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ZoomOut with your camera and plan a screen-free day with your family! Play yard games, board games, or go on a bike ride! Document the whole thing with your camera to create a keepsake. 

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Each week there are three components to completing the weekly challenge - Know, Show, and Go. To complete this week's challenge, do the following: 

  • KNOW: Explore the content below to learn about the importance of taking a break from your screens and how to plan a screen-free day! 

  • SHOW: Plan your adventure! Gather your gear, determine what you're doing, who's participating with you, and if you are traveling anywhere. Discuss your plan with your family, den, patrol, or unit.  

  • GO: Go on your adventure! Be sure to grab your specific tracking worksheet before you go to record what you complete. 

As soon as you're ready, scroll down to get started. 

Connected Challenges 

Continue this week's challenge by completing additional activities. These activities are optional and just for fun but are connected to this week's theme. 

Connected

Adventures

 

After completing this week's challenge, head back to The Trail and click on your level of Scouting's Waypoint to unlock connected Scouting adventures and advance along the way.

Connected Advancements

 

You're earning more than just the Spring BreakOut award this week! Click here to grab this week's tracking worksheet and see this week's list of connected advancements

Connected

Trainings

 

Calling all adult leaders and parents! Not only can you earn the Spring BreakOut Award with your Scout, you can find connected trainings for you to complete along the way. 

WHY GO SCREEN FREE?

In so many ways, we are more dependent on digital

technologies than ever. Families across the globe have

had to loosen their screen time rules just to get through

the week. Whether we like it or not, digital devices are

everywhere. Some of us can barely put them down, even

when we’re with cherished family and friends. While

these devices can enhance learning and build

community, they can also interfere with everything from

sleep to creativity. 

It’s time to rediscover everything you’re missing when you’re connected to your screens. Here are some fun ideas for your family to ZoomOut, unplug, and create memories with your family. Below you'll learn about National Screen-Free Week, discover activities to do as a family, and record your memories in an adventure journal to keep for years to come. 

NATIONAL SCREEN-FREE WEEK

Screen Free Week is the first week of May, but you and your family can take a break from screens anytime. This annual, international screen free initiative was created in 1994 to encourage families, schools, and communities to embrace screen-free entertainment for a week.

There is a reason Screen Free Week has grown immensely since its inception in 1994. More and more parents realize the importance of reducing screen time and one week is a reasonable amount of time to attempt it. Research shows that reduced screen time is indicated in better health and well-being, particularly before the age of 6. It can be eye-opening for kids and parents alike to realize just how much you can accomplish with the spare time that becomes available by going screen-free. 

HISTORY

In 1994 when Henry Labalme and Matt Pawa came up with the idea of a national organization to reduce the screen-time habit, few believed it was a problem at all. Television was considered harmless and a great babysitter. Perhaps improving some of the programs was a good idea, but reducing television time? Ridiculous! Others admitted that Americans could do with a little less TV. But TV is here to stay, they maintained, so why bother tilting at windmills? But Henry, Matt and a few others ignored the skeptics. Now, many years later, Screen-Free Week (formerly TV-Turnoff) is continuing to have a deep and lasting impact around the world. As preparations got underway for the very first Turnoff, no one could have guessed what would happen in the ensuing years. That first year, nine organizations lent their official support to the Week, and a couple thousand organizers around the nation brought the event to a million or so people. It might not have been an earth-shattering event, but it was a great start and prelude to the years to come. Each successive Turnoff grew. New organizers signed up to help out. New organizations supported the event. Major health groups like the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Medical Association, education groups like the National Education Association, and civic groups like Big Brothers/Big Sisters lent their voices to the chorus.

 

The media began to pay attention, and coverage in publications like Parade Magazine and on hundreds of radio stations spread the word even farther. Since that first year, the number of Turnoff Week organizers grew more than eight-fold, with millions more participating annually. Any way you look at it, it’s clear that the skeptics were wrong. Reducing children’s screen time has become a national concern, with regular stories in major news outlets and support from President Obama and the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity. Now, at Henry and Matt’s request, Screen-Free Week has a new life as a program of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. Together, we can help children and adults “power down” their screens and rev up their involvement in life! We’re looking forward to Screen-Free Weeks for years to come.

Going screen-free for a day may sound simple, but it's more challenging than you think because we rely on our devices more than we think! Even while you're doing activities that are screen-free on the surface, your devices are probably with you. We rely on them to communicate where we are, to check the weather, and so much more. While planning your screen-free day, you should include enough time for everyone to have completed their necessary screen-based activities in advance. Whether kids are doing remote learning, parents are on a work deadline, or simply letting others know that you're going screen-free make sure you plan that time before embarking on your screen-free adventure!

 

OTHER TIPS & TRICKS

  • Early in the week, have a family meeting to plan your screen-free day. Make sure to plan an abundance of activities so you are not left twiddling your thumbs. If your family is going on a hike or bike ride, bring simple games (like a deck of cards or a frisbee) to play during down-time. 

  • Designate one person's phone to be the device used to take photos and for emergency calls only. Make sure to silence all other notifications to avoid all temptations to open apps.

