What is Cyber Sled Race
Expanding on our virtual programs like Cyber Summer Camp and the HomeScouting Adventure Club, Buckeye Council, Boy Scouts of America has created Cyber Sled Race that launches on January 22, 2022. This allows families to continue to enjoy scouting from the comfort of their home. Content will be released on January 22nd and available all winter long to allow flexibility and can be completed at your own pace.
The original Cyber Sled Race also relaunches as you travel to the Iditarod with Matt Failor, Iditarod Sled Racer. Whether you choose to Survive the Cold or Mine for Gold, your adventure will take you to new worlds. Can’t decide? Do both and save $5 by using coupon code BUNDLE!
The virtual race course opens on January 22, 2022!
NOTE: All digital content for Cyber Sled Race: Survive the Cold is the same content originally released in December 2020. The exclusive webinar with Iditarod Sled Dog Racer, Matt Failor will be released on the race course but not live. Items in the pre-camp package are different though!
All Scouts who participated last year are invited back to complete adventures for their new rank, finish merit badges, and continue exploring snowy Alaska.
The Race Map
The virtual race course will be the hub for Cyber Sled Race with different areas just like an actual sled race! Content is available all winter long for those looking for a flexible schedule. There will be a different race course for Survive the Cold and Mine for Gold.
Cyber Sled Race:
Survive the Cold
ANCHORAGE – START LINE
Start at Anchorage! Here you will find the all of the tracking tools, worksheets, and your guide to navigate the Race Course.
FINGER LAKE - PIONEER POINT
Knots & lashings are formed today the same ways they have been done for a long time. Build structures out of sticks and rope at Pioneer Point.
ROHN - STEM STATION
At Rohn, you’ll find an abundance of STEM experiments that are both fun and educational.
RUBY - SURVIVAL SHACK
Learn all about basic first aid, pocket knife safety, and cold weather survival at the Survival Shack.
KALTAG - LUNCH BREAK
Prepare your lunch the same way you would along the Iditarod Trail!
SHAKTOOLIK - WEBINAR WAYPOINT
Watch an exclusive webinar with Iditarod Racer and Eagle Scout, Matthew Failor at Webinar Waypoint.
WHITE MOINTAIN - COMPASS COVE
Orient through the artic circle using a compass and waypoints. Prepare for an outdoor hike in the cold weather.
NOME - FINSH LINE
Find final reporting and instructions on how to win prizes, including a PlayStation 5 at the Final Frontier!
Cyber Sled Race:
Mine for gold
Race course stations coming soon for Cyber Sled Race: Mine for Gold!
In addition to fun engaging activities throughout the virtual race course, Scouts will also have the chance to earn the following advancements in each category.
Cyber Sled Race:
Survive the Cold
In addition to fun engaging activities throughout the race, including: learning about outdoor winter cooking, building your own sled, basic and advanced knot tying, cold weather camping, Scouts will also have the chance to earn the following advancements in each category.
Lion - Mountain Lion
Tiger - Tigers in the Wild
Wolf - Finding Your Way
Bear - Bear Claws & Critter Care
Webelos - First Responder & Castaway
Arrow of Light - Castaway
Scouts BSA - Pioneering & Dog Care Merit Badges
Cyber Sled Race:
MINE FOR GOLD
In addition to fun engaging activities throughout the race course, including: learning about plant and animal identification, mining for gold and minerals, and striking it rich when finding gold, Scouts will also have the chance to earn the following advancements in each category.
Lion - Gizmos & Gadgets
Tiger - My Tiger Jungle
Wolf - Adventures in Coins
Bear - Make It Move
Webelos - Cast Iron Chef & Earth Rocks!
Arrow of Light - Earth Rocks!
Scouts BSA - Mining in Society & Entrepreneurship Merit Badges
Participating in Cyber Sled Race is a low cost experience with high value for all participants - with $25 as the base package which gets access to the digital content and a base package. The $25 package is perfect for one Scout, youth, or parent. Purchase items al la carte for additional members of your family!
There will be a schedule for Cyber Sled Race for those looking for structure, however families can complete the activities at their own pace on their own time. Content will be available on the race course anytime to meet the needs of families.
frequently asked questions
I had access to the content earlier in the day, and now I don't. What happened?
Try clearing your browsing history, closing your browser, and coming back to homescouting.org. With so many changes made to the site daily, we believe the cache can't keep up.
Why don't I see my order under "My Orders"?
Some individuals are having issues with their order showing up under "My Orders." That's okay! We have received your order. This is most likely due to account creation after purchasing a package. Similar as to if you order a pizza using guest checkout, the next time to go and decide to create an account it doesn’t show previous orders.
Can I navigate the Race Map on a phone or a tablet?
You can use a tablet, but we do not recommend using a cell phone. The BEST experience is on a computer. We highly recommend using a computer to participate for Cyber Sled Race.
How long will the Cyber Sled Race content be accessible after it concludes?
The Race Map and everything on homescouting.org will be accessible for Cyber Sled Race participants until April 1, so you can complete adventures at your own pace and explore as much as you want!
Will my Scout be turning in the worksheets and/or tracking tools?
No. All worksheets and tracking tools are for your use to keep track of what's been completed. We recommend keeping them in case your unit leader wants to see what's been accomplished as proof of completion.
How will my unit leader know what my Scout completed?
We will send a “final report” to both parents and unit leaders through gathering information from each Scout on work done on different merit badges and other advancements and email it to your unit leader. See here for an example of the email to unit leaders. We used this for all previous programs, and it was positively received from unit leaders.
Will there be counseling sessions for Merit Badges?
Yes! We are committed to helping as many Scouts who need a counselor. Scouts are encouraged to find a local counselor however to have the best learning experience.
Why can't I access anything on the Race Course?
Only account holders who have purchased a package have access to the digital content for Cyber Sled Race. If you have made a purchase and still can't access, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number to grant access.