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A Message from Our Scout Executive

Dear Members of the Tecumseh Council family:

First, on behalf of myself, the Tecumseh Council staff and members of the executive board, we hope you and your family are faring well during these challenging and ever-changing times. We are here with you and want to support your Scouting life to the best of our abilities. 

As mentioned in the previous communications sent to our Scouting families, the Tecumseh Council's top priority continues to be the health and safety of our Scouts, volunteers, staff, and their family members. 

Many of you are already conducting den and pack meetings, troop and patrol meetings, post meetings and crew meetings electronically.  Please share your success stories through your unit commissioner or district executive.  We want to hear your stories!  The collaboration across Scouting during this time has been incredible.  Below you will find some resources that we have compiled to help you. 

As Distance Scouting Program develops, there have already been a number of resources created by volunteers and staff from councils across the country. The Tecumseh Council will keep mining for great ideas and content to share with our Scouting family.  

We have identified a great resource developed by the good Scouters at the Hawkeye Area Council in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The 30-Day Challenge is available for each rank of Cub Scouts and there is a program for Scouts BSA as well. These provide a 'daily dose' of Scouting and can be a great resource for lesson planning activities or classroom 'choice time' activities each day as we all learn to become in-home educators to our own children.

Another resource is from the Connecticut Rivers Council, East Hartford, CT have some terrific ideas around 'At-Home' Scouting (CLICK HERE)External Link. Additionally, our fellow buckeyes at the Buckeye Council in Canton have also created materials for 'Home Scouting'  (CLICK HERE)External Link. I encourage you to check out these resources and share any helpful tools you find as we make our way through this new journey.  

Advancement

There has been a lot of questions regarding advancement.  The National BSA has just published a Q&A regarding advancement. Please find that document here.  It is also posted on the Tecumseh Council website. Many are wondering if extensions will be granted for those Scouts working through time-sensitive requirements, namely the Eagle Rank. Please see the attached document for answers to many questions related to advancement.

When I was in Troop 13 in Lawrence MA as a youth, my Scoutmaster, Mr. K. (Kolifrath) always had some words of wisdom at the close of every troop meeting.  I thought it would be appropriate now more than ever to challenge each of you to do impart some words of wisdom to your Scouts each week. 

Over the last week, we've experienced a tremendous amount of rain, wind and snow. Those of you who have been on a rainy camp out know how hard it is to keep a fire going in the middle of a torrential downpour. You know that it takes an incredible amount of energy, effort, patience and a watchful eye to keep even the smallest of embers glowing. One has to work much harder to keep a fire smoldering in the rain than to create a raging fire on the clearest of nights.  

We too must work extremely hard and pull together to keep adding dry timber onto our Scouting fire through these stormy days. The rain will subside and our fire will brightly burn once again because of your commitment and dedication to the principles of Scouting. 

Keep the flame burning!

Sincerely,

Rob Lavoie

Scout Executive/CEO

Tecumseh Council, BSA

Cell:  937.925.2001

Office:  937.325-6449

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