District & Council Events
On August 3rd, we received updated guidance from NCAC on executing Council or District in-person activities in light of COVID-19. Since keeping Scouts and Scouters safe is the top priority, they have advised us that they will not approve any in-person District or Council events, activities or campouts before March 31, 2021. While we submitted approval requests for several district events using COVID risk mitigation plans consistent with CDC and local health department guidance that we hoped would meet their goal, and while they indicated they may be willing to revisit if conditions change, the reality of running District events (considering the long lead time needed to secure venues, supplies, program support, and other assets) will likely preclude us from running the events even if the guidance does change.
This is a challenging time for all of us, with fits and starts, and probably more to come. As a unit leader in Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA, and a parent of a Venturer myself, I share the feeling of frustration and the guilt that we cannot deliver as intended, and as the District Program Chair, I feel even worse that I cannot do more to lighten the load and help our units throughout the District. However, it is up to the individual units to continue delivering the Spirit of Scouting.
Units are encouraged to provide face-to-face/in-person activities, as able, consistent with the NCAC guidance on resuming in-person troop, crew & ship programs and activities. It is not an overstatement to say that the future of Scouting in Chain Bridge rests on Scouting occurring at the Den, Pack, Patrol, Troop, Crew and Ship level as much as possible until we get past COVID. If we do not put on program, while it may not be the textbook ideal (and realistically, are any of us textbook ideal?), the relentless march of the calendar will age out our scouts and volunteers who are most committed to the program, and our retention and recruiting will also greatly suffer.
Chain Bridge District scout units should anticipate the following when conducting their annual planning conferences:
- BALOO/IOLS Training – CANCELLED (If any will be done, virtual only)
- District Camporee – CANCELLED
- District Klondike Derby – CANCELLED
- District Pinewood Derby – POSTPONED, exploring options for later event or virtual options District Dinner – CANCELLED
Roundtables and District Committee meetings will be held as virtual events only.
NCAC is working on finding a way to proceed with Scouting for Food, so more information will be announced separately on that event. The Lodge and Chapter will provide separate guidance on Order of the Arrow events sponsored by them, including the running of ordeals and elections in 2020-2021.
NCAC has issued new guidance for units to resume in-person meetings and outings. Please review this guidance before resuming in-person activities and be sure to check local guidelines for gatherings and reopening in your area, as well as coordinating with your chartered organization.
Chain Bridge Specific Updates:
Our District Commissioner and Committee meetings have been moved to Zoom and will continue to meet at their assigned times.
Thank you all for your continued support of our Scouting Programs in Chain Bridge! Please do not hesitate to reach out to our district’s Key-3 leadership with any questions or concerns!
Click Here to download a Word copy of the 2019-2020 Chain Bridge District Program Calendar
Camporall (Cub Scouts BSA):
Camporall is Chain Bridge’s largest event with an average of 1,700+ adult volunteers and Cub Scouts participating in FUN activities at Camp Snyder. The idea behind this event is to provide a variety of age-appropriate shooting sports, STEM activities, crafts, and games for our Cub Scouts. Training for Cub Scout adult volunteers are also offered throughout the day for anyone looking to receive additional or position specific training.
Date and Location: September 26-27 at Camp William B. Snyder
Theme: Ninja Adventures!
Packs – let us know if you’re participating. Best practice is to have families register online, as they have the past 10 years. Deadline to register will be Wednesday September 23, midnight. You and your families will have the option to register for Saturday only or for overnight in a campsite. Campsites and BB times will be assigned by Thursday September 24 in the afternoon. We’ll share the link with Cubmasters and Committee Chairs to register online in early August.
Campsites: We expect to have some optional campsites available – to help ease the crowding in the established campsites. We also expect to re-run the Webelos (AOL) Cubs through the Scout Troop introductions, as we did last year. How can Packs or Troops Help? Several Packs and a half dozen Troops have helped staff our program. More help is always welcome. Talk with Dave or Scott about how you may be able to support one of our games, or a craft activity, or other activity for this event. Why? This event is a terrific starting point for your Cub Scout year. It’s great for the Cubs, as well as the parents to get a good look at how much fun their Cubs are about to have.
Camporee (Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA):
A camporee is a local or regional gathering of Scouting units for a set period of camping and common activities usually centered around an annual theme. Chain Bridge offers a Fall Camporee every year to supplement the camping opportunities for our Scouts BSA Troops and Venturing BSA Crews.
Chain Bridge District’s 2020 Camporee information is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in Chainemail and Roundtable Editions. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
Cub Scout Day Camp
Cub Scout Day Camp (Cub Scouts BSA):
Our Cub Scout day camps are organized by the National Capital Area Council and are conducted by a leadership team comprised of adult volunteers who are trained and certified by the Boy Scouts of America’s National Camping School. Day camps are for registered Cub Scouts entering the 1st-5th grades the following school year. Those entering the 1st grade must be accompanied by an ‘adult partner’ during their participation. A variety of different activities are offered to allow participants to experience outdoor programs for Cub Scouts.
