Thursday, November 12, 2020
– 8:00 p.m. ET
Great for All Scouts BSA Leaders – Including Senior Patrol Leaders

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Join the National Scouts BSA committee and Scouters from around the country to learn more about the Scouts BSA program Thursday, November 12, 2020 during our live office hours.

This Q&A session is great for all Scouts BSA leaders – including Senior Patrol Leaders – to focus on implementing the Methods of Scouting in your Troop. We will cover the following topics:

To give your questions top priority, please email them to family.scouting@scouting.org by November 6th. When submitting questions please identify yourself as a youth or adult. All questions will be answered, either during our live presentation or later. Space is limited for the live event, a recording will be sent to all who register.

We look forward to hearing from you and speaking with you soon!

SFS is offering the following NRA Firearms courses this fall.

OCTOBER
Sat     24                  Basic Pistol/HQL
Sat     25                  Basic Pistol/HQL
Sat     31                  Shotgun Instructor

NOVEMBER
Sun    1                     Rifle Instructor
Tue     3                     Basic Pistol/HQL
Sat     7                     Pistol Instructor
Sun    8                     Pistol Instructor
S/S    14-15              CCW Instructor    

NRA Standards Require:

Except for CCW, Courses encompass one full day.
MD and DC require 16 hours of training.
Either Pistol or CCW meet VA CCW training Requirements.
Either Pistol or CCW meet FL CCW training Requirements.
A MD CCW permit meets PA training Requirements.

Basic Pistol meets MD HQL training Requirements. 
A 2 hour Utah Law module can be added to meet Utah CCW training Requirements.

CCW meets MD Wear and Carry (CCW) training Requirements. 
A two hour Utah Law module can be added to meet the Utah CCW training Requirements.
A two hour DC Law module can be added to meet the DC CCW training Requirements.

Maximum course size is 5 people, on a private range.
A wide variety of firearms will be used in the courses.
Range Time, Ear Muffs and Safety Glasses are included in all courses.
Family groups may be accommodated based on size and environment.
Firearms and Ammo is included in Basic Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun.
Pistols, Holsters, and Ammo can be supplied for CCW if you do not have your own.

E-mail or Call for details- 
Hal Noer  301-639-9484

Acronyms (as provided by the webmaster!)
HQL – Handgun Qualification License
CCW – Wear and Carry Permit

This year, more than ever WE NEED YOUR HELP.  Food  requests at Manna are up over 35% this year (4100 families a month).

With Covid-19 around us, Scouting for Food will be “different” this year. 

We will not be distributing bags or stickers that restrict us to a single date, and, with safety paramount in our minds, our methods must change. 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. 

We would like units to collect food and bring it to our drop off locations on Saturday, November 14 2020.  We will have a food truck at Quince Orchard High School as usual, and we are looking into an elementary school location in the Germantown area.  We will have a location secured next week.  We would like units also to use social media to encourage their neighbors to make drive through donations where we will have the food trucks.  Drive through donations have been very successful this year according to the folks at Manna.

There are many ways to collect food and maintain social distancing, like “front yard” collections and drive-through food drives.  This is the method that we are suggesting for Scouting For Food 2020!  We’re asking units to set up neighborhood collection boxes at Scout residences.  Manna will be providing us with about 300 large boxes that people can collect food in at their homes.  A simple box or milk crate or RubberMaid Tote will do.  We’re asking units to provide their own announcement/fliers for this year that can be placed on/through door handles (simply roll them up and stick them in the handle).  Please use social media to reach out for donations!  NextDoor, Facebook are two excellent ways to reach out.  In addition, we are not limiting collections to one weekend (November 14).  Rather we’re encouraging units to collect over a period of time and drop their donations at their local food bank.  We are looking into using large empty parking lots, for drop offs ON NOVEMBER 14 ONLY, but again, feel free to extend your collections for more donations. 

This year the council will not allow Scouts to solicit donations door-to-door (do not knock on doors asking for donations), and any group sizes should be kept to 6-8 persons, perfect for dens and patrols. We are working with Manna food bank to accept donations directly. Please feel free to contact other area food banks to see if they are willing to accept drop off donations.  

More details will be provided next week.
Thanks for all that you do.
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouting For Food Chairman)

Last week we had a great discussion on merit badge counselors with our district Merit Badge Dean, Harley King.  The folder below contains the PowerPoint presentations for ALL of our Round Table meetings, 

Here is a link to Harley’s presentation:  https://bit.ly/2IpvfEx
 
A recording of the zoom meeting can be viewed here:  https://bit.ly/3dquhTW
 
And a link to the rest of the Power Point slides is here:  https://bit.ly/2FvlOT4
 
Thanks for all that you do,
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

As always, the safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees and communities is our top priority. This checklist outlines several minimum guiding protocols that adult leaders/ volunteers must consider while working with local and state health departments, local councils, chartered organizations and Scouting families on when and how to resume meetings, service projects, camping and all other official Scouting activities. If it is not practical to meet these minimal protocols, do not restart in-person activities.

Checklist

A Scoutbook update went into effect Monday, Sept. 28th.  It changes the way merit badge counselors (MBCs) are handled in Scoutbook.

New Process
The MBC is a council position; all MBCs are eligible to counsel throughout the council (scouting units make up a district; multiple districts comprise a council). Consequently, with more scouts, you may have more opportunities to teach! You can modify your council-visibility settings in your Scoutbook profile (​guide​).

Merit badge requirements for a scout can be signed off in Scoutbook. You will need a Scoutbook account.

Use our ​Seneca MBC database​ to confirm that your merit badge offerings are correct and up to date. The merit badges in this document will be synced with ScoutNET. Don’t panic if your merit badges are not listed: syncing may take several weeks. You may update or modify your merit badge offerings by completing​​ form 34405​.

You may also have received a Scoutbook email saying, “…At this time Scoutbook is no longer listing you as a merit badge counselor…” This email is a result of your transition from being unit-entered MBCs to council-entered MBCs. No worries, you will soon again be available to your unit.

Units that do not use Scoutbook will continue to have their scouts reach out in traditional ways with traditional record keeping i.e. merit badge blue cards.

These exciting updates provide our MBCs with greater ease in helping scouts learn and grow through the merit badge program. We can’t do it without you.

How to Register a Merit Badge Counselor in the Seneca District

Thank you,
Harley King
Seneca District MBD
More questions? Read the ​Scoutbook’s FAQs​

“The National Catholic Committee on Scouting offers activities for Scouts and Scouters to learn more about their faith.  The Faith Series provides a group of activities to help youth and adults learn more about the universal faith based practices and traditions used in living the Catholic faith.   Note that these activities can be earned by anyone: Catholic, non-Catholic, Scout, Scouter, adults and children.   To learn about the various Faith Series activities, please take a look at this short video:  https://youtu.be/96uOwSNBZLE”
 
My name is Joseph Barone and I am part of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting – Training Committee.
 
Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns.
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Joseph S. Barone
Asst. Scoutmaster
Troop 466 
St. John the Evangelist Church
Silver Spring, MD
202-568-5123
All –
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YIDS
Commish

This year, more than ever WE NEED YOUR HELP.  Food  requests at Manna are up over 35% this year (4100 families a month).

With Covid-19 around us, Scouting for Food will be “different” this year.  Details just came in today from Council and we’re still digesting them (no pun intended)

We will not be distributing bags or stickers that restrict us to a single date, and, with safety paramount in our minds, our methods must change. 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. 

Please note that the council does not allow units to 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.

There are many ways to collect food and maintain social distancing, like “front yard” collections and drive-through food drives.  This is the method that we are suggesting for Scouting For Food 2020!  We’re asking units to set up neighborhood collection boxes at Scout residences.  A simple box or milk crate or RubberMaid Tote will do.  We’re asking units to provide their own announcement/fliers for this year that can be placed on/through door handles (simply roll them up and stick them in the handle).  Please use social media to reach out for donations!  NextDoor, Facebook are two excellent ways to reach out.  In addition, we are not limiting collections to one weekend (November 14).  Rather we’re encouraging units to collect over a period of time and drop their donations at their local food bank.  We are looking into using a large empty parking lot, for drop offs ON NOVEMBER 14 ONLY, but again, feel free to extend your collections for more donations. 

This year the council will not allow Scouts to solicit donations door-to-door (do not knock on doors asking for donations), and any group sizes should be kept to 6-8 persons, perfect for dens and patrols. We are working with Manna food bank to accept donations directly. Please feel free to contact other area food banks to see if they are willing to accept drop off donations.  

More details will be provided next week.

Thanks for all that you do.
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouting For Food Chairman)

Come join us for a lively discussion on Cub Scouts.

Topic: Cub Scout Round Table Zoom
Time: Oct 8, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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This month our primary discussion topic will be recent changes to Merit Badge Counselors, their “approved” status and changes related to ScoutBook.  We will also be catching up on how units are doing in the current “virtual” (and some not so virtual) environments.  

 
Here is the Zoom Meeting info. Note that we will use the same meeting for all of our upcoming Round Table meetings.

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Save the Date!!

Join us for the National Capital Area Council 2020 Pow Wow.

Date: November 21
Time: 8:00am-4:00pm (6 45 minute training sessions with a break for lunch)
Where: Zoom
Additional Details: Coming Soon!

More Information: Contact Bill Mayo @ ncac.powwow@gmail.com

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To:  All Units
From:  Seneca Commish
RE:  Recharter Time Line and Access Codes                                

Hi everybody —

A few notes on Recharter:

  1. All unit access codes have been distributed to Key 3. Contact DE Ben or me if you do not have them and your Key 3 cannot help
  2. All packages are due back you your UC, Ben or me by NOVEMBER 25th. NO exceptions this year, we expire earlier on December 31st.
  3. A recharter summary timeline is attached. Fees have changed, see the envelope cover I sent.
  4. Many YPTs will expire this year at the end of the new YPT cycle from 2 years ago. Please start working with your adults now.
  5. If you have pending applications from JSN or missing members on your roster, please get in touch now with Ben or me. REVIEW YOUR ROSTER NOW!
  6. The Recharter System opens October 2, codes will not work before that date.

Thanks – questions to your UC.
YIDS
Gordon Henley

We had a great conversation in September with units giving updates on their policies and procedures during COVID-19 times.  In addition, we talked about retaining older youth in our troops.

Your Scouts BSA Commissioner has been a bit remiss in posting slides from previous round table meetings.  Here is a link to a folder containing the April, May, June, August and September Round Table presentations.
 
http://bit.ly/Seneca_RT
 
Thanks for all that you do,
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

Join us to learn all the latest information about Cub Scouts this fall.

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All – It’s that time of year again.
 
Recharter training link below for ALL NEW and EXPERIENCED charter processors
 
Bring your questions, codes should be out to Key 3 in the next few days.
 
System opens on 1 Oct, all packets due to your UC or me before Thanksgiving firm, we now expire on Dec 31st recall.
 
Please start reviewing your rosters and YPTs status, many YPTs have expired as the 2 year cycle has completed for the last refresh.
 
Have a great weekend and see you on Thursday on Zoom, link below.
 
Let me know if you have a new processor for your unit!!!!!
 
YIDS
Commish
Gordon Henley
 
 


Topic: Recharter 2020 Training
Time: Sep 10, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Our September Round Table will be held this THURSDAY, September 10th 2020 at 7:30 PM.  It will be a virtual meeting and we hope to have the meeting open by 7 or 7:15 on Thursday.

 
This month we will be focusing on Keeping Scouts Involved:

Different advanced leadership positions, other Scouting programs: Order of the Arrow,
Exploring, Venturing, Sea Scouts, etc.
Running an Engaging Program:
resources balancing scout involvement in planning and keeping the program engaging.
Thinking outside the box for activities.
 
In particular, we will talk about activities that can be done in a “socially distanced” fashion and some ideas for monthly focus for troops for the fall.
 
Here is the Zoom link:
 
https://ncacbsa-org.zoom.us/j/95927932442?pwd=Yysrb1N3ZEZCQTZ5cHJrUm9UbzB1Zz09 
 
Thanks for all that you do,
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

STEMaTHON is a 2 day virtual event hosted by the National Capital Area Council’s STEM Commitee, which aims to encourage exploration of STEM interests, future career opportunities and hobbies. 

Overview
Join us from September 5-6, 2020 for a STEMaTHON: Scouts Building Bridges and Feeding the World through the lens and tools of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This two day event includes online workshops, keynotes, tours, presentations and even activities!

How you can participate

There are events for all ages!  
Youth in grades K-5: 
Youth in grade 6-12: 
Young adults up to age 21: 

The requirements to register for STEMaTHON are: 
1.  Bring a friend!  STEMaTHON is a Great Scouting Invitational, so you must register with a friend. This can be a classmate, neighbor, grandparent, a cousin across the world, bring a friend to STEM!
2. Sign up! The fee for the overall event is $10. If you are participating in additional sessions, you can select them as classes during registration. 

Activities in Advance:

Scheduled Events:

Saturday: Building Bridges
10AM : Welcome Keynote
11AM : STEM Careers Conference 

12PM : BakeOff
1PM : Bridges Competition | LIVE testing of scouts’ bridges! 
3PM : Inventions Showcase
3:30 PM : Nova & Supernova Kick-Off & Information Session | For Cubs & Scouts BSA

5PM : STEM Scouts | Season 6 Info Session
6:30 PM: STEM Innovator Moment

8PM: Astronomy Activity

Sunday: Feeding the World

10AM : WELCOME 
11AM : Keynotes: Feeding the World
12PM : Cooking Chemistry
1PM : Einstein’s Science Fair
2PM : Feeding The World: Rube Goldberg Machines
4PM : Bees and Q&A
5PM : STEMaTHON Awards

Questions? Email us: stem@ncacbsa.org 

2020 Prepared. For. Life. Gala

October 14

Reception: 6:00-6:30pm
Program:  6:30-7:30pm

Please join our friends and fellow colleagues for the 5th Annual Prepared. For Life Gala. On Wednesday, October 14th, we will honor those who have served on the front lines during the pandemic. This year, we have the privilege of welcoming Dr. Anthony Fauci as our keynote speaker and Citizen of the Year Award recipient.

These individuals and their contributions through their industries, have been instrumental throughout the pandemic. While the changing nature of the local threat has and may continue to necessitate changes to in person gatherings, Scouting’s programs have continued and become more valuable and necessary than ever.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities for the 5th Annual Prepared. For Life Gala or for more information please visit ncacbsa.org/annual-gala.

This event is designed to be an opportunity to invite families not yet in Scouting to check things out.  For your units, this is a perfect opportunity to engage in a fun morning.  For interested families, this is a “don’t miss” opportunity to see what Cub Scouting is all about.

Family Fun Fest! Stream it live on Facebook Sept. 12 at 11am. Virtual activities and special guests. See what Cub Scouting is all about! All families welcome!
scouting.org/familyfunfest #FamilyFunFest

NCAC’s second all-council Campfire will be August 27–Sing-a-longstyle. Hosted by the Order of the Arrow. We expect we’ll all be in our own key and probably off a little in time, but who cares? We’re singing. Special guest from Golden Gate Area Council, Mike Fujimoto–get a kazoo and sing “Scouting Thunder” with Fuji and friends! We can’t forget old favorites like Dum Dum Da Da and the Philmont Hymn.

7-9pm

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It’s the first ever council-wide Virtual Court of Honor. Join us as we honor Council and District Scouters and Scouts for their achievements of the Silver Beaver and NCAC Lifetime Achievement Award. 2020 Class of Silver Beavers honoring Julia Mae-Shen Lesko, for her countless years in Scouting. Pre-registration is highly recommended. ncacbsa.org/CoH2020

Saturday, October 24
7:30-9:00pm

The National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute will be hosting a virtual Preparedness Fair on Wednesday, August 26th.

