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VIRTUAL VOLCANIC VOYAGE

June 15 - July 15, 2021

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Join Volcano Scouting for yet another interactive virtual merit badge experience this Summer 2021! Simply choose which merit badges to pursue from our list of offerings and engage with both synchronous and self-paced asynchronous programming to earn credit towards merit badge completion. Scouts can earn up to 12 merit badges related to the Distinguished Conservation Service Award and Rank of Eagle Scout.

PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS

  • Registered youth members of the Scouts, BSA program

  • Reside within the United States

  • Meet all technology requirements

REGISTRATION DATES

Early-Bird

  • Opens: 9:00 AM PT, Thursday, April 1

  • Closes: 11:59 PM PT, Monday, May 31

Regular

  • Opens: 12:00 AM PT, Tuesday, June 1

  • Closes: 11:59 PM PT, Wednesday, June 30

REGISTRATION COST

Early-Bird

  • $30.00/scout + third-party processing fee

Regular

  • $15.00/scout + third-party processing fee

TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS

  • Access to consistent internet

  • Access to a desktop or laptop computer (preferred) or smartphone with a microphone and camera

  • Access to word-processing software (Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Apple Pages, etc.) and ability to export documents as PDF files.

PARTICIPATION GIFTS

Early-Bird

  • T-Shirt

  • Patch

  • Sticker

  • Poster

  • Programming

Regular

  • Patch

  • Programming

SUPPORT MOUNT ST. HELENS

This year, our team is introducing a charitable donation option at the time of registration to help raise funds for organizations that support conservation and eco-tourism initiatives at Mount St, Helens. We understand these are difficult times for everyone, but consider making a tax-deductible donation to a worthy charitable organization when you register your scout for this year's event.

This Year's Benefiting Organizations:

ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Scouts will have the opportunity to complete upwards of 12 merit badges during this month-long learning experience through individual exploration and group facilitation.

ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM

Volcano Scouting utilizes a plethora of open-source curriculum from trusted government agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and the Boy Scouts of America for its programming. Content is arranged by merit badge to support individual learning and group facilitation, but merit badge requirement certification is conducted in accordance with the BSA's Guide to Advancement through virtual quizzes and submitted assignments.

We will again utilize Instructure's Canvas learning management system (LMS) to deliver our instruction to scouts regardless of where they live. Each merit badge module includes a pre-assessment, interactive virtual field trips, at-home science projects, supplemental reading and videos, lab experiments over Zoom, and a post-assessment for merit badge certification. This year, our merit badge counselors will be utilizing ScoutBook to certify merit badge completions and partial completions.

ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS

Volcano Scouting was established by a group of scouts, adult leaders, and land managers in 2016 who continue to serve our program today! Check out who will be engaging with scouts this year:

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QUENTIN COMUS

Instructor / Merit Badge Counselor / Curriculum Developer

Quentin is a Sophomore at OSU-Cascades in Bend, Oregon majoring in Natural Resources Education. An Eagle Scout and Hornaday Silver Medal recipient, he has several years of experience advocating for and teaching environmental conservation in the Scouting program. He is also the President of Volcano Scouting. You can contact him at quentincomus@gmail.com

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RONALD COMUS

Instructor / Merit Badge Counselor

Ron is the Scoutmaster of Troop 7520 in Newberg, Oregon. He grew up in Indiana where he was awarded his Eagle Scout rank in 1983. After moving to Oregon in 2005, he was reintroduced to scouting as a leader, when his son, Quentin, joined Cub Scout Pack 196 in Newberg. He became Scoutmaster for Troop 7520 in 2013.  Being active in scouting has given him several years of learning and teaching experience in the outdoors. You can contact him at roncomus66@gmail.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

General Information

What is the Virtual Volcanic Voyage?


The 2021 Virtual Volcanic Voyage (V³) is Volcano Scouting's exclusive virtual interactive merit badge program. Hosted through Instructure's Canvas LMS, this program will enable scouts to earn up to 11 merit badges through both synchronous and asynchronous activities.




Who are the instructors?


Quentin Comus will return as the Curriculum Developer and act as a Merit Badge Counselor alongside Ronald Comus. A number of guest speakers will also be featured in the virtual programming.




What is included with registration?


In addition to access to our virtual merit badge course, participants also recieve a plethora of gifts mailed directly to their house. Early-bird participants recieve a t-shirt, patch, sticker, and poster. Regular participants only recieve a patch.




Will this program include extra-curricular activities like last year?


Somewhat. Our team has acquired a number of prizes we plan to give out to scouts through trivia and task-oriented challenges. In contract to last year, we will not be hosting any live extra-curricular activities.





Registration

When does registration open?


