Garden State Council presents the Scout On! Hub
Click this link to read the statement from the Boy Scouts of America regarding precautions to take during the COVID-19 outbreak, and how the Scouting community can Scout On at Home.
Additonal FAQ from the Boy Scouts of America covering many topics, including the BSA's social distancing policies when camping, Scouting safely online, advancement, and more!
This page will offer resources for units to “Scout On!”
Face-to-face meetings may be on hold, but Scouting continues, and great ideas for units can be found here at the “Scout On! Hub.”
Videoconferencing is a great way to stay connected with your units! This Bryan on Scouting article offers an example of a Troop that is up and running with remote meetings using Webex. Garden State Council will begin using Zoom to offer remote merit badge sessions (we will post links on this page!). Google Hangouts Meet is another option. Whicever technology you choose, staying engaged with your units is essential! At home is not the same as out of action!
If you are not yet in Scouting, or just looking for fun activities to do at home or online, jumb down to our New Adventures section. If you would like more information about Scouting in your area, visit our Join Now page for age- and program-specific details!
Activities and Awards for All Scouts
Cyber Chip: As Scouts do more and more activities online, the Cyber Chip moves to the top of the "must do" list. The Cyber Chip activities include developmentally appropriate online safety lessons and activities for Scouts of any age.
Emergency Preparedness Award: Activities are broken out for each Cub rank and each Scouting program, including Venturers, Sea Scouts, and adults! (That means adults can earn this, too!)
Scouting in New Jersey patch: Now is a great time to learn all about the state of New Jersey using this Council-specific patch activity available to Scouts of all programs and levels! Units can order the patch from our Council Scout Shops for Scouts who complete the activites. Scouts can report their findings to their leaders or units via videoconferece!
BSA Crime Prevention Award: Although the site explaining this award has not been updated for awhile, the award is still available to Scouts of all levels!
The National Constitution Center is offering free online resources "live and on-demand for remote learners of all ages."
Cub Scout Resources (Boys or Girls grades K-5)
- 30-Day Challenge calendars for each Cub rank: See the downloadable PDFs below!
- Cub Scout Preview Adventure: Protect Yourself
- Cub Scout Preview Adventure: Yo Yo
- Hiking Games for Cubs- https://cubscoutideas.com/2476/hiking/
- All Cub Scout Adventures, grouped by rank
Find more fun activities in our New Adventures section, below!
Scouts BSA Resources (Boys or Girls grades 5-12)
Stay connected with your goals for ranks Scout through First Class by checking out the 30-Day Rank Challenges, listed in the document links, below!
Garden State Council is pleased to offer merit badges by videoconference! As we add them, they will be listed here as well as on our Facebook Page:
- Public Health Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. (CLOSED)
- Entrepreneurship Thursday, April 2, 7 p.m. (CLOSED). NEW SESSION: For those who missed the first one, we are running this again on April 8, 7 p.m. EST (different Zoom login than the first). Register here (registration will close April 7, 7 p.m.)
- Collections Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m. EST. Register Here (Registration will close April 8, 7 p.m.)
- Game Design Thursday April 16 and Thursday April 23 (this is 2 session class; students must attend both sessions), 7 p.m. EST (Registration will open soon)
Here is a list of merit badges that are great to work on at home. Remember that a Scout should contact their Scoutmaster for permission and to obtain a blue card before connecting with a merit badge counselor.
See also the related documents: and
Life Scouts ready to submit their Eagle Scout Project Proposal
Life Scouts ready to submit their Eagle Scout Project can do so electronically. The project proposal can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposal will be reviewed by your District Eagle Scout Project Review Team and the results will be communicated to you either by email or phone. Please follow Youth Protection standards by including your parents and/or Scoutmaster on any emails.
Eagle Scouts candidates ready to submit their final Eagle Scout Project Report
Eagle Scouts candidates ready to submit their final Eagle Scout project report can do so electronically. The report along with a completed Eagle Scout application and Life Ambition statement can be emailed to email@example.com. The report will be reviewed by your District Eagle Scout Review Team. Your Eagle Scout application will be reviewed by the Council and certified. The Team will reach out to you either by phone or email to set up an Eagle Scout Board of Review. Please follow Youth Protection standards by including your parents and/or Scoutmaster on any emails.