The link to the fair is: https://events.cancer.gov/emps/preparednessfair

The fair will have presentations on Anti-Bullying Training For Kids, Keeping Children Safe Online, and Disaster Preparedness.

Additionally the web site has a Scouting Specific “Scouting and Exploration Corner” with resources for kids from K to 12 grade.

The Scouts BSA section has information resources for the following Merit Badges – First Aid, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Safety, Safety, and Cyber Chip.

The Girl Scouts section has information resources for the following badges – Girl Power, First Aid, and Cyber Security.

Cub Scout Adventures Video Resources will be a collection of resources for Den programing which will help Scouts see new things and meet new people through videos recorded throughout the nation. Whether your units are meeting virtually, in person, or some mix, Cub Scout Adventures Video Resources will be there to help our Scouts.

We need your help though! Cub Scouts are depending on our Den leaders to have safe, fun, and engaging program and Cub Scout Adventures Video Resources should be part of it. We need to make sure every Pack and Den is using these resources which will promote good programing, advancement, and retention. These resources will be found on Scoutbook. While many units are on Scoutbook still many are not. If your Units are not using Scoutbook, click here to learn about how to get started. Please as you continue to help serve units please remind our Pack and Den Leaders of the resources available to help.

You can find the Cub Scout Adventures Video Resources posted here: http://www.scouting.org/DLvideos

In addition, we are hosting live trainings on August 31, and September 14th. Register for one of the trainings below. Please help promote these training opportunities to your units!

August 31st: REGISTER
September 14th: REGISTER

Yours In Scouting,
Cub Scout Adventures Video Team

NEW DATE for Council Virtual Roundtable – Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 7 pm – 830pm

Please push the information out to your leaders in your District – There is a flyer to forward along with registration details

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://ncacbsa-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAudeupqDkiEtbZSbBCcQ7iuaVszJ-da3zX 
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Our agenda was to cover last-minute help with recruiting and retention, but we will also discuss what your leaders may be looking for from a Council level Roundtable in the upcoming year and the long term.

Thanks for all you are doing in Scouting & Commissioner Service!
George Costigan – ACC, Roundtables

Racer Families, Scout Volunteers, and Friends,
 
Saturday’s District Pinewood Derby was a great success! And Congratulations to everybody…you are ALL winners!! 
 
On behalf of our Derby Team we want to thank the 40 families and other Scout volunteers who Zoomed in to watch the race. We had 33 cars in the race from 8 Packs.  Everyone who participated will get a patch.
 
A big thank you to Mark Brady and Chris Rauch who managed all the cars, the car weigh-ins, loading the car information into the racing software, setting up the track, paraphernalia, and timer software. Hunter Shelley was our awesome race announcer, track helpers, and main contact for getting us Mission BBQ. Pam Pagnotta managed the Zoom connection and cameras. Kurt Brandenburg was the runner to move the cars from the finish line to the staging area. Liz Brandenburg organized the registration and racer information, worked the chat room, Zoom layout, and other cameras. We kept our social distance and wore masks. This busy team was a joy to work with.
 
A special note about the venue: We were so excited that we were offered the party room from Mission BBQ (Germantown) free of charge. They allowed us to set the track up Friday evening, test all the equipment, and Zoom connections without having to worry about weather conditions or security for the equipment. For Mission BBQ’s support, we encourage all of you to stop by the Germantown location (19800 Century Boulevard, Germantown, MD 20874) and thank them by your patronage.  Be sure to let them know you are Scouts and how you enjoyed the Derby Race.
 
Now that the racing is over you might want to know when you can pick up your car. We’d like some time to get all the trophies, awards, and patches received so we can include them in your pickup. I will let you know when everything is ready to go. As always, we appreciate your patience.
 
Liz Brandenburg
Activities & Civic Service

What is the purpose of this class? The Cub Scout, Scouts BSA, Varsity Scout, Venturing, and Sea Scout programs all include outdoor stewardship, care for the environment, and Leave No Trace as part of their programs. This course is offered to train adults to serve as Leave No Trace Trainers and youth aged 14+ to serve their units as Outdoor Ethics Guides. Every unit should have at least one individual who has completed the Leave No Trace Trainer course. We recommend that Scouts complete this course before serving in the troop Outdoor Ethics Guide position.

What will I learn? This course is designed to enhance your understanding of Leave No Trace practices and outdoor ethics, and to increase your level of expertise and confidence in teaching Leave No Trace skills. This class is both active and highly interactive. On completion of this course, participants will be qualified to lead activities to award the BSA Outdoor Ethics Awareness Award patch and the NCAC Outdoor Ethics Awareness patch for Cub Scouts. Students will receive Leave No Trace teaching materials, a certificate of course completion, a Leave No Trace Trainer lapel pin and patch, and a BSA training card.

Cost: $60 per person

2020 Program Year Courses
September 14 – 19 – Virtual Course <- Register here

More to come, please stay tuned

We are so happy to announce the Merit Badge @ Home program will resume this month and continue offering monthly sessions throughout 2020! Beginning August 17, with the assistance of our amazing merit badge counselors, NCAC will provide our youth the opportunity to grow, learn and advance in the comfort of their own homes!

Although the guidelines for in-person meetings remain stagnant, we will continue to help Troops, Crews, and Ships continue their program while continuing to practice social distancing.

If your Scout is interested merit badges such as law, american heritage or journalism, sign up for the Merit Badge @ Home program today! To learn more ways to help your Scout grow, learn and advance please visit the NCAC Summer Adventure page. For more NCAC events and stories, check out the links below!

NCAC Popcorn Leadership & Scouting Families

Call your families & friends to share this short term opportunity!

To date NCAC has recorded total online sales of $87,000 since July 1st, with 65% of those sales coming during a free shipping promotional weekend. Because of the exceptional results from those free shipping promotions, NCAC will begin at 8:00PM EDT Tuesday, August 11 to offer free shipping for all online orders over $30. The promotion will conclude at 8:00PM EST on Friday, August, 15.

NCAC will pay shipping/handling of $7.99 for the first item per order plus $0.99 per additional item for orders $30 and higher. The shipping/handling costs for bundles is based on the number of items in the bundle.

Customer will pay shipping/handling of $7.99 for the first item per order plus $0.99 per additional item for orders less than $30.

NCAC is delighted to announce CSCI, a nationally recognized consulting, enterprise IT, and financial management firm, will sponsor a special edition council shoulder patch honoring retired Air Force Brigadier General Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee. https://councilstuff.com/082-featured The patch will honor the Tuskegee Airman’s legacy and life spent embodying the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law! Learn more about Bri. Gen. McGee’s story and order your patch today!

https://weownadventure.com/boy-scouts-honor-tuskegee-airman-with-special-edition-council-shoulder-patch/

Cubs are meeting separately from Scouts BSA this month – so join us for our little discussion.
 
Topic: Cub Scout Roundtable
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We hope everyone had a busy and productive summer.  Although our activities may have been virtual, the weather sure wasn’t.  

At this month’s Scouts BSA Roundtable Meeting, we will catch up with units to see how their virtual summer camp trips went. What worked, and what didn’t.  We will also talk about recruitment in these “virtual” times.  

Scouts BSA August Roundtable

Thursday, August 13
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Meeting ID: 897 0166 8896
Passcode: 244446
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kKFqn8rlO

Thanks for all that you do,
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouts BSA Round Table Commissioner)
–Conrad Maillia (Seneca District Scouts BSA Assistant Round Table Commissioner)

STEMaTHON is a 2 day virtual event hosted by the National Capital Area Council’s STEM Committee, which aims to encourage exploration of STEM interests, future career opportunities and hobbies. 

Overview
Join us from September 5-6, 2020 for a STEMaTHON: Scouts Building Bridges and Feeding the World through the lens and tools of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This two day event includes online workshops, keynotes, tours, presentations and even activities!

How you can participate
There are events for all ages!  
Youth in grades K-5: 
Youth in grade 6-12: 
Young adults up to age 21: 

The requirements to register for STEMaTHON are: 
1.  Bring a friend!  STEMaTHON is a Great Scouting Invitational, so you must register with a friend. This can be a classmate, neighbor, grandparent, a cousin across the world, bring a friend to STEM!
2. Sign up! The fee for the overall event is $10. If you are participating in additional sessions, you can select them as classes during registration. 
Activities in Advance:
• Merit Badges: Engineering, Inventing
◦ Merit Badges will open on 8/1
◦ Kits will be sent (for Engineering bridges) on 8/5
◦ The Engineering bridge competition & Inventing showcases will be streamed live on Saturday, per the schedule below. 
• Rube Goldberg Machines: 
◦ Design and execute Rube Goldberg Machine that rolls a can of food a distance of at least 1 foot, film your creation and send the video in to our channel!

Scheduled Events:
Saturday: Building Bridges
10AM : Welcome Keynote
11AM : STEM Careers Conference
12PM : Bake Off
1PM : Bridges Competition 
3PM : Inventions Showcase
4PM : Electronics Competition
5PM : STEM Scouts | Season 6 Kickoff 
6PM: STEM Innovator Moment
7PM: Bloopers Reel
8PM: Aero Game Hour
9PM: Astronomy Activity
Sunday: Feeding the World
10AM : WELCOME 
11AM : Keynotes: Feeding the World
12PM : Cooking Chemistry
1PM : Einstein’s Science Fair
2PM : Feeding The World: Rube Goldberg Machines
4PM : Bees and Q&A
5PM : STEMaTHON Awards
 
Questions? Email us: stem@ncacbsa.org 
Registration is Open

Family Fun Fest

We hope everyone had a busy and productive summer.  Although our activities may have been virtual, the weather sure wasn’t.  

At this month’s Scouts BSA Roundtable Meeting, we will catch up with units to see how their virtual summer camp trips went. What worked, and what didn’t.  We will also talk about recruitment in these “virtual” times.  
 
Zoom link to be provided in next week’s Newsflash.
 
Thanks for all that you do,
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouts BSA Round Table Commissioner)
–Conrad Maillia (Seneca District Scouts BSA Assistant Round Table Commissioner)

Currently Seneca District has achieved 90% of its Friends of Scouting goal for 2020.  Over the next week, we will be contacting units that had their Friends of Scouting presentations canceled earlier this year in order to schedule “Virtual Presentations”  Our Council has a short virtual presentation that we can use at one of your unit or parent meetings.  If we can collect $750 from each unit, then we can achieve our goal  for this year. 

If you have any questions, please let me know via email: phil@dennis-family.org
 
Thanks for all that you do.
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Friends of Scouting Chairman)

From BSA Brand Center

Dear Unit Key Three Members:

Keeping our Scouts healthy during the ongoing pandemic includes reporting of potential exposure to COVID-19 at Scouting events. Prompt notification helps us reduce the spread of disease to other Scouts, and ensures families receive any assistance they require.

Please report any known or suspected exposures using the BSA Incident Reporting Form. As with all incidents, timely notification enables scene investigation, evidence collection, proper notification required under our insurance agreements, and media support. It also helps us ensure mandatory reporting requirements are met.

BSA Incident Reports must be submitted online within 24 hoursof the incident. Serious incidents, including exposure to communicable diseases such as COVID-19 and Youth Protection violations, should also be reported to Deputy Scout Executive Mario Perez (Mario.Perez@Scouting.org) as soon as possible.

To begin an incident report please go to this page: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/incident-report/

In case of suspected COVID-19 exposure, incident reports need to be submitted as “General Liability” reports, not “Near Miss.” Please read these supplemental instructions: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/incident-report/covid-19-incidents-exposures-supplemental-instructions/

You will be asked to provide as much as possible of the following information:

1. Date of Exposure

2. Location of Exposure

3. Length of Exposure

4. Was the employee wearing a mask?

5. Infected person’s date of symptoms

6. Infected person’s COVID-19 test date

7. Infected person’s COVID-19 test results

8. If required, Date quarantine began

9. List of participants – youth/adults

 

If you have further questions, please review the most recent incident reporting requirements(https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/se-packet/2019-07-01/BSA-Incident-Reporting-Requirements-Effective-FINAL-062419.pdf), or contact your District Executive.

NCAC is gearing up for the August session of the Merit Badges @ Home program and we need your help! As summer programs begin to come to an end, our goal is to keep our Scouts engaged and advancing! If you would like to offer a Merit Badge as part of NCAC’s August 2020 Merit Badges @ Home program, please visit the Merit Badges @ Home page and fill out the interest form. Our staff will quickly follow up, share training materials and discuss scheduling for your merit badge! Please respond no later than Friday, July 24th. New sessions are set to begin August 17th!

Are you looking for more ways to get involved? We could use your help! Please visit the NCAC Summer Adventures page to learn how you can volunteer to help us put on more great programs and events!

The Essential worker has kept doing the job despite turbulent times. NCAC wishes to recognize Essential Den Leaders for their work during Summer 2020 (Memorial Day to Labor Day). 

Get the Award: https://scoutingevent.com/082-38284
 
 Requirements:
  1. Work with an NCAC Pack.
  2. Be registered – or register as a BSA Cub Scout Leader – preferably Den Leader by Aug. 31, 2020.
  3. Support a minimum den of at least 4 scouts.
  4. Have at least three den meetings/outings during the summer (online meetings with a program is ok).
  5. Have 75% (or more) of your Scouts complete at least 1 rank Adventure (belt loop or pin) – or their Bobcat rank, during Summer 2020.

Seneca District Fall Camporee (2020) is canceled.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the 2020 Camporee is canceled. See you in 2021.

For more information or if you have questions please contact Bill Majurski <oldman99@comcast.net>.

GAME NIGHTS Friday night fun for older Scouts. Trivia nights, games, an Escape room and more! Register HERE.

Cub-A-Day Summer Adventure Every day there’s an adventure waiting for you and your Cub Scout! Check out the new Cub Scout Group on Facebook and share some great pictures!

Service Projects A Scout is helpful. Do a Good Turn Weekend August 1-2 will encourage service activities like trash pickup, food drives, blood drives, sewing masks and much much more!

Merit Badges@Home NCAC has built a successful online program of virtual merit badges, with Scouts from all over the US participating. We will continue offering merit badges online this summer with a new session in August.

STEM-TASTIC Summer The NCAC STEM Committee is offering STEM-tastic summer events like the Thursday night STEM@Home Speaker Series on incredible STEM careers. STEM Nova Saturdays and Why? Wednesdays on our STEM Facebook page every Wednesday at noon. Exploring the world of Data Science: This Data Science Lab has a program for youth to learn computer programming and apply their data visualization skills to community service projects! A STEMaTHON will be a can’t-miss activity Labor Day Weekend activity with Scouts Building Bridges and Seeing the World through the lens and tools of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

ADVENTURE TALKS Have you ever wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail? Bike across the US? Attend one of BSA’s high adventure bases? Go to Antarctica? Explore a cave? Reserve your Tuesday nights for this exciting new series! Register HERE.

LEADERSHIP TRAINING Leadership Training by NYLT Staff for youth leaders. Short topics you can use immediately to improve your leadership. Register HERE

CAMP FIRE SING-A-LONG. NCAC’s second all-council Campfire will be August27–Sing-a-longstyle. Hosted by the Order of the Arrow. We expect we’ll all be in our own key and probably off a little in time, but who cares? We’re singing. Special guest from Golden Gate Area Council, Mike Fujimoto–get a kazoo and sing “Scouting Thunder” with Fuji and friends! We can’t forget old favorites like Dum Dum Da Da and the Philmont Hymn.

Register Now for the Next NATIONAL RECRUITMENT WEBINARS:

Who should attend: Unit Leaders, Council Staff, Commissioners, Marketing staff and volunteers – anyone involved in welcoming more youth into Scouting!

