Virtual Scouting Event

April 27 - May 2, 2020
(Central Time Zone)

Big Cypress District volunteers have developed a series of remote Scouting classes. Cub Scouts can participate in several STEM Nova classes offered by area den leaders and Scouts in troops, crews and ships can participate in several merit badge classes taught by registered merit badge counselors. The coursework will be completed through live video conferencing calls. Adult participation is needed. If you would like to volunteer to teach a class, please contact the event chair.




Scouts will need access to the internet utilizing a device with a camera and speakers. The sessions are hosted through a standard web browser (e.g., Chrome, Internet Explorer); Scouts will be able to see and hear the instructor. Scouts will be able to type questions using a chat field. Youth class sizes are very limited, if your Scout cannot attend for any reason, please update your registration and cancel the class so another Scout can attend.  

Cub Scout Classes

Cub Scouts can participate in several classes offered by area den leaders focused on rank advancements, Scouting skills, STEM/Nova or just for fun. Parents are encouraged to sit with the Cub Scouts throughout the class to help keep them focused.

The BSA's STEM/NOVA Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for Scouts of all ages. STEM/NOVA classes are designed for Wolves (2nd grader), Bears (3rd grader) and Webelos Scouts (4th and 5th graders). Prior to the STEM/Nova classes, parents will receive an email with homework to complete prior to each class (e.g., videos links to watch), supplies to gather from around the house and a link to the video conferencing class.

Following the class, parents will receive a follow-up email with the requirements completed online. It will be up to unit leaders to record and award the advancements completed. Learn more about how to register and update classes / modify a registration.

 

Registration is closed.

Course
(click to see the requirements)

2020 Date(s)

Day(s)

Time

A Bear Goes Fishing Adventure (Bear: 3rd grade) April 30 Th 6-8 pm
Cub Scout Storytime April 28 Tu 2-3 pm
First Aid Skills for Bears (3rd grade) April 28 Tu 5-6 pm
First Aid Skills for Webelos Scouts (4th & 5th graders) April 30 Th 5-6 pm
Fun, Feathers and Ferns Adventure (Bears: 3rd grade) April 28-29 Tu, W 10-11 am
Fun, Feathers and Ferns Adventure (Bears: 3rd grade) April 28-29 Tu, W 7-8 pm
Tech Talk (STEM / Nova for 2nd - 5th graders) April 27-29 M, Tu, W 12-1 pm
Up and Away (STEM / Nova for 2nd - 5th graders) April 27, 29, May 1 M, W, F 4-5 pm

Merit Badge Classes

merit badge sash

These online merit badge classes are an advancement opportunity open to Scouts in troops, crews or ships. Classes are taught by registered merit badge counselors. These are not give-away merit badges. Scouts are expected to participate fully during the online class and to personally complete each requirement (as specified in the Guide to Advancement section 7.0.3.2) in order to receive full credit for the requirements completed.

This intent of this event is to present content each day that gets the Scout started on a set of requirements. It is then up to that Scout to complete any additional task(s), study project(s), or activity(s) offline with a local registered merit badge. Some of the merit badge requirements cannot be completed online or during the time allotted which will result in a partial completion of the merit badge. The goal of this event is to help Scouts potentially complete 80% - 90% of the necessary requirements. In some cases, Scouts may complete an entire badge, especially if the prerequisites are completed prior to the class. Item(s) not covered during the class will need to be reviewed by the Scout and a local registered merit badge counselor. Uncompleted requirements and/or prerequisites will be addressed by the respective unit leaders. 

Volunteers are needed to run the event. To ensure digital safety and to assist the merit badge counselor, at least one volunteer needs to volunteer to sit in on the class. The volunteer does not need to be an expert in the merit badge. The volunteer will help monitor the chat that Scouts will use to ask questions, take attendance and make sure Scouts are participating. Either notify the event chair or sign up when registering your Scout. 

Prior to the class, participants will receive an email with details and instructions, and a link to the video conferencing class. Following the class, participants will receive a follow-up email with the requirements completed online. It will be up to unit leaders to record and award the advancements completed. 

Before registration:

  1. Scouts are to obtain approval from their unit leader before participating in the class.
  2. Have the Scout's BSA member ID number available. This number is critical to identifying the Scouts in Scoutbook. Find a Scout's BSA Member ID at the bottom-center of their BSA membership card, ask their unit leader, or look it up in my.scouting.org (under Menu, then My Profile) or Scoutbook (under My Profile, then Edit Profile).
  3. Review the expectations.

Learn more about how to register and update classes / modify a registration.

 

Registration is closed.

