Resources and Links

Resources for Remote Meetings

We’ve provided links to a few of our favorite, and FREE, resources for hosting remote meetings. There are many more resources than these, but your unit may find these useful. We do not endorse or prefer any resource over another.

Recently, Webex has upgraded its FREE tier to include 100 participants per meeting and no time limit. The popular tool freeconferencecall.com offers virtual meetings up to 1,000 people.

COVID-19 Resources

If you have questions, or you can not find the resource you are looking for, please email us at communications@nhscouting.org

Scouts BSA At-Home Programs

30-Day Merit Badge Challenge

Scout Rank 30-Day Challenge

Tenderfoot Rank 30-Day Challenge

Second Class 30-Day Challenge

First Class 30-Day Challenge

 

A few things to keep in mind when using this list:

  1. Find a registered merit badge counselor: Scouts should work with their Scoutmaster to identify a merit badge counselor for the badge or badges they want to earn. (Merit badge counselors — either current or future — should read our guide to being a merit badge counselor for some helpful tips.)
  2. Use the official requirements: You’ll find a lot of outdated merit badge requirements online. For the most current and up-to-date requirements, go to the BSA’s official merit badges page.
  3. Understand what made the cut: All 137 merit badges have certain requirements Scouts could complete at home. What makes the list below special is that all of the badge’s requirements can be completed at home.
  4. Have fun: Earning merit badges is one of my favorite parts about Scouting. Other than the merit badges required for Eagle, young people get to pick any merit badge that interests them. That decision should be 100% theirs. If earning a merit badge ever feels like schoolwork … well, you’re doing it wrong.

Venturing At-Home Programs

Venturing 30-Day Challenge

Popular Links

Looking for other free resources for youth? Here are just a few:

Khan Academy

Especially good for math and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system, but it’s mostly common material.

Futurelearn

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (accounts require users to be at least 14, but younger learners can use with a parent).

Openlearn

Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University, but everyone can access it. Developed primarily for adults, but some courses, e.g., nature and environment, could well be of interest to young people.

Blockly

Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Scratch

Creative computer programming

Ted Ed

All sorts of engaging educational videos

National Geographic Kids

Activities and quizzes for younger kids

Duolingo

Learn languages for free

Mystery Science

Free science lessons

The Kids Should See This

Wide range of cool educational videos

Crash Course

YouTube videos on many subjects

Crash Course Kids

As above for a younger audience

Crest Awards

Science awards you can complete from home

Tinkercad

All kinds of making

Prodigy Math

Good for elementary school ages

Big History Project

Aimed at Secondary age, multi-disciplinary activities

Geography Games

Geography gaming!

STEM Simulators

Learn Computer Science

The Artful Parent

Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page

Red Ted Art

Easy arts and crafts for little ones

The Imagination Tree

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest

Toy Theater

Educational online games