Ideas, training, and tools for a great Scout program harnessing the power of screens.
August – Outside
Scouting is outing! This month we have some resources to help you with keeping our Scouts outside, which is a great practice during the COVID restrictions. For all Scouts and Scouters, you can learn more about the Hornaday Award. This award will get you outside with a passion.
We have the first of a series of APP promotions featuring starting with iNaturalist.
For Cub Scout Leaders, if you aren’t using a Talking Stick, learn why and how to make a cool one. Also, get ready to laugh and “cut” stuff in a Cub Scout Cut-up activity which is perfect for an outdoor or socially distanced meeting.
Did you know the Montana Field Guide is on-line? Check it our here, and have fun outside with your Scouts with this and other SBS resources.
Have questions, ideas or want to request general information?
SBS Patch Program
Check out the new SBS Patch program and learn how to earn your very own special patch. This patch is unique to the Montana Council and specific to the Screen Boosted Scouting program.
SBS Patch Requirements / Tracking Sheets
Happening Live – a listing of upcoming classes that require registration.
SBS Broadcast (15 min):
Wednesday, Septrmber 23rd, 7:00 – 7:15 pm with Q & A after
Add the event to your calendar. Hear about new resources and join the Q & A session afterwards to get help on anything!
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Call in by Phone (audio only)
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Remote Beginning Leader Accelerated Success Training (BLAST) for Cub Scout Leaders
Beginning Leader Accelerated Success Training (BLAST) gives you a new way to become trained for your Cub Scout position. The training is two 90-min sessions. Trainers present content that is high energy and interactive, answer your questions and show you the amazing world of Cub Scouts as a leader. Sign-up TODAY for this training so you can receive materials in advance!
Monday Septembber 21st & 28th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, November 4th & 11th 7:00 – 8:30 pm
New Member Coordinator Training
Do you like talking to people and want to help your unit but cannot be a uniformed leader right now. Perfect! You can be the New Member Coordinator! This is a Committee position and your job is to welcome new families to your unit and help them get comfortable as soon as possible so they enjoy the Scouting experience. New Member Coordinator training is available anytime through the my. Scouting portal, or you can take the Live Video Conference class.
Thursday, September 17 7:00 – 8:30 pm. (Sign-in 6:50 pm)
Sign-up for this training to get the log-in information, receive resources that include the agenda, and other information used in the class. If you have questions, please let me know!
Betsy Eubanks (Eubanks.email@example.com)
On-Demand – tools and resources available to you at any time.
Adult Leader Resources
The third Montana Council Screen-Boosted Scouting Broadcast! The theme for August is “Outside”. This short Video Conference explains what new resources are available this month as well a giving a preview of what will be coming in the future.
The second Montana Council Screen-Boosted Scouting Broadcast! This short Video Conference explains what new resources are available this month as well a giving a preview of what will be coming in the future.
Frustrated with video conferencing? This video can help! Computer Fundamentals covers the language of the computer landscape, important video conferencing tips, and explains the most important features to look for.
Cammie Edgar shows you how to use Google Classroom. This is a great tool for presenting merit badges and other training.
Cub Scout Resources
National Links and Resources for Cub Adventures
Masks make it very hard to know who is talking. Luckily, you can use a Talking Stick to help your Cubs focus on the speaker. Talking Sticks also help teach courtesy and are easy to make. Watch the video and read the Leader Resources sheet to find out why and how to use a Talking Stick with your Cubs.
Did you know that even before Cubs can use a pocketknife (Bears) that there is something else Cubs can use that also “cuts”? Find out what that is and how to have a fun meeting that also lets Cubs who have their Whittling Chip get some knife practice. This meeting includes excuses to laugh too with joke telling, so you have two ways to “cut-up” with your Scouts.
Check out the preview adventure that gives Cub Scouts the opportunity to learn the concepts that make a yo-yo work and the basic physics of a pendulum. It will introduce the history of the toy and give Scouts the skills needed to get started with basic yo-yo tricks.
If you are a Cub Scout Leader who is ready to try a video meeting with your den or pack, you will enjoy a pre-packaged, ready to use “Fun Cub Scout Meeting” that also includes some adventure requirements but is mostly just fun.
Scouts BSA Resources
Nature apps are a great way to use technology to help Scouts learn and appreciate what they are seeing outside. These three apps, PlantNet, PlantSnap, and iNaturalist are all easy to use and free. iNaturalist also does things like identify rocks and animals, so that is handy. Read the Leader Resource Sheet for details and add one of these Nature Apps to your unit’s adventures.
Did you know that this rare award can be earned by Scouts and Scouters? Only about 1100 Hornaday awards have ever been earned, but what a great accomplishment to contribute to conservation and become a Hornaday recipient. Learn more and see if this is a good time to work on a long-term, outdoor focused award.
Scout remote calls need to be fun as well as productive, but it is easy to jump right to the “action” items and forget about the social, community building that is such an important part of Scouting. Here are two fun, social activities for Scouts BSA or Venture Scouts that work on remote calls OR during travel. One uses the NATO Alphabet in a code-decode game and the other is a group discussion and voting on things to keep, and things to vote off the planet forever. Watch the short video and read the Leader Resource sheet for details.
Cammie Edgar takes you through the process of how to earn the Gardening Merit Badge. This is a two-part series that can be completed at your own pace.
Paul Gritz guides you through this four-part series on how to complete the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge. This is an Eagle-required badge that help with that next step in your advancement.
Looking for some creative ideas for upcoming meetings and activities? In this video, Dylan will share a few fun ideas with you that are rooted in Venturing’s ALPS Model. Adventure is going out into the world and stepping outside of your comfort zone; leadership is about leading and mentoring others; personal growth is about improving as an individual and as a team; and service, quite simply, is the gift we give others.
This is the second video of a two-part video series dedicated to providing Venturers and Venturing Advisors with tips and tricks to improve their Venturing experience. Specifically, how to make use of SMART Goals and reorienting the group to complete short and long-term planning. In turn, you and your Crew will maximize your productivity so that you’re best prepared to tackle your favorite activities once you’re able to return to them!
Dylan Notturno explains why virtual meetings are needed in today’s Venturing Program, how to be enthusiastic about it, and shares some great resources to make it easy and fun.