Merit Badges
(click to see the requirements)

2020 Date(s)

Time 

Day(s)

Prerequisites and/or Partials

Art April 29-30 2-3 pm W, Th TBD
Automotive Maintenance April 28-May 1 5-5:45 pm Tu, W, Th, Fr TBD
Bugling April 30 3-4:30 pm Th TBD
Citizenship in the Nation April 27-May 1 4-5 pm M, T, W, T, F Start watching the national news on 4//26/20.
Citizenship in the World April 29 3-4:30 pm W TBD
Coin Collecting April 27-28, 30 11:30-12:30 pm M, Tu, Th #6, 7, 9
Communication* April 28 3-4:30 pm T TBD
Communication* April 27-29 11 am - 12 pm M, Tu, W TBD
Cycling April 28-May 1 6-6:45 pm Tu, W, Th, F TBD
Digital Technology April 29 5-7 pm W TBD
Dog Care* April 28 4-5 pm Tu #4, 8, 9, 10
Dog Care* April 28 9-10 am Tu #4, 8, 9, 10
Family Life* April 27 9-10 am M #3, 4, 5
Family Life* April 27 3-4:30 pm M #3, 4, 5
Journalism April 27 4-5 pm M #2, 3, 4
Music April 27-29 2-3 pm M, T, W #1 (be prepared to play or sing Amazing Grace. With parent permission, use SmartMusic or internet search for sheet music); 3 (complete two); 4 (choose one)
Personal Management April 27-May 1 2-3 pm M, T, W, T, F TBD
Photography April 27-28 2-3 pm M, Tu TBD
Pubic Speaking May 1 7-8:30 pm F TBD
Sustainability April 27-30 2-3 pm M, Tu, W, Th Preparation  

*Classes listed more than once are two separate events and might be taught by different merit badge counselors. You only need to sign up for one of the classes.

Youth and Adult Classes

Supplemental training classes are available for leaders, parents and youth in troops, crews and ships. Sessions are led by experienced volunteers to help participants enhance their ability to deliver a fun and exciting program to the Scouts. These unique sessions provide information, techniques, and best practices on how to improve your Scout program. 

Registration is closed.

 

Course

2020 Date(s)

Day(s)

Time

Audience

50 Ways to Find New Scouts April 30 Th 1-2 pm leaders
50 Ways to Find New Scouts April 30 Th 7-8 pm leaders
Advancement for Scouts with Special Needs or Disabilities April 28 T 7:00 pm leaders
Duty to God Resources  April 29 W 6-7 pm youth (ages 11+) and adults
How to Run a Shooting Sports Activity April 29 W 6-8 pm troop, crew and ship leaders
How to Run a zoom meeting (youth-led) April 27 M 6-7 pm troop youth leadership (e.g., SPL/ASPL/PL)
Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) training and information (youth-led) April 28, 30 Tu, Th 6:30-8:30 pm troop youth and adult leadership (e.g., SPL/ASPL/SM/ASM)
Knot Ninjas for Second Class April 29 W 7-8 pm youth (ages 11+) and adults who need knot practice
Knot Ninjas for First Class April 30 Th 7-8 pm youth (ages 11+) and adults who need knot practice
Knot Ninjas for Tenderfoot April 28 Tu 7-8 pm youth (ages 11+) and adults who need knot practice
Leadership Techniques for Working with Special Needs Cub Scouts April 27 M 7:00 pm Cub Scout leaders
Let's Talk Scout Fishing / Intro to Cont. Ed - TPWD Angler Education April 30 Th 8:10-9:00 pm adults
Path Through Scouting May 2 Sat 12-1 pm Cub Scout families
The Patrol Method in your Troop (youth-led) April 29 W 6:30 pm troop youth and adults 
Training the Chartered Organization Representative April 28 T 9 am- 12:30 pm chartered organization representatives
What is a Unit Commissioner? April 29 W 3-4 pm leaders
What is a Unit Commissioner? May 1 3-4 pm leaders
What is Sea Scouts? April 29 W 7-8 pm youth (ages 12+), leaders and parents
What is Powder Horn? April 30 Th 5-6 pm youth (ages 12+), leaders and parents
What is WoodBadge? April 28 Tu 3-4 pm adults

Expectations

Before the class

  • Discuss the merit badge class with the unit leader to obtain approval from their unit leader before participating in the class.
  • Dress appropriately (e.g., Scout uniform, Scout shirt).
  • Set up a physical space with an internet-accessible device that will allow you to focus on the class and participate without distracting your classmates and instructor (e.g., in front of a wall) with light behind the device, and in a quiet room, with minimal background noise and distractions.
  • Ensure a webcam and microphone are working on your device so you can share your camera if needed. Before class, join a Zoom test session to test your audio and webcam, and familiarize yourself with the chat and other controls.
  • Check the time zone. This class is being taught in the Central Time Zone.
  • Read the merit badge book.
  • Complete prerequisites, if possible.

