Scouting from Home Resources

Parents and Leaders,

The Hoosier Trails Council would like to thank you for your continued support during this time of uncertainty. We are working with a great team of leaders to provide all Cub Scouts an opportunity to earn some Elective Adventure Belt Loops on an alternate platform. This is free to our members and will give you the ability to continue your path of advancement and have fun along the way.

Each week, we will offer one Elective Adventure activity for every den level. You can access these through our council website and download the presentation. Once you complete the adventure, simply send your finished work to your Den Leader for approval and recording of your award.

Please stay tuned to our media outlets like Facebook, Instagram, and here on our website. Thank you for your continued support of Scouting and we hope that your families are safe and happy.


Click This Link For Cub Scout Online Advancement

Cyber Chip

Today’s youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.

Netsmartz® has Cyber Chip resources, including grade-specific videos, for each level. Check it out here.

Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

Note:  For Cub Scout ranks; Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light the Cyber Chip requirement may be replace with earning the Protect Yourself Rules Adventure.  Lions do not have a Cyber Chip requirement for rank.  Protect Yourself Rules Adventure. If Cub Scouts use the Protect Yourself Rules Adventure in place of the Cyber Chip requirement, the adventure can not be used as an elective for rank.

Learn more about Cyber Chip Here!

Two Online Merit Badge Opportunities



SAFER-SIM with the University of Iowa has developed a free, self-guided, online resource that allows Scouts to complete merit badges completely virtually. We are giving Scouts the opportunity to complete the Traffic Safety Merit Badge and the Engineering Merit Badge at their own pace. Some of the scouts in your council have already utilized this resource, but we would like to expand our reach even more!  Learn more here: Traffic Safety Merit Badge and the Engineering Merit Badge

The Merits of At-Home Scouting: 

Councils Get Creative as Scouts are Required to Stay Home - Connect with Creative Resources Here

Across the nation, councils are finding ways to help keep their youth members engaged and Scouting. These out-of-the-box, in-home activities are centered around providing advancement related content to help keep kids safe, engaged and to help them make the best of home time. Here are just a few examples of what councils are doing:   

Scouting at Home Video Series: Crossroads of America Council, Indianapolis, Indiana

A YouTube video series to refine Scouting skills and to stay connected to our movement.

30-Day Challenge:  Hawkeye Area Council, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 

s communities are practicing caution and social distancing, the Hawkeye Area Council developed a 30-Day Challenge for each Cub Scout rank. Use this at home to help keep Scout's skills sharp.   

Advancement Academy, Virtual Resources for Keeping Scouts Advancing, Connected & Having Fun:  Cascade Pacific Council, Portland, Oregon 

Can’t get together as a group? Visit the Advancement Academy for a digital den meeting or merit badge class. Digital den meetings are offered through Zoom and promoted through Facebook. Participants are asked to sign up in advance. There is also great content for Scouts BSA, including sessions on How to Run Successful Digital Scout Meetings as well as online Merit badge sessions on Coin Collecting, Personal Fitness and more. The site also includes Facebook groups that anyone in the country can join: Cub Scout and Scouts BSA   

Scouting at Home: Atlanta Area Council, Atlanta, Georgia 

If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of things that Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA can do to Scout at home, this is it. The page features content directly from Scoutbook and includes ideas of other activities Scouts can do. Plus, suggestions for video platforms – and of course, reminders about the importance of following youth protection standards.   

ScoutShare: Seneca Waterways Council, Brighton, New York 

Seneca Waterways Council has set up a site to share ideas on how to do Scouting remotely, plus suggestions on how to work on documents together, and how to hold meetings together if you’re not in the same room.    

At Home Scouting Activities Spirit of Adventure Council: Boston, Massachusetts

This web site features an entire selection of content designed to let Scouts have adventures without leaving home. The site includes links for youth of all ages, from live cams at zoos, to a range of support resources and videos to help Scouts work on merit badges.   

NOVA/STEM: Capitol Area Council, Austin, Texas 

The council’s STEM Nova Committee is putting together a series of remote Scouting activities tied to the Nova Award and Hornaday-related merit badges. You can find out more at   

National STEM in Scouting Committee 

The committee has developed an online Nova for remote Scouting.  You can sign up at  

Looking for other free resources for youth?                Here are just a few:   

Boys’ Life magazine:  Find projects you can create from home and stories that will take young readers’ minds on adventures all over the world. In addition to the website, an entire year’s worth of issues is free in the BL apps.  Download from the iOS/Apple or Google Play stores to read it all.   

Bryan on Scouting: Resources for families to continue Scouting while at home.

Khan Academy:  Especially good for math and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system, but it’s mostly common material. 

Futurelearn: Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (accounts require users to be at least 14, but younger learners can use with a parent). 

Openlearn: Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University, but everyone can access it. Developed primarily for adults, but some courses, e.g., nature and environment, could well be of interest to young people. 

Blockly: Learn computer programming skills – fun and free. 

Scratch: Creative computer programming. 

Ted Ed: All sorts of engaging educational videos.

National Geographic Kids: Activities and quizzes for younger kids.

Duolingo: Learn languages for free.

Mystery Science: Free science lessons.

The Kids Should See This: Wide range of cool educational videos.

Crash Course: YouTube videos on many subjects.

Crash Course Kids: As above for a younger audience.

Crest Awards Science awards you can complete from home.

Tinkercad All kinds of projects for making.

Prodigy Math: Good for elementary school ages.

Big History Project: Aimed at Secondary age, multi-disciplinary activities.

Geography Games: Geography gaming! 

STEM Simulators 

Learn Computer Science 

The Artful Parent: Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page.

Red Ted ArtEasy arts and crafts for little ones.

The Imagination Tree: Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.

Toy Theater: Educational online games.

Amazing Educational Resources: List of Education companies offering free subscriptions due to COVID Online education resources