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

Activity Instructions

  1. Do the activities as outlined on this webpage. Many are actual Cub Scout Adventures for the Advancement program but have been rewritten to be completed without leaving home.
  2. Print the generic Certificate of Achievement, writing in the name of the activity and your child’s name.
  3. Proudly display your child’s certificate, or if your child is a Cub Scout, send it to your unit leader for advancement purposes if they have not yet completed that advancement. Please get your unit’s approval in advance before using Scouting @ Home as an avenue for advancement.
  4. In reference to information you don’t know, look up the information online.

Scouting @ Home Certificate of Achievement Award

  1. Download the document to your desktop and save it
  2. Open the document from your desktop & enter the information
  3. Print the document & sign

Get a Home Base Camp patch!

  • Do any three activities or watch any three videos listed on the page (or a combination).
  • Have your parent or leader complete the online patch order form
  • When the patches arrive from the manufacturer, we will mail them to you.

 

 


 

 

   Cyber Chip Requirements

 

 

 

 


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.   


 

 

Chess Merit Badge Offered Online

The Kansas City Chess Club sent our council information about upcoming merit badge classes they will be offering. Cost is $10 per Scout.

Sessions are available August 15, October 17 and December 12.

 


 

 

National Camp IN

If you missed this event, don't worry! We have links to the activities right here.

NLC's Friday Campfire

BSA's Saturday program

NLC's Challenge Winners


 


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

Download the Boys' Life app and read issues for Free!

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:

Trustworthy,
Loyal,
Helpful,
Friendly,
Courteous,
Kind,
Obedient,
Cheerful,
Thrifty,
Brave,
Clean,
and Reverent


Merit Badges

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:

American Labor; Bugling; Composite Materials; Cooking; Dog Care; Fire Safety; Gardening; Medicine; Public Health; Radio; Signs, Signals, and Codes; Weather



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. 

Black Hills Area Council

Blue Ridge Council

Central Florida Council

Great Trail Council

Hoosier Trails Council

Northern Star Council

Pee Dee Area Council

Piedmonth Council

Simon Kenton Council 

Virginia Headwaters Council

 

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.

More information about Religious Emblems Programs

 


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