It’s eclipse day! Follow along with us during our live broadcast

There won’t be another day like today for a long, long time.

It’s Great North American Eclipse day, and we’re ready for it.

An epic day like today deserves an epic live show. Tune in to Scout Life Eclipse Live!, scheduled to begin at noon Central time and run for around 4 hours — basically, the entire time it will take for the eclipse to make it way across this great land of ours.

The weather forecast for today is mixed … some cloudy spots, some not-so-cloudy spots. But the forecast for fun during our show is high. We’ll have prizes to give away, and we’ll be checking in with special guests across the country, including some Scouts who’ve agreed to speak with us right as the eclipse is passing overhead!

You can watch on the Scout Life Facebook page, or on YouTube embedded here.

What do I need to do to be ready for the eclipse?

We’ve got you covered!

Mainly, you’ll want to know how to view the eclipse safely.

Of course, you’ll want to know what time it passes over your location.

It’s not too late to make an eclipse viewer!

And remember: We want to hear from you! Fill out the form at the bottom of this page, or post your thoughts, photos or videos using the hashtag #ScoutTheEclipse for the chance to have your content shared during the broadcast!

A map of the 2024 eclipse path across the United States
Graphic courtesy of NASA’s Scientific Visualization Studio

Is there a patch for this?

Yes!

If you watch along with us, you’ll meet all the requirements to earn the patch, including learning what an eclipse is and how it happens, how to view the eclipse safely, and sharing your feelings on what it’s like to see the eclipse.

Eh, I’m kind of busy today. When’s the next eclipse?

The next total solar eclipse — not partial, not annular — viewable by the majority of people living in North America won’t happen until August 12, 2045. There will be a couple of eclipses viewable by a few of us between now and then, but the 2045 eclipse will be so significant that they’re already calling it the Greatest American Eclipse. While people today will only get around 4 minutes of totality, the maximum duration of totality for that one will be as long as 6 minutes!

We’ll see you all at noon today, and then again in 2045.


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Aaron Derr is the senior editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines, and also a former Cubmaster and Scouts BSA volunteer.