MONTANA COUNCIL SCREEN-BOOSTED SCOUTING
Ideas, training and tools for a great Scout program harnessing the power of screens.
Ready for summer
Summer is HERE! Get ready for SUMMER! Here is the newest content in Screen Boosted Scouting:
- Make a See-Through First Aid Kit for your unit using clear vinyl. This kit comes in two designs, but you can customize it for your unit.
- Make See-Through Personal First Aid Kits with duct tape and zip lock bags!
- Stay in touch with your Cub Scouts even when they are on vacation by having a virtual meeting. Fun Cub Scouting Meeting #3 is a Six-Essentials Scavenger Hunt game perfect for reviewing what to take on a hike.
- Take the time over the summer to get trained! New virtual training class dates will soon be posted for Cub Scout Leader Training (BLAST), Committee Training, Youth Protection Training, and New Member Coordinator Training.
Have questions, ideas or want to request general information?
upcoming live-remote classes
live-remote classes will be displayed here when they become available.
Classes in clude:
- Beginner Leader accelerated Success training (BLAST) for cub scout leaders
- Committee member training for packs, troops or crews
- new member coordinator training
- Live – youth protection training (YPT)
Beginning Leader Accelerated Success Training (BLAST) for Cub Scout Leaders
Beginning Leader Accelerated Success Training (BLAST) gives you a new way to become trained for your Cub Scout position.
The training is two 90-min sessions.
Trainers present content that is high energy and interactive, answer your questions and show you the amazing world of Cub Scouts as a leader.
Early registrants will receive class materials by mail. All registrants will receive additional materials electronically in advance of the class as well.
Wednesday, March 2 & 9
sessions: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Committee Member Training for Packs, Troops, or Crews
An active unit Committee is the difference between a Scout unit that works and one that is probably struggling.
In just one hour, you can learn how Unit Committees work and what you can do to help your Scout unit, whether you are a Committee Chair, Treasurer, Advancement, or some other role on your Pack, Troop, or Crew committee.
Two class options are available.
Register for this training to get log-in information and receive resources from the instructor. Questions, contact Betsy Eubanks.
Wednesday, April 13
7:00 – 8:30 pm (Sign-in 6:50 pm)
New Member Coordinator Training
Do you like talking to people and want to help your unit but cannot be a uniformed leader right now? Perfect!
You can be the New Member Coordinator!
This is a Committee position and your job is to welcome new families to your unit and help them get comfortable as soon as possible so they enjoy the Scouting experience.
New Member Coordinator training is available anytime through the my.scouting portal, or you can take the Live Video Conference class.
Sign-up for this training to get the log-in information, receive resources that include the agenda, and other information used in the class. If you have questions, contact Betsy Eubanks.
Wednesday, April 6
7:00 – 8:30 pm (Sign-in 6:50 pm)
LIVE – Youth Protection Training (YPT)
Youth Protection Training (YPT) is an on-demand class that you can take anytime through our my.scouting training portal, but we offer this class if you prefer a live trainer and the opportunity to ask questions. YPT must be completed EVERY year for Montana Scouters.
This class requires the ability to have two applications open at the same time, such as a computer and a smart phone, or two browser windows. We use ZOOM and KAHOOT for testing throughout the meeting. You can get a group together on ZOOM, and then have people take the tests on their own phone. Have a YPT Party!
The meeting is approximately 2-hours depending on the number of participants and questions.
If you have questions, contact Betsy Eubanks.
Wednesday, October 13 7:00-9:00
The meeting is approximately 2-hours depending on the number of participants and questions.
Adult Leader Resources
Intro: Winter Wear, Sleep Systems & Using Video With Your Troop
Have Scouts who miss a meeting? Do you need parents to know what gear to purchase? Scoutmaster Katie Daughenbaugh explains how and why she uses video for some troop training and gives you two examples you can use to help get Scouts ready for winter with proper sleep systems and good winter wear.
