
Do Your Best!
The Cub Scout Sign
Hold your right arm up straight and make the “peace” sign.
The Cub Scout Salute
Use when you are in uniform to salute the American Flag. Make the Cub Scout Sign, then place your index and third finger together. Place the tip of your index and third fingers to the edge of your right eyebrow.
The Cub Handshake
Um, let’s not practice this one for now
The Scout Oath
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.
The Scout Law
A Scout is:
Below are merit badges that can be worked on from home. As always, check with your Scoutmaster for approval before starting a new merit badge. Most of these will require online research during this time, so be sure you have completed your Cyber Chip first. Remember some requirements require supervision, so ask a parent or counselor about these before you start.
No outside requirements:
American Business; Animation; Basketry; Collections; Electricity; Electronics, Energy; Entrepreneurship; Family Life; Fingerprinting; Genealogy; Home Repairs; Model Design and Building; Nature; Painting; Personal Fitness; Personal Management; Photography; Plumbing; Programming; Reptile and Amphibian Study; Wood Carving
Can be done with no outside requirements (depending on options chosen):
American Heritage; Animal Science; Archaeology; Astronomy; Bird Study; Chemistry; Citizenship in the World; Coin Collecting; Digital Technologies; Drafting; Emergency Preparedness; Leatherwork; Moviemaking; Nuclear Science; Pets; Pulp and Paper; Railroading; Reading; Robotics; Safety; Sculpture; Soil and Water Conservation; Stamp Collecting; Sustainability; Textile
Has requirement(s) that would eventually have to be completed outside:
NEW! Online Merit Badge Classes
Below is a list of councils that are offering Virtual Merit Badge opportunities for Scouts. It is the responsibility of the scout to inform their Scoutmaster their intent to begin a virtual merit badge and prepare as best as possible for the class. Scouts should “do their best” to obtain a merit badge book, though we realize that may be difficult with the current shelter in place requirements in place. Merit Badge counselors will review their process for the course and any requirements that must be completed outside of the virtual setting.
If you are a registered Merit Badge Counselor in the Northern Lights Council and would be interested in teaching a merit badge class online, let us know by sending us your information.
Religious Emblems Program
Available to Members of the Boy Scouts of America
A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.
To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed the following religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. The various religious groups administer the programs. Check with your local council service center or contact the religious organization directly to obtain the curriculum booklets.
Scout Skills Videos