I know everyone is starting to get a bit batty with the physical distancing restrictions and the stay at home orders but the good news is that it is working and that the governor is talking about ways to start getting some segments back to more normal activity over the next few weeks.
While we still don’t know what that will look like, we DO know that we can keep on Scouting, just in creative ways! There are SO many opportunities which are rolling out every day, so please be sure you are continuing to have regular den/patrol/unit meetings, even if they look different than in the past. We want to continue to be present for our Scouts and for their families!
Mark your calendar for May 2nd!
You’re invited to join the Boy Scouts of America’s “National Camp-In”, a fun digital event for all families featuring camp-themed activities and a virtual 5K hike benefitting Feeding America.
From camp-style cooking to campfire singalongs, this virtual event will bring the best parts of Scouting to life! And…you don’t need to be a Scout to join the fun! All families are welcome – even families whose children are not currently in Scouting.
Tune in all day, or jump in and out for particular activities. We hope you’ll join us from your living room… backyard… or wherever you happen to be!
The event will stream live on Facebook. Search for the Boy Scouts of America on Facebook and you’ll find it!
We know that nearer-future activities are still up in the air. We continue to plan for day camp, while still keeping an eye on state and public health information. Expect an announcement on May 16th.
For our longer camps, we are waiting for guidance about BSA medical forms, since doctor visits may not be possible currently. For those of you planning out-of-council summer camps, please stay in touch with those councils about the situation in their states.
Some camps have been canceled; most are still hopeful that they will be able to have a season. Also be alert to the state orders for quarantine (both going and returning home) and take those into account for your planning. Montana Council camps are still planning to hold programs at this moment. If you are registered for one of the Montana camps, please be sure you continue making payments on schedule – if camp does get cancelled, your fees will be refunded in full.
And it isn’t too early to be thinking about Jamboree 2021! Registration is open for youth and for adult leaders to be a part of this awesome experience!
We know that this is an unsettled time, but for many people, it is also a time with extra time on your hands due to the Stay at Home orders. If you have been putting off completing leader-specific training until you have more time, this may be your perfect opportunity! Did you know…
Keep watching our Facebook page – we’ll share resources there as we find them (and you can as well!)
Montana Council offices are closed, but you can still reach out directly to Scott. Scout Shops are also closed, but if you reach out to Deb, she’ll do her best to fulfill your order.
BSA National COVID FAQs – includes guidance about what may and may not be adapted for the current situation. Cub Scouts have some extra time to complete ranks. MB/Nova counselors can use teleconferencing. MB visits to locations can be virtual but most other MB requirements must be completed as written. Scouts BSA ranks have some adjustments through 9/1 to allow completion virtually – things like virtual campouts and planning for future activities allow Scouts to continue to advance during this time. Info is also included about time towards leadership and active member requirements plus Eagle/Summit extensions.
- BSA Digital Safety – includes important info like don’t record unit meetings/activities (since youth are minors and not able to legally consent).
- Here is a good round-up of various options for meeting with your unit, along with pros and cons of the options.
- The district has a Discord server and I’d be happy to work with you to have a channel within that server for your unit.
- We also have a Zoom account and shared use of the Lifesize account for video calls.
All program areas:
- Register at https://scoutingwire.org/ to receive a weekly newsletter so you can stay informed with BSA updates. (4/15 edition)
- Scouting at Home (BSA official) – your go-to resource!
- Free access to Boy’s Life
- CyberChip – BSA internet safety
- #Trekat2 (1 pm Mountain) with Bryan on Scouting
- BSA Instagram #scoutingathome contest
- Sign up for Boys’ Life e-newsletter of fun activities
- Boys’ Life projects
- Guide to meetings and activities at home – includes a TON if links and ideas! (Greater LA Council)
- HomeScouting (Buckeye Council)
- Scout Saturday Live – 2 episodes posted, next live on April 25 (Western LA County Council)
- Camp Quarantine – April 24 – 25 (Heart of New England Council)
- Virtual Camporee – April 24 – 26 (Baltimore Area Council)
- Virtual National Parks
- Engineering Challenges (Dyson Foundation)
- At Home Scouting Activities
- 30 Day Challenge (activities for every rank)
- Boys’ Life challenge videos
- Protect Yourself Adventure
- At home projects (Bryan on Scouting)
- NASA STEM
- STEM activities for home (Fort Collins Museum)
- Nova Awards classes for Wolves, Bears, Webelos (at your own pace through google classrooms)
- Remote Nova classes
- How to do Cub Adventures at home (Southern Crescent District)
- ScoutConnect – online merit badge courses (Heart of America Council)
- More online merit badges (Crossroads of America Council)
- Advancement Academy (Cascade Pacific Council)
- Virtual #campathome (Northumberland Scouts)
- Scouts BSA 30 Day Challenge
- Venturing 30 Day Challenge
- Good Turns
- Video Board of Review
- How to assign MBC to Scouts in Scoutbook
- Instructions for MBC
Big shout out to Bitterroot District Commissioner Cammie Edgar for compiling all these resources!