Thursday, July 16, 2020
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT

Scoutbook 101 and Who’s Zooming Who? Thursday, July 16 we’re covering ScoutBook and the Den Leader Experience and how they can simplify your Scouting life. Then we’ll talk Zoom with tricks, tips and how to best configure your security features. Don’t miss it!

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY 16TH WEBINAR
Thursday, July 23, 2020
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT

Geofencing. On July 23 we’ll talk about how to use this powerful and affordable marketing tool. We’ll discuss what is it and how to use it for in-person and virtual events. It’s a great way to reach families you haven’t been able to reach before.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE JULY 23RD WEBINAR

Plus – We’ll have more on Family Fun Fest!
With ideas on how to use it as part of your recruiting this Fall!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Miss the last webinar? You can watch all the previous webinars on ScoutingWire. https://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/

Scoutmasters, Committee Chairs, and Other Interested Adult Leaders,

Note:  These Order of the Arrow Election Updates were forwarded from OA National by our Lodge to Seneca Chapter on July 10, 2020.  These Updates replace the Updates sent out on June 6, 2020. 
Thank you,
Bill Johnson

2020 Elections are authorized to continue until the next (2021) election season begins, in our case 1 November.

The goal is to get 100% Unit election (and/or visitation rate)!  Plus 100% induction and activation!

Due to the continued inability in some parts to meet in person the cutoff date for chapters to conduct virtual elections has been extended to September 1, 2020.

Units which have already held an election between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are authorized to hold one additional election for any individuals who were ineligible at the time of the election due to the camping requirement, but would have been considered eligible at the time if this temporary policy had then been in effect. This second election must be completed no later than July 1, 2020

Those who were previously considered for election in the first election may not be reconsidered on this second ballot (i.e., no one can be considered for election more than once in a year).

Virtual Long-Term Camping Authorization

Two situations have developed associated with the current pandemic that may prevent Scouts from having an opportunity to qualify for OA eligibility due to not having attended a long-term camp this summer.

In order to address these circumstances, virtual long-term camping of five (5) consecutive nights is authorized to be counted toward the long-term camping requirements for OA eligibility consistent with the above guidance and the following additional guidelines:

o    Progress toward advancement for each Scout

o    Outdoor relevant experience consistent with local conditions and restrictions

This virtual long-term camping authority is not meant to substitute for attendance at traditional council summer camp programs, but rather to provide an alternative for Scouts who fit in one of the two categories mentioned above.

https://oa-bsa.org/coronavirus/temporary-camping-night-policy-due-covid-19

After too long away we are excited to inform you that the MSSC is now open. We are opening in phases, so there will be limited staff support during this time. Someone will be at the front desk to assist with your Scouting needs, but we encourage you to continue to do as much Scouting business as possible electronically. If you have paperwork or materials to turn in, please visit us; otherwise, please call or email.

The Scout Shop at MSSC will reopen on July 10, 2020. They will offer modified hours Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm, and Saturday 10am-1pm.

All visitors are required to wear face coverings while they are in the MSSC. Bathrooms will not be available to the public, and there will continue to be no in-person meetings or gatherings. If you are not feeling well or have been in contact with someone who may be infected with COVID-19, please plan to visit us another time. We are committed to protecting the health of our staff and volunteers.

We are excited to be reopening and look forward to seeing you again soon!

The 2021 National Jamboree has been POSTPONED!  A new date has not been announced at this time.  Visit https://jamboree.scouting.org/  for more information and a link to Frequently Asked Questions.

Dear Arrowman,

Want to participate in an exciting national event this summer without leaving the comfort of your home? We encourage you to join Arrowmen from across the nation for Momentum: Launch, a unique virtual event experience taking place August 4th-6th. Momentum: Launch is more than a virtual program, it’s a fully interactive and engaging event experience that will launch the momentum our organization needs to continue filling its purpose during the new normal we find ourselves in.

Participate in games, activities, and competition with Arrowmen from across the nation. Learn from highly qualified trainers about interesting topics-both in and out of the OA. Ask questions to a panel of OA national officers. These opportunities and more will be available to participants of Momentum: Launch!

There are two different ways to experience Momentum: Launch. Anyone can view a live stream of the event’s program at no cost and interact with Momentum: Launch over social media. There is no need to register for the event if you intend to participate this way.

Registered delegates, for a fee of $30, will receive a full event experience, including:

Don’t miss out on all of the excitement! Learn more and sign up today.

Keeping everyone informed – we are working for two dates for the Seneca District Pinewood Derby.

July 25 – A day for packs who did not have their Pinewood Derby race to complete their unit races.

TBD – The actual District race.

Both events will be shared somehow – we are working out the details whether Facebook Live or Zoom.

Join scouts around the world to pick up 1 MILLION pieces of trash. Register your unit here
(https://scoutstrashthetrashday.org/register)

Hi everyone, 
 
Please use the link below for distribution to our units regarding popcorn. Thanks!
 
All the popcorn details about Who, What, Where & When!
 
http://www.icontact-archive.com/archive?c=1518147&f=7207&s=7449&m=262930&t=496cbd87a4c06c8dc0e05746935e3228b1c18e5577ccbaaac560c015b11be93c
2020-Virtual-Interfaith-Week-Informational-PacketDownload

Happening June 29th-July 5th, 2020
Register for Zoom Sessions (One Registration per Device being Simultaneously Used):

Facebook Page (Daily Challenges, Video Releases): www.facebook.com/dutytogodbsa

YouTube Channel (Video Releases): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyrQ5WhsitgVnQNdrVJftHA

Every summer, Scouts head towards summer camp. Spending a week in the woods, or a nearby park, experiencing the awesome wonder that is the outdoors. During their time in nature, they often reconnect to their belief in a higher power, as who can help but doing so when surrounded by God’s wonders. They spend the whole year looking forward to this opportunity, and this year we find that exceptionally hard. Due to social distancing, we have lost our “Scouting as Usual” summer plans.

The National Religious Relationships Committee of the Boy Scouts of America want to continue “Scouting as Usual as We Can Make It”. Therefore, we are filling the gap of missed in-person events with a family version of our Duty to God summer classes in the virtual world.

We invite you to gather your “Family Patrol” and join us for a week filled with excitement, learning, crafts, challenges, discussions, trivia, and so much more. Join us for the whole week, or catch the sessions as you have time in your busy schedule. We are offering over 60 different program options throughout the week, all free of charge. We will do our best to record and post to YouTube all the sessions throughout the week, except for those that YPT asks us not to because of personal stories being shared and youth being involved.

So pull up a chair, relax on the couch or in a hammock outside, and enjoy this Virtual Interfaith Week brought to you by the NRRC.

Yours in Service to Youth,

Amanda Vogt
Event Chair
NRRC Social Media Chair

Susan Lawyer
Event Co-Chair NRRC Training Chair

Tuesday, June 30
5:00 PM – How To Deliver Engaging Scout Meetings over Zoom
Are your meetings suffering from low energy? Is it hard to keeps Scouts engaged? Join us to learn how to deliver fun meetings Scouts will want to attend.

Register on Zoom

Thursday, July 9
5:00 PM – Mastering the Art of Improvement
Scouting provides opportunities to try new things and take on new roles. But few people are instantly good at something they’ve never done before, like cooking over a fire, or holding a new position of leadership. Learn the tools Scouting gives us to improve after each experience.
Register on Zoom

Wednesday, July 15
7:00 PM – Adult series: Delivering ILST to Scouts

Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) is the training Scoutmasters deliver to Scouts to teach them to basic leadership skills they need to run a Troop. It’s a great course, but working over Zoom presents many challenges. This 50-minute overview for Scouters will cover some lessons learned from around the Council. (Youth welcome, but material is tailored for at Adults.)
Register on Zoom

Additional Reading, FAQs

We are very excited to announce that – thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and staff – the Marriott Scout Service Center will reopen to the public on Tuesday, July 7!

We’re looking forward to seeing you in-person again, but social distancing remains the best way to keep everyone healthy. If you need to come visit us, wear your mask and come on by.

But if you can take care of your Scouting business remotely, please continue to do so for now. Scout Executive Craig Poland explains some of the details of how reopening will work.

Sea Scout Ship 125 has a 14-minute COVID-19-friendly virtual presentation (plus live Q&A) for Troops, Crews, and Packs. It includes an overview of the Sea Scout program and what it has to offer youth in general, and what it has to offer other Scouting units: daysails, overnighters, or “surf and turf” island adventure weekends for Troops and Crews, or the nautical version of a pinewood derby—the Raingutter Regatta—for Packs.  Sea Scouts is one of BSA’s first co-ed programs, so we’re available to both boy- and girl- units to help support them.
 
Through one of our sponsors, we have access to our own ZoomPro Platform, and are happy to host the virtual  meeting (subject to availability) so there will be no 40-minute limit, enabling the unit to hold their unit meeting, too. (We’re also available to help units having difficulty embracing this new COVID-19 online thing.)
 
Contact Skipper Paula Sind-Prunier at skipper@ship125.org or ship-to-shore mobile: 202-577-7339.

Bootcamp begins July 11

Register https://scoutingevent.com/082-ayiti

  • Intro to computer programming with Python – Six 1.5-hour courses

  • Nova Award- Earn requirements 3-8, Hello World

  • Shadowing a data science company -Participate in live data lab with professionals upon completion of introductory course

Please visit our website to learn more about us www.mend.is or www.ayitianalytics.org

Brothers,
National just released another update to the Temporary Camping Night Policy due to Covid-19! Given that virtually all Councils have either cancelled or reduced their summer camp programs this year, creating a situation where a high portion of Scouts will not have the opportunity to attend an in-camp Summer Camp in 2020 the temporary provision to allow virtual long term camping credit for OA eligibility is necessary. The new policy allows Virtual Long Term Camping with the guidelines listed below.

In light of the extended period of camping restrictions attributable to COVID-19, the following temporary modification is being made to the camping requirements for OA eligibility:

Virtual camping (i.e., backyard or solo camping) may be counted toward the required nights of camping for OA election eligibility if all the following stipulations are met:

This change is in effect until September 1, 2020.

Units which have already held an election between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 are authorized to hold one additional election for any individuals who were ineligible at the time of the election due to the camping requirement, but would have been considered eligible at the time if this temporary policy had then been in effect. This second election must be completed no later than July 1, 2020. Those who were previously considered for election in the first election may not be reconsidered on this second ballot (i.e., no one can be considered for election more than once in a year).

Latest Update

Virtual Long-Term Camping Authorization

Virtual long-term camping of five (5) days is authorized to be counted toward the long-term camping requirements for OA eligibility consistent with the above guidance and the following additional guidelines:

         o    Progress toward advancement for each Scout

         o    Outdoor relevant experience consistent with local conditions and restrictions

If you have any questions, please reach out to membership@wipit470.org

https://oa-bsa.org/coronavirus/temporary-camping-night-policy-due-covid-19

FOCUS ON FALL: VIRTUAL RECRUITING AND MORE
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT
Who should attend: Cub Scout Leaders, Council Staff, Commissioners, Marketing staff and volunteers – anyone involved in welcoming more youth into Cub Scouting!

Join us on Wednesday, June 24, at 8 pm Eastern / 7 pm Central, for the next national recruitment webinar where we’ll talk about recruiting strategies despite the challenges of the continued uncertainties related to Covid-19.

 Register Now 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

This webinar will be recorded and shared on ScoutingWire.

A new online and facilitated version of Scouts BSA training  will be available on August 3rd.  If you are currently completing the training please complete prior to this date as we will be changing the Learning Plans for all positions – Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, Committee Member and Merit Badge Counselor. If you do not complete by August 3rd you will have to restart the  training using the new learning plans and modules.
 
The new online learning combines content resulting in fewer modules.  We have also streamlined courses to help reduce the total time it takes to complete the training. The new facilitated course uses offline versions of the learning modules to facilitate maintenance on any future changes – thus the online and facilitated content are simultaneously updated to ensure consistency in the versions of the training.
 
Please note: Completion of the appropriate portion of the Scouts BSA facilitated session will meet the requirements for.
 
 
Thank you for being a trained leader and working with the  youth!

“Honor your dad this Father’s Day by making a donation at www.ncacbsa.org/FathersDayGift  to ensure future generations of father’s and their children can experience the impact of Scouting together.”

“Let dad know how much experiencing Scouting with him has meant to you by making a donation in his honor at www.ncacbsa.org/FathersDayGift

“Help ensure that future father’s and their children can benefit from the memories and bonding Scouting provides by making a donation in your dad’s honor at www.ncacbsa.org/FathersDayGift

“To show your appreciation to your dad for his commitment to family Scouting, consider making a contribution in his honor at www.ncacbsa.org/FathersDayGift”                   

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for participating in the 2020 Camp Card Sale, I hope this email finds you and your family doing well.  It’s time to close your camp card sale, please do so by following this link www.NCACBSA.org/campcardpayment, scroll down and click on Pay For Camp Cards button. If you are not the point of contact for you unit’s camp card sale, please forward this on to the correct contact person. 

Please plan to close out your initial sale by June 15, 2020.  You can do so by mailing in a check (9190 Rockville Pike, Bethesda MD 20814, be sure to indicate on your check that it is for Camp Card Close-out and your unit number). 

The best way is to pay is online and you can do so here, remember you only pay $2.50 per card sold and hold the rest of the funds for your Scouts.

Please don’t send back the cards you have remaining, please see below for the next exciting phase of the 2020 Camp Card sale. 

Camp Cards for Frontline Heroes Campaign

The Scouts from the NCAC found a way to thank our Frontline Heroes using our 2020 Camp Card!  Each Camp Card (discount coupon card) donated by our community through this website will be delivered by NCAC Scouts to local Frontline Heroes in September. 

Please help our Scouts by purchasing one, or several $5.00 Camp Cards, and they will be donated to local Frontline Heroes. 

Help us promote this sale to support our Frontline heroes by sharing this link www.NCACBSA.org/campcardorder

How is this different from the original Camp Card Sale?

·        This is a new addition to our Camp Card sale since it was cut short due to the current pandemic. We want to give Scouts an opportunity to still raise funds for future activities and virtual Scouting experiences by selling Camp Cards and supporting our local frontline heroes.

What’s next?

·        Close out your initial sale by June 15, 2020 by mailing in a check or paying online at www.NCACBSA.org/campcardpayment (you only pay $2.50 per card sold and hold the rest of the funds for your Scouts)

How will the Frontline Hero sale also benefit units?

·        After you close your sale with payment, keep the remaining cards for future donation to frontline heroes.

·        Between June 16th and August 31st, Send friends, family & others to the website www.NCACBSA.org/campcardorder (site opens June 16th) and encourage them to select your district and unit.

·        When it is safe to do so, we will ask your unit to deliver the camp cards you have sold as part of this campaign to Frontline Heroes by going to a hospital, grocery store, fire station, etc.

·        The commission of $2.50 per card sold through our website will be placed in your unit’s account or a check will be mailed for earned commission in early September.

Help us sell 100,000 Camp Cards to support 100,000 local Frontline Heroes!

For questions please contact your District Executive or Campcard@ncacbsa.org

Thanks,
Ben

Annual Opportunity to Discover Fishing in Maryland

Photo of man fishing along riverside

Photo by Stephen Badger

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources offers license-free fishing days on  July 4 — a free option to explore Maryland’s diverse and unique fishing experiences without needing a fishing license, trout stamp, or registration.

For more details: https://news.maryland.gov/dnr/2020/05/28/free-fishing-days-scheduled-in-june-and-july/    

Adults:
New Scouts BSA Training

A new online and facilitated version of Scouts BSA training will be available on August 3rd.  If you are currently completing the training please complete prior to this date as we will be changing the Learning Plans for all positions – Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster, Committee Chair, Committee Member and Merit Badge Counselor. If you do not complete by August 2nd , by 11:59pm, you will have to restart the training using the new learning plans and modules.

