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Joe · February 11, 2020 at 3:05 am

You’re welcome. Anything we can do to move the scouting movement forward!

Debra Nguyen · April 3, 2020 at 5:46 pm

Golden West Packs, Troops, and Crews,

This is a long, but important email. I apologize if you receive it twice, we are still working on building the contact lists for the new district.

As we face this unprecedented experience with the Coronavirus, Scouting Goes On!

To help us communicate with you, please make sure you are connected with us at http://goldenwest.ocbsa.org/ and are following us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/613679986066513

While OCBSA has instructed that there should be no in-person Scouting, for the time being, there are still lots of resources to continue working on advancement activities, belt loops, rank and merit badges all from home.

Packs, Dens, Troops, Patrols, and Crews should be meeting together using online video services. It is critical to maintain a connection with each other and with our identity as Scouts and Americans and to remember what these identities mean.

Meet-up online, wear your uniforms, say the Pledge, Oath and Law. Host an age-appropriate discussion about what these things mean and how they apply to our current situation. A popular service that I have had success with is called Zoom. There are also other platforms available.

If you need assistance setting up an online video conference option, please don’t hesitate to let me know. I’m happy to help.

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.
Each of these has unique meaning when applied to our current situation and the stay home order. You can use these as instruction points or challenge your scouts to answer the question: how do these apply right now, today?

Youth Protection Reminder
Remember to review Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse before beginning digital contact between a Scout and a merit badge counselor. The BSA’s Youth Protection guidelines, including a rule against one-on-one contact, apply to digital communication.

Resources – There are resources available online for all programs and ranks. Please see below by program:

General

Orange County Council BSA
https://www.ocbsa.org/virtualadvancement/

http://www.ocbsa.org/resourcehub/

https://www.scouting.org/scoutingathome/

Virtual Field Trips
https://www.themeparkprofessor.com/…/virtual-field-trips-…/…

Cub Scouts
For Cub Scouts, the BSA will allow parents and other adults in the Cub Scout’s family to sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements through July 31, 2020. Normally, only a den leader may sign off on these requirements.

Also, Cub Scouts can continue to work on their current den’s advancement through July 31, 2020. This gives extra time for Cub Scouts to complete their badge of rank; if they earn their badge of rank prior to July 31, 2020, they may advance to the next rank.

· Take a look at the Cub Scout 30-Day Challange at OCBSA Resource Hub linked above

· See the Cub information found within the OCBSA links above.

· See the virtual field trip link above

Scouts BSA Troops and Crews

Almost all aspects of scouting can continue at home and over video. We cannot meet in person and we cannot camp, but much else can still be done.

· Group meetings online

· Advancement Requirements

· Merit Badges work and counselor online meetings

· Scoutmaster Conferences via video

· Boards of Review

· Take a look at the ScoutsBSA 30-Day Challange at OCBSA Resource Hub linked above

Many requirements can be completed at home and demonstrated over video or with other photographic proof. Standards should not be lowered, but leniency should be given to work with whatever tech method works for sharing the proof or having a conversation.

Merit Badges – Not all merit badges can be completed at home. BSA has reviewed all 137 merit badges and found 58 have certain requirements Scouts could complete at home. See the link at the bottom of the page. Remember to continue to work with a registered Merit Badge Counselor and to use the official requirements.

Eagle Extensions – Life Scouts who feel that due to the Coronavirus they will be unable to complete their Eagle rank requirements by their 18th birthday, may request an extension of up to 90 days. Please contact me for assistance if you have a Scout in this situation.

Eagle Scout Project Proposal Approvals can continue via video conference. Why not get to planning your project? You will need to provide a PDF copy of your proposal via email to your Unit Leaders or District Project Approval Advisor.

Eagle Boards of Review are continuing by video conference. We have completed 5 Eagle boards in Saddleback since the outbreak and stay at home order.

Eagle Application Book-Check – Keep an eye out for information on how to schedule a book-check, if you are ready. More details to follow on this topic.

Video Conferencing BOR

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/…/how-to-conduct-a-boar…/…

Merit badges for social distancing: 58 badges Scouts can complete at home

https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/…/merit-badges-for-soci…/…

With any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Yours in Scouting,
Edward Allen Sheely
Advancement Chair
Golden West District

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