What is HomeScouting?
HomeScouting was created by the Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America in Canton, OH. HomeScouting is designed to offer virtual programs across the country and around the world. In March 2020, HomeScouting launched its six-week Spring BreakOut Program and evolved to serve over 14,000 youth and their families in all 50 states and across the world in 5 countries.
Expanding on our virtual programs like HomeScouting’s Spring BreakOut Program, Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America created Cyber Summer Camp that launched on June 8 to deliver an exciting STEM-based adventure featuring live webinars with NASA engineers. The next evolution of HomeScouting was Survive theSummer where we put the Outing back in Scouting! And finally, we recently launched the HomeScouting Adventure Club! This is a monthly subscription that will feature fun, family activities, and advancement.
Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America
For more than 100 years, Scouting has helped build future leaders by combining educational activities and lifelong values with fun and adventure in the outdoors. We care passionately about what is happening to kids and our communities – and are dedicated to supporting an exciting, quality program that builds better young people and our future leaders.
In the Buckeye Council, Scouting continues to improve families and our community by serving more than 8,000 youth in 12 counties in North Central Ohio: Ashland, Carroll, Columbiana, Crawford, Holmes, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Stark, Tuscarawas, Wayne, Wyandot in Ohio and parts of Hancock county in West Virginia.
The Buckeye Council is divided into seven geographical areas called districts. Each district is made up of local Scouting units called Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, Venturing Crews, and Exploring Posts. These units are chartered to a local school, religious organization, or community center.
About HomeScouting Adventures
HomeScouting’s Spring BreakOut Program
In March, Buckeye Council launched its first six-week program on to encourage all Scouts, leaders, and their families to continue their Scouting adventure and provide the necessary resources to do so. This was a completely free program to participate in, where a weekly communication was sent with at-home activities to complete. At the conclusion of the six-weeks all participants earned the Spring BreakOut Award Patch that was mailed to all participants.
HomeScouting’s Cyber Summer Camp
With everything on Earth closed, we decided to head to space in June! Scouts and youth from across the country were invited to participate in a digitally delivered, at-home camp experience featuring exclusive NASA content through webinars with NASA Engineers Marc Butler, Al Menendez, and Tim Jace. Campers completed requirements for the STEM Nova Award, earn achievements towards rank advancement, and have an out of this world HomeScouting adventure!
HomeScouting’s Survive the Summer Program
It's time to put the OUTING back in SCOUTING in HomeScouting adventure: Survive the Summer! This six-week program will focus on equipping Scouts with essential survival skills for the outdoors as well as everyday life. Scout will learn how to survive the elements, grow their own food, save for their future, complete a conservation service project and more! Each week, beginning June 22, a new survival challenge will be released via email and on homescouting.org. If Scouts survive, they will receive the Survival Shield Award. Along the way, Scouts will also rack up achievements towards rank and merit badge awards.
HomeScouting Adventure Club
Bring Scouting home this fall with the HomeScouting Adventure Club. "HAC" your scouting experience with monthly resources, videos, at home adventures, and tools so you and your family can bring Scouting to life in your backyard and living room. Digital content will be delivered through HomeScouting.org on the first of every month. The HomeScouting Adventure Club is designed to meet your needs by delivering engaging content that is flexible, easy to use, and affordable.
HomeScouting’s Cyber Sled Race
From the producers of Cyber Summer Camp, comes a brand new HomeScouting Adventure: Cyber Sled Race. Join Iditarod Sled Dog racer and Eagle Scout, Matthew Failor, on a race like you've never experienced. You'll have an exclusive, interactive webinar with Matthew, learn about training and racing a sled dog team, hone your winter outdoor skills, and compete to win prizes including a PlayStation 5!
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So far, HomeScouting initiatives have impacted more than 14,000 individuals across all 50 states and 5 countries!
Over 40,000 thank you cards were sent to healthcare workers, emergency responders, and teachers during our Week of Service during the Spring BreakOut Program, adding up to over 40,000 hours of community service during this time.
Over 14,000 people from all 50 states, plus 5 countries are participating in HomeScouting delivered by the Buckeye Council.
2,713 youth learned about cyber safety at the beginning of the Spring BreakOut Program to prepare them for home schooling during this time.
2,407 adults took training on youth protection and for their position within Scouting.
Not only has HomeScouting served Scouts within the Buckeye Council, but within 200 other Boy Scout councils across the nation.
Over 13,300 merit badges and Cub Scout adventures have been earned through HomeScouting programs, plus more than 2,800 STEM Nova Awards have been earned to accelerate Scouts’ interest in future STEM-based careers.
Most of all, we are continuing the Scouting adventure together, even though we are apart.
"Cyber summer camp was amazing! My Scout is really looking forward to Survive the Summer! Thank you for putting together such wonderful programs!" - Hester S., Georgia
“Thank you Buckeye Council for putting together such a wonderful program. While my Scout was choosing which merit badge program he was going to concentrate on, my Cub Scout discovered robots. The whole week my Cub Scout (Simon) has been anxiously waiting to hear about robotics. At the end of the Robotics webinar with Tim Jace (where one of his questions was answered), I asked him what he thinks of robotics. He stopped, turned to look at me, his eyes huge, body trembling, and said, "Robotics. Is. AWESOME! I want to be robotics engineer and a hockey player!" At six he is already planning to join in the FIRST program. Thank you!” - Rebecca L., Parent from Bozeman, MT
"Just read week one of Survive the Summer and my Bear is going to love this even more than Cyber Summer Camp. Thank you for helping her and I have a great summer!" - Christy H., Colorado
"This program is being offered by a different council but it is amazing and very inexpensive. Josh completed the Cyber Space Camp last week and had a lot of fun with it. If you are still trying to find ways to keep the kiddo active and engaged at home, this is a great way to do it. They have fun experiments, physical fitness programs, and even lunchtime activities for the whole family. I'm happy to answer any questions as well, like I said Josh did Cyber Summer Camp and is now signed up for Survive the Summer." - Cub Scout Pack 488, Radcliff, KY
"The boys have been doing a combination of a homeschooling and Cyber Summer Camp. They’ve been having a lot of fun learning about how everything gets to space. The Buckeye Council has done an excellent job putting this together." - Mindy K., Parent