Scouting At Home Award

Scouting At Home Award
For Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers & Leaders

Mayflower Council would like to recognize Scouts and adults who are Scouting at Home with a patch that is sure to be a collector item. Requirements for Scouts and leaders to earn this award are simple.

Guidelines:

  1. Complete the requirements for the appropriate rank
  2. Complete online award completion form
  3. Order your patch.
    • The link to order your patch will be provided when you submit your online completion form
    • Patches are $4 each
    • Our patch design is above and we think it’s so cool
  4. Award is available for a limited time requirements must be completed by June 30 and patches must be ordered by July 15.
  5. Contact Joe Livingston or Rick Riopelle if you have questions about the award.


We ask the parents work with the Scouts to please post a picture on social media of each requirement and share it with pictures of these completed requirements in a style like this:

Scouting taught me about my Duty to Self. Because of that I took time for myself today outside reading (insert picture reading) #mayflowerscoutsinaction

Scouting taught me to be Friendly. Because of that I cooked this delicious dessert for my family (insert photo) #mayflowerscoutsinaction

Scouting At Home Award Requirements

To earn the patch, complete the following requirements inspired by the Scout Oath and Law:

Mandatory Requirements (Complete all 3,  applicable to all levels of the program)

  1. Duty to God/Country: Stay home and only visit with friends virtually
  2. Duty to Others: Track a chore that you do around the house
  3. Duty to Self: Spend as much time as you can outside everyday (weather permitting)

Program level specific requirements (Complete requirements for your program)


Cub Scout Elective Requirements (complete 5 out of this list)

  • Trustworthy: Honestly report your progress on this patch
  • Loyal: Participate in 2 virtual den meetings
  • Helpful: Help prepare one meal or snack for your family
  • Friendly: Complete an activity loop or pin with your family
  • Courteous: Invite a friend to a virtual pack event
  • Kind: Help sew a protective face-mask for yourself or a family member.
  • Obedient:Help your parents complete a home or automobile repair or project.
  • Cheerful: Spend one hour playing a non-electronic game or games with your family
  • Thrifty: Find a way to repurpose something in your house
  • Brave:
    • (Bears – AOL) Camp one night out in your yard with your parent(s) or family.
    • (Lions – Wolves) ‘camp out’ one night in a room of your house  without TV or electronics.
  • Clean: Help clean up your yard, a room of your home, or your bedroom (as chosen by your parent)
  • Reverent: Participate in a virtual service for your religion
Award Completion Form


Scouts BSA Elective Requirements (complete 7 out of this list)

  • Trustworthy: Honestly report your progress on this patch
  • Loyal: Participate in 2 virtual troop meetings
  • Helpful: Cook supper for your family using basic ingredients
  • Friendly: Lead your family in a game night(s) totaling three hours of non-electronic gaming
  • Courteous: Perform a service project for your family approved by your parents
  • Kind: Help sew a protective face-mask for yourself or a family member.
  • Obedient: Complete a merit badge virtually
  • Cheerful: Entertain your family with your favorite skit
  • Thrifty: Find a way to repurpose something in your house
  • Brave: Teaching another scout a new skill virtually
  • Clean: Help clean up your yard, a room of your home, or your bedroom (as chosen by your parent)
  • Reverent: Participate in a virtual service for your religion
Award Completion Form


Venturing Elective Requirements (complete 7 out of this list)

  • Trustworthy:  Honestly report your progress on this patch
  • Loyal: Participate in 2 virtual crew meetings
  • Helpful: Perform a service project for your family approved by your parents
  • Friendly: Cook a breakfast, lunch, supper and a dessert for your family using basic ingredients.
  • Courteous: Create and perform a ‘safety checklist’ for your home.  This should include things like checking smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and identifying hazards in the home.
  • Kind: Help sew a protective face-mask for yourself or a family member.
  • Obedient: Grant your parents 1 wish, and fulfill it without complaint
  • Cheerful: Lead your family in game nights totaling five hours of non-electronic gaming.
  • Thrifty: Find a way to repurpose something in your house
  • Brave: Create a 10 minute instructional video about something that interests you. Share this video on a social media platform with the #mayflowerscoutsinaction
  • Clean: Help clean up your yard, a room of your home, or your bedroom (as chosen by your parent)
  • Reverent: Participate in a virtual service for your religion
Award Completion Form


Adult Leader Elective Requirements (complete 7 out of this list)

You thought we forgot about our amazing volunteers? Scouting has a fun opportunity for you to earn this patch as well!

