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Scouting for the Homeschooled

Welcome! This site is devoted to the many families who homeschool and who also participate in scouting with the Boy Scouts of America.

Updated 1/12/03


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Conference Outline

The first ever Scouting for the Homeschooled Conference was held at the Philmont Training Center from September 17 to September 23, 2000. Below is an outline of topics discussed.

Our group first reviewed the aims of Scouting: character, citizenship and fitness, then we went on to discuss the goals of this particular conference (this first list is taken from the handout given to participants of the conference):

  1. To help the participants know and understand the reasons families homeschool their children.
  2. To help participants understand how scouting offers positive peer interaction to homeschooled youth and families.
  3. To help participants and the BSA understand ways to reach homeschooled youth to encourage them to join scouting.
  4. To help participants know and understand the curriculum (academic, educational resources and activity guides) support resources scouting has to offer homeschooling parents.
  5. To share information among homeschoolers to strengthen their own scouting programs.

A. As the participants discussed the first item,the group came up with the following reasons why families homeschool:

  1. More time with family
  2. curriculm choices
  3. academic
  4. economic
  5. education as a lifestyle choice
  6. individualized attention
  7. institutional mentality protection
  8. medical; emotional
  9. prevent "herd mentality"
  10. instill parents values
  11. find each child's purpose or path in life
  12. lack of peer dependency
  13. religious
B. The group went on to disuss how scouting offers postive peer interaction to homeschooled youth and families:

  1. pack, troop, venturing meetings
  2. scout fairs or shows
  3. Cubmobile races
  4. Council or District events
  5. eliminates interpersonal competition...focuses on the development of the individual scout
  6. positive influence, from other scouts and from leaders
  7. leadership growth
  8. affirmation of parents
  9. socialization/interaction in a controlled environment
  10. inter-troop activities
C. Next, the participants discussed ways to reach homeschooled youth, to encourage them to join scouting:

  1. Pow Wow
  2. University of Scouting (all levels of leaders)
  3. presentations to homeschool groups
  4. monthly newsletters (within homeschool groups-have current scouts write something about their scouting experience)
  5. Jamboree-set up booths with projects and activities
  6. Advertize in homeschool newspapers and magazines
  7. Scouter monthly newspaper
  8. use religious knots to bring in boys
  9. field trips-for homeschoolers, with a scouting related theme
  10. community events
D. Next, the participants discussed ways to utilize scouting resources as academic resources:

  1. Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Boy Scout, Venturing and other Boy Scout books
  2. Activity Belt Loop and Pin (Cubs only)
  3. Day Camp
  4. Summer Camp
  5. Recognition through scouting awards
  6. Understanding the difference between rank and curriculum (preparing the scout for independence
    • Tiger, Wolf, Bear programs are guided by the family...the parents/guardians sign off on activities
    • Webelos
      1. by second year, the group is a patrol
      2. books signed by den leaders or designated counselor
      3. preparing for transition to Boy Scouts
    • Boy Scouts
      1. learning is done in the family
      2. practice is done in the patrol
      3. Approval is given by scoutmaster
        • Merit badge--approval is given by the scoutmaster before the scout can start working on the merit badge
        • Counselor--the scout must satisfy him/her. The scout must prove to the counselor that the BSA requirements have been met.
    • Lone Scout Program
      1. scouting at home
      2. parent/friend/other adult is the Lone Scout Counselor
      3. May come together with other Lone Scouts; may visit other packs/troops
      4. may attend resident camp, scout shows, camporees (to be arranged by the Lone Scout Counselor)
      5. may progess through Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts following the same requirements (making adjustments where required or necessary)
        • In lieu of presenting to pack or troop, use family, church groups, community groups, etc.
      6. Council activities-attend at least two per year.
      7. communicate with other scouts...via mail, email, phone, etc.
    • Venturing Crews
      1. co-ed, values based scouting for ages 14-20
      2. no need for scouting background
      3. chartering freedom--the charter partner owns the crew and can decid on its own rules, bylaws, membership requirements, etc.
      4. dual membership for boys--can be a Boy Scout and a Venturing member, too
      5. high adventure
      6. character, citizenship and fitness aims are maintained
      7. the next step in scouting, after boy scouting
      8. guided, reward based organization
      9. requires teaching the learned skills to others, fostering leadership skills

E. Finally, the participants brainstormed about ways to share information among homeschoolers to strengthen their own scouting programs:

  1. Create a position-Homeschool Commissioner-duties:
    • determine which current registered scouts are homeschoolers
    • presentations at fairs and information events for homeschoolers
    • act as a liason between council, district and the the homeschooling community
    • help non-homeschoolers understand the needs of homeschoolers
    • must be a scouter who also homeschools
  2. devise a training session based on this conference at Philmont
  3. write articles for newspapers, magazines, the web

This conference was a terrific opportunity to share our ideas about homeschooling and scouting with other parents and leaders who value the scouting program. Philmont is offering this conference next fall (September 16-22, 2001). It is important that all councils get the word out to their leaders that this conference is available.

If you are interested in discussing this conference, or this website, please email me.

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This site, and the information contained within it, is put together based on the experience I had at Philmont. This is not an official BSA site; I have put this together for informational purposes only.


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