Through thoughtful consideration in cooperation with local health officials, the National Capital Area Council has decided to cancel camping programs for Summer 2020, including all previously scheduled District Day Camps and Twilight Camps.
Click HERE for more information on this decision and the refund process.
District Pinewood Derby
District Pinewood Derby (Cub Scouts BSA):
Pinewood Derby is a racing event for unpowered miniature cars. With the help of adults, Cub Scouts build their own cars from wood, usually from kits containing a block of pine wood, plastic wheels, and metal axles. The track usually has two to eight lanes and slopes down to the ground, since the cars are powered by gravity. The race is run in heats, giving every car the chance to run on each lane. The racers can be grouped with others from the same rank (Tigers, Wolves, Bears, etc.). First, second, and third-place winners usually receive ribbons, medals, or trophies. There are also awards on the basis of car design or styling.
We still hope to reschedule the District Pinewood Derby, but the Virginia Governor’s latest stay at home order still limits gatherings to 10 or less. Hopefully we will circulate a decision in the next few weeks. If we are able to do it, the rules and schedule for the day will remain the same. I will be providing the information first to each pack’s Pinewood Derby coordinator. Thanks very much for your patience. A few notes:
- You will be able to freely substitute scouts based on how your Pack chooses its reps. We understand that some kids may not be able to make the new date.
- Make sure the scouts keep their cars safe – and the car MUST have been raced in their pack races this year.
Klondike Derby (Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA):
The Klondike Derby is an annual winter event based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush. There are several stations where patrols must test their Scoutcraft skills and leadership abilities, earning points towards a total score. Every patrol must transport their gear and equipment on a homemade sled pulled by the Scout participants.
Information on the 2021 Klondike Derby is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in Chainemail and Roundtable Editions. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
Please contact Rob Faris
Oratory Contest (Cub Scouts BSA, Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA, Exploring BSA):
The Oratory contest theme is “What Scouting means or has meant to me.” Orators will present their speech before a panel of judges. Winners will be selected from entrants for each division in Scouting (Cub Scouts BSA, Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA, and Exploring BSA), and a Chain Bridge District orator of the year will also be selected. Winners will present their orations at the annual Chain Bridge District awards dinner, where they will be providing the highlight of the program entertainment before an audience of about 150 adult volunteers and Scouts.
Chain Bridge District’s 2021 Oratory Contest information is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in CubMail, Chainemail, and Roundtable Editions. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
Projectoree (Scouts BSA):
Projectoree is focused around leadership and teamwork development through a series of competitive games and having FUN! The event’s design encourages inter-Troop friendships and interactions; Giving Senior Scouts responsibilities in helping run a major event, as well as a chance to meet fellow Senior Scouts from neighboring Scouts BSA Troops. Individual Scouts BSA Troops from Chain Bridge volunteer to host a variety of competitions throughout the event. Each competition is run by the senior Scouts of the unit hosting their specific event. The participants compete in Patrol-style teams against one another to see who can have the best overall score and be recognized for their Patrol’s achievement(s).
Chain Bridge District’s 2021 Projectoree information is coming soon! Be on the lookout for information in CubMail and Roundtable Editions. Once the information is out, it will be posted here as well!
Scouting for Food (SFF)
Scouting for Food (Cub Scouts BSA, Scouts BSA, Venturing BSA, Sea Scouts BSA):
As Scouts, we know how fortunate we are to have a warm meal every night — whether around the campfire or at the kitchen table. And we know that not everyone is so lucky. That’s the genesis of Scouting for Food, the annual food-collection drive run by your local council. It’s another reminder to our local communities that Scouts are here, doing good turns. Scouting for Food takes place on two consecutive weekends. On the first weekend, Scouts distribute bags and/or door hangers to let their neighbors know about the drive. On the second, Scouts revisit those houses to pick up bags full of canned food, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, juice and other nonperishable items.
- Bags or post-it notes WILL NOT be provided this year
- Any drive must be completed within local and council guidelines, including those governing small group size, glove and mask use, limited contacts, and social distancing.
- A 2020 Scouting for Food Safety Protocol has been approved by the council Enterprise Risk Management Committee and should be reviewed and followed in all stages of any drive.
- Units should develop and submit safety plans to their district Scouting for Food chair and District Executive.
- Units may not solicit money donations for non-Scout organizations, and this includes soliciting donations to services like YouGiveGoods and others that use designated donations to purchase and deliver food items.
- This year the council will not allow Scouts to solicit donations door-to-door!