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.
Scouts BSA At-Home Programs
A few things to keep in mind when using this list:
- 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.)
- Use the official requirements: You’ll find a lot of outdated merit badge requirements online.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.
- 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.
- 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.
Looking for other free resources for youth? Here are just a few:
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.
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).
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.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
Activities and quizzes for younger kids
Learn languages for free
Free science lessons
Wide range of cool educational videos
YouTube videos on many subjects
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home
All kinds of making
Good for elementary school ages
Aimed at Secondary age, multi-disciplinary activities