Upon login

  • Rename yourself to your first and last name (click on picture).
  • Keep the microphone on mute (bottom left) so as not to add background noise.  Only unmute if requested by the instructor.
  • The speaker/gallery setting (upper right) should be set on speaker view.
  • If you have a question, type it in the chat. The moderator will ask the instructor the question.
  • Utilize the raise your hand feature if wanting to ask a question live.
  • If the presenter asks a question, use the reactions (bottom of the screen)

During class

  • Scouts are expected to pay attention and fully participate. Scouts who don’t participate won’t get credit for those requirements.
  • Scouts need to have the webcam on at all times.
  • Put away phones, gaming devices, etc.
  • When sending emails to the instructor, copy a parent, guardian or another adult leader.

Adult Volunteers

Adult participation is required to offer the Cub Scout and merit badge classes. Adults can serve as instructors or as online moderators to assist the instructors.

Online Moderators

Online moderators attend the class to help ensures two-deep leadership compliance and allows the instructor to focus on teaching. While the moderator does not need to be familiar with the contents of the class, they should practice and be comfortable utilizing the online platform (e.g., Zoom) and features so they can assist the instructor. Moderators takes attendance and monitor Scouts to make sure they are actively participating. In addition, they monitors the group chat for questions. When there is a question that needs to be addressed by the instructor, the moderator can unmute and ask the instructor the question.

Volunteer to be a Moderator  

Merit Badge Counselors and Instructors

Merit badge counselors and instructors must be registered with the council and have up to date Youth Protection Training. YPT can be taken at www.myScouting.org. It is our goal for the Scouts to be afforded opportunities to share resources from other troops with diverse occupations and skills. The youth will be expected to complete all the requirements as indicated by the Boy Scouts of America. Merit badge counselors should wear their Scout uniform if possible.  

The merit badge counselor is a key player in the advancement program. Whatever your area of expertise or interest—whether it is a special craft or hobby (basketry, leatherwork, coin collecting), a profession (veterinary medicine, aviation, engineering), or perhaps a life skill (cooking, personal management, communications)—as a merit badge counselor, you can play a vital role in stirring a youth's curiosity about that particular topic. By serving as a merit badge counselor, you offer your time, knowledge, and other resources so that Scouts can explore a topic of interest.

Volunteer as a Merit Badge Counselor         

How to Register

 

Step 1: Select a participant: 
Step 2: Select a class 
Repeat step 2 if you want to take more than one class. Repeat step 1 for additional participants.
Step 4: Review the schedule.
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Classes that are full will not appear.

Change Classes

To modify your registration:

Digital Safety in a Time of Increased Online Activity 

  • BSA’s youth protection policies apply to all online activities. All online activities, including video and audio conferencing through platforms such as Zoom and Skype, must adhere to the BSA’s current youth protection guidelines for digital communications, including the BSA’s Digital Privacy guidelines and the BSA’s Social Media Guidelines. Because safety features and privacy controls vary widely from platform to platform, and out of respect for families’ own preferences concerning social media usage, we strongly recommend using business-oriented conferencing platforms—for example, Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting and others—to conduct online group activities instead of platforms intended for online gaming (e.g., Discord, Robolux, Twitch). 

BSA’s Digital Privacy Guidelines         BSA’s Social Media Guidelines

  • Safeguard personal information. If you collect a person’s personal information online—for example, through web forms used to register people for online meetings—then you should post a notice or disclosure at the point of collection describing how you will use the information. The notice should be conspicuous and written in plain English. Keep in mind, video conferencing platforms (e.g., Zoom) have their own privacy policies which apply to data collected through the platform (e.g., if the platform is hosting your web form). Organizers of Zoom and Skype meetings—for example, unit leaders and Merit Badge counselors—may obtain personal information about a youth, such as his or her name, phone number or email address. Meeting organizers must keep such information private and not share a youth’s personal information with anyone else except that youths’ parent or guardian or the unit leader responsible for recording advancements. For example, a Merit Badge counselor should not publicly post or otherwise disclose a roster containing personal information of Scouts who the counselor has worked with. 
  • Recording online meetings is not authorized. As a reminder, Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse prohibits any one-on-one contact between an adult leader and youth members – in person, online, through a web conference, over the phone, via text, or in any other form. Electronic communication between adults and youth should always include another registered leader or parent. We believe our existing policy is the best way to protect youth and volunteers, and we do not believe recording online meetings would provide any additional material benefit. To the contrary, recording calls would increase personal risk as call recording is subject to various legal requirements under U.S. law and the laws of individual states, some of which require all parties to a call consent to recording. Considering those potential regulatory risks and the effect of BSA’s existing policies, we are not authorizing the recording of online meetings. 

Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse

  • Collecting personal information from youth under 13 is not recommended. We advise against collecting personal information directly from youth under 13 years of age due to the parental notice and consent requirements under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). COPPA does not restrict the collection of personal information about a youth from his or her parent or guardian. For the purposes of COPPA, “personal information” includes first and last name; home or other physical address; screen name or username that functions as online contact information; telephone number; a social security number; or a photograph, video, or audio file containing the child’s image or voice. 

Contacts

For more information, contact bigcypressvirtualscouting@gmail.com.