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Novel Coronavirus — October 26, 2020 Update: Explore Scouts Canada’s actions as we continue to follow the direction of government and health agencies in maintaining public health. View recommendations and stay informed here.

Scouting at Home

LEARN OR TEACH A NEW SKILL

How can you develop or share a skill while staying close to home?

Create a how-to video and share your favourite camping tips and tricks from your backyard! Write a quiz to shore up your safe paddling know-how, then see how others do with your questions. Imagine setting out on a fly fishing trip—and bringing along flies you crafted yourself at home!

These are just some of the ways you can share and practise new skills at home—read on to discover more!

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Personal Achievement Badge of the Week

HOBBY

Personal Achievement badges allow you to take your hobby to the next level. There’s a Personal Achievement badge that can be connected to any interest! This week’s Personal Achievement badge is hobby. What hobbies do you enjoy? Discover more about a hobby you have already tried, explore a brand new one or maybe even teach it to someone else so they can enjoy too!

Take a look at the full selection of Personal Achievement badges for activities your child can do alone or together as a family.   

We Recommend

There are lots of other great organizations creating resources for doing activities at home, so why not share them? Here are a few of our favourites!

Look to Your Library

Libraries might be closed right now, but that doesn’t mean they’re not still a great way to learn! Your library card might give you access to other resources, like ebooks, magazines, audiobooks or other learning resources. Check out your local library’s website to learn more about what your library has to offer and learn something new!

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TVO Kids

TVO Kids offers a variety of activities and games for kids up to age 10, exploring math, science, archaeology and more! If you’re not sure what you want to learn, this might be a great place to start your search!

TVO KIDS

#ScoutsDoStuff

Tag @scoutscanada in your #ScoutsDoStuff pics—let Scouting youth across Canada and around the world know how they can continue Scouting at home!


The 180th Pacific Coast Rover Crew reminds us to make the most of fine spring days—get out and enjoy a bike ride!


The 10th Welland Beaver Colony reminds us that the Outdoor Adventure Skills are for all ages—even Beaver Scouts!

A Scout with 1st Binbrook has taken blanket forts to a whole new level, creating an indoor caving adventure!


Youth from 1st SouthFields were among those across Canada who joined the Virtual Campfire on May 23.

Backyard Scouting

Sometimes, teaching a skill to somebody else can actually be the best way to take your own skill to the next level. How can you explain something so that another person can understand it? Use the Outdoor Adventure Skills competencies to find ways to develop some new skills, and pass on your knowledge to others! 

Camping at Home

Take on teaching others about the fun of camping! How can help others learn about camping and how to be prepared? Think of someone who has maybe never been camping before. Teach someone how to properly pitch a tent through a how-to video. 

Camping Skills

Paddling at Home

Do you know all of the safety rules that are important when around water? We all have different ways that we learn best, whether through reading, listening or being active. Create a fun game – like a puzzle, challenge or race – to teach the important safety tips when near water. Challenge others to try out your game and learn!

Paddling Skills

Learn or Teach a New Skill

Activities

Physical distancing at home doesn’t have to be boring! Why not take the time to develop a new skill? Better yet, try teaching a skill to a family member, or a friend over the internet!

There are so many things you can learn, it can be hard to figure out where to start. Try a creative skill, like making shadow pictures or a stop motion film. If those aren’t your style, you could create something that can be shared with your Section or Group, like a campfire handbook. Have an Iron Chef cookoff with your Section and learn to cook something new!

If you’re feeling really ambitious, learn a skill that requires a lot of detail work, like tying a fishing fly. This work may be delicate, but it could pay off when you catch the big one!

Exploring STEM

STEM requires lots of different skills, like observing what’s happening, and the creativity to come up with different experiments. There are also lots of STEM activities that will help you to build different skills!

If you want to develop your construction and creativity skills, build a Rube Goldberg Machine and see what kind of zany machine you can create! Alternatively, you could learn about biology while dissecting a fish! Learn about how to effectively collect data by becoming a citizen data scientist.

Not sure if any of those are your style? Learn about a different hobby you could try, like beekeeping! It might seem like a weird skill, but bees are important to our environment, and they produce resources that we use every day! Maybe you can start a buzz in your neigbourhood and become a beekeeper!

How Youth Leaders Are Adapting to Virtual Scouting

While the shift to virtual Scouting has been challenging, it has also provided new opportunities for youth leaders to build on their strengths and broaden their skill set.

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The Art of Racing Virtually

Kub Kar rallies are an opportunity to either win a design contest or build the fastest racer. But with the current pandemic, how do we recreate the fun of competition?

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CAMPFIRE MOMENT

During this extended period of physical distancing and sheltering at home, take advantage of the extra time to develop new hobbies and skills!

Kaelem Moniz Greater Toronto Council Youth Commissioner

Nicolas DesRoches Voyageur Council Commissioner

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Staying Safe

We recognize that a change to online and at-home activities creates a vulnerability for some children especially those in difficult or at-risk living conditions. In line with our safety culture and values, Scouts Canada continues to prioritize safety and offers support by providing access to various experts and resources. We encourage kids to reach out to Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) for 24/7 counselling. You can also visit Cybertip.ca for best practices on internet safety or review Scouts Canada’s Safety Tips on cyber safety and social media.

As always, be sure to keep the Two-Scouter Rule in mind, whether engaging in online conversations through email, virtual conversations with other Scouts or on social media, and by phone. 

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