Registration for the Virtual Volcanic Voyage will take place in two phases; early-bird and regular. Early-bird registration (which includes a t-shirt, patch, poster, sticker, and programming) will open on Thursday, April 1 at 9:00 AM PT and close on Monday, May 31 at 11:59 PM PT. Regular registration (which includes a patch and programming only) will open on Tuesday, June 1 at 12:00 AM PT and close on Thursday, June 30 at 11:59 PM PT. Registration may close earlier if our maximum participant capacity of 150 scouts is reached prior to July 1, 2021.




Who can register?


Any registered youth member of a Scouts, BSA troop within the United States of America may participate. As such, the scout must be at least 11 years of age but not yet 18 years of age on the first day of the event (June 15, 2021). The scout must be registered by his/her parent/legal guardian who must also pay the associated participation fees.




What is the cancellation policy?


Early-bird registration may be cancelled for a full refund before June 1, 2021. Regular registration may be cancelled for a full refund before July 1, 2021. A full refund excludes the third-party processing fee. All refunds will be remitted to the registration cardholder within 60 days.





Advancement

What merit badges will be offered during the Virtual Volcanic Voyage?


Volcano Scouting Staff have developed merit badge curriculum that utilizes a combination of both synchronous and asynchonous activities that enable a scout to earn any of the following merit badges:

  • Fish and Wildlife Management
  • Soil and Water Conservation
  • Mammal Study
  • Sustainability*
  • Citizenship in the Nation*
  • Environmental Science*
  • Public Health
  • Energy
  • Forestry
  • Nature
  • Geology
  • Indian Lore
*Eagle Required Merit Badge




How will you obtain unit leader approval for scouts to being work on merit badges?


At the time of registration, the scout's parent/legal guardian must provide the unit leader's name, email address, and phone number. This will enable our team to contact your scout's unit leader for merit badge pre-approval. Should any concerns arise, we will include the parent/legal guardian. It's always a great idea to make sure the unit leader is comfortable with the scout working on their desired merit badges prior to registration.





Curriculum

What is included in your curriculum?


Our team has designed our virtual curriculum to include both text and multimedia content for scouts to explore on their own as the primary source of information aligned with the merit badge requirements addressed. We also work to incorporate interactive virtual activities such as virtual museum tours, interactive science experiments, and games. Futhermore, as merit badges require, our team may also host Zoom meetings, create at-home project workbooks, and other hands-on activities.




What is the source of your curriculum?


Volcano Scouting utilizes trusted academic, scientific, and government sources for its curriculum. These sources include, but are not limited to, Oregon State University, Washington State University, USFS, NOAA, NASA, USFWS, EPA, Weyerhauser, Mount St. Helens Institute, National Geographic, and Boy Scouts of America.




Will this program include live components (i.e. Zoom meetings)?


Yes. Depending on the merit badge, scouts may be required to attend a live Zoom meeting with a merit badge counselor and/or other scouts. We understand summer schedules may be busy, so we plan to have several times to choose from for each required Zoom meeting.





Canvas LMS

How does my scout gain access to the Canvas course?


Starting on June 1, and every day thereafter, successfully registered scouts will be invited to the Virtual Volcanic Voyage Canvas course via the provided scout email address. The scout must accept this invitation in order to gain access to the Canvas course. The scout will then have access to the Canvas course and be able to submit completed work until Thursday, July 15 at 11:59 PM PT. At 12:00 AM PT on Friday, July 16, the Canvas course will become read-only so that a scout may review course content and previously-submitted work, however, will not be able to submit additional work for approval.




How does a parent link their "observer" account to the scout's "student" account in Canvas?


If you signed up for a Canvas account as a parent, you can add students to observe within the same school. Additionally, if a school created an observer account linked to a student for you, you can add students to observe. To link yourself to a student, you will need to enter a student-specific pairing code. Pairing codes are case sensitive and are valid for seven days. Students can generate pairing codes from their User Settings. Depending on school permissions, admins and instructors may also be able to generate pairing codes. For more information on pairing codes, view the Pairing Codes - Frequently Asked Questions PDF. For more information, visit the Canvas Observer Guide.




What are the technology requirements of this program?


First, and most improtantly, scouts will need to access Canvas. We recommend doing so on a desktop or laptop computer using a trusted web browser such as Google Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge. You can also download the Canvas student (or parent) app for mobile access to Canvas. Second, we do recommend scouts have access to a cell phone to record photos or videos and upload them to the assignment in Canvas. Lastly, some assignments require scouts to download and fill in workbooks. They may choose to do so electronically (in Microsoft Word, Google Docs, or Adobe Acrobat) or print out and compete the workbook by hand and uploading a scanned copy to the assignment page.




Why does each scout need an individual email address? And parents?


Canvas requires both students (scouts) and parents to have unique email addresses in which their Canvas account is associated with. This enables our team, and you, to track each scout's individual progress in Canvas. Parents can then use their dedicated parent (observer) Canvas accounts to pair with and oversee their scout's work. Pairing an observer account with a student account also reinforces two-deep leadership in our virtual program by including parents in all communications with scouts.