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CYBER SUMMER CAMP GUIDEBOOK

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PRE-CAMP CHECKLIST

1. Create an Account on HomeScouting.org

  • To access the pre-camp mission and content on the virtual campground during Cyber Summer Camp, make sure you create an account on HomeScouting.org.

  • To create an account, click on “Log In / Create Account” in the top right-hand corner. Then click “Sign Up” to create an account.

 

2. Complete the pre-camp mission

  • Log in to HomeScouting.org & click on pre-camp missions under Cyber Summer Camp. 

  • There is a different pre-camp mission for each Cyber Summer Camp program.

 

3. Learn about the virtual campground

  • This guidebook provides an overview on what to expect in the virtual campground and how you’ll access digital content on homescouting.org.

 

4. Gather supplies

  • This guidebook provides details based on your program level or rank in Cub Scouts the materials you’ll need to complete activities. Most of the materials are household items, but to complete some activities you might need to purchase additional supplies.

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Materials Needed

Simply scroll down to see the list of materials needed for each camp or click the links below to drop down. 

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CYBER SUMMER CAMP BENEATH

 

To fully complete the Nova Award and the Scouting advancement that goes along with it, you will need to gather the following materials prior to Cyber Summer Camp Beneath. 

FOR ALL SCOUTS (KIDS AGES 5-20) - CYBER SUMMER CAMP: Beneath the Crust

  • Pencils / Pens

  • Paper

  • Glue

  • Tape

  • Rubber bands

  • Scissors

  • Markers / Crayons / Colored Pencils

CUB SCOUTS (kids in elementary school)
CYBER SUMMER CAMP: BENEATH THE CRUST

LION RANK (kids entering kindergarten)

Ready, Set, Grow

  • Items to plant a vegetable or herb garden:

    • Container (The container can be any recycled item that will hold soil and will have drainage at the bottom. It can also be as simple as a cup or bowl.)

    • Potting soil

    • Seeds

    • Small rocks or pebbles for drainage

BEAR RANK (kids entering 3rd grade)

Fur, Feathers, and Ferns

  • Magnifying glass

  • Items to plant a vegetable or herb garden:

    • Container (The container can be any recycled item that will hold soil and will have drainage at the bottom. It can also be as simple as a cup or bowl.)

    • Potting soil

    • Seeds

    • Small rocks or pebbles for drainage

TIGER RANK (kids entering 1st grade)

Tiger Bites

  • No materials needed

My Tiger Jungle

  • Items to plant a vegetable or herb garden:

    • Container (The container can be any recycled item that will hold soil and will have drainage at the bottom. It can also be as simple as a cup or bowl.)

    • Potting soil

    • Seeds

    • Small rocks or pebbles for drainage

WOLF RANK (kids entering 2nd grade)

Germs Alive!

  • Small amount of glitter

  • Borax

  • White glue

  • Food coloring

  • Items for a mold culture:

    • Banana​

    • Small piece of bread

    • Paper plate

    • Rubber gloves

    • Small piece of cheese

    • Sandwich Ziploc bags

Digging in the Past

  • Plastic cup

  • Flavored jello

  • Animal crackers

  • Pudding

  • Crushed graham crackers

  • At least one of the following:

    • Fossil cast materials:

      • Air-dry clay

      • Paper plate

      • Seashells, leaves, or other items

    • DIY Dig Kit:

WEBELOS & ARROW OF LIGHT RANK

(kids entering 4th & 5th grade)

Earth Rocks!

  • Geologist’s Equipment

    • Safety glasses

    • Hammer

    • A chisel (half an inch to 1 inch wide)

    • Clear plastic food storage bags;

    • A small notebook and pencil

    • Heavy gloves for rough work

    • A small day pack for carrying equipment and rocks

  • Magnifying glass

  • Mineral test kit:

    • Penny​

    • Small piece of glass

    • Piece of unglazed tile

    • File or pocketknife

    • Small bottle of vinegar

    • Eyedropper

    • Minerals

ALL WOLVES, BEARS, WEBELOS, AND ARROW OF LIGHT CUB SCOUTS

  • Uncovering the Past NOVA Award

  • Hot Dog

  • Baking soda

  • Plaster of Paris

  • Dark colored paint

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SCOUTS BSA MERIT BADGES & VENTURING STEM EXPLORATIONS
(kids in middle in high school)
CYBER SUMMER CAMP BENEATH THE CRUST

MINING IN SOCIETY

  • A map of your state or region showing major cities, highways, rivers, and railroads.

    • You’ll use this map to mark the locations of five mining enterprises. Find out what resource is processed at each location, and identify the mine as a surface or underground operation.