  • Consider placing all phones in a hidden location at home to leave them for the day.

  • Reclaim family meal as a time for talking together and/or sharing stories. Plan your meals ahead of time and include the entire family (when possible) in the preparation and presentation of the meal. Get creative with napkin folding. Are you going to use candles one night to make that dinner special? Think of different ways to spice up the evening…maybe a discussion about a book everyone in the family has agreed to read? 

  • At the conclusion of your screen-free day, talk about how everyone feels after your adventures! The key is to find out how everyone feels, and share the pluses and minuses—both to figure out how to make your next screen-free day even better.

  • At the conclusion of your screen free day, plan a movie night as a celebration of your screen-free day. 

Take your Scout Handbook with you on your adventures, you never know what you might be able to complete!

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HOW TO GO SCREEN-FREE

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SCREEN-FREE ACTIVITIES

Below you will find a number of downloadable & printable screen-free activities! The majority of these pintables come directly from screenfree.org. Check out their website to find more resources!

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Screen-Free Reading Fun

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Fantastic Forts!

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What Will You Do on Your Screen-Free Day?

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Nature Screen-Free Activities

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Touch-free, Screen-free Games

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Write Letters of Appreciation Click the Image to Download

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Screen-Free Bingo

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Screen-Free Ideas

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DOCUMENT YOUR ADVENTURES

Preserve your screen-free memories by making a personal museum of your adventures. Create an adventure journal or a scrapbook after you complete your screen-free day by taking photos throughout your adventure. 

There’s no right or wrong way to keep an adventure journal. It can include sketches, notes, bits of nature, pictures and more – whatever feels right to you. The format doesn’t really matter, either. Choose a pre-formatted journal with fill-in-the-blank pages, a sketchbook with blank ones or a spiral bound notebook with lined pages. Again, pick what feels right to you.

What should you record? The sky is the limit! To keep it simple, decide on just
a few pieces of information:

  • Location visited

  • Date visited

  • Who went

  • Weather

  • Highlights

  • New discoveries

  • Photo, sketch or other memento

Click the HomeScouting Screen-Free Adventure Journal

below to document your adventures!

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Screen-Free Journal

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Printing Instructions: Print two-sided, flip on short end to create an 8-page booklet. Fold in half and staple to create the book.

 
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Below you will find details on connected advancements for this week's challenge. 

If there is a Trail Waypoint next to the advancement, that means you fully earn this adventure along The Trail! Here you will find connected worksheets, tracking tools, and full details on how to complete the adventure. 

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TRAIL WAYPOINTS

Before getting started on connected advancements below, please note that almost ALL advancements in Scouting are screen-free activities. The connected advancements below are just a small handful of advancements you can earn. Refer to your Scout Handbook to connect other advancements to your activities.

FOR CUB SCOUTS

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LIONS - Current Kindergarteners (as of April 2021) 

  • Lion's Honor (Required Adventure) - Participate in an outing and show teamwork while playing a game with others. 

  • Fun on the Run (Required Adventure) - Learn and demonstrate exercises you can do each day.

  • Pick My Path (Elective Adventure) - Teach a game to another person

  • On Your Mark (Elective Adventure) - Participate in an obstacle course relay

  • Rumble in the Jungle (Elective Adventure) - Play a game with rules and understand why it's important to follow them

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TIGERS - Current 1st Graders (as of April 2021) 

  • Games Tigers Play (Required Adventure) - Play games with your family or den! Make up a game and play it. 

  • Curiosity, Intrigue, and Magical Mysteries (Elective Adventure) - Learn magic tricks, crack codes, and explore mysteries while you go screen-free!

  • Rolling Tigers (Elective Adventure) - Take a bike ride with your family, but before you go, learn the importance of being safe while riding.

  • Stories in Shapes (Elective Adventure) - Visit an art gallery and explore what you like about art, then create a piece of art using your Adventure Journal.

  • Tiger-iffic! (Elective Adventure) - Play a number of games (but remember to save the video games for later!) with your den or family. 

  • Tiger Tales (Elective Adventure) - Learn about tall tales, create a tall tale, sing songs, and play games from the past.

  • Tiger Theater (Elective Adventure) - Perform a puppet show!

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WOLVES - Current 2nd Graders (as of April 2021) 

  • Running with the Pack (Required Adventure) - Go outside and get active with your den or family! Play games, practice balancing, and play catch with others. 

  • Collections and Hobbies (Elective Adventure) - Begin your own collection and share it with others! Then visit a museum and write a famous person a letter.

  • Paws of Skill (Elective Adventure) - Play a number of active games outdoors with your den or family.

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BEARS - Current 3rd Graders (as of April 2021) 

  • Baloo the Builder (Required Adventure) - Learn about tools and build something!

  • A Bear Goes Fishing (Elective Adventure) - Unplug and take your den or family fishing.

  • Beat of the Drum (Elective Adventure) - Make a dream catcher, drum, or another musical instrument similar to those of American Indians. 

  • Make It Move (Elective Adventure) - Experiment with levels and create a Rube-Goldberg machine and an exploding craft stick.

  • Roaring Laughter (Elective Adventure) - Practice tongue twisters and tell jokes to others. 