  • Trustworthy: Provide feedback on how Mayflower Council can better support you utilizing this form.
  • Loyal: Attend your virtual district roundtable.
  • Helpful: Find a way to help your neighbor.
  • Friendly: Interact with the council’s or district’s Facebook pages- find a new Scouting friend and share an aspect of Scouting you are passionate about.
  • Courteous:  Help your troop engage in virtual meeting or merit badge classes.
  • Kind: Help sew a protective face-mask for yourself or a family member.
  • Obedient: Follow the Mayflower Council guidelines for social distancing while Scouting.
  • Cheerful: Post your best tips on staying upbeat during this difficult time for other Scouts and Scouters.
  • Thrifty: Help your Council identify a business or donor willing to help fund Scouting (social media post will be worked out with donor or business).
  • Brave: Have a conversation with someone you disagree with. Find common ground on a topic.
  • Clean: Pack/organize your backpack and gear for your first Scouting adventure post COVID-19. Share where you’re planning to go on the council Facebook page.
  • Reverent: Participate in a virtual service for your religion.
Award Completion Form




Summer Camp Pre-meeting Video

A pre-camp meeting was held virtually in March.  If you happened to miss the meeting, please view the video below.  You will also find questions and answers that were compiled from this meeting.

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Questions and Answers




Virtual Training Opportunities – April and May

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April Roundtable: Remote Programming Ideas

Hello Headwaters,

Below are some of the notes and topics that were discussed at our Virtual District Roundtable at the start of the month.  We had a long conversation about remote programming ideas and what both Troops and Packs can be doing to keep their Scouts engaged and connected.

Headwaters District is also here to help your Unit!  We can help you host meetings for your Unit or for your Committee.  Get in touch with Headwaters@mayflowerbsa.org to talk with our Key 3 (listed on our District Webpage) and we can help set up a Google Hangout meeting.

Resources for Units:

Ideas for Remote Programming from April Roundtable:
(These ideas were suggested by those in attendance in the chat)

  • Does your Unit have ideas of how to continue doing some Community Service?
    • “We were talking, the adults of Troop 100, about doing separate days of trail cleanup, 1 family at a time kind of thing”
    • “At our Committee Meeting, recognizing that we will be socially distant for Earth Day and that many are out walking, to encourage our scouts to take a trash bag and do their own clean up – perhaps a prize for the most trash collected at month’s end.”

Share your ideas with us!

We’ll be hosting another Virtual Roundtable on May 7th.  Check our Council Calendar for a link and more information.  Check your emails from our Roundtable Commissioner Nick Keyes –

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy.




Camping At Home Challenge

We are happy to announce the Mayflower Camping at Home Challenge!

Show us your best at home campsite for the chance to win a $50 campership to any Mayflower Council Camp in 2020.

Challenge Guidelines:

  • Set up a campsite in your backyard, basement, living room, or wherever works best for you!
  • Post a picture, video, or time-lapse of your setup on Facebook or Instagram. We want to see your most creative and practical campsites.
  • Tag Mayflower Council in your Facebook (@mayflowerbsa) or Instagram (@mayflowerbsa) post, and don’t forget to add the hashtag #mayflowerscoutsinaction
  • Our favorite Camping at Home submission will be featured on the Mayflower Council social media, and will receive a $50 campership to any Mayflower Council Camp in 2020

This challenge Runs Saturday April 18 at 8:00 PM – Saturday April 25 at 11:59 PM




Virtual Merit Badge Offerings

The Mayflower Council has secured merit badge councelors to teach a few merit badges virtually.  Scouts can now sign up for the following virtual merit badge offerings.  More offerings will be coming soon.

Space is limited, please sign up as soon as possible.  Each course is only $10.00.

Click on the merit badge you are interested in to sign up.

Animation – Interested in digital animation? Have you ever made your own? Want to try for the first time? Join us for a remote and virtual Merit Badge Experience to earn your Animation Merit Badge! Dates:   April 21, April 28, May 5 (possible May 12).

Digital Technology – Interested in the cyber world? Do you know the difference between a bit and a byte? Join us for a remote and virtual Merit Badge Experience to earn your Digital Technology Merit Badge! Dates:  April 28, May 5, May 12, & May 19.

