Take a look at Scout Life’s virtual Chess Fest: Watch it all here!

Chess Fest

For years you’ve been telling us you and your Scouts are really – like really – into chess. And we heard you loud and clear.

This month, the Scout Life team brought you chess experts, tips to improve your game, giveaways from Scout Shop and a DIY chess set how-to.

Our Facebook audience even worked together to challenge Eagle Scout and chess grandmaster Kayden Troff to a chess game unlike anything we’ve ever played before (with an unbelievably accomplished opponent).

Kids of all ages will enjoy Chess Fest. Even Cub Scouts who aren’t yet earning merit badges can benefit from tuning in.

If you or your Scouts are planning to work on the Chess merit badge, talk with your counselor to see if any of the below activities will help you land some requirements (perhaps requirements 3 and 4?).

Catch the full series of videos below.

Boy scouts playing chess at the Sustainability Summit

Chess Fest in five episodes

Episode 1

Learn how each chess piece moves and the rules of the game from Saint Louis Chess Club‘s Scholastic Manager (Bonus: He’s an Eagle Scout!).

You’ll also find out where you can take online chess merit badge classes and snag a free tool that will help you learn how to note your chess moves (you’ll see why this is super important to advance your skills).

Episode 2

Find out how you can get your hands on a chess board: make one, buy one or use a digital board!

We’ll show you some of the boards the experts use and some that can come in handy if you’re taking a board on the go. And Scout Shop even sells game sets you can stash in your daypack. Note: The giveaway mentioned in the show is over but stay tuned for future prizes from Scout Life.

Episode 3

Learn about chess tournaments, how you can sign up for one and how to host your own. We’ll hear from a Scouter from the National Capital Area Council, which has hosted a variety of successful tournaments for Cub Scouts and older youth.

Plus, you’ll get tips from a real Scout who loves chess.

Episode 4

The day before the big match, Eagle Scout and chess grandmaster Kayden Troff joins the show to share strategy and help us prepare for the challenge.

We’ll also go over some key chess terminology that will help build your skills and get you moving on a few merit badge requirements.

Episode 5

Check out the ultimate matchup. It may have happened in the past but you can still play along to see if you can improve upon our game. Were we able to work together to win a chess match against a grandmaster? Watch to find out!

girl playing chess

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Gina Circelli is the Digital Editor for Boys' Life. She loves sharing news about Scouts who shake up pop culture or contribute to their communities in big ways.