Virtual Merit Badge Offerings – August

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.

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.

Dog CareDog Care Merit Badge is a great merit badge for you to spend some time with your furry friend! Join us each Monday for this badge to learn about caring tips, literal tricks, and methods to take care of a pet!  Note: In order to take this badge, you MUST have regular access to a dog. It does not need to be your own, but you need to be able to interact with it on a regular schedule.  Monday’s, August 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 6:30 – 7:10 (40 minutes).

Space Exploration– Space Exploration is all about the interesting parts of rocket science! If you know what keeps a satellite in orbit, if you are a fan of the Curiosity Rover, if you have every built a model rocket or you have always wanted to, then this is the badge for you to take!

  • Session 1: Monday’s, August 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 8:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Session 2: Wednesday’s, August 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 8:00 – 9:00 pm.
  • Session 3: Friday’s, August 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 8:00 – 9:00 pm.

Insects – Insect Study Merit Badge is for all the Scouts that want to get outdoors this summer! If you know how to find the insects in your back yard, campground or local park, if you want to learn about what makes these bugs to different from other animals, or if you just like bees, this is the Merit Badge for you! Thursday’s, August 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm.

Soil and Water Conservation– Soil and Water Conservation is one of three merit badges to get if you want to earn the World Conservation Award. If you know what a watershed is, if you care about sustainability and a clean environment, or if you want to learn methods to control erosion, then this is the Merit Badge for you! Monday’s, August 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

Nature  – Nature Merit Badge is perfect for the Scouts that want to get out in the field this summer! This Merit Badge is all about getting outdoors and identifying the amazing flora and fauna in your neck of the woods! Join us for Nature Merit Badge! Monday, August 10 and Monday, August 24 from 3:00 – 4:15 pm.

Photography – Do you know what an aperature or an f-stop are? Do you know how they work together with both digital and film cameras? Do you want to learn easy techniques to upgrade how your photos look? Join us for Photography Merit Badge to practice all this and more! Wednesday’s, August 12, 19, 26, and September 2 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

Electricity – Do you know how your house get’s power? Do you know how to wire a circuit? Do you know the first aid for electric shock? Join us for a remote and virtual class of Electricity Merit Badge! Tuesday, August 4th and Thursday, August 6, and Tuesday, August 11 from 7:00 – 8:15pm.

Council-wide July Roundtable

Thank you for joining us at the Council-wide roundtable held on Wednesday, July 15.  Below are a few slides presented at this meeting as well as videos from our Council Commissioner and the national announcement on the bar date.

A message from the Council Commissioner

Explanation of the Bar Date

Limited Edition Council Shoulder Patch

The Mayflower Council Stay Safe CSP sold out in only a few short weeks. We have received numerous requests to purchase one. Another order for 250 has been placed. It is the same design but the border color has been changed to orange. This limited edition CSP can be yours for a donation of $20.00 per CSP. Proceeds from this CSP run will be used to cover the expenses of the personal protection equipment (PPE) purchased for the camp properties, Adventure Day Camp and the council service center.

Pre-Order yours now – before they are gone!

Order Now

Scouting At A Distance Award

Scouting At A Distance Award
For Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturers & Leaders

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


  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 will be available soon and we think it’s so cool
  4. Award is available for a limited time requirements must be completed by September 30 and patches must be ordered by October 15.
  5. Contact Joe Livingston if you have questions about the award.

Continue to follow all applicable state, local, and council guidelines. We encourage you to take and post pictures of your events and post them on social media with the hashtag #mayflowerscoutsinaction #scoutingatadistance

Scouting At A Distance Award Requirements

Cub Scout Den Requirements (complete 3 out of this list)

  • Attend an in person den meeting
  • Plan and practice a den skit or song
  • Participate in a den campfire (can’t be the same as the den meeting from above)
  • Perform at least one hour of community service with your den
  • Participate in a den scavenger hunt
Award Completion Form

Scouts BSA Patrol or Venture Crew Requirements (complete 3 out of this list)

  • Attend an in-person patrol or crew meeting
  • Plan and attend an in-person patrol or crew camping trip
  • Participate in at least two hours of community service with your patrol or crew
  • Go on a 5-mile hike with your patrol
  • Participate in a patrol or crew scavenger hunt
Award Completion Form

Adult Leader Required

  • Ensure you are 100% trained for your current position through your My.Scouting profile (for ASM, SM, and Crew Advisors if all that is missing is IOLS an in person training submit email to your local council to be notified when this training will be offered next)

Adult Leader Elective Requirements (complete 2 out of this list)

  • Facilitate an in person meeting utilizing the guidelines provided at the time based on local guidelines
  • Explain Scouting to a non Scouting family or to a community group of your choice
  • Share through social media or a letter to the editor explaining the values of Scouting and what Scouting means to you to help spread the positive message of Scouting
  • Following Youth Protection Guidelines ensure at least 1 Scout advances a rank or earns a MB (not virtual if allowed by local guidelines)
Award Completion Form

2020 Camp In A Box Not Your Typical Summer Camp

Looking for a new way to have camp this summer while staying safe from COVID?  Introducing Camp in a Box!  We have partnered with five other councils to bring you this awesome program!  Individuals or troops can sign up to be a part of this historic program!  We will have Scouts from at least 4 different states all joining in the fun.

Each Scout gets to choose up to 5 merit badges or programs from 45 different options.  For the low price of $135, we will ship you a box of everything that you’ll need for the week including camp swag, program materials, and more to be ready for the action!  This is sure to be Not Your Typical Summer Camp!  Click here to download the Camp Guide.

Click here to sign up today!

Scouts BSA Resident Camp Cancelled

Dear Scouting Family:

It is with great disappointment that the Mayflower Council announces that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will not allow resident camp programs to be conducted before the summer of 2021. As we stated from the initial decision to move forward, we would only do so if we could conduct a safe program, within the guidelines of national, state, and local authorities. Based on this latest information, we will not be able to provide a resident camp experience to our Scouts this summer.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding over the past 7 weeks, as we pursued all available options and program modifications to offer a safe resident camp experience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our staff was looking forward to greeting you and bringing you another year of fun, but this will have to wait until next year. All along, our first priority has been the health and safety of our Scouts, their parents, our leaders, staff and all their extended families and communities.

While this news is disappointing, we are providing a Scouts BSA virtual camp option offering each Scout the opportunity to choose up to 5 merit badges or programs from 45 different options.  Plus, we will ship you a box of everything that you’ll need for the week including camp swag, program materials, and more to be ready for the action! Click here for all the information and to sign-up.

We will be issuing full refunds to each troop by the end of the month and there is no need to contact the council service center for the refund of the camp fees paid. We ask for your patience as we work through processing all of the refunds. Check our council COVID-19 website for additional updates.

This decision by the Commonwealth does not affect our ability to operate our Cub Scout Adventure Day Camp at Camp Resolute. We are continuing with our plans to offer that program for our Cub Scouts.

We know you are eager to get back to our camps, which is why we have already begun planning bigger and better resident camp programs for next year.

Take care and be well,

Mike Rotar
Council President

Joshua Paulin
Council Commissioner

Bryan Feather
Scout Executive / CEO