Boy Scouts of America

Seasonal Resources

April 2020

During Social Distancing: Scouting at Home Resources

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.

-Scouting and the Science of Fun

Scouting is fun. Science is fun. We have both. “What’s under the grass?” “Why are you ticklish?” “7 Sweet Candy Experiments.” If you’re looking for cool activities, check this out!

-Merit badges for social distancing: 58 badges Scouts can complete at home

In times of crisis, Scouts find a way to adapt. We’re hearing from Scouts and leaders across the country who have found creative ways to keep on Scouting even while practicing social distancing (staying home and remaining at least 6 feet from others if you must go out). (Continue reading at Bryan on Scouting)

-National Capital Area Council will be offering Merit Badge programs ONLINE!

THESE SESSIONS ARE OPEN TO ALL SCOUTS IN ALL COUNCILS, NATIONWIDE! Most classes run two days a week for two weeks. The list will be updated every two weeks, so don’t forget to check back often.

-For a limited time, get an entire year’s worth of Boys’ Life issues for free!

Find projects you can create at home and stories that will take young readers’ minds on adventures all over the world. Download the app for access from the App Store or on Google Play.

Boys’ Life: Projects That Can Be Done at Home

Ideas to Stay Busy at Home (for kids!)

4 Activities to Do at Home During Coronavirus

Fishing: A Guide to Getting Hooked

Goal Setting For Scouts, Leaders, and Families

WORM COMPOSTING (or Vermicomposting)

Scout Chef Kitchen presents Leprechaun Garden Pasta

Delicious Corn Chip Recipes for Camping

How to Make Irresistible Homemade Ice Cream



It’s a great time of year… thousands of Scouts and Scouters across the country are packing their gear and getting ready for some of the most action-packed, adventure-filled days of the year: summer camp, Scout style. This is a time for memory making, for meeting new friends, learning new skills and exploring the great outdoors. Most of all, camp provides an opportunity for young people to take the lead, test their abilities and push their limits, all while having a blast.

Year-round, the BSA provides fun, life-changing experiences young people can’t get anywhere else, but Scout summer camp takes it to a new level through an immersive, intense Scouting experience. It’s a good, exhausting time. But, rest assured, parents: while skits and songs are encouraged, camp’s not all about fun and games around the campfire or even knocking out a few merit badges. It’s about giving young people an opportunity to build the foundation of leadership skills and personal character that will stay with them and set them up for success later in life.

Recent research in the Journal of Youth Development shows that attending summer camp helps youth develop skills essential to success in academics and in the workplace. What researchers found by studying camp attendees was that the experiences intrinsic to summer camps – trying new activities, living with your peers, being required to be more independent – all inspired personal growth. After their experiences at camp, young people displayed higher levels of skills in three areas: teamwork and collaboration, positive self-image, and work ethic and conscientiousness.

I myself have seen these kinds of results time and again. As the adults let the youth take the lead, Scouts rise to the challenge in amazing and unexpected ways.

Parents often tell me how they see their kids come home with new confidence and independence. A little more Prepared. For Life.

To all those heading for camp this year, happy trails, stay safe and have fun!  

Yours in Scouting,



Nathan Johnson

As a member of the Communications team at Boy Scouts of America, Nathan Johnson enjoys finding and sharing the stories that inform, inspire, and delight the Scouting family.



December 2019 Winter Camping Tips

How to Enjoy Winter Outdoors [More!]

    How to Sleep Warm Outside This Winter

If you’re warm when you get into your sleeping bag, it will be easier for you to stay warm all night.  Do some jumping jacks before you bed down for the night to get your furnace going. You don’t want to get sweaty, but you do want to be warm!

Read article here ⇒


How to Go Backpacking in the Rain

Into each life, some rain must fall. If you’re a backpacker with the right mindset, this can make the woods a more beautiful place: crisper, cleaner and calmer. Heavy rainfall can also present some special challenges, though, if you’re not prepared.

For some tips on how to thrive on a wet-weather hike, we turned to REI’s Laura Evenson, whose 2013 Appalachian Trail thru-hike featured 27 straight days of rain. Her advice on precip preparation covers: Gearing up, Trail hazards, Campsite tactics, and Drying out.”

Read article here ⇒


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