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COVID-19 Does Not Stop Scouting

COVID-19 DOES NOT STOP SCOUTING

We hope our Scouting Family is all safe and well.  I have seen that some families and units are getting cabin fever and that some are weathering the storm just fine.

I asked my units for some “best practices” during these unchartered times.  Here are some of the responses that I received:

BEST PRACTICES DURING CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

FOR SCOUTING UNITS

FOR PACKS AND TROOPS

  • Mike (my husband) thought it would be good to keep Scouts connected and visible in the community , yet maintain social distancing by doing a neighborhood clean up day. He checked with Bob Hemmerly who gave approval & thought it would be a good idea to run it by you. We were going to ask Troop 11 (G &B) and Pack 11 to do a Street by street sidewalk clean up led by individual families, so there would be no contact with others. We didn’t decide on a day or time yet and wondered if you wanted to reach out to other units to present this as a way to do community service...
  • In accordance with national guidelines, please focus on the following through the end of March: 
  • Avoid in-person gatherings; instead, utilize available digital and online resources, such as video conferencing, to continue Scouting meetings, projects and advancement, adhering to the current youth protection guidelines already in place for digital communications.  
  • If you must meet, limit participants to fewer than 10 people and remain at least six feet apart.  
  • Follow BSA blogs and social channels, as well as #ScoutingAtHome, for great examples and ideas of how to continue Scouting.  

FOR TROOPS

1. I have given options to each of our Scouts on Rank Advancement, Merit Badges to work, and skills to practice.  Plus I have offered to sign off (virtually) any blue card that a Scout can reasonable expect to need.

As April gets closer, I am sure we will look at a virtual meeting.  If for no other reason than the Scouts can see each other and check in.

There are lots of options online.  Some larger councils are offering virtual MB Universities.  I haven't pushed this yet, as I have not yet got much feedback from my Scouts or their parents.

2. We are still allowing outdoor day activities. We haven't scheduled any hikes yet, but that was one activity that we are expecting. We also have an eagle project on the schedule for an outdoor cleanup activity at a local park.

We've decided to allow these since they will be fairly small outdoor activities where the boys will not have to be in close proximity to each other.

3. Our PLC at Troop 85 had a meeting via Skype last night. That was exactly one of the topics we discussed. How can we keep our Scouts engaged during this time? Each member of the PLC is bring their ideas to our next Skype meeting next Monday at 7:00 pm. (Some of initial ideas were: Buddy up older Scouts with younger Scouts to work on advancement items over Skype, Facetime, etc. Hold Merit Badge Counseling sessions online. Holding virtual Troop or Patrol Meetings. Hold Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review via Skype / Facetime.)

4.  We are still allowing outdoor day activities. We haven't scheduled any hikes yet, but that was one activity that we are expecting.

We've decided to allow these since they will be fairly small outdoor activities where the boys will not have to be in close proximity to each other.

I just received this link as well:  https://scoutingevent.com/083-OnlineMBExternal Link - Scouts BSA can go here for online Merit Badges!

Stay well!!

Becky Smith

Senior District Executive

Serving Greene and Clinton Counties

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