Entrepreneurship – Do you have a new business idea? Do you want to talk to someone who started their own business? Want to learn how to make that idea a reality? Join us for a remote and virtual Merit Badge Experience to earn your Entrepreneurship Merit Badge! Dates:  April 22, April 29 & May 6.

Genealogy – Do you know your Family tree? Do you know how to trace your heritage and family ancestry? Join us for a remote and virtual Merit Badge Experience to earn your Genealogy Merit Badge! Dates: April 23, April 30 & May 7.

Indian Lore – Are you interested in Native American culture? Do you know about American Indian names, tribes, games, art or songs? Join us for a remote and virtual Merit Badge Experience to earn your Indian Lore Merit Badge! Dates: April 21 & 28.

Scholarship – Your school classroom might be your kitchen table these days, but you still put in the work to prove you’re a Scholar! Join us for a remote and virtual Merit Badge Experience to earn your Scholarship Merit Badge! Dates: April 22 & 24.

After you sign up, the councelor will email you with information how to log in.




We’re Excited to Welcome You to Camp!

Dear Leaders:

We all learned early in Scouting that every Scout should Be Prepared. Who would have thought it would be as relevant as it is now during the COVID-19 situation? Scouting has helped prepare us to be ready for challenges. We’re all learning new ways to work, teach, learn, and play. The Mayflower Council is doing everything we can to adapt to the times so Scouting can carry on and continue to be a vital part of our and the Scouts lives. This includes getting ready for summer camp. Our teams at Camp Resolute, Adventure Day Camp and Camp Squanto are excited to welcome you this summer and we anticipate a fantastic experience. The pre camp meetings have been held and if you were unable to attend, a recording of one is available at the Mayflower Council website. That recording is available here: Camp Kickoff

Right now, our rangers are continuing with planned maintenance and set-up for you. The camps are coming back to life after the winter and camp directors are putting together the best camp staffs ever. We are planning an epic year at our council camps in an effort to put all the uncertainties we are facing today behind us. All we need is you!

Registration is open right now and will remain open. Since our units aren’t meeting in-person, we know that collecting deposits and payments for camp is a bit more challenging so we’ve adjusted our deadlines. The early bird registration discount for Adventure Day Camp and Adventure Overnight continues until May 15 and for the Scout resident camps until May 31.

Camp is something all Scouts should be able to experience and we are here to help you find ways to make that happen. For families that need assistance, our campership program is available. Please visit our campership form, Mayflower Campership , to apply in confidence.

There is no risk for families and units of losing money by signing up for Mayflower Camps now. In the event that camp does not open or has a shortened season due to COVID-19 and your troop or campers are unable to attend during your scheduled time, all camp fees paid will be refunded.

Part of being prepared is minimizing risks, and we are updating camp operations to minimize threats such as COVID-19. As we learn more, we continuously update policies and procedures to comply with local and national directives. As camp gets closer, we will review those policies and procedures and will clearly communicate changes or adjustments to you. This may require help from units even before you arrive at camp so please check our website for the very latest updates concerning the Mayflower camps. The Mayflower Council continues to update Mayflower Council COVID-19 Information so check in regularly.

In the meantime, stay home, stay well, and stay tuned for further updates.

Yours in Scouting,

Camp Directors
Chris Thorp, Adventure Day Camp
Rick Poirier, Camp Resolute
Rich Carlson, Camp Squanto




April Roundtable

April Training Newsletter

2021 National Jamboree

2020 Tread Lightly Trainer Course

2020 Summer Camp Staff

Metacomet Slides




Amazon Smile

Do you shop on Amazon?

Put a smile on first and identify Mayflower Council as your designated charity.

Amazon has donated over $100 Million to charitable organizations through the Amazon Smile program.   The Mayflower Council is pleased to offer our supporters an easy way to help our Scouting program.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices, and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to Mayflower Council, BSA.

Next time you purchase items thru Amazon, remember to log in with a SMILE! Just add a smile before amazon – smile.amazon.com, identify the Mayflower Council as your charitable organization and you are done.

Thank you for shopping with a SMILE and giving back to Scouting.




Play Family Feud with your Patrol

Troop 314 Scoutmaster Paul has collected answers from Scouters around our district. Top 100 answers on the board!

 

Download the attached excel file to have the categories and answers for your virtual game of Family Feud, Scouting Patrol edition!