The new online learning combines content resulting in fewer modules.  We have also streamlined courses to help reduce the total time it takes to complete the training. The new facilitated course uses offline versions of the learning modules to facilitate maintenance on any future changes – thus the online and facilitated content are simultaneously updated to ensure consistency in the versions of the training.

Please note: Completion of the appropriate portion of the Scouts BSA in-person session will meet the requirements for.

Thank you for being a trained leader and working with the youth!

Youth and Adults:
In-person Den Chief Training will continue to be offered. (Seneca District – book is included in course fee.)

****New online Den Chief Training (C31)
Allow 50-60 minutes for this course at the minimum.

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/training/den-chief-training/

This link allows you to launch the online version of the training.  Please note that there is no tracking and if you exit from the training prior to the completion of it and without printing your certificate you will have to restart the training from the beginning.

This course will NOT record automatically anywhere in scouting records.

Youth: You will need to take your certificate to your Unit so that they can enter it into your scouting record. Adult: Send a copy of the certificate to Mary Lou Gundersen, mdtrainingrecords@comcast.net, and she will manually record it in your scouting record.

Youth: You will still need to purchase a Den Chief Hand book.  You will need it for reference and for the Den Chief Award.

A Den Chief is a Scout, Venture or Sea Scout assisting a Cub Scout den. But the story is far more important than those words suggest as the Den Chief:

In addition, a trained Den Chief:

This training is designed to build on each of these ideas using a framework that will allow the new Den Chief, or perhaps the experienced Den Chief looking for new ideas, to have fun and learn the role.

Adult leaders need to make sure the role is seen as important and necessary. In agreeing to accept a Den Chief’s assistance, they ensure the Den Chief has meaningful opportunities to support the den and assist with activities, to the best of the Den Chief’s ability. In this way, the den receives the many benefits of having a Den Chief while the Den Chief has opportunities to learn and grow as a leader and Scout.

Cubmasters request Den Chief help from Scoutmasters, Crew Advisors or Ship Skippers. These adults need to acknowledge the importance of Den Chiefs before the whole troop, crew or ship and make sure all members understand that the Den Chief holds a leadership position of responsibility.

Missed last week’s program launch? – we have the materials available for you.

Ship 125 has been offered 2 slots at Seabase—1 adult and 1 youth (males).
 
Date and itinerary are TBD due to rolling cancellations, but as of now, this unit trip is a “go” with openings, as noted above. For anyone interested in Sea Scouting, here’s an opportunity to jump in with both feet! Contact ASAP skipper@ship125.org or call/text: 202-577-7339, if interested, to be put in contact with the unit. Seamanship training available virtually to prepare for the trip, if desired. 
 
Paula Sind-Prunier

We have moved  the Archery event out to Saturday, September 26.

Same time, same place.  We also moved all the registrations forward in time – so you still have your slots.

Register here

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Thursday, May 21, 2020
7:30 p.m.

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From the National Capital Area Council of the cancellation of summer camp activities for 2020
 
Since we began Scouting At Home two months ago, our team has been sending you these weekly emails to keep you up to date with the impact of COVID-19 on local Scouting programs. Today we are saddened to inform you that NCAC’s board of directors voted last night to cancel our 2020 summer camp programs. Please watch this message from Scout Executive Craig Poland about how this decision was made and what comes next.
 
But just because camp is closed doesn’t mean that Scouting stops! We have assembled a team of volunteers who are designing a fun, exciting alternative program that will provide advancement opportunities for your Scouts. More information on these programs will be coming soon.
 
We are also continuing to develop resources for your Scouting At Home programs. Check out this info about new programs for Cub Scouts, digital tools, and most exciting of all our Capital Camp-In on Memorial Day Weekend! 
 
Save the date, find your tent, prepare your S’mores, and we’ll see you all there!

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Last week, our Council announced that we will be offering our first Capital Camp-In! The event is being presented by the 100 Years of Camping Committee and they need your help getting the word out to the Scouts and the districts. Craig Weston asked me to pass along this message.

Scouters, 
 
Our council-wide virtual camp-out for May 23-24, named the “Capital Camp-In”, is coming together but we definitely need your help to round-up youth lead content for scouts of all ages.
 
So far, we’ve identified contributors for the opening/closing ceremonies, the campfire and Scouts Own service.  We’ve also got guest speakers,  some great adult scouter training and enrichment, as well as orientation courses on Powder Horn, Wood Badge and of course, our summer camps.
 
We’ve got 3 Zoom channels (capacity of 300 participants per channel) and unlimited webinar connectivity reserved for the weekend.  We will be doing presentations and activities in one hour time blocks, although the activities don’t need to be that long.  The activities or presentations can be pre-recorded or live with Q&A.
 
Our big need is scout produced and lead content for Cubs, Scouts BSA and Venturing.  We only have two identified contributors so far!  But we know there are units and scouts in your districts that have been doing fabulous virtual training and fun activities over the past weeks.  The talent is out there, for sure.   Please locate those scouts and units that like to be on stage or have a passion for sharing their knowledge with others.  Ask their unit leader to send me an email and we will schedule them for a time slot on the 23rd or the morning of the 24th.
 
Also, keep an eye out over the next week for a special web page and Facebook page about the Capital Camp-In.  These pages will be the “go to” resource for this event.
 
Scouting Continues
 
Craig Weston
craigweston16@gmail.com

Dear Venturing friends,

Join us on May 16th for a morning of virtual training from 9:00AM to 12:00PM! Our incoming and outgoing officers will be holding a series of trainings focused on planning, promoting, leading, and supporting a successful event.
 
These trainings will be offered for all Venturers, but different aspects may benefit certain positions more than others. For example, Planning/Leading an event is targeted towards the Program and President positions, while Promoting/Supporting an event is targeted towards the Communications and Administration positions.
 
We will also be offering Mentoring training!
 
To sign up, just use this Form!
 

Yours in Venturing,
NER Area 6 Communications

How do you earn your virtual junior ranger badge?

Download the junior ranger activity worksheets.

After completing your junior ranger activities, email photos/scans to yose_information@nps.gov. Make sure to include your full name and address in order to receive the badge.

If you don’t have access to email, you may send finished work to:

ATTN: PIO
Yosemite National Park
P.O. Box 577
Yosemite, CA 95389

Introducing the NCAC Scouting at Home 2020 Award Patch! The NCAC Scouting at Home 2020 Award Patch recognizes Scouts for meeting the challenge of living by the Scout Oath and Law while the pandemic requires social distancing to be in place. To learn more about the Scouting at Home Patch requirements or to pre-order the patch please visit https://weownadventure.com/introducing-the-ncac-scouting-at-home-2020-award/!

Seneca District is inviting you to the 2020 Program Launch.

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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Dear Scouting Families:

Today people all around the world are coming together to tap into the power of human connection and strengthen communities at the grassroots level for #GivingTuesdayNow. Will you be one of them? National Capital Area Council is one of the participating organizations and we need your help!

By joining the #GivingTuesdayNow movement and tuning in to tonight’s Virtual Campfire at 7pm, you’re proving that in times of uncertainty, generosity can bring the whole world together. Here is how you can participate:

1. Give. Go to www.ncacbsa.org/give today to donate. In honor of #GivingTuesdayNow we have an anonymous donor match! All donations made to Friends of Scouting today will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000 for camperships. This match funding will allow financially burdened families the opportunity to send their Scouts to summer camp! You can also support our organization with gifts from your IRA, stocks transfers, Donor Advised Fund, or with a planned gift by contacting Jenna.Welle@scouting.org

2. Follow. Be an advocate for Scouting by following us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitterand invite your friends to do the same.

3. Spread the word. Post a short video or photo and share what Scouting means to you and why you support NCAC. Make sure to use hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow and #myNCAC

4. Watch. Join us this evening at 7pm for NCAC’s first Virtual Campfire by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/events/700708750701735

Let’s rally together to ensure that local Scouting Continues! Learn more at https://www.ncacbsa.org/giving-tuesday-now/

See you all tonight around the campfire!

Craig Poland
Scout Executive/CEO 

Our next Virtual Round Table will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 pm.  The “Meeting Room” will be open by 7 PM for all participants.  We will start out with a joint session to get things going and to check in on how units are doing in the new “Virtual Meeting” world.  We will then have a separate breakout meeting for Cub Scout Leaders as well as Scouts BSA leaders.  The link for the joint meeting is below
https://meet.google.com/fqe-kthu-piq
Scouts BSA will talk more about virtual outdoor activities.  Updates on National and local activities will also be presented.  We’d also like to talk about how to “Spin your own Virtual Summer Camp” as some councils have already canceled or delayed their summer activities.
The Cub Scout breakout link will be posted during the meeting.
Here is a link to a folder that contains the PowerPoint presentation, notes from the April meeting and a suggestion for activities for your units.
https://bit.ly/2XMT9zB
Thanks for all that you do,

–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

We are now experiencing an historic national emergency that has created extraordinary needs. Just as they did in times of world war and those calls for sacrifice by the American people, Scouts and Scouting can demonstrate their devotion to community service by helping to meet the greatly increased food demands while keeping themselves safe.

Local food banks are being overwhelmed by requests from families that lack emergency financial resources and have not had the ability to stockpile food. They need donations of money, shelf-stable food, and other items.  I’m still working on details with local food banks.  I know Manna has drop off at their location on Gaither Road.  I’m waiting to hear back from Gaithersburg HELP.  

Rather than collecting door to door, we are going to try the following:

Place a Scouting for Food sign in your front yard next to a waterproof container, asking for donations for your local food bank. This can be done by block, neighborhood, however YOUR UNIT wants to collect.  When the container is full (or you have a carload!) enlist an adult to drive you to the food agency.  
 
Use Facebook, Next Door, and other social media to let people know of your locations for pick up.  
 
Let’s make this a bigger success than our annual November collection!  It’s time for SCOUTS TO SHINE!  

Thanks for all that you do.
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Scouting For Food Chairman)
I wanted to offer 1/4″ elastic for making masks to help units that want to do a good turn for their community or medical professionals, etc.
 
The back story is that I wanted to encourage and inspire Troop 33’s PLC while they are adjusting the Scouting experience to meet the challenges of the COVID-19 state of emergency.  I made one for each of my boys to test different size templates, and 14 more for all the PLC members when I was ready for production. I made a mask for each Scout with their current rank displayed on the left-hand side like where their rank is worn on the uniform shirt.
 
Anyway, I had some difficulty finding elastic because stores like G Street Fabrics, JOANN, and Michael’s are closed. I found an upholstery shop that hooked me up with a supplier, and now have a large roll of 1/4″ black elastic strip. I’m happy to give it away while I have it, so if you can get the word out to your units then I can work out a way to distribute it to them safely.
 
YiS,
 
Lee Howard
Troop 33 ASM
Wood Badge N6-82-17-2
301-377-2222

Due to the continuing pandemic in our communities, National Capital Area Council, BSA is extending “Scouting At Home” until further notice. The Marriott Scout Service Center and all NCAC camping properties will be closed to the public during this time, but our friendly staff remains available to help! Please contact us for all your Scouting needs.

We encourage all our units to continue holding virtual meetings and events. There are a lot of amazing stories on WeOwnAdventure.com and we are inspired by your continued innovation and creativity! If your unit is looking to start holding online meetings, check out these resources for virtual meetings.

We also want to invite you to our Council’s first Virtual Campfire! Join us on May 5, 7pm on our Facebook page for songs, skits, and Scout Spirit. Can’t wait to see you there!

Want to earn the Cub Scouts Can Code or 1-2-3 Go Math Nova Awards? It’s easy just visit the new STEM@Home website and work on your Nova Awards from the comfort of your home!Also join us every Thursday evening at 7pm for the new STEM@Home Speaker Series. The series includes conversations with STEM professionals, activities and virtual games (including one with virtual reality) through ZOOM & Facebook Live. Register today!

In this time of uncertainty, there’s a fundamental truth that gives us hope – that together we can do extraordinary things. Over the past few weeks and months, the entire world has been coming together to stand up, help out, give back, and heal, and National Capital Area Scouts are leading the way. Whether that’s through donations to community organizations, celebrating doctors and nurses, or reaching out to a neighbor to help with groceries, generosity has been helping the entire world get through this global pandemic. Together.

May 5, National Capital Area Council is participating in #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of unity and giving. We’ll also be hosting our first ever NCAC Virtual Campfire at 7pm on Facebook Live! As you know, here at NCAC Scouting has continued with online merit badge classes, virtual unit meetings and daily good turns everywhere in the D.C. Metro Region. The foundations of Scouting- developing academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership and citizenship, trying new things and providing service to others are now more valuable than ever. As NCAC navigates the impact of the pandemic on our organization, one thing remains unchanged, our youth need and deserve Scouting programs to stay available and to stay strong.

But we can’t do this without you!

NCAC is excited to announce a special donor match in recognition of #GivingTuesdayNow. All donations made to Friends of Scouting will be matched dollar for dollar up to $20,000 for camperships. This match funding will allow financially burdened families the opportunity to send their Scouts to summer camp! Not only do we need your support, we need your help to spread the word. Please tell your friends and family why you believe in our work and encourage them to support us too! Remember, mark your calendar for 7pm tomorrow and join us at: https://www.facebook.com/events/700708750701735 for our Virtual Campfire with special guests, singalongs and skits from local Scouts!

Join the movement tomorrow May 5, 2020 and visit https://www.ncacbsa.org/giving-tuesday-now/ to learn about all the ways you can participate in #GivingTuesdayNow. Thank you for being a part of the NCAC Family! 

Yours in Scouting,
Craig Poland
Scout Executive/CEO

Legend:  A (all programs), C (Cub Scout), SB (Scouts BSA), V (Venture, Sea Scout, Explorer), and ST (STEM)

Virtual Meetings

  1. Aaron Chusid (Chief Communications Officer, NCAC) shares (A):

Due to the continuing pandemic in our communities, National Capital Area Council, BSA is extending “Scouting At Home” until further notice. The Marriott Scout Service Center and all NCAC camping properties will be closed to the public during this time, but our friendly staff remains available to help! Please contact us for all your Scouting needs.

We encourage all our units to continue holding virtual meetings and events. There are a lot of amazing stories on WeOwnAdventure.com and we are inspired by your continued innovation and creativity! If your unit is looking to start holding online meetings, check out these resources for virtual meetings.

We also want to invite you to our Council’s first Virtual Campfire! Join us on May 5, 7pm on our Facebook page for songs, skits, and Scout Spirit. Can’t wait to see you there!

  1. Virtual Eagle Scout Courts of Honor (A Request) (SB):

Has anyone in the NCAC conducted an Eagle Scout Court of Honor online?  We are looking for suggestions on how to best honor this high accomplishment in this time of social distancing.  If you have done one, let us know what happened and how it went.  If you are planning one, let us know that as well.

How to do Scouting in the Time of COVID-19

  1. Merit Badge Pamphlets Available on Amazon Kindle (Bryan on Scouting Shares) (SB):

We’ve previously shared a Scouter’s suggestion of merit badges that can be worked on from home and Scout Shop resources for some of those badges. Another resource you and your Scouts now have are digital merit badge pamphlets, available through Amazon Kindle.

 

You can download the electronic reader application on your phone or tablet. Each digital pamphlet costs $4.99, the same price as hard-copy pamphlets. They’re compatible with any electronic device; they do not include interactive or enhanced content. You can also find digital handbooks and other leader resources in the BSA’s Amazon Kindle library. https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/04/23/updated-merit-badge-pamphlets-now-available-through-amazon-kindle/?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=swvolunteer4292020&utm_medium=email&utm_content=

 

  1. Save the Date: NCAC Council Wide Virtual Campfire on May 5 (A):

You bring the S’mores, we’ll bring the songs, skits, and Scout Spirit! Join us for a council-wide virtual campfire on May 5 streaming live on our Facebook page!

https://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=7055858&msgid=260854&act=GWLE&c=1518147&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebookcom%2Fevents%2F700708750701735%2F&cf=7207&v=a8ed0328592e6abdfec3f46887b243379a084aed40427a896cafd452e68b4ded

  1. Looking for Merit Badge Counselors (forwarded by NCAC) (SB,V):

Volunteer from home: Hundreds of local Scouts are earning advancements with our new Merit Badge @Home program. We still need more instructors! The more classes we can offer, the more Scouts we can help! You can sign up at: https://www.ncacbsa.org/merit-badges-at-home.  

