Virtual Scouting

Youth and Families Need Scouting Now More Than Ever

These are difficult times. Scouting looks a bit different, but Scouting itself hasn’t really changed. It’s still about providing fun, engaging activities that build character, leadership and fitness in young people. In a time that seems to be pulling us apart – Scouting connects families and communities.

Cub Pack 285 is committed to providing character and leadership development to youth, ensuring our community will grow stronger together for years to come. The values of Scouting as detailed in the 12 points of the Scout Law – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent – remain relevant today, and are more important now than ever before.

We believe in our program’s ability to develop character and leadership skills in young people, and our group of volunteer leaders are proud to be able to make them available through virtual means until it is safe to meet together again. Remember all the resources offered through BSA that can help parents, especially those balancing a career and childcare from home. Skills and activities, instructional YouTube videos on BSA channels, and
digital publications such as the Boys’ Life Mini-Mag can all help young people stay occupied with constructive fun.

How virtual programming will work

As of September 1, 2020, leadership is still finalizing plans for a semi-virtual scout year based on our chartered organization’s reopening plan. This will mean many meetings are held via online meeting tools. In-person meeting will need to be den-specific and leader-dependent. As long as weather permits, it might be best for families to meet at local parks. No matter what our meetings look like – the aims of Scouting are the same!

COVID-19-era Scouting and Outdoor activities while social distancing

Without a doubt, these are challenging times for everyone. To ensure everyone’s safety, many units are meeting virtually now, but this doesn’t mean we can’t plan all the same fun adventures of Scouting in a
safe, socially distant setting. Scouting offers recommendations and key resources at https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/. The BSA’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to be informed by the guidance of official bodies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose framework for mitigation for community groups is based on the level of community transmission of COVID-19. The Boy Scouts of America is advising local councils to consult with their local and state health
departments, as well as local chartered partners, in order to implement the appropriate protocols to help keep our members, volunteers, and employees safe. Cub Pack 285 is working with our council for guidance on when it is safe to conduct in-person meetings and activities again.

Protecting our kiddos

The BSA is still enforcing all youth safety guidelines and procedures. All the same rules still apply, they must just be applied in a virtual context (as they normally would anyway). See the “Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities” Safety Moment for guidance, and please refer to the full scope of BSA’s Youth Protection policies, as necessary: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/yp-faqs/

If you aren’t current on YPT training, please take it at your earliest convenience.