GEOLOGY

  • Pizza box

  • Spray foam

  • Plastic garbage bag

  • Magnifying glass

ARCHAEOLOGY

  • Dig ‘Em Up Gemstones Kit

    • You can purchase in the HomeScouting Store or comes in the Excavator package

  • Materials for an at-home archaeological dig:

    • Area at least 2" x 3" for your dig site

      • This could be in a large rubbermaid container, a baby pool is perfect!​

    • Sand for sub-soil (enough to make it at least 5-8cm deep)

    • 2 other soil types for 2 additional layers (see instructions below for tips)

    • Artifacts to hide​

    • Water

    • Plastic sheet/tarp

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR MOCK ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG:

  1. Lay down the "sub-soil" first, using a tamper and/or a sprayer to compress and pack it down. To maintain visible and texture differences between the soil levels, it's best to use sand or a sand mixture for the sub-soil. It may take a few sessions of spraying and tamping to achieve a natural soil feel. 5-8 centimeters are recommended.

  2. Create any of the features that will intrude into the subsoil 

  3. Start laying down the next soil horizon, placing any artifacts in the soil as you build it up.

  4. Make sure to fill in and around your features and pack it tightly. Try using a darker loam for the next soil horizon to help differentiate it from the sub-soil. 3-5 centimeters are ideal for the upper soil level.

  5. Using a sprayer, evenly add water to the soil, and tamp it down as before. Multiple tampings may be necessary.

  6. Repeat the last 2 steps if you wish to create a third soil level, again making sure to use a soil with a different color and texture.

  7. Cover with a plastic sheet or tarp. This will keep the soils from drying out and loosening up. Leaving it overnight will allow the soils' moisture to diffuse as well, making for a less muddy experience.

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CYBER SUMMER CAMP BELOW

 

To fully complete the Nova Award and the Scouting advancement that goes along with it, you will need to gather the following materials prior to Cyber Summer Camp Below. 

FOR ALL SCOUTS (KIDS AGES 5-20) - CYBER SUMMER CAMP BELOW

  • Pencils / Pens

  • Paper

  • Glue

  • Tape

  • Rubber bands

  • Scissors

  • Markers / Crayons / Colored Pencils

CUB SCOUTS (kids in elementary school)

CYBER SUMMER CAMP BELOW

LION RANK (kids entering kindergarten)

Animal Kingdom

  • No physical materials needed

TIGER RANK (kids entering 1st grade)

Floats & Baots

  • Access to a swimming area (pool, pond, lake)

  • Household items to build a boat

    • Ideas: a water bottle, a milk carton cut in half length-wise, an egg carton, corks stuck together with toothpicks or wrapped with rubber bands, part of a pool noodle, or a kitchen sponge!​

WOLF RANK (kids entering 2nd grade)

Digging in the Past

  • Plastic cup

  • Flavored jello

  • Animal crackers

  • Pudding

  • Crushed graham crackers

  • At least one of the following:

    • Fossil cast materials:

      • Air-dry clay

      • Paper plate

      • Seashells, leaves, or other items

    • DIY Dig Kit:

BEAR RANK (kids entering 3rd grade)

Salmon Run

  • Access to a swimming area (pool, pond, lake)

  • Life jacket

  • Cub Scout Six Essentials

    • First-aid kit

    • Water bottle

    • Flashlight

    • Trail food

    • Sun protection

    • Whistle

 

Super Science

  • 1 balloon

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons of salt

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • Red, green, blue, and yellow food coloring

  • 6 clear cups

  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil

WEBELOS & ARROW OF LIGHT RANK

(kids entering 4th & 5th grade)

Into the Wild

  • Materials to construct an aquarium or terrarium:

    • Aquarium:​

      • Fish Tank​

      • Water

      • Fish

      • Fish Food

      • Gravel for the bottom

      • Filter

      • Light

      • Water Heater to keep the water warm

    • Terrarium

      • A clear container of any size (large jar, small fish bowl, clear bowl, etc. A good place to find something is at a thrift store!)​

      • Fine gravel or sand (enough to fill the bottom of the container 1/2 inch)

      • Charcoal chips

      • Potting soil (approx. 2 cups)

      • Small tropical plants that thrive in low light & high humidity:

        • Aluminum plant, flame violet, or artillery plants are good

      • Binoculars (optional)

Earth Rocks!

  • Geologist’s Equipment

    • Safety glasses

    • Hammer

    • A chisel (half an inch to 1 inch wide)

    • Clear plastic food storage bags;

    • A small notebook and pencil

    • Heavy gloves for rough work

    • A small day pack for carrying equipment and rocks

  • Magnifying glass

  • Mineral test kit:

    • Penny​

    • Small piece of glass

    • Piece of unglazed tile

    • File or pocketknife

    • Small bottle of vinegar

    • Eyedropper

    • Minerals

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SCOUTS BSA MERIT BADGES & VENTURING STEM EXPLORATIONS

(kids in middle in high school)

CYBER SUMMER CAMP BELOW

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SUSTAINABILITY

  • No materials needed

OCEANOGRAPHY

  • Materials for plankton net OR Materials for wave generator. See below for details. 

Plankton Net:

  • One leg from an old pair of nylon hose

  • An empty can or plastic bottle (a 16-ounce can will work, or a 2-liter plastic soft drink bottle with the top cut off)

  • Several pieces of medium-weight wire (strong but flexible enough to bend)

  • Large needle

  • Fishing line (nylon thread)

  • Scissors

Wave Generator:

  • One sturdy 9-by-13-inch aluminum baking pan (or something similar)

  • One piece of smooth wood, slightly shorter than the width of the pan (A 1 X 1-inch stock will do; make sure it is smooth by sanding if necessary.)