 

  1. Troop 496 Goes Virtual Camping (Recommended by Jim Hardter, ADC, Seneca District) (SB,V):

Traditionally, Troop 496’s campout for April is the New Scout campout   Because of the COVID pandemic and state and BSA rules that do not allow large gatherings, Troop 496 held a virtual campout using Zoom. Ten new boys, representing the Trolls patrol, participated, as did four girls, representing the Artemis patrol. The girls will be the core of a new BSA Girls Troop forming in Poolesville.

The campout was led by the Troop SPL, Zach Ransom. The SPL was assisted by several older Scouts covering 10 different requirements. After the on-line portion of the campout, several of the Scouts took on the challenge to pitch a tent in their back yard and then spend the night in the tent that they pitched. The next day, the participants again met on Zoom to participate in a “Roses, Buds, and Thorns” exercise.

https://weownadventure.com/troop-496-holds-virtual-new-scout-campout/

Opportunities to Serve (A)

1.       Scouts Help Make Face Masks (reported by NCAC, Scouter Digest):

Quoc-Huy Nicholas Nguyen and DangKhoa Noah Nguyen of Scouts BSA Troop 1444, together with their mother (Thai Le) and the Vietnamese charities (Nha VietNam MD, The Marriage Family Enrichment Program of Our Lady of Vietnam Parish and many Vietnamese in DMV area) made thousands of cloth face masks to donate to local hospitals, nursing homes, police stations and places in need.  Volunteers donated money, fabric, and their time to sew masks. The two Scouts packaged the masks, which included washing, drying, ironing, putting them in zip lock bags, and labeling them.
https://weownadventure.com/boy-scout-values-during-a-pandemic/  

2.       Scout Makes COVID-19 Stay at Home Kits (reported by NCAC, Scouter Digest):
Scout Zachary Leka of Troop 642 in Orange County, CA, took Family Life in the NCAC Merit Badge @Home program and was inspired to lead a project making Stay at Home Family Kits for families facing homelessness who are staying in shelters, motels, or RVs.
The kits included diapers, wipes, soap and shampoo, baby formula, non-perishable snacks and at-home activities for kids such as books, craft kits, art supplies and puzzles.
https://weownadventure.com/covid-19-stay-at-home-family-kits/

3.       Star Scout Organizes a “No Contact” Food Drive (reported by NCAC, Scouter Digest):
Star Scout Landon Hummel from Troop 1378 in Dale City, VA! He organized a “no contact” food drive, made a flyer, sent instructions to his troop, and collected 162 pounds of food for the Arlington Food Assistance Center!
https://weownadventure.com/star-scout-organizes-no-contact-food-drive/

A Scout is Reverent (A)

  1. Protestant Religious Emblems Online (from P.R.A.Y):

The Programs of Religious Activities With Youth (P.R.A.Y) Program, a Bible-based religious emblems program for Protestant and Independent Christian churches, has released a series of videos on the P.R.A.Y. YouTube Channel to assist parents who may wish to serve as counselors and help guide their children to completion of their religious emblem Each workbook lesson is highlighted, explained in depth with hints and helps for those who might be serving in the counselor role for the first time
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1HwTGCObuuqaLdBPHvBxmg

At the request of clergy and counselors, a special eligibility extension is in effect until December 31, 2020. This means that students who are eligible for a program based on their current grade level in March 2020, will still be eligible to earn that award until the end of this calendar year, December 31, 2020. Instead of aging out of a program in the fall when starting a new grade at school, the P.R.A.Y. extension will allow young people to complete their requirements until December 31, 2020.  For more details go to https://www.praypuborg/

STEM Corner (ST)

  1. Take a Trip to Yellowstone Park (forwarded by Ben Overbey, ACC, NCAC):
    Airstream has partnered with MacGillivray Freeman Films for this incredible look at Yellowstone. As the park is temporarily closed, this video of the animals, the topography, and the sounds of the place will have to suffice as a visit for now.
    https://www.adventure-journal.com/2020/05/yellowstone-is-closed-for-a-bit-but-you-can-bring-it-into-your-living-room/

BSA Resources Available Now!

•         Boy’s Life App available for free!(C,SB)

•         Scouting Magazine App available for free!(A)

•         National Statement on COVID-19  https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/

·         COVID-19 FAQ   https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/

•         Merit badges for social distancing (SB)   58 badges Scouts can complete at home  https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/20/merit-badges-for-social-distancing/

•         Fun projects for kids that you can do from home (C)   https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/19/fun-projects-for-kids-that-you-can-do-from-home/

·         Guide to Safe Scouting (A)   https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/#a

•         NCAC COVID-19 Updates (A): https://weownadventure.com/ncac-response-to-covid-19/

•         NCAC Guidance on Virtual Meetings with Youth (A)  https://weownadventure.com/ncac-guidance-on-virtual-meetings-with-youth/

•         NCAC Guidance on Advancement during COVID -19 (A) :

·         https://weownadventure.com/guidance-on-advancement-during-covid-19/

•         Scouting.org/ScoutingAtHome – a webpage with an ever-growing list of resources to help Scouting families and friends safely continue their adventures. Also check out #ScoutingAtHome and your council’s website for even more activities, ideas and helpful tips.

Scouts are resourceful. So, while your troop may not be able to go on a weekend campout together during the COVID-19 pandemic, this time could be ideal to learn how to play a new game or work on the car or prepare a first aid kit for the family.

We’ve previously shared a Scouter’s suggestion of merit badges that can be worked on from home and Scout Shop resources for some of those badges. Another resource you and your Scouts now have are digital merit badge pamphlets, available through Amazon Kindle.

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Legend:  A (all programs), C (Cub Scout), SB (Scouts BSA), V (Venture, Sea Scout, Explorer), and ST (STEM)

Virtual Meetings

  1. The most recent from BSA on Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities (A)
  1. Bryan Martin Frivida (ACC, NCAC) shares (A):

Bookmark these helpful pages:

  1. Virtual Eagle Scout Courts of Honor (A Request) (SB):

Has anyone in the NCAC conducted an Eagle Scout Court of Honor online?  We are looking for suggestions on how to best honor this high accomplishment in this time of social distancing.  If you have done one, let us know what happened and how it went.  If you are planning one, let us know that as well.

How to do Scouting in the Time of COVID-19

  1. Scouts Go Virtual Camping (forwarded by NCAC Scouting at Home Newsletter) (A):

From the backyard to the living room #myNCAC Scouts are finding ways to continue camping while maintaining physical distance. There’s hiking, tents, and, yes, even campfires. Watch NCAC Scout Executive Craig Poland share how #myNCAC Scouts are keeping the “Outing” in “Scouting”.  https://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=7055858&msgid=260854&act=GWLE&c=1518147&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2F_R54PIpQvH8&cf=7207&v=8c5786cfac59850bc0e7a07013814ff33ed59765f013f1d1a3538b639eb38668

Even in times of crisis, we must come together to support the greater good. Thank you to our amazing community, you enable us to continue to build and grow through your unwavering support. Please join us for #GivingTuesdayNow on May 5, a global day of generosity and unity. Support local Scouting programs through giving, helping those in need, or spreading kindness.

 

  1. Save the Date: NCAC Council Wide Virtual Campfire on May 5 (A):

You bring the S’mores, we’ll bring the songs, skits, and Scout Spirit! Join us for a council-wide virtual campfire on May 5 streaming live on our Facebook page!

https://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=7055858&msgid=260854&act=GWLE&c=1518147&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fevents%2F700708750701735%2F&cf=7207&v=a8ed0328592e6abdfec3f46887b243379a084aed40427a896cafd452e68b4ded

  1. Troop 13 Virtual Camp Out (forwarded by NCAC Scouting at Home Newsletter) (SB,V):

After their first month of virtual troop meetings, Troop 13 saw the opportunity to maintain their “troop spirit” and take their virtual meeting experience to the campground!

https://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=7055858&msgid=260854&act=GWLE&c=1518147&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fweownadventure.com%2Ftroop-13-virtual-family-campout%2F&cf=7207&v=0103588a90dbda1b07ffd2e849a9a11fe3c5f8876666a359a45f89db55f90859

  1. Troop 35 Goes Virtual Camping (forwarded by NCAC Scouting at Home Newsletter) (SB,V):

The youth leaders of Troop 35 designed a distance camping program complete with cooking, advancement, friendly competition, and an announcement video with incredible visual effects!

https://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=7055858&msgid=260854&act=GWLE&c=1518147&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fweownadventure.com%2Ftroop-35-scouts-telecamping-program-cant-keep-good-scouts-from-doing%2F&cf=7207&v=a1fe54dab882b2114709d33fa78ae84d60ff0b29dc605fc5b0e81fa50d62c95a

  1. From the New Birth of Freedom Council Website! (Recommended by Rick Rogers, Council Commissioner):
  1. Fun projects for kids that you can do from home (Bryan on Scouting) (C ):
    https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/19/fun-projects-for-kids-that-you-can-do-from-home/?fbclid=IwAR18b-GOO1H_HJHVYK1J2A-FljlIy6vnTmNsUZEuzbVJ580Www2TnnMnWkY
  2. Acts of Scouting service you can do from home (Bryan on Scouting) (SB,V):
  3. https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/18/good-turns-during-the-coronavirus-acts-of-scouting-service-you-can-do-from-home/?fbclid=IwAR0dxQz_2OkaNIUn2jVWlyyu3VMMKPuAJW3hzzNBdVn3jh3fTQlQ-Tunhrk
  4. Check out Bryan on Scouting.  It’s updated regularly.  A Blog for Adult Scouting Leaders.

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/

  1. Cub Scout Fun! (C ):
    There are a ton of great resources for Cub Scouts and their families.
  1. Check out this great 30-day Venturing challenge.  #VenturingatHome! (V):

https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Venturing-30-Day-Challenge.pdf

  1. Great Ideas for Cub Scout Packs! (C ) (Capitol Area Council in Austin, TX):

Lions – Build it up, Knock it Down rank elective Adventure belt loop award and supplemental
Tigers – Tiger Theater rank elective Adventure belt loop award
Wolf – Air of the Wolf rank elective Adventure belt loop award
Bear – Super Science rank elective Adventure belt loop award
Webelos – Protect Yourself rank/Arrow of Light required Adventure pin
Webelos/AOL – Art Explosion rank elective Adventure pin
Multi Den Plan – English Video and WriteupSpanish Video and Writeup

Lions –  Protect Your Rules rank elective Adventure belt loop award
Tigers – Tiger Tales rank elective Adventure belt loop award
Wolf – TBA rank elective Adventure belt loop award
Bear – TBA rank elective Adventure belt loop award
Webelos –Build Your Own Hero  rank/Arrow of Light required Adventure pin
Webelos/AOL – Building a Better World rank elective Adventure pin
Multi Den Plan – English WriteupSpanish Video

Opportunities to Serve (A)

1.       Giving Tuesday (recommended by NCAC, Scouting at Home Newsletter):  Please visit www.NCACbsa.org/give  to support us through Friends of Scouting during #GivingTuesdayNow, on May 5, 2020.
We acknowledge that COVID-19 times make this a challenge.

2.      An Idea from the Baltimore Council:  Hold a laptop drive (submitted by Dr. Rick Manteuffel, ACC, NCAC):
The Baltimore Area Council is collecting laptops and tablets to donate for use by underserved youth for eLearning during the pandemic.  Details are available at www.baltimorebsa.org/laptop 

Interesting Stuff (A)

  1. Camp Early Bird Sign Up Extended to April 30 (recommended by NCAC, Scouting at Home Newsletter):

To assist Scouting families in making their plans for this summer, NCAC has extended the early bird deadline for all summer camps to April 30! Plus, if camp does get canceled you get a 100% refund, so there’s no risk! Reserve your tent today!

https://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=7055858&msgid=260854&act=GWLE&c=1518147&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fweownadventure.com%2Fearly-bird-extension-for-summer-camp%2F&cf=7207&v=3ddadefe6c9a3592b8206e1c52257cef1b31573d71b5c7d4c7795a8b538c2862

STEM Corner (ST)

  1. NCAC Stem Events (forwarded by Jason Kralj, Cubmaster Pack 465):

Due to BSA’s National Camp-In (5/2 on https://www.scouting.org/campin/ ) we moved our STEM@Home Nova program to May 16.

We will run a remarkable STEM@Home Speaker Series beginning Thursday, April 30 at 7PM that you don’t want to miss. Join us!  https://scoutingevent.com/082-STEMSpeakers

Work on Nova Awards from the comfort of your home! In an effort to help support Scouts and families as our communities are practicing social distancing, the NCAC STEM Committee will be offering STEM Nova Awards online! https://scoutingevent.com/082-STEMatHome

  1. Great Ideas from the Capitol Area Council (Austin TX :
    https://www.bsacac.org/activities/coronavirus/ideas-for-home/

a.       Mystery Science ( https://mysteryscience.com/ ) Free science lessons (K-5) online.  Must sign up for the program.

b.       The Kids Should See This ( https://thekidshouldseethis.com/ )
4,500 kid-friendly videos, curated for teachers and parents who want to share smarter, more meaningful media in the classroom and at home. Selections are grown-up-friendly, too. And thanks to our members, it’s free for everyone.

c.       Crest Awards (https://collectionslibrary.crestawards.org/)
Projects for grades K-12 that can be done at home.

d.       STEM Simulators (https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulations/category/by-level) Interactive simulations for all grade levels from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

e.       Learn Computer Science (https://code.org/) Grades K-12.  Code.org® is a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to computer science in schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented youth.

BSA Resources Available Now!

•         Boy’s Life App available for free!(C,SB)

•         Scouting Magazine App available for free!(A)

•         National Statement on COVID-19  https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/

·         COVID-19 FAQ   https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/

•         Merit badges for social distancing (SB): 58 badges Scouts can complete at home  https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/20/merit-badges-for-social-distancing/

•         Fun projects for kids that you can do from home (C)   https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/19/fun-projects-for-kids-that-you-can-do-from-home/

·         Guide to Safe Scouting (A)   https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/#a

•         NCAC COVID-19 Updates (A): https://weownadventure.com/ncac-response-to-covid-19/

•         NCAC Guidance on Virtual Meetings with Youth (A)  https://weownadventure.com/ncac-guidance-on-virtual-meetings-with-youth/

•         NCAC Guidance on Advancement during COVID -19 (A) :

·         https://weownadventure.com/guidance-on-advancement-during-covid-19/

•         Scouting.org/ScoutingAtHome – a webpage with an ever-growing list of resources to help Scouting families and friends safely continue their adventures. Also check out #ScoutingAtHome and your council’s website for even more activities, ideas and helpful tips.

Compilation from Ben Overbey – if you have others – please reach out to add thru the webmaster.

Our Cub Scout Day Camp has officially changed it’s date from June to August 10th through 14th.  It will still be held at Bretton Woods.

Our first concern is for the safety of our Leaders and Cub Scouts and so camp postponements or cancellations will be determined in accordance with our Governors orders and our Councils decision. 

***Extended Date***
The Early Bird Date is effective until Midnight on May 25th. 

A full refund will be given if camps are cancelled by Council.

We know these are uncertain times but as we move closer to our Camp date we will keep you updated of any other changes.

