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The Coronavirus Impact on Scouting

Yep. They can really do almost all of cooking at home.


Cross-reference to post on CDC guidance:

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One “up side” I’ve seen is a significant uptick in the number of scouts contacting me to review merit badge work that I know has been lingering. Some of them see me every Monday at troop meetings, but now that they’re out of class, suddenly seem to have discovered merit badge work they have had completed for a while. :laughing:

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Yes I sent SPL a note that we could establish video screenshare Merit badge sessions if he wanted to

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We just received a word from our Council stating that our camps are closed until April 2nd along with the scout store with online/phone purchases and pickup available.

They did say that each unit is at their own discretion to proceed as they feel comfortable.

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“Be kind to others” - help to slow down the transmission of the flu and COVID-19 to others, (It is also flu season in North America.)

Scouting Resources (COVID-19) 2020

BSA Scouting at Home and COVID-19

BSA web page was split on 3/26/2020:

WOSM Jamboree on the Internet “Special Edition 2020”, 3-5 April 2020


Scouting Safety

Scouting Information

Some World Scouting Information

Health Organization and Government Information

Child Mental Health Resources

Related Scouting announcements & discussion


Our Council is in the process of offering 3 Merit Badges across 3 weeks using the Zoom Classroom. Part 1 on Tuesday, Part 2 on Wednesday and Part 3 on Thursday. They are currently requesting MB counselors who are YPT current in American Business, Scouting Heritage and Journalism.
Once they get it up and running they are going to set up Cub Scout Adventures online.
One way our Troop will be able to still hold meetings and maintain COVID-19 guidelines is by having a PLC at the start of the meeting, then break out in Patrol meetings. Not sure how the Scout Masters Minute would work.
Bears S9-6-17-1

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Recent Bryan on Scouting article regarding conducting Boards of Review electronically:


Scouting does not stop, especially during life’s most challenging times. I like what CharleyHamilton mentioned and would like to share an email to our troop in lieu of our cancelled Thursday meeting:

I am hoping that troop leadership can come up with some fresh ideas to meet up online! In this day and age of the internet, I think we should be able to meet virtually. If you have an idea for the troop to virtually meet please let us know! In the meantime, make this your Thursday challenge!:

*Patrols - try to contact each other through email or Discord. If you plan to meet as a group make sure you follow two deep leadership and have two adults, minimum online. One adult needs to be a registered BSA leader.

*BSA registered Adult Leaders - please assist with your son’s patrol to make this virtual meeting happen. Do feel free to contact me for information, like contact info of a patrol member.

  • Senior Patrol Leaders Council Members - Schedule a date & time and decided on a meeting method, then contact ASMs Foxtrot, Delta, Juliett and I for a quick meeting.

The meeting time can be tonight, tomorrow or later this weekend. It may take a while to build up your group, and you may not get everyone at the first meet. Do not get discouraged. As an Eagle Scout keeps reminding me, Determination is key. Make a Troop 349 virtual meeting happen!

For a troop it is key to: communicate, challenge and make sure youth leadership is doing the work and make sure you let as many adult leaders in the fun and also to ensure for a safe youth lead program, even when it is virtual.

Looking forward to reading more positive ideas during this unfortunate time.


Our local scout shop just announced they will be closing temporarily. Looks like scoutshop.org reduced the free shipping amount to $75, it would be even more helpful to units that are struggling financially if shipping could be waived entirely (at least on orders which only include advancement items)

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Our Den leaders are going online with free WebEx and Zoom accounts. I have sent some fun things to do at home for parents from the Lion handbook. We may up our meetings from monthly to weekly so the Scouts can see all Scout friends are all well. I am considering making video’s that may fulfill requirements in person and see where it takes my Scouts.


Our pack (Cub Scout Pack 199) just held our first online Pack Meeting last night and the feedback was great. It was a Facebook Live session in our private group from our Cubmaster’s house where we presented virtual advancements and discussed upcoming events and activities. We also made some activity videos which we shared online using private (unpublished) links in YouTube in our channel. We also distributed all of this information via e-mail to our pack families just to make sure they had access in case they couldn’t make the live meeting for some reason.

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They will limit and punt to local District and Troops. Our troop like many had our meeting placed closed, its being a church. We are having virtual weekly meetings and virtual Merit badge classes for item the boys and girls can do on there own at home.


And all the Citizenship MB’s too


We have been running daily Environmental Science merit badge meetings using Zoom, and are about to begin Oceanography and Citizenzhip in the Community. We are working out how to conduct the outdoor segments without social interaction, and are leaning towards each family driving separately to the activity location, and then working in the same general vicinity separated by 10-15 feet from each other.

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That’s not even permitted here in Michigan, with the current shelter-in-place order from the Gov.


Obviously, rules differ from state to state, and at least here in California from city to city.
Given the lack of hard data, it is difficult to determine what contitutes “safe” social distancing. I am not advocating breaking rules or putting people at risk… just trying help the youth stay active and suceed in the program given the current circumstances.

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For normal breathing the droplets of water in your breath are expected to have dropped to the ground (or floor) within 6 feet (c. 2 meters). If you sneeze they can travel many feet more. So if you have hay fever or something else that causes sneezing please wear a mask. (I am trying to find the academic research study about how far you can sneeze that I read many years ago.)

Injecting a little humor, the National Park Service recently offered this guidance:


I believe a recent New England Journal of Medicine article says viral particles can remain in the air for three hours. So even if you are by yourself, you can still possibly become infected if someone who was contagious was in the area.