Request for Extension of Time to Earn Eagle Scout Rank
Eagle Scouts candidates who need to request an extension of time to earn the Eagle Scout rank can do so electronically. The request must be submitted on form 512-077 “Request for Extension of Time to Earn Eagle Scout Rank”. The form along any other supporting documentation can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The extension request will be reviewed by a member of the Council Advancement Committee. You will contacted by either phone or email if your extension was approved or not approved. Please follow Youth Protection standards by including your parents and/or Scoutmaster on any emails. Until you hear from the Council Advancement Committee continue to work towards earning your Eagle Scout rank.
Venturing Resources (Boys and Girls, ages 14-20)
The Council Venturing Officers Association is looking into offering award-specific trainings like Goal Setting and Time Management through Zoom videoconferencing! Stay tuned for updates!
The Northeast Region Venturing Area 5 VOA put together this 30-day challenge just for Venturers! (printable PDF below)
STEM Scout Resources
Adult Resources and Training
Put down the streaming remote! Pick up your laptop or tablet...My.Scouting is always open! Adult Scouting volunteers and leaders can always find training modules online, including Youth Protection Training, position-specific modules, hazardous weather refreshers, safety afloat, and more!
Are you fully trained in your positon? No? take this time to be fully trained.
You are fully trained? Then take this time be cross trained!
Guidelines from National regarding advancement during the COVID-19 suspension are available in the list of PDFs below.
Have you taken Program Safety yet? Review opportunities to prepare for an activity, review safety measures, and report incidents correctly. Topics of this new series include incident reporting helps, safe use of medication in Scouting, weather-related safety, winter activity, and winter sports. Hazardous Weather is now a module found within Program Safety. Visit My.Scouting.org, login and visit the Training dashboard for this and other Adult volunteer training.
Cool Stuff To Do! 25 fun things to do with stuff around the house and yard from Boy's Life magazine.
National Park Virtual Tours: The National Parks have collaborated with Google Arts and Culture to provide virtual tours of 5 National Parks!
- Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska (glaciers, fjords, and icebergs!)
- Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida (remotely located more than 70 miles west of Key West; includes a Civil War-era fort!)
- Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii (see the Nahuku Lava Tube!)
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico (more than 100 caves in the Chihuahuan Desert!)
- Bryce Cavern National Park, Utah (a Dark Sky certified National Park!)
Google Arts and Culture: This is a virtual treasure trove of new experiences! Tours of thousands of museum collections, detailed looks at cultural landmarks, behind-the-scenes tours of theaters, and more!
- Mo Willems, creator of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, and the Elephant and Piggy series, offers a new Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems every weekday at 1pm on the YouTube channel for the Kennedy Center!
- Crayola offers At-Home Learning art instruction through their website, geared toward younger Cub Scout-aged kids.
- Sharks! Sharks4Kids is offering free online webinars with shark scientists, divers, conservationists, videographers, and more! Click the link for the live webinar schedule!
- From the team behind America's Test Kitchen is the new 177 Milk Street, with free online cooking and technique classes.
- Make a rag rug using old sheets and a large crochet hook
- Learn to finger crochet and make a grocery bag
- Dairy Farm Tour: Yep! A virtual tour of a working dairy farm, complete with cute cows.
- UrbanFarm.org has free resources including a podcast and webinars
- You Bet Your Garden show archive on WHYY.org
- U.S.D.A. plant hardiness zone information and map
- Burpee seed company offers a page of info for beginners.
- American Sign Language free video tutorials: Sign Language 101
- Duolingo -- browser and app -- offers lessons for a number of languages, for free
- The Metropolitan Opera: Free online streaming of performances!
- Playbill online has added a page to offer streaming sessions with Broadways performers and more
- Folger Shakespeare Library is offering their theater staging of MacBeth for free online viewing through July 1, 2020
- Train your cat to walk on a leash
- How to make a bow tie for your dog (uses a sewing machine)
- Make your own dog treats
- "100 Best Books" lists by genre, offered by National Public Radio.
- The public library has many resources for reading without visiting the library itself (library card required). Visit your county library's website for more information about their ebooks, audiobooks, streaming content, and more!
- Open Library (a project of the Internet Archive), lets you borrow digital scans of books to read on your computer. (use only if you can't access your public or school library's collection)
- Although it isn't the Christmas season, anytime is a good time for Dickens! The New York Public Library offers a recorded reading of A Christmas Carol by Neil Gaiman (Good Omens, Coraline). This link will take you to some background info on the reading itself as well as the soundcloud file.
- A year's worth of issues of Boy's Life Magazine are available now for free through the Boy's Life app for a limited time!