See-Through First Aid Kits
If you are more than an hour from medical services, a complete group first aid kit is essential. Watch the video to see how to make a custom, see-through kit that will be perfect because you make it to fit your unit.
Frustrated with video conferencing? This video can help! Computer Fundamentals covers the language of the computer landscape, important video conferencing tips, and explains the most important features to look for.
Cub Scout Videos & Resources
Fun Cub Scout Meeting #3: Six Essentials Scavenger Hunt
Watch the Video for an explanation of how to use this jeopardy style game for a fun scavenger hunt. This meeting would work well as a summertime activity when your Cubs might be traveling. The PowerPoint* includes directions and the game as well as a back-up activity.
> Six Essentials Scavenger Hunt PowerPoint (*coming soon)
“It’s Showtime: Fun Cub Scout Virtual Meeting #2”
Here is another complete Cub Scout meeting experience that gives you new things to do on-line with your Cubs and helps them prepare and deliver a show! The video shows you how to use PowerPoint and ideas to customize this for your leader’s situation.
Window Clings Screen
Window clings are a removable sticker you put on windows or mirrors. This is an easy and fun project that uses minimal materials you can use in several ways. It is simple enough to do remotely with Cub Scouts and a great in-person activity.
S’mores Fire Starters
Lighting matches can be tricky! Your Cub Scouts will have a great time practicing their match lighting skills and learn how to make a simple fire starter in this scrumptious activity.
Cub Scout Planning
Sandra Dogiakos introduces us to new and useful tool to help plan your Cub Program. This resource is especially useful in areas where internet connectivity can be troublesome.
Check out her resource:
> Scout Pack Plan Trello Board
Intro to Aquatics
A brief introduction on how to include aquatics as part of your Cub Scout programming.
Delivering Cub Scout Aquatics
Getting Cub Scouts in the water to earn an Aquatics Adventure is one of the best ways to deliver Fun with a Purpose. Too many children die in accidental drowning, which is why BSA added water and boating safety content in these elective Adventures. We have video and great resources to help you get comfortable adding Aquatics to your Den, Pack, or District.
Scout Skill Course is a fun obstacle course with a purpose. Scouts learn or review skills, run off energy, and they can do it with a buddy. The Scout Skill course is perfect for recruiting events or meetings with new Scouts to help them learn the Oath and the Law. The video tells you how to do the skill course, and the Leader Resource sheet provides all the details including a sample course. A design sheet is an additional resource for you to use to make your own Skill Course.
Glowing Water Ceremony
Shortly after recruiting comes celebrating the rank advancement of Bobcats! This video lets you experience the ceremony and see how it is prepared. Ceremonies make Scout memories and we hope you try this one for an extra special ceremony event.
Masks make it very hard to know who is talking. Luckily, you can use a Talking Stick to help your Cubs focus on the speaker. Talking Sticks also help teach courtesy and are easy to make. Watch the video and read the Leader Resources sheet to find out why and how to use a Talking Stick with your Cubs.
Cub Scout Cut Up
Did you know that even before Cubs can use a pocketknife (Bears) that there is something else Cubs can use that also “cuts”? Find out what that is and how to have a fun meeting that also lets Cubs who have their Whittling Chip get some knife practice. This meeting includes excuses to laugh too with joke telling, so you have two ways to “cut-up” with your Scouts.
Check out the preview adventure that gives Cub Scouts the opportunity to learn the concepts that make a yo-yo work and the basic physics of a pendulum. It will introduce the history of the toy and give Scouts the skills needed to get started with basic yo-yo tricks.
Fun Virtual Meeting Ideas
If you are a Cub Scout Leader who is ready to try a video meeting with your den or pack, you will enjoy a pre-packaged, ready to use “Fun Cub Scout Meeting” that also includes some adventure requirements but is mostly just fun.
