Virtual Scout Meeting Tools
We are all working to get used to holding meetings online. For many of us it’s not just Scout meetings, its work meetings, church, and school. While digital meetings are not a true replacement for face to face events and activities these meetings are vital not only for the confutation of the Scouting program but for many Scouts personal development and well being as they NEED that social connection. Scouting can be a crucial part of many young peoples life, we owe it to all Scouts to try and keep those connections alive.
Resources for online Adventure Meetings
Video Resources for you Den Meetings
Produced by the teams across the nation and gathered together at the national BSA’s Scouting.org these video resources are short videos to be used as part of a virtual den meeting to help you explore every one of the Cub Scout Adventures. Check out the video for your next Adventure!
Monthly Themes to help drive Pack and Troop Programs!
Produced by the Mount Baker Council Scouting at Home Committee using the National Scouting themes for Cub’s and Scouts BSA this month to month outlines can be helpful for Den Leaders, Cubmasters, Scoutmasters and Senior Patrol Leaders in putting together program for their Den, Pack or Troop!
VIRTUAL MEETING GUIDELINES
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 (https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/) and the BSA’s Social Media Guidelines (https://scoutingwire.org/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).
Recording online meetings is not authorized.
As a reminder, Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse (https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/#a) 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.
PACK/TROOP MEETING RESOURCES
- Conduct virtual Patrol Leaders Council meetings via teleconference or web video conferencing. Ensure to maintain two-deep leadership throughout the virtual meeting.
- Encourage Patrol Leaders to communicate digitally with their patrol members.
- Merit Badges for Social Distancing
- Bridging Podcast
- How to conduct a board of review through videoconferencing
- Scouting Show & Tell: Scouting remotely
- Digital Youth Protection Guidelines
- BSA Guide to Advancement
- Cub Scout Video Background
- Scouts BSA Video Background
- Venturing Video Background
- Video Conferencing Options
Customizable virtual meeting templates editable through Powerpoint:
- Virtual Den/Pack Meeting – Template #1
- NOTES – Virtual Den/Pack Meeting #1
- Virtual Den/Pack Meeting – Template #2
- NOTES – Virtual Den/Pack Meeting #2
- Virtual Troop Meeting – Template #1
- NOTES – Virtual Troop Meeting #1
- Virtual Troop Meeting – Template #2
- NOTES – Virtual Troop Meeting #2
- Scouts BSA Jeopardy Game
Trying to figure out how to have a meeting with your patrol? Zoom Video has the potential to use “Breakout Rooms” where you can split your Zoom meeting in up to 50 different sessions! See the instructions HERE.
Virtual Meeting Fun
Is your unit meeting online? Need to spice up your meeting a little? Well, there are plenty of things you can add to your meeting to make it fun.
Those old scouting techniques still work in the virtual world. You just need to try them out and adjust as needed.
Plan out your virtual meetings just like you would an in-person meeting
- Gathering activity – can be an online quiz or easy game
- Flags, Scout Oath, Scout Law, etc.
- Meeting activities – make them fun
- Games – gotta have them!
- Cubmaster/Scoutmaster minute
- Social time
- Run-ons – properly timed interruptions are just as fun in virtual meetings as they are at in-person ones. Just make them scouty and silly.
- Scout Skits – Try them out virtually or prerecord them.
- Adult Leader Skits – show off your skills and set the standard for corny
- Dad jokes – there are thousands out there and they never get old
Assign scouts and adult leaders to Run-On, Skit or Joke duty. See how it plays out. As long as it’s scout appropriate, it should be great!