 WWW.GOTODAYCAMP.ORG

Thanks so much for your support.
Maggie Smith
Day Camp Director

Are you ready for the 30 day Scouting At Home challenge? Scout families take on the challenge of keeping your skills sharp by Scouting at Home and including the entire family. Participate in activities and adventures that are fun, exciting and informative!

If your family is up for the challenge for the next 30 days at 5pm share a picture or video of your family’s Scouting At Home activity on Facebook and hashtag #ScoutingAtHome! We can’t wait to see all the NCAC challengers and share them with other Scouts. Challenge begins Thursday, 3/19/2020 at 5pm!

There are challenges for each level of scouting.

Phil Barbash here with some more important updates for this summer:

  1. Our early bird payment deadline is this Friday, 4/30. At 11:59 PM, the price will switch over. Please make every effort to get your youth/adults registered to avoid the price hike.
  2. We had a very generous donor come forward and replenish the supply of money for camperships. Thus, if you have the youth who are going to be in need, please have them continue to apply. We will approve the camperships as we have funds for and inform the applicants directly on how to register.
  3. Some units have been asking questions on how making a payment online works. Please see here: www.gotogoshen.org/registration/registration-tips-making-a-payment/

COVID-19 Updates:

  1. A couple of changes in how we operate summer camp this summer:
    1. We will no longer be having large group gatherings at camp. This includes but is not limited to flag ceremonies, campfires, and camp-wide events.
    2. We are moving in the direction of 1 person tents. At this time we are asking that all units begin the process of identifying how many tents could be brought to camp with them, in an effort to supplement the camp tents for up to half of the units adult/youth. We will have more information on this as far as how we are tracking it moving forward. Needs will be communicated on a camp by camp, week by week basis.
    3. We are looking at our options as far as daily screening procedures, food service operations, and transportation to/from camp. Rest assured, there will be more changes communicated moving forward.
  2. Please continue to communicate with your doctors in order to get physicals signed. I understand that this is a challenging task and I am awaiting a response from BSA national on what, if any, decision is going to be made regarding part C of the med form.
  3. If you are already interested in preemptively changing your unit’s week at camp to a later week, we have created an online form to do so here: www.gotogoshen.org/weekchange/

Finally, our refund request form is live and can be found here: www.gotogoshen.org/refund. Please remember that if we end up cancelling camp altogether, or the week your unit/youth are attending camp, we will issues a full 100% refund.

That’s all for now. As always, thank you for everything you do and keep the feedback coming on what you would like to see on our end. We will all get through this together!

Philip Barbash , Director of Camping Services
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA,  National Capital Area Council

Marriott Scout Service Center
9190 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
O 301-214-9195 |  C 202-253-6323
F 301-564-3648
E Philip.Barbash@Scouting.Org

1) Will Summer Camp 2020 happen?                  

The NCAC Executive Board will thoroughly discuss summer camp 2020 during the next full board meeting. We expect an initial decision regarding summer camp after that meeting in mid-May.  There many variables to consider in this matter and the decision could include operate as scheduled, modify or shorten the season, or cancel the entire season. This is obviously a moving target, and we could have announcements out sooner than that.

2) Will the April 30th Early Bird Fee Deadline be Extended Again?

At this time, we will not be offering an additional extension to the 4/30 deadline. Timing dictates the need to secure realistic attendance figures in order to begin ordering supplies and finalize staffing. We want to reiterate that should NCAC cancel any week, or the full summer, we will issue a 100% refund to all youth/adults who paid and registered for immersions camp. We do recognize that this may be creating a financial strain for some families In your, but please recognize paid attendance will be a significant variable in the summer camp decision making process. 

3) Is there new information regarding Part C of the BSA Med Form?

No new information is available at this time regarding Part C of the medical form. Legal and medical experts are assisting the BSA in the creation of a policy that offers flexibility, but ensures the safety of youth and adults who attend summer camp. We realize this is time sensitive. So, as soon as we know, we will let you know.  

Please be aware our NCAC Enterprise Risk Management Committee has been working with our Camping and Outdoor Programming committee to create a new list of health and safety policies and procedures that will likely need to be implemented this summer pending our ability to operate. We will have that document available as soon as it is finalized. Please let me know if you have any feedback on this matter.

 I would like to provide you with more definitive answers regarding the overall summer season. Unfortunately there are still to many unknown variables. We will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide you with regular updates. Until next time, stay safe and let’s all hope/pray that a summer camp season is the light at the end of the tunnel.

https://www.facebook.com/SmithsonianNMNH

Dear Scouting Families:

I realize that not every family is in the position to help during these times, however, I have had many people ask how they can help National Capital Area Council. Recently, I have seen countless Scouts and volunteers show up to virtual meetings, creatively connect with their units, and continue to work together to ensure our next generation of leaders and helpers are Prepared. For Life. As a small business, National Capital Area Council is not immune from the challenges presented by stay at home orders. In order to sustain and increase the number of high-quality locally produced Scouting programs, I am asking you to take an important step to stand with NCAC.

We’ve joined forces with #GivingTuesday to celebrate #GivingTuesdayNow — a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. As a supporter and friend of NCAC, join us and use the individual power of generosity to stay connected and help heal our community. #GivingTuesdayNow invites you to give back in whatever way you can. Here are a few ways we invite you to participate on May 5th:

Scouting is filling the social and emotional void left as other community centers and sports leagues have shut down. During a time when youth can feel negative impacts from social distancing, it is important that we provide a connection with their peers, to positively impact their mental health. We invite you, your family and non-Scout friends to enjoy NCAC’s upcoming Virtual Campfire May 5th at 7pm. Please save the date and keep an eye out for more details on how to join in next week. 

I hope to see you there,

Craig Poland

From National (Texas)

Starting at 11am

All families are welcome! This National Camp-In is free and open to all families — even families not currently involved in Scouting. So invite your friends, neighbors, and colleagues to join the fun on Saturday, May 2!

Join Us for a Day Full of Adventure!
Whether in your backyard or in your living room, join families across the country in streaming and participating in the National Camp-In live on Facebook.

From camp-style cooking and friendly competitions, to special guests and campfire singalongs, this virtual event will bring the best parts of Scouting to life!
What’s Going on at the Camp-In?
A full schedule will be available soon, but here are some of the exciting activities you can look forward to:
  • National Good Turn Virtual 5K benefiting Feeding America with warmups led by Paralympic gold medalist David Blair
  • Q&A session with Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc.
  • Easy camp-style recipes you can make indoors or out
  • Moviemaking Merit Badge components and a live Q&A with Hollywood Director/Producer Francis Lawrence, Costume Supervisor Jessica Pazdernik, and Producer Shannon McIntosh
  • Camping hacks from adventure pros
There was a lot of great discussion on virtual meetings, virtual camp outs and adjustments to requirements that recently came down from BSA National at the April Round Table Meeting.  
 
Our next Virtual Round Table will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 7pm.  We will start out with a joint session to get things going and to check in on how units are doing in the new “Virtual Meeting” world.  We will then have a separate breakout meeting for Cub Scout Leaders as well as Scouts BSA leaders.  The link for the joint meeting is below
 
https://meet.google.com/fqe-kthu-piq
 
The Cub Scout breakout link will be posted during the meeting.
 
Here is a link to a folder that contains the PowerPoint presentation, notes from the April meeting and a suggestion for activities for your units.
 
https://bit.ly/2XMT9zB
 
Thanks for all that you do,
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

Are you ready for the next NCAC adventure? Then join in the NCAC Virtual Scavenger Hunt. It’s easy! Just print the picture, color it and put it in your window! If you see this picture in your neighborhood take a picture, post it below and #hashtag your district! If you don’t see any no worries, you can post your own!

The district with the most posts wins! So tell all your friends to join in on all the fun! The Virtual Scavenger Hunt starts right now and ends on Friday at 1pm!

#myNCAC #VirtualScavengerHunt #ScoutingatHome #socialdistancing

All –
 
Any unit or patrol/den that would like to jump in here, please contact Aaron at NCAC  aaron.chusid@scouting.org or our District Executive Ben ben.litten@scouting.org
 
This looks like fun and several of you already have Zoom campfire experience.
 
YIDS
 
Commish
 
 
Aaron Chusid
Virtual Campfire! We’re planning a virtual campfire for May 5, and we are recruiting acts! More info will be coming next week, but please reach out through your districts and OA chapters to find Scouts who want to lead a song, tell a joke, share a skit, or bring their other campfire magic to our Council!

Virtual Campfire! We’re planning a virtual campfire for May 5, and we are recruiting acts! More info will be coming next week, but please reach out through your districts and OA chapters to find Scouts who want to lead a song, tell a joke, share a skit, or bring their other campfire magic to our Council!

I’ve had numerous requests to put out a Cub Scout specific release with what we’ve received to date.

How does this work?  You share with us, and we will quickly review your idea to ensure it meets current guidelines, then send it out to your fellow commissioners as an option they can share with others.  Please forward your contributions to bfoverbey76@gmail.com 

See you on the high ground!   Ben Overbey, ACC for Montgomery Service Area

CUBS ONLY EDITION

 How to do Scouting in the Time of COVID-19

  1. Dan Beard Council Video Series:  Scouting at Home   https://www.danbeard.org/scouting-at-home/ (submitted by Rick Rogers, Council Commissioner)
    More than half of these ideas are directed at Cub Scout units.
  1. BSA just released a year’s worth of Boys Life issues for free through the app store  (for a limited time): https://boyslife.org/subscribe-now/free-access/?fbclid=IwAR0dINKjHZuDNCOSYkevE8T61CIeV8c9RvPHG_f9XjPD_mC74LQnOUpTneA (From Pack 250)
  1. Resources Recommended by Jim Lehman:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cubscoutvolunteers/ 

  1. A Compilation of what is going on in other councils throughout the country, forwarded by Michael McKinney, ACC: https://247scouting.com/web/BSA218/attachment/document_15850890260_2763.pdf
    1. 30-Day Challenge Hawkeye Area Council, Cedar Rapids, Iowa As communities are practicing caution and social distancing, the Hawkeye Area Council developed a 30-Day Challenge for each Cub Scout rank. Use this at home to help keep Scout’s skills sharp. https://hawkeyebsa.org/30-day-challenge/
    2. Advancement Academy: Virtual Resources for Keeping Scouts Advancing, Connected & Having Fun Cascade Pacific Council, Portland, Oregon:  Can’t get together as a group? Visit the Advancement Academy for a digital den meeting or merit badge class. Digital den meetings are offered through Zoom and promoted through Facebook. Participants are asked to sign up in advance. There is also great content for Scouts BSA, including sessions on How to Run Successful Digital Scout Meetings as well as online Merit badge sessions on Coin Collecting, Personal Fitness and more. The site also includes Facebook groups that anyone in the country can join: Cub Scout and Scouts BSA. https://www.cpcbsa.org/advancement-academy
    3. Scouting at Home Atlanta Area Council, Atlanta, Georgia:   If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of things that Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA can do to Scout at home, this is it. The page features content directly from Scoutbook and includes ideas of other activities Scouts can do. Plus, suggestions for video platforms – and of course, reminders about the importance of following youth protection standards. https://www.atlantabsa.org/scoutingathome
  1. John Wiltenmuth recommends:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/boyscoutvolunteers/?ref=group_header
  1. Leader Training from the NCAC Training Committee:
  1. Cub Scout Leader Basic Training

Cub Scout leaders are considered trained and eligible to wear the official Trained emblem once they have completed:

  1. Youth Protection Training Online at my.scouting.org, and
    2. Leader Specific Training for their position:
  1. Hazardous Weather Training Online at my.scouting.org
  1. From Robert Owen (AKA Scouter Bob):

Cub Adventures that can be done at home, with links to the handbook requirements. Might be worthy of including in your next compilation.

https://www.southfultonscouting.com/node/4302?fbclid=IwAR2kB97SmudzCjE-_sWGaEADerIoKeaECfLsSxJ4N0WotUtasw4s7SlGSiw

  1. Pack 457 is Continuing to Meet! (forwarded by Mike Holder, DC for White Oak District)

25 Apr (time TBD) – Webelos II Crossover Ceremony: Pack leadership will host a ZOOM video conference for the Pack to participate in, and observe, a virtual Crossover Ceremony for the Webelos II Den that is transitioning to Boy Scouts. This is a very important event for them and it is important for us to celebrate their achievement. Once it is safe to do so, we will absolutely have an in-person ceremony for the boys. Zoom links will be distributed as we get closer.

 

24-26 April Spring Campout…is now a Pack 457 BACKYARD campout from 25-26 Apr! Pitch your tents in your backyard, set up chairs, light up the grill, and start whittling, playing games, practicing knots…having fun! We will do this in conjunction with the Webelos II Crossover Ceremony above. Following the ceremony, I will give everyone a chance to say hello and share campsites virtually! The ceremony/discussion afterwards is the only formal part of the weekend. No other requirements other than for you and your families to get outside and have some fun! Zoom links will be distributed as we get closer.

 

  1. Youth Protection Training for Adults and for Youth (Dr. Rick Manteuffel, ACC NCAC):

Take this time at home to review youth protection!

  1. The Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure

For Cub Scouts at all levels: https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/preview-adventures/protect-yourself-rules/

The Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventures may be used as an elective adventure OR they may be earned in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light badges of rank.  If used in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for a rank, it may not be used as an elective adventure for that rank.

  1. How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide

These booklets are a basic resource to help parents understand how child abuse happens and keep their children safe. Exercises for parents and children are included. Several versions of the booklets are available:

For Cub Scouts and their parents

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/100-014_WEB.pdf

For Cub Scouts and their parents (in Spanish)

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/100-073.pdf

For Scouts BSA members and their parents PDF icon

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/100-015(18).pdf

For Scouts BSA members and their parents (in Spanish) PDF icon

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/100-016_web.pdf

For STEM Scouts and their parents PDF icon

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/STEM_Guide.pdf

  1. Cyber Chip

To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the BSA introduces the Cyber Chip The Scouting portal showcasing Cyber Chip resources includes grade-specific videos for each level.  https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/cyber-chip/

  1. Bullying Awareness

These fact sheets will help with bullying awareness and direct you to resources provided by the BSA and other entities we work with to protect children.

https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/bullying/

 

  1. Updates to COVID-19 FAQS as of April 13 (changes only, find the complete FAQS at):

https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=swvolunteer4152020&utm_medium=email&utm_content=A

  1. Advancement — Cub Scouts

Q: Can the Arrow of Light (fifth-grade dens) requirements fulfill the requirement to visit a troop or attend a troop outing to function as a patrol?

A:  Yes Two things to keep in mind, the standard of completion for Cub Scout advancement is “Do Your Best,” so given the circumstances, we want to look at the purpose behind the requirements. Remember that doing nothing is never doing your best.

Dens can visit a virtual troop meeting to see the patrol method and youth leadership in action Since the den cannot attend a troop campout or outing, the idea is for the den to function as a patrol while attending the virtual troop meeting. During this time, a virtual den meeting where the den functions as a patrol can be done. Elect a patrol leader, pick a patrol name, play a virtual game together as a patrol. Plenty of opportunities to Do Your Best to meet the intention of the requirement. Remember to maintain all youth protection standards online.

 

Opportunities to Serve

 

  1. Organizations seek volunteers    https://wtop.com/coronavirus/2020/03/as-coronavirus-spreads-virginia-organizations-seek-volunteers/   (submitted by Rick Rogers, Council Commissioner)
  2. Scouting Service from Home  https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/18/good-turns-during-the-coronavirus-acts-of-scouting-service-you-can-do-from-home/?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=swvolunteer3202020&utm_medium=email&utm_content=
    1. Send a ‘thinking of you’ video or email to a local nursing home — or give them a call
  1. The first step would be to contact the facility to figure out the logistics of sending these messages.
  2. “Those folks can no longer receive visitors and would feel forgotten,” says Maceo Felton, a volunteer from the Coastal Georgia Council. “Wouldn’t this be a great way to let these elderly people know that Scouts are thinking about them?”