Council Recruitment Resources
Scouts BSA Resources
In response to the needs of Youth Leaders in Troops and Crews, Scouting U has released two new virtual training programs for Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST), and Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews(ILSC).
These new temporary instructional training programs are available by logging onto https://my.scouting.org and launching the BSA Learn Center. When the Learn Center opens you can select the Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) or Introduction to Leadership Skills for Crews (ILSC) from Programs as applicable to you. Covering the same Learning Objectives as the face-to-face course, this course combines online and virtual components providing Troop / Crew Members an opportunity for completion in a socially distanced setting.
Bear Spray Practice
Blood is always good programming fun, when it is ketchup of course. Practicing taking off bloody gloves is fun and will help your Scouts be safe in the event they have contaminated gloves to remove.
Nature apps are a great way to use technology to help Scouts learn and appreciate what they are seeing outside. These three apps, PlantNet, PlantSnap, and iNaturalist are all easy to use and free. iNaturalist also does things like identify rocks and animals, so that is handy. Read the Leader Resource Sheet for details and add one of these Nature Apps to your unit’s adventures.
William T Hornaday Award
Did you know that this rare award can be earned by Scouts and Scouters? Only about 1100 Hornaday awards have ever been earned, but what a great accomplishment to contribute to conservation and become a Hornaday recipient. Learn more and see if this is a good time to work on a long-term, outdoor focused award.
NATO Alphabet or Waffles
Scout remote calls need to be fun as well as productive, but it is easy to jump right to the “action” items and forget about the social, community building that is such an important part of Scouting. Here are two fun, social activities for Scouts BSA or Venture Scouts that work on remote calls OR during travel. One uses the NATO Alphabet in a code-decode game and the other is a group discussion and voting on things to keep, and things to vote off the planet forever. Watch the short video and
Gardening Merit Badge
Citizenship in the world merit badge
Paul Gritz guides you through this four-part series on how to complete the Citizenship in the World Merit Badge. This is an Eagle-required badge that help with that next step in your advancement.
Western Region VOA Open House
You are invited! We can not wait to host you all one month from today for our Western Region Venturing Open House! Save the date for November 15th! Next week will have the time and registration open!
Venturers on the Hunt
We are excited to announce our Western Region VOA Event: Venturers on the Hunt!
This will be a socially distant in-person/virtual photo safari event. You are more than welcome to sign up with a Venturing Crew or solo! Registration is open from Oct. 17 to Nov. 14th with the link below. Our event will begin Nov. 16th following the Western Region VOA Open House!
Venturing – Fun Meeting Ideas
Looking for some creative ideas for upcoming meetings and activities? In this video, Dylan will share a few fun ideas with you that are rooted in Venturing’s ALPS Model. Adventure is going out into the world and stepping outside of your comfort zone; leadership is about leading and mentoring others; personal growth is about improving as an individual and as a team; and service, quite simply, is the gift we give others.
How & Why to be Enthusiastic about Meeting Virtually 1.0
Dylan Notturno explains why virtual meetings are needed in today’s Venturing Program, how to be enthusiastic about it, and shares some great resources to make it easy and fun.
How & Why to be Enthusiastic about Meeting Virtually 2.0
This is the second video of a two-part video series dedicated to providing Venturers and Venturing Advisors with tips and tricks to improve their Venturing experience. Specifically, how to make use of SMART Goals and reorienting the group to complete short and long-term planning. In turn, you and your Crew will maximize your productivity so that you’re best prepared to tackle your favorite activities once you’re able to
Signs, Signals, and Codes Virtual Merit Badge
When telephones stop working, and regular communication fails – Scouts can still get a message across if they have the know-how! The Signs, Signals, and Codes Merit Badge gives Scouts the opportunity to explore different ways of transmitting information such as Morse Code, Signal Flags, and even Braille. Class is limited to 50 Scouts. Full class information and registration provided on the Signs Signals and Codes information sheet.