Tools for Digital Scouting: A Scout Leader’s discoveries in this unusual time

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by Asia-Pacific Sc... from Philippines
Publication date: 29th Mei 2020

Tools for Digital Scouting: A Scout Leader’s discoveries in this unusual time


Since I was a child and came to know Scouting, my life has been centered on the words of our Founder: The most worthwhile thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others. When I came across this principle, I grasped it and lived it each day, as a true Scout, and still portray this in my adult years through Scouting.


Having the privilege of being a Scout Leader taught me an important lesson, aside from discipline and aiming for excellence, which is to be a friend to my young Scouts. That’s why staying connected is a must for an adult leader. With this pandemic, Scouting events and activities suddenly stopped and social distancing was imposed, leaving many feeling disappointed about missed plans, activities and gatherings. As Scouts, we spend much of our lives outdoors, we continuously make friends from all around the world, and we are not used to being confined in one place. 

For an adult leader like myself, the need to be connected with our young people and fellow leaders is hugely important. Now, more than ever, our young people need our support. And thanks to all the technology available today, Scouting adventures never really stop, as we move online. With all these digital tools, we resume our usual programming, but just do it in a new way. Besides, learning new things is part of Scouting!


I found joy in providing social connections among our young people online, and want to share some of the interactive tools we are using in our Scout groups to keep us active and mentally healthy:

Live streaming events

This is a powerful way to connect with your audience. You can use livestreams to host simple one-way events via your social media channels. Only the host is on camera, delivering content in real time. Remember to promote and schedule your live broadcasts ahead of time so your audience is aware and to more easily connect when your stream begins. You have a few options:

Instagram Live (this is so far our biggest viewership since we started doing live events)

Facebook Live
YouTube Live


Virtual meetings

What is useful about these tools is that a free account enables us to record the session, so we can share with others to view later. Depending on the tool, participants can also be on camera or audio, so these options are better for two-way events. Here are some of the tools we’ve seen used with success:




Google Hangouts




Interactive feedback and game tools
These tools helps make online meetings more interactive and fun for everyone!

Collaboration tools
These tools allow you to work on developing content together, or sharing folders such as documents, photos or presentations:

Google Drive

Brainstorming tools
Capturing ideas is important in brainstorming and strategy meetings. Sticky note tools can also be used as prompts to return to ideas mentioned that do not directly fit the present agenda:


Project management tools
If you have many projects on the go, a project management tool can help you and your team keep track of assignments:


While we are enjoying this online Scouting – virtual meetings, webinars, live streaming, we remain vigilant in always considering our Safe from Harm policy and protocols. In whatever, platform you are using, always check the security settings and teach your Scouts about
online safety.
As a leader, it is our duty to keep our Scouts safe from harm at all times.

Happy (digital) Scouting! 

Written by:
Rio Ashadi, Adult leader and National Commissioner of Gerakan Pramuka 


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Avatar Rizka Dwi Saputri

Thank you for information kakak.

Avatar THIAN Hiong-Boon

Kak Rio, appreciate yours good sharing... you may consider to add more info from time to time, e.g. project management tools like Scrum, Kanban, etc. Salam Pramuka :)


Thank you for this extensive list of ways to connect Scouts during this difficult time on our planet. I was wondering if WOSM is still supporting Minecraft. We are preparing for JOTA-JOTI and have Scouts who would like to connect with other Scouts globally through this platform. If not, no worries, we will explore the many other options you've provided. Stay well. In gratitude, Lynn Brooks, International Representative, Capitol Area Council, Austin, TX

Avatar kikykhalimi

Since we have a ScoutLink why didn't you conclude them? Is it because of it's rules or what?

Avatar kikykhalimi

Since we have a ScoutLink why didn't you conclude them? Is it because of it's rules or what?

Avatar abdee

Thankyou kak Rio Ashadi for the article. Enough to help us at local are. Salam Pramuka from Smakensa Bondowoso.

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