                                                           iii.      You could make a handmade card and take a photo of it, share a video greeting or simply pick up the phone and give them a call.

  1. To ensure you’re following Youth Protection guidelines, have your Scouts copy an adult on all email communications. For phone calls, make sure you’re in the room with the Scout.
    1. Help with grocery pick-up/delivery
  1. As long as it’s safe to do so, and a parent or guardian is present, Scouts could offer to pick up and deliver groceries for those who are unable to leave their homes.
  2. They should practice social distancing — remaining 6 feet away from others — and thoroughly wash their hands before and after performing this act of service.
    1. Send a thank-you message to a local hospital
  1. ER doctors, nurses and other critical care professionals can’t work remotely.
  2. Let’s make sure they’re thanked for their hard work. Scouts can send electronic messages to these hard-working heroes. Again, be sure to find a nonemergency contact at the hospital before sending a message. We don’t want to overwhelm these facilities with calls.

                                                           iii.      While officials say the coronavirus doesn’t survive long on objects, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So electronic messages are best at this time.

    1. Contact your local food bank
  1. With schools closed, many families that relied on schools to provide food for their children are left missing out.
  2. Find your local food bank and see what help they might need. If you can assist in a way that’s safe, please do.
    1. Call your loved ones
  1. Call, FaceTime or Skype your loved ones — especially those who are older and may not be leaving their houses. Ask about their childhood, their first car, where they grew up.
  2. Did they have electricity? Running water?
  1. Troop 33 Virtual Food Drive (recommended by Dr. Rick Manteuffel, ACC):

Troop 33 has set a goal of donating 5,000 food items to the Capital Area Food Bank to help provide meals to vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 emergency.   Scouts are encouraged to share the message with family and friends, who can participate.  The beneficiary is the Capital Area Food Bank.  The event page is https://yougivegoods.com/troop33-cafb

 

Interesting Stuff

 

  1. Bear Grylls teams up with Scouts for indoor survival activities  https://news.google.com/s/CBIwxomVnEU?r=12&oc=em
    1. Dear Future Me – write a postcard to yourself

The game leader should give everyone a postcard and ideas for how far in the future they’d like to send their postcard. The players write or draw a note to their future self. Grownups can help with scribing or spelling.

    1. Storm in a teacup

Make a tornado in a jar using water, sand and a drop of washing-up liquid. “Watch your storm brew, swirl and dissipate,” advise the Scouts.

    1. Fabulous fancy frames

Create a frame for a photograph that makes you smile then make a gallery for everyone to admire. Decorate the border of the frame with pens, stamps, stickers and other photos you have taken.

    1. Mark my words – make a bookmark

“This activity is a chance to get creative, but it also reminds everyone how to look after books,” the Scouts say. “Bookmarks help people remember where they’ve got to without damaging the book. What other materials could bookmarks be made from?”

    1. Weekly wins – make diaries to record weekly achievements

“Every time the diary owner does something nice or something good happens, they should make a note of it,” say the Scouts. “Each week the group should gather and each person should say as much or as little as they like about how many or how few wins they had that week.”

    1. Changing your coat – make a heraldic coat of arms

Look at an existing coat of arms and choose different colours and animals to design your own shield. Decide what you want the shield to say about you.

 

 

  1. Dear Scouting Families:

I know we are all overwhelmed with the news surrounding COVID-19, the daily changes to our lives, and keeping our families healthy. Without a doubt, many of us are feeling anxious as we navigate the uncertainty of the weeks ahead; I want you to know, NCAC is feeling it too. What we do know is that Scouting can play a vital role in helping Scouts and their families feel less impact from social distancing.

We have been working to identify and encourage opportunities for Scouts to continue meeting with their units virtually, learn new skills, earn merit badges and advancements, and – most importantly – to do their part in giving back to their communities. I wanted to share with you some resources we’ve gathered that you might find helpful while planning activities at home for your families and staying up-to-date with Scouting during this pandemic. 

Resources:

We are also planning a council-wide service project, and reviewing options to find one that keeps our Scouts safe while doing their Duty to Others.

I have been amazed at the positive attitude of our Scouts and volunteers and how proactive our community has been about helping each other and their neighbors through these turbulent circumstances. In difficult times, kindness and acts of service matter more than ever. If you know a Scout that is making a difference supporting or comforting other people, please reach out to scoutstories@ncacbsa.org and tell us about them. At a time when much of our news is discomforting, my hope is to share stories of these inspirational acts of kindness facilitated by local Scouts. 

The strength and support of NCAC’s Scouting families, alumni, volunteers, and supporters encourages us to keep pursuing and focusing on our essential mission. Scouts are our future leaders and change-makers. They will undoubtedly face challenges in their future. We promise to do our part to make sure they are Prepared. For Life.

Thanks for all you do to ensure Scouting continues!

Yours in Scouting,

Craig Poland

 

  1. Check out NCAC’s Scouting at Home web page!
    https://weownadventure.com/category/scouting-at-home/

 

You will find updated NCAC guidance as well as examples of what units are doing around the Council.

 

  1. Story Tapestries, (recommended by Stephen Donnelly, White Oak DE):

Starting Monday, April 6 and continuing through the Spring, children, and adults in our region can enjoy a variety of arts-integrated classes from the Story Tapestries network of Teaching Artists and Master Educators. Programs weave the power of creative writing, spoken word, hip-hop, parody, dance, theatre, visual arts, and storytelling together with various school subjects to inspire learning and keep you and your family engaged.  To see our Virtual Course offerings, please visit our website https://storytapestries.org/resources/virtual-arts-integration-courses-by-story-tapestries/

  1. Take your kids on a #TrekAt2 without leaving your house (from Bryan on Scouting):

Every weekday at 2 p.m. Central, Boys’ Life editors are jumping on Facebook Live to share treks, jokes and mind-bending facts that will take your kids on a journey all over the world – and even to space!

    • Set a reminder on your phone. Every weekday a few minutes before 2 p.m. Central (that’s 3 p.m. Eastern, 12 p.m. Pacific), gather your kids or family unit around your phone, tablet or computer.
    • Head to go.boyslifeorg/fblive
    • Get ready for the Boys’ Life Facebook page to go live so you and the fam can enjoy an adventure from inside your home.
    • Comment along and share family-friendly jokes. Our hosts are reading your comments in real-time and would love to give you a shout out!

 

 

STEM Corner

  1. BSA just launched a new “Scouting at Home” page at https://www.scouting.org/scoutingathome/ 

    A one stop page of resources to help both parents and leaders support Scouting at home, with stay-at-home activities for any Scout rank, and tips for continuing to work on advancement.  Check out the STEM activities available through this page.

 

  1. Cub Scout Pack 493 Suggests:
  1. K5 Learning offers free Coronavirus worksheets for children to help them understand the virus.
    https://www.k5learning.com/free-worksheets-for-kids/coronavirus
  2. NASA Langley Research Center Virtual Tour – https://oh.larc.nasa.gov/oh/
  3. San Francisco’s De Young Museum – https://artsandculture.google.com/search/exhibit?p=de-young-museum
  4. National Women’s History Museum – https://www.womenshistory.org/womens-history/online-exhibits
  5. Detroit Institute of Arts – https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/detroit-institute-of-arts?hl=en
  6. National (Baltimore) Aquarium (In Baltimore) – https://aqua.org/media/virtualtours/baltimore/index.html
  7. San Diego Zoo – https://kids.sandiegozoo.org/videos
  8. Yosemite National Park – https://www.virtualyosemite.org/about-virtual-yosemite/
  9. Louvre – https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne#tabs
  10. London’s National Gallery – https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/visiting/virtual-tours
  11. Swiss Alps – http://panorama.myswitzerland.com/mt-rigi
  12. Great Wall of China – https://www.thechinaguidecom/destination/great-wall-of-china
  13. https://naturalhistory.si.edu/visit/virtual-tour
  14. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/solomon-r-guggenheim-museum?hl=en
  15. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-j-paul-getty-museum?hl=en
  16. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/photosmultimedia/virtualtours.htm
  17. http://www.museivaticaniva/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html
  18. https://www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssenmultimedia
  19. https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/rijksmuseum/iwH5aYGoPwSf7g?hl=en&sv_lng=4.885283712508563&sv_lat=52.35984312584405&sv_h=311.1699875145569&sv_p=-5.924133903625474&sv_pid=fOVcUXQW2wpRf33iUmxEfg&sv_z=1
  20. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-museum-of-modern-and-contemporary-art-korea?hl=en
  21. https://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/Visit/Virtual-Tour/
  22. https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/parco-archeologico-e-paesaggistico-valle-dei-templi?hl=en
  23. https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/sophie-taeuber-arp/swKioHNhYqZoLw?hl=en
  24. https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/the-national-museum-of-anthropology-mexico-city-ziko-van-dijk-wikimedia-commons/bAGSHRdlzSRcdQ?hl=en
  1. The Nature Conservancy offers:
  1. Nature Lab Resources for all grade levels
    https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/who-we-are/how-we-work/youth-engagement/nature-lab/
  2. Virtual Field Trips
    https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/who-we-are/how-we-work/youth-engagement/nature-lab/virtual-field-trips/
  3. The Secret Life of Corals
  4. Borneo: The Symphony of the Rainforest

                    iii.      View from a Canoe: A Coastal Temperate Rainforest

  1. Wild Biomes: America’s Rainforests and Deserts
  2. The Coral Reefs of Palau
  3. China’s Great Forests

                   vii.      Powering the Planet: Renewable Energy

                 viii.      Journey of Water: Colombia’s Páramo

  1. Coastal Peru: A Coastal Ecosysystem
  2. The National Wildlife Federation offers Free Access to Ranger Rick Activities (Cub Scout Age)
    https://rangerrick.org/
  3. Tired of Learning?  Take a virtual spring break with Disney World.  Ride the rides and see the sights
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYyJUEtYv-ZW7BgjhP3UbTg
  4. Bring the Natural World Indoors with Audubon:

Audubon is sharing their Audubon for Kids! Program
https://www.audubon.org/get-outside/activities/audubon-for-kids?ms=digital-eng-email-ea-newsletter-engagement_20200404_wingspan_%5baudience%5d&utm_source=ea&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=engagement_20200404_wingspan&utm_content=%5baudience%5d&emci=9b070704-f375-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&emdi=bbe885d6-6b76-ea11-a94c-00155d03b1e8&ceid=183636

 

  1. From Robert Owen (AKA Scouter Bob):

Leave No Trace  has a list of nature projects that kids can do at home. You may want to check it out: https://lnt.org/indoor-nature-activities-for-kids/   Videos include:

  1. Know the Leave No Trace Seven Principles for Kids?
  2. Set up an indoor campsite with whatever supplies you have on hand.
  3. No campfire? No problem! Make some campfire alternatives.
  4. Make kits so you’ll be ready to go for your next adventure.
  5. Using stuffed animals to learn how to watch wildlife.
  6. Bandanas: the real multi-tool?
  1. National STEM in Scouting Committee
    The committee has developed an online Nova for remote Scouting. You can sign up at https://forms.gle/wnu6csPv4kmbGstx9
    This activity is for ages 7 thru 11 and you do not have to be a scout to participate! However, if you are a scout be sure to lead your Den Leader know when you finish this Nova so you are credited for the Nova Award.  This Nova applies to Wolf, Bear, and Webleos.

 

  1. ” src=”cid:image001.jpg@01D61750.C435C8D0″ alt=”0F94C1B2E2664BEDA7C541EC4A833499.jpg” border=”0″ class=”Apple-web-attachment Singleton” style=”width: 1.0833in; height: 0.7395in; opacity: 1;”>Pack 493 has developed a Coronavirus Awareness Patch awarded once cubs have completed the K5 Learning Coronavirus worksheets for children:
    https://www.k5learning.com/free-worksheets-for-kids/coronavirus

 

  1. Smithsonian Institute Museums Online Kids and Teens Programs:

Just because the buildings are closed doesn’t mean you can’t visit.  Wide range of activities available for all ages including how to create an art-making robot, American history stories and activities, watching zoo animals and much, much more.

https://www.si.edu/kids 

 

  1. Franklin Institute Museums Offers:
  2. What is Mixed Reality (MR)?

https://www.fi.edu/tech/what-is-mixed-reality

  1. What is Extended Reality (XR)?

https://www.fi.edu/tech/what-is-extended-reality

  1. Augmented Reality Pokemon on the Street

https://www.fi.edu/difference-between-ar-vr-and-mr

Augmented reality (AR) adds digital elements to a live view often by using the camera on a smartphone. Examples of augmented reality experiences include Snapchat lenses and the game Pokemon Go.

  1. Augmented Reality

https://www.fi.edu/augmented-reality

  1. Marine Debris on Pearl and Hermes Atoll

https://www.fi.edu/virtualreality/marine-debris-on-pearl-and-hermes-atoll

Step onto a beach where marine debris and wildlife life side by side. The Pacific trash gyre is a massive accumulation of marine debris that spirals in the North Pacific Ocean.

  1. Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

https://www.fi.edu/virtualreality/space-shuttle-atlantis-at-the-kennedy-space-center-visitor-complex

 

BSA Resources Available Now!

Scouting.org/ScoutingAtHome – a webpage with an ever-growing list of resources to help Scouting families and friends safely continue their adventures. Also check out #ScoutingAtHome and your council’s website for even more activities, ideas and helpful tips. 

 

 

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Virtual Meetings

  1. The most recent from BSA on Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities
  2. Troop 1760 SPL, Seneca District Shares:

The PLC just had a virtual meeting via Zoom and there are some things we are planning for our continuing time in quarantine.

  1. We have elected not to continue troop meetings online, but rather are reaching out to the two merit badge counselors to ideally continue the earning of those badges. Stay posted for details to come.
  2. In addition, we are expecting patrol leaders to meet with their patrols before the end of April to check up on their patrols and plan potential online “outings” such as patrol video game time or making masks. A more detailed email has been sent out to patrol leaders about this so stay posted for details so patrol members can attend.
  1. Bryan Martin Frivida (ACC, NCAC) shares:

As COVID-19 and remote meetings are very much an item of discussion these days, I wanted to share the latest guidance from BSA on remote meetings via BSA’s Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities.

In addition, be sure to bookmark these helpful pages:

How to do Scouting in the Time of COVID-19

  1. Venture Crew 1345 TEDV (forwarded by Jae Englebrecht, ACC NCAC):

To that end, we are proud to introduce what we would like to call TEDv.

You’ve all probably heard of TEDx, and know that they are a series of informative talks about a wide range of subjects. Our TEDv series will be a chance for our Venturers to share topics they are interested in with you in the form of an interactive Zoom lecture led by a subject expert.

Here is the schedule of our TEDv talks and topics for the next few weeks:

Game Design with David Uribe: Apr 24

The Night Sky and Celestial Navigation with Stefan Arseneau: May 1

Each TEDv presentation will take place on Zoom on Friday at 6pm.  Expect the presentation to last about 10-30 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session with the presenter.  You are welcome to attend any session you are interested in.  Watch your emails for the Zoom invitations, and we hope to see you at TEDv!

Yours in Venturing, David Uribe

  1. The Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure
    For Cub Scouts at all levels: https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/preview-adventures/protect-yourself-rules/

The Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventures may be used as an elective adventure OR they may be earned in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light badges of rank.  If used in place of the Cyber Chip requirement for a rank, it may not be used as an elective adventure for that rank.