  • Two brass screw hooks

  • Two rubber bands, at least 4 inches long before stretching

  • One length of string, 4 feet long or so

  • One pinch-type clothespin

  • One ¼-by-1-inch bolt and 2 nuts to fit it

  • One miniature DC motor such as is used to drive model boats (Most hobby and craft shops have these.)

  • One rheostat to control the speed of the motor, available
    from hobby and craft shops, and flashlight batteries or
    dry cell to operate the motor

  • A counterweight (such as a bolt or nut) may be necessary

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

  • Garden or potting soil (approx. 8 cups)

  • 2 2 liter empty soda bottles

  • Clear plastic wrap

  • Lamp (your lamp should be able to have its lamp shade removed to have direct light hitting your experiment, see photo below)

  • Thermometer

  • 2 paper plates

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Magnifying glass

  • Vinegar

  • Drinking Straw

  • 4 aluminum pie pans (or something similar)

  • Vegetable Oil (4 tbsp)

  • Paper towels

  • Cotton balls

  • Fabric scraps

  • 4 gallon size Ziploc bags

  • 4 cups of sand

  • 3 6 pieces of foam packing peanuts

  • Popcorn kernels

  • Small piece of plastic bubble
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Lamp example

Wave Generator Materials

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CYBER SUMMER CAMP BEYOND

 

To fully complete the Nova Award and the Scouting advancement that goes along with it, you will need to gather the following materials prior to Cyber Summer Camp Beyond. 

FOR ALL SCOUTS (KIDS AGES 5-20) - CYBER SUMMER CAMP BEYOND

  • Pencils / Pens

  • Paper

  • Glue

  • Tape

  • 10 popsicle sticks

  • Rubber bands

  • Marshmallows

  • Plastic Spoon

  • Scissors

  • Markers / Crayons / Colored Pencils

  • Ruler

  • Tape Measure

CUB SCOUTS (kids in elementary school)

CYBER SUMMER CAMP BEYOND

LION RANK (kids entering kindergarten)

Gizmos & Gadgets

  • Different-sized balls, cylinders, pipes

    • solid/hollow, cylinders/spheres, large/small to roll down an incline​

  • 1 drinking straw

  • 3 or more dominos

  • 1 ping pong ball

  • 1 Genius Kit* (see below for more details)

BEAR RANK (kids entering 3rd grade)

Super Science

  • 1 balloon

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons of salt

  • 1 cup of sugar

  • Red, green, blue, and yellow food coloring

  • 6 clear cups

  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil

TIGER RANK (kids entering 1st grade)

Sky is the Limit

  • 1 tin can

  • 1 small nail

  • 1 large nail

  • 1 hammer

Tiger-iffic!

  • 6 empty plastic water bottles

  • Masking tape

  • Indoor Ball

WEBELOS & ARROW OF LIGHT RANK

(kids entering 4th & 5th grade)

Engineer

  • Materials to construct a small item for your bedroom*(see below for more details)

  • 4 shiny pennies

  • Vinegar

  • Cooking oil

  • Nail polish

  • Paint

WOLF RANK (kids entering 2nd grade)

Air of the Wolf

  • Items to make a balloon powered boat:

    • Small disposable plastic container

    • Drinking straw

    • Balloon

    • Adhesive putty

  • Items to make a kite:

    • 2-page spread of newspaper

    • Packing tape

    • Long sticks or ¼” wooden dowels

  • Toilet paper tube

  • String

*GIZMOS & GADGETS: Genius Kit Ideas (pick 10-20 items for your kit)

Paper plates

Small individual cereal boxes

Tacks

Beans’

Macaroni 

Fishing line

Colored paper

Feather

Pinecones

Paper Clips

Six-pack pop can holders

Juice can lids

Rubber bands

Plastic spoons

Different size wood pieces

Styrofoam peanuts

Garbage bag ties

Nails

Toilet paper rolls

2 liter bottles

Cotton balls

Nuts

Washers

Bolts

String / rope / yarn

Canning lids

Egg cartons

Paper cups

Small cans (e.g. tuna)

Popsicle sticks

*ENGINEER: Materials to construct a small item for your bedroom.

  1. Determine your need. What do you want to build? A table next to your bed? A box to hold important things? An object to organize your toys? 

  2. Gather information. What building materials should I use? Will the materials be expensive if I have to purchase them? Can I recycle materials I already have? What is the best design I can use? 

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SCOUTS BSA MERIT BADGES & VENTURING STEM EXPLORATIONS

(kids in middle in high school)

ROBOTICS

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ASTRONOMY

  • Telescope or binoculars

    • If you purchased the Pioneer or VoyagerPackage, you'll receive a pair of binoculars. You can also purchase a telescope from the HomeScouting Store!

SPACE EXPLORATION

  • Model Rocket + launcher + engine

    • If you purchased the Voyager Package, you just engines. These are available on Amazon or most hobby stores.