  • A World of Sound (Elective Adventure) - Make a mbira, sistrum, and a rainstick to create a World of Sound!

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WEBELOS & ARROW OF LIGHTS - Current 4th & 5th Graders (as of April 2021) 

  • Stronger, Faster Higher (Webelos Required Adventure) - Try new sports and prepare a fitness course for your family or den!

  • Art Explosion (Elective Adventure) - Document your family's adventure with photos and create a portfolio of your experience.

  • Build It (Elective Adventure) - Learn about tools and build something!

  • Project Family (Elective Adventure) - Plan an event with your family. You'll learn more about others and you'll have a chance to do a service project for your family.

FOR SCOUTS BSA & VENTURING

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While you'll need to work with your troop leadership to fully complete the rank requirements below, you can practice while completing this week's challenge!

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SCOUT RANK

  • Show how to tie a square knot, two half-hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.

  • Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.

  • Work on the Exploration Merit Badge along The Trail!

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TENDERFOOT RANK

  • Demonstrate a practical use of the square knot, two half-hitches, and the taut-line hitch. 

  • Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax. Describe when each should be used.

  • Assemble a personal first-aid kit to carry with you on future campouts and hikes. Tell how each item in the kit would be used.

  • Participate in a total of one hour of service in one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. Explain how your service to others relates to the Scout slogan and Scout motto.

  • Work on the Exploration Merit Badge along The Trail!

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SECOND CLASS RANK

  • Use the tools listed in Tenderfoot requirement 3d to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel wood for a cooking fire.

  • At an approved outdoor location and time, use the tinder, kindling, and fuel wood to demonstrate how to build a fire. Unless prohibited by local fire restrictions, light the fire. After allowing the flames to burn safely for at least two minutes, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the fire site.

  • Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of wild animals (such as birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, or mollusks) found in your local area or camping location. You may show evidence by tracks, signs, or photographs you have taken.

  • Demonstrate tying the sheet bend knot. Describe a situation in which you would use this knot. 

  • Demonstrate tying the bowline knot. Describe a situation in which you would use this knot.

  • Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Use a map to point out and tell the meaning of five map symbols.

  • Using a compass and map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.

  • With your parents or guardian, decide on an amount of money that you would like to earn, based on the cost of a specific item you would like to purchase. Develop a written plan to earn the amount agreed upon and follow that plan; it is acceptable to make changes to your plan along the way. Discuss any changes made to your original plan and whether you met your goal.

  • At a minimum of three locations, compare the cost of the item for which you are saving to determine the best place to purchase it. After completing Second Class requirement 8c, decide if you will use the amount that you earned as originally intended, save all or part of it, or use it for another purpose. 

  • Participate in two hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. Tell how your service to others relates to the Scout Oath.

  • Work on the Exploration Merit Badge along The Trail!

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FIRST CLASS RANK

  • Discuss when you should and should not use lashings.

  • Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch.

  • Demonstrate tying the square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.

  • Use lashings to make a useful camp gadget or structure.

  • Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/ or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.).

  • Demonstrate how to use a handheld GPS unit, GPS app on a smartphone, or other electronic navigation system. Use GPS to find your current location, a destination of your choice, and the route you will take to get there. Follow that route to arrive at your destination.

  • On a Scouting or family outing, take note of the trash and garbage you produce. Before your next similar outing, decide how you can reduce, recycle, or repurpose what you take on that outing, and then put those plans into action. Compare your results.

  • Participate in three hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. The project(s) must not be the same service project(s) used for Tenderfoot requirement 7b and Second Class requirement 8e. Explain how your service to others relates to the Scout Law.

  • Work on the Exploration Merit Badge along The Trail!

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STAR AND LIFE RANKS

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FOR PARENTS AND ADULT LEADERS

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Below you will find a number of training modules from LEADScouting.org's Baden Powell Institute! 

SUCCESSION PLANNING

Whether an alien abduction, giant lizard attack, or natural causes, what happens to your unit after you’re gone, and why should you care?

SCOUTING & LIFE BALANCE

How to manage being a Scouting along with your everyday life. Here, we will cover how to create your volunteering vision, planning & scheduling, knowing and recognizing your limits, how to say “NO” and how to bow out gracefully, the danger of over scheduling and how to enjoy being a Scouter.

MAKING VIRTUAL MEETINGS EXCITING

This pandemic has made it hard to continue the scouting adventure but there are leaders out there who have not let it paralyze them. Learn tips and tricks to make meetings exciting whether they are in person or not. Need to hold an OA election? You can do that digitally. Need an activity? Try a digital scavenger hunt. Technology can be your friend. Learn how in this class! 

FIND SUPPLEMENTAL TRAINING AT LEADSCOUTING.ORG

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Join more than 1,000 other adult volunteers from around the world at www.LEADScouting.org for Baden Powell Institute throughout the spring! BPI is a premiere training event providing courses that spark innovation, imagination, and inspiration. You’ll have immediate access to the entire course catalog of 30+ classes on an interactive virtual campus and receive a package in the mail! We’ve designed this program to meet your needs with all classes digitally delivered and on demand – tune in on your time, and get the training you need.

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