  1. How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide

These booklets are a basic resource to help parents understand how child abuse happens and keep their children safe. Exercises for parents and children are included. Several versions of the booklets are available:

For Cub Scouts and their parents
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/100-014_WEB.pdf

For Cub Scouts and their parents (in Spanish)
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/100-073.pdf

For Scouts BSA members and their parents PDF icon
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/100-015(18)pdf

For Scouts BSA members and their parents (in Spanish) PDF icon
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/100-016_web.pdf

For STEM Scouts and their parents PDF icon
https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/STEM_Guide.pdf

  1. Cyber Chip

To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the BSA introduces the Cyber Chip. The Scouting portal showcasing Cyber Chip resources includes grade-specific videos for each level.  https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/cyber-chip/

  1. Bullying Awareness

These fact sheets will help with bullying awareness and direct you to resources provided by the BSA and other entities we work with to protect children.
https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/bullying/

  1. Camp Leadership … A Guide for Camp Staff and Unit Leaders

Brochure for unit leaders and camp staff who are responsible for providing a safe and healthy camp setting where Scouts are free from the worries of child abuse.
https://i9peu1ikn3a16vg4e45rqi17-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/623-12719-CampLeadershipBrochure_WEB.pdf

  1. Welcome to Den Chief Training!
    Scouts wishing to become den chiefs need to take this course. The module identifies den chief responsibilities and tasks, and describes the den chief’s relationship to the adult den leaders and how that relates to the den chief’s activities with the den. After finishing the training, den chief candidates receive their certificate of completion.
    Den Chief Facilitated and Online Training

g.       Venturing Crew Officers Orientation

This training module is geared primarily to Venturing youth that are elected into positions as officers within their Venturing crew, but it can also be used by adult leaders to learn the duties of the officers in the crew. This course is very useful for youth officers to fully understand their roles and responsibilities as it relates to Crew Officers Briefings and Seminars. This course will help the youth develop an annual plan of activities for the crew, as well as acquiring leadership and team-building skills. Estimated time to complete: 45 minutes.

Take Venturing Crew Officers Orientation Now!

High Adventure Base Update Regarding Summer of 2020 – https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/coronavirus/

At this time, all HAB intend to open this summer.  There will be another update on May 1st.

The following issues are being worked on to come up with viable solutions, hopefully by the next update on April 1st:  1) Refunds, 2) Wilderness First Aid & other required training, 3) BSA Health/Medical Forms, and 4) Summer staff.

  1. Advancement — Cub Scouts

1)      Q: Can the Arrow of Light (fifth-grade dens) requirements fulfill the requirement to visit a troop or attend a troop outing to function as a patrol?

A:  Yes. Two things to keep in mind, the standard of completion for Cub Scout advancement is “Do Your Best,” so given the circumstances, we want to look at the purpose behind the requirements. Remember that doing nothing is never doing your best.

Dens can visit a virtual troop meeting to see the patrol method and youth leadership in action. Since the den cannot attend a troop campout or outing, the idea is for the den to function as a patrol while attending the virtual troop meeting. During this time, a virtual den meeting where the den functions as a patrol can be done. Elect a patrol leader, pick a patrol name, play a virtual game together as a patrol. Plenty of opportunities to Do Your Best to meet the intention of the requirement. Remember to maintain all youth protection standards online.

  1. Advancement — Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts

1)      Q: Can merit badge counseling or Nova/Supernova counseling be done using digital technologies like Zoom or WebEx?

A:  Yes, registered merit badge counselors or Nova counselors/Supernova mentors may work with youth using digital platforms, ensuring that all youth protection measures noted in the Guide to Safe Scouting and BSA’s social media guidelines are in place. In addition to youth protection, the advancement guidelines in Guide to Advancement (GTA) Section 7 are required.

2)      Q: Are merit badge counselors allowed to provide online instruction?
A:  Yes. Merit badge counselors should follow the guidelines in the Guide to Advancement 7.0.3.2 and ensure you are adhering to all youth protection requirements and online communications guidelines. It is acceptable—and sometimes preferable—for merit badges to be taught in group settings, including online instruction. We currently allow group instruction at camp and merit badge midways, fairs, clinics, or similar events. These can be efficient methods, and interactive group discussions can support learning. Gathering a group online can also be beneficial. Guest experts and speakers that assist registered and approved counselors may be more willing to speak to a larger online audience. Slide shows, skits, demonstrations, panels, and various other techniques can also be employed, but as any teacher can attest, not everyone will learn all the material. Therefore, the standards we use to verify that each Scout has fulfilled requirements must not be relaxed. Merit badge counselors must be sure that each Scout has individually gained the knowledge intended. When accomplished, counselors can easily sign off requirements via ScoutBook.

3)      Q: What changes have been made to rank advancement/camping requirements given the need to maintain social distancing during this time?
A:  We have implemented temporary changes, detailed below, to allow Scouts to complete rank requirements, detailed below, by video conferencing through September 1, 2020. This deadline will be re-evaluated as needed.
The goal when using video conferencing must be to preserve the ideals and intent of each requirement as best as possible. Scoutmasters or their designee(s) should remain mindful of the Methods of Scouting, such as the Patrol Method, before implementing the modified requirements listed below. Some advancement activities can be completed by video conferencing but not all. For example, virtual visits to a city council meeting, national historic landmarks, museums, and art galleries may be acceptable, but swimming, rifle shooting, and motorboating merit badges cannot be completed virtually.
Even when using video conferencing, all virtual campouts and activities should consist of as many elements found on a normal outdoor campout or activity as possible. The most significant difference is that patrol or troop members are not all in the same location. All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines must be followed.
Tenderfoot rank requirements
1b. – Virtual patrol or troop campouts via video conferencing will be permitted.
2a. – During the same day as your virtual patrol or troop campout, assist in preparing one meal with the help of those with whom you live. Tell your patrol or troop why it was important for each person to share in meal preparation and cleanup.
2b. – During the same day as your virtual campout, demonstrate the appropriate method of safely cleaning items used to prepare, serve and eat a meal.
5a. – Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Verbally commit to following the buddy system on your next troop or patrol outing.
7a. – Tell how to display, raise, lower, and fold the U.S. flag.
Second Class rank requirements:
1a & 1c. – Virtual patrol or troop activities via video conferencing will be permitted.
3b. – Using a compass and map together, plan a 5-mile hike approved by your adult leader.
4. – Evidence of wild animals can be demonstrated with information or photos of your local area found online.
5c. – May be completed virtually via video conferencing on dry land.
7c. – Learn about the dangers of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss what you learned with your family and explain the dangers of substance addictions. Report to your Scoutmaster or other adult leader in your troop about which parts of the Scout Oath and Scout Law relate to what you learned.
8a. – May be completed virtually using video conferencing.
8d. – May be completed by comparing costs at three (3) online sites or locations.

First Class rank requirements:
1a – Virtual patrol or troop activities via video conferencing will be permitted.
2e. – On the same day as your virtual campout, serve as the cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in First Class requirement 2a. Supervise the cleanup.
4a. – By drawing, computer software, or other virtual methods, plan an orienteering course that would cover at least one mile. Explain why measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.) is helpful. Explain how you would complete your course using a real map and compass.
4b. – Scouts do not need to follow their route.
5a. – Evidence of native plants can be demonstrated with information or photos of your local area found online.
6e. – May be completed on dry land.
9a. – Visit may take place virtually or by phone.
9c. – Outings can include past or future plans.
10. – Invite the potential new member to a virtual meeting or future activity using video conferencing. 

4)      Q: Will virtual camping count toward Order of the Arrow nights camping?
A:  No, virtual camping will not count toward the 15 nights camping required for membership in the Order of the Arrow.

  1. Q: Can merit badge requirements be adapted since some elements can’t be completed as stated right now?
    A:  The published guidelines for the methodology of the merit badge program and the role of the merit badge counselor is found in the Guide to Advancement, Section 70.0.0. It is important to remember that leaders and merit badge counselors must not make additions or deletions to requirements. The Scout is expected to meet the requirements as stated; however, in some cases, virtual “visits” may fulfill the intent of a requirement. When the requirement’s intent cannot be reached virtually, the requirements cannot be completed, and the Scout must wait to complete that badge/requirement. Merit badge counselors signing off on requirements must determine to the best of their ability if the Scout has demonstrated the intended outcome.
    All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines must be followed.
  2. Q: Does a Scout need a hard copy of a Blue Card when working on merit badges?
    A:  No. Since the introduction of Scoutbook, the BSA has offered Scouts two ways of recording merit badge requirement completion: The Blue Card and Scoutbook. Both remain authorized methods to record merit badge work. Scoutbook is a part of the BSA Internet Advancement system, which means that entering an advancement record in Scoutbook is the same as entering it in Internet Advancement. Anyone with a BSA member ID automatically has access to a Scoutbook account through their my.scouting account.
  1. Mary Abe, White Oak Assistant District Commissioner Shares Ideas for Packs:
  2. Tiny Camp Fire   https://tinycampfire.net/

The website is for a company that sends tea candles and supplies for s’mores to people who will then connect on Zoom for a Tiny Camp Fire. Packs/dens could send out the supplies without using the company. Storytelling, jokes and skits could be incorporated.

  1. Best Zoom Games:
    https://www.techrepublic.com/article/6-best-zoom-games-for-some-virtual-face-time-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/
    Bingo, Yahtzee, Pictionary, and many more ideas plus Tech tips for how to implement these games.
  2. Scavenger Hunt Ideas
    https://parade.com/1023648/jessicasager/scavenger-hunt-ideas-for-kids/
    There are any number of scavenger hunt ideas of on-line: This resource has 29 ideas. I think that there are some Cub Scout specific ones also, but this gives a broad range of ideas.
  3. 30 Day Challenge
    https://cubscoutideas.com/13550/30-day-cub-scout-challenge/
    Probably the easiest way to get folks into scouting at home. There is a challenge for every Cub level with age appropriate activities for every day of April.
  4. Leatherworking–Tandy leather
    Tandyleather.com/en/category/kits
  5. under boy’s life ‘stuck inside 25 fun projects’ look at:
  1. Morse code with a flashlight and phone or pc w zoom
  2. Webex, room or google hangouts meet
  3. Show and tell virtual
  4. Work on cyber chip   https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/cyber-chip/
  5. Virtual campouts
  6. Theresa Garcia-Parks, White Oak District forwards:
    1. From Victoria Eisenberg, Cubmaster, Pack 33:
      I am doing a virtual campout for scouts  https://www.facebook.com/allaboutscouts/posts/1657825367689363
      So feel free to share that! ALL scouts are welcome to join. It lasts for 2 weeks allowing scouts to be able to do at home when they are able. I didn’t yet set up a zoom campfire for everyone on the event since it’s open to ALL scouts but I am doing one for our unit.
    2. Great website for Cubs from Narragansett Council https://www.narragansettbsa.org/camping-activities/virtual-scouting/72761

 

Opportunities to Serve

  1. Troop 33 Virtual Food Drive (recommended by Dr. Rick Manteuffel, ACC):

Troop 33 has set a goal of donating 5,000 food items to the Capital Area Food Bank to help provide meals to vulnerable community members during the COVID-19 emergency.   Scouts are encouraged to share the message with family and friends, who can participate.  The beneficiary is the Capital Area Food Bank.

UPDATE:  The troop reports that they are over halfway to our goal of 5,000 items now. There’s still a week to go!
The event page is https://yougivegoods.com/troop33-cafb

  1. Theresa Garcia-Parks, White Oak District forwards:

From Victoria Eisenberg, Cubmaster, Pack 33:
Virtual Earth Month Community Service & it encourages people to be able to give back in whatever creative way they can & of course is open to all scouts.

https://www.facebook.com/allaboutscouts/posts/1657795151025718

Interesting Stuff

  1. Sign Up for BL BAM! https://boyslife.org/blbam/?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=swvolunteer4152020&utm_medium=email&utm_content=A
    Boys’ Life‘s email newsletter is perfect to make your days at home more fun. Each email will blow your mind with cool projects, hilarious jokes and super fun games! Sign up to get drops in your inbox!

STEM Corner

  1. Franklin Institute Museums Offers:
    a.  What is Mixed Reality (MR)?
    https://www.fi.edu/tech/what-is-mixed-reality
  1. What is Extended Reality (XR)?
    https://www.fi.edu/tech/what-is-extended-reality
  2. Augmented Reality Pokemon on the Street
    https://www.fi.edu/difference-between-ar-vr-and-mr
    Augmented reality (AR) adds digital elements to a live view often by using the camera on a smartphone. Examples of augmented reality experiences include Snapchat lenses and the game Pokemon Go.
  3. Augmented Reality
    https://www.fi.edu/augmented-reality
  4. Marine Debris on Pearl and Hermes Atoll
    https://www.fi.edu/virtualreality/marine-debris-on-pearl-and-hermes-atoll
    Step onto a beach where marine debris and wildlife life side by side. The Pacific trash gyre is a massive accumulation of marine debris that spirals in the North Pacific Ocean.
  5. Space Shuttle Atlantis at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
    https://www.fi.edu/virtualreality/space-shuttle-atlantis-at-the-kennedy-space-center-visitor-complex

BSA Resources Available Now!

Pack 33- White Oak District did a Virtual Camp-out.

Want to learn more about it?

Virtual Camp-out ‘Training’
Sunday 26th of April at 5 pm
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82733878928
Capacity is at 100, but if I facebook live it, it will show up on facebook.com/allaboutscouts/ & anyone can view

Can’t make it on Sunday?
“How To” Virtual Camp-out ‘Training’ based on how we did it, give ideas, answer questions. I will also host a virtual camp-out on my page for May for units who can’t do April to make it easier from 17th of May to the 31st of May — They can RSVP here https://www.facebook.com/events/1539630562872134/

Yours in Scouting,
Ms Victoria Eisenberg (she/hers)
Pack 33 Cubmaster,

#scouton #scoutingathome #allaboutscouts
Pack 33 Website@allaboutscouts
https://www.facebook.com/allaboutscouts/
http://pack.takomaparkscouts33.org/

We would like to thank all those that attended our first Virtual Roundtable last Thursday.  We hope you all got as much out of it as your Roundtable Staff did.

If you dialed into the meeting, please let us know so we can match up the phone number with the folks that attended. You can email Phil Dennis (phil@dennis-family.org) or Hunter Shelley (hshelley@starpower.net).
 
There was a lot of great discussion on virtual meetings, virtual campouts and adjustments to requirements that recently came down from BSA National.
 
We will meet by Google Meeting again next month, and there are already some enhancements to this platform that should help us out a lot.  
 
Here is a link to a folder that contains the PowerPoint presentation, notes from the meeting and a suggestion for activities for your units.
 
https://bit.ly/2XMT9zB
 
Thanks for all that you do,
–Phil Dennis (Seneca District Boy Scout Round Table Commissioner)

Now is the time for Scouters to do their online training, since we cannot do in-person training at the moment.

Instead of going stir crazy, complete your Youth Protection Training (retaken every 2 years), or take any of the online training that is offered at my.scouting.org.

Not sure what courses are required to be a Trained Leader go to: https://www.scouting.org/training/training-quicklinks/ and select Trained Leader Requirements.

Remember if your position has changed you must update your training to be completely trained.

Courses offered online at my.scouting.org:

  • Youth Protection Training (retaken every 2 years)
  • Cub Scout Position Specific Trainings
  • Scoutmaster/Assistant Scoutmaster Training
  • Committee Specific Training
  • Merit Badge Training
  • BALOO prerequisites
  • Hazardous Weather (retaken every 2 years)
  • Safety Afloat (retaken every 2 years)
  • Safe Swim Defense (retaken every 2 years)
  • Trek Safely (retaken every 2 years)
  • Explore other trainings available at this site

Be sure to check out Expanded Learning located in my.scouting.org for Safety courses, BALOO prerequisites, Stem and other courses available beyond the basic Leader Specific courses.