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Online Merit Badge Classes 2020

Call for Instructors
 
In response to COVID-19, the Chattahoochee Council will be offering online merit badge classes to any Scout(s) involved in a Scouts BSA program. We believe that this will help support our youth and their families in these programs as our local communities have suspended all school and/or other group programs with no more than ten individuals present at one time.

In order to facilitate these online classes, we need your assistance. If you would like to host a virtual merit badge class please sign up and let us know what merit badge you can teach and when you are available.

Once you have signed up we will create an online registration form for your specific merit badge class. Please remember that there is no one on one contact with any youth before or after a virtual merit badge class has been conducted. You do not need to be a registered merit badge counselor at this time to conduct a virtual merit badge class.
 

Scouts and Families
 
Beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020**, Scouts and their families will be able to select and participate in any of the following online merit badge sessions. Each session will consist of one hour of instruction each day for four consecutive days (Monday - Thursday). The Scout(s) will receive a link to log into their class (no less than 24 hours before the start of the class). Please be sure to review the Virtual Merit Badge Guidelines before you begin.

Scouts will use these links each day to receive live instruction from a merit badge counselor and guest presenters related to those important topics. Scouts will have various requirements to complete each day before the next day’s classes; instruction will end on Thursday of each week.

Each Friday (of any given week) will be used by merit badge counselors to communicate with those scouts via email to wrap up any final paperwork and/or requirements to help with the completion of the merit badge. Overall, we believe that these online merit badge-based programs will make a great educational supplement to ongoing online efforts being made by our current public, private, and charter schools throughout our impacted region.

Blue cards will be provided digitally to the scout after the week is over and only after the merit badge counselor has verified that the individual scout has completed all listed requirements under that specific merit badge.
 
** Start date depends on the response from volunteers to be instructors and is subject to change. 
 
Click here for a list of Merit Badges being offered and to reserve your spot.
 

Additional Notes (Please Review)
  • Please review the Virtual Merit Badge Guidelines.
  • Each Scout must register separately so we can track their daily progress and attendance.
  • Current youth protection guidelines  (two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact) will be followed by all staff under the Chattahoochee Council, B.S.A. and its merit badge counselors at all times while working with youth and their families.
  • All merit badge classes are open to any Scout(s) from any Council(s) that are currently participating in a Scouts BSA program; all times listed below are located in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Scout(s) participating in these online classes MUST receive verbal permission from their parents/guardians and Approval from their Scoutmaster.
  • Please note that not all merit badge requirements will be completed by the end of the week; many of these merit badges listed below have outdoor components that will not be able to be completed in an online setting, but all merit badge counselors will be providing various virtual field trip opportunities in the form of video segments to complete some of the more difficult requirements listed under each merit badge.

 

Recording online meetings is not authorized. As a reminder, Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse (https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/#a) prohibits any one-on-one contact between an adult leader and youth members – in person, online, through a web conference, over the phone, via text, or in any other form. Electronic communication between adults and youth should always include another registered leader or parent. We believe our existing policy is the best way to protect youth and volunteers, and we do not believe recording online meetings would provide any additional material benefit. To the contrary, recording calls would increase personal risk as call recording is subject to various legal requirements under U.S. law and the laws of individual states, some of which require all parties to a call consent to recording. Considering those potential regulatory risks and the effect of BSA’s existing policies, we are not authorizing the recording of online meetings.

 

George and Jo Jeter Scout Service Center
1237 First Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901
Phone: 706-327-2634
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