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Advancing at Home

Helping your Cub Continue Having Fun In Scouting

​By now, as a result of stay-at-home and social distancing orders related to the COVID-19 emergency, you and your Cub Scout have likely figured out “distance-learning”, discovered every walking path in the neighborhood, and made at least 13 loaves of banana bread.  

What you might not have done, is continued on your Cub’s Scouting journey.  With den and pack meetings cancelled, Cubs throughout Northern Star Council are missing their Scouting friends, and may be falling behind on their advancement goals.  But, with technology and some changes approved by the national Boy Scouts of America, it has never been easier to help your Cub on their journey.​

A silver lining that staying-at-home gives us is the ability of parents and Cubs to work together.  With no sports, extracurriculars, or other obligations, we are together with our Cubs. Let’s make that time fun, educational, and productive!  

Scouts are Helpful - and creative: Many in the Scouting community have stepped up to provide us with numerous resources to keep you and your Cub “Scouting at Home”.  Websites like Northern Star Council and BSA at Scouting.org​ offer resources and links to other websites.  These sites, as well as Facebook Cub Scout groups, offer projects, lesson plans, adventure requirements - and much needed encouragement.  ​

BSA Changes: To address the disruption caused by the COVID-19 emergency, BSA has extended the time for all Cub Scouts to work on their current ranks to July 31, 2020.  While you still need to finish your current rank before moving on to your next one, this additional time will help you where the last two months have derailed den meetings - and your Cub’s goals.  Another change allows parents to review and sign-off on advancements for Webelos and Arrow of Light scouts since den leaders and these oldest scouts are not getting together at this time. Finally, parents can add these completed requirements directly into Scoutbook.

Connect Virtually: Resources such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and Facetime are great ways to allow your Cub to “hang-out” with their scout friends.  The internet has a number of games that your den can play together. Just be careful, and remember to use Youth Protection rules when meeting online.

Make it fun: The emergency, and staying-at-home is no fun for anybody.  Use these resources to help you not just check off requirements, but to tackle fun activities that you and your Cub will remember.  The pride in accomplishment, the lessons learned, the memories gained, and the connections fostered, is what Scouting is all about.

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