If you have a scout (girl or boy), scroll down to the bottom to find out how you can combine their homeschooling with their badge studies in what I like to call "Badge-Schooling."
There is an extensive historical section, tracing Boy Scouts from it's 19th century roots all the way up to today. You can even have a conversation with Lord Baden Powell!
Top Shot is an annual scouting event where the boys learn about gun safety and archery skills. But these skills aren't just for boys! The kids would have stayed in the bb range all day, but we finally made them leave.
One of the first skills new scouts learn is knots and knot-tying. There are many hands-on practice areas in the museum for learning and practicing those skills.
Uh-oh...someone's up a creek without a paddle! Inside the museum, you can practice your boating skills and safety. Clearly, the boys are being very safe...
Also inside the museum, you can go spelunking in a cave! Here, we are seeing exactly why wearing a helmet and paying attention are so important.
We also stumbled upon some nice scout-themed artwork from Norman Rockwell...one of our favorite artists! Check out our favorite paintings over here...
The museum is closing in May 2017, but is free for anyone to visit until that time. If you're in the area, definitely check it out! And if you are a scout, but not in the area, fret not. They are dividing up their exhibits among other scout museums across the nation, such as the one at Philmont.
- Boy Scout Handbook (also great for learning survival / prepper skills)
- Boy Scout Riddle Book (because boys love jokes!)
- Follow Me, Boys! (the sweetest vintage Disney DVD, about scouting)
- The Scout's Outdoor Cookbook (also a great survival cooking resource)
Less Work = Less Stress & Higher Quality
As Cub Scouts, we had been incorporating activities for their pins and elective badges into their school work (weather badge = weather unit study). It led to lots of great hands-on experiences and field trips, and we got to work together as a family!
We are fairly hands-on already in our homeschooling, but I like that the badges include ideas (and requirements) for aspects of a topic that I would not have considered. Also, since there are so many different badges available, the boys have a chance to really delve deep into the things that interest them...or that they think might interest them. It can be difficult at times, as the teacher, to facilitate these activities - especially if I'm completely unfamiliar with them - but that's where your merit badge counselor comes in handy!
The badges incorporate public speaking, research, tactile activities, outside references, and group learning. Homeschoolers don't always have the chance to practice these skills (particularly the first and last), so it's nice to belong to such a great troop, where they can get these experiences. (And we do have a wonderful group of boys!!)
If you’re looking into Boy Scouts for your own son, or if you’re already involved, why not consider incorporating the practical skills being taught into his school?