Boy Scouts, Scouting, and Eagle Scout is a great activity for homeschooled
teens, and you can include it on your transcript in many ways.
Scouting as a PE Class
The easy way to include scouting on the transcript is to include 1 credit
of PE per year. Often scouting will include many hundreds of hours, so no
counting hours is usually necessary. It includes all physical activity, all
outdoor activities (camping, fishing, etc.) and all sports (like
To grade scouting is easy. When your teen is working hard and enjoying it,
give them an A. Give an A if they get to Eagle rank for sure, because they
have really exceeded expectations at that point.
Give this class a descriptive class title. It may be easiest to call the
class "PE: Personal Fitness" or "PE: Outdoor Education," your choice.
Create a course description. Look at the scout uniform and ask the child to
name each badge. Each badge is like a "unit study" for that class. Each
badge is like a list of topics that were included in your class. Instead of
tests, use badges to evaluate learning outcomes. Each badge attempt gets a
grade, and badge earned gets an A.
Scouting as an Activity
It's ok for scouting to be on the transcript AND the activity list When I
was in high school, I was involved in Choir. I received high school music
credit for the time I was in the class, but it was also listed as an
activity on my transcript. My public high school included some classes on
the transcript and the activity list.
Scouting as a Leadership Position
Scouting is significant, and becoming an Eagle Scout is a huge leadership
position that you will want to emphasize. Colleges love to see applicants
that have achieved the Eagle Scout rank, believing them to be more mature
and capable of leadership positions on campus.
Scouting as an Elective
Not everything a scout does is PE. You can college the "non-PE" activities
and badges to see if they might fit for occupational education, technology,
or even a fine art class. Look over the badges earned, and use the "Sticky
Note Strategy" to combine them into affinity groups.
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