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  • lauratague 2:43 pm on June 30, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Troop Updates 

    We will not have a meeting this week.

    At this time, we are going to have to cancle Space Jam. (August 7 – 9) One of our Council’s guidelines is no carpooling. Every scout attending would have to be driven in a car by a family member. Also, Illinois is only allowing gatherings of 50 or less.

    We will be camping the weekend of August 7 – 9. We need to ensure our first year Scouts meet Order of Arrow eligibility. I am working on finding a special use area that is close to St. Louis. Again, all Scouts will have to be driven in their own family’s vehicle and no carpooling.

    Questions – email me at laura.e.tague@sbcglobal.net

     
  • lauratague 10:35 pm on June 23, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    OA Elections 

    Thursday, June 25th at 7 pm is OA elections. It is important that all Scouts attend to vote. Please email me directly at laura.e.tague@sbcglobal.net to get the information needed to log on to Zoom.

     
  • lauratague 11:23 pm on June 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    OA Elections / Requirements 

    Thursday, June 25th at 7 pm is OA elections. It is important that all Scouts attend to vote.  As this site is not secure, I can’t post the Zoom link. Please email me at laura.e.tague@sbcglobal.net for the information.

    The OA has new guidelines for a “Temporary Camping Night Policy”. This will effect our first year Scouts. Normally, to qualify to be on the OA ballott, one of the requirements is to have attended a long term summer camp.

    Under the temporary guidelines, a long-term camp plan must be developed. It must include progress toward rank advancement.

    I am working on a packet for 1st & 2nd Class Requirements. There will be some that Scouts can do at home. For some of the home requirements, family will be the patrol. Others, will have to be done in person, under Council Guidelines, small Patrols at a local park.

    This may have to be done on two weekend day since most parks have a sunset curfew.

    The Scouts must also do five, yes five, nights of virtual camping. The OA defines Virtual Camping as “Virtual camping (i.e., backyard or solo camping)”

    At this time, my idea is to meet as a troop on a Saturday or Sunday split into Patrols to cover some requirements.

    Have the five nights of Virtual Camping, then meet at the end ot cover some additional requirements.(This is still a work in progress.)

     
  • lauratague 1:47 pm on June 16, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Meeting Updates 

    We will be having a meeting this Thursday. We will discuss the Family Life Merit Badges. Scouts need to be able to say what their “chores” around the house are. Also, if your family has done a family project recently, they can talk about that.

    If you need the Zoom Meeting Information, email me. It is a different link than what we had. – laura.e.tague@sbcglobal.net

    Other important information: Thursday, June 25th at 7 pm is OA elections. It is important that all Scouts attend to vote. I will post the Zoom Link next Monday.

    Our Tenderfoot Scouts need to do the BSA Swimming test for rank advancement. Jessie has offered the use of her pool to us as a group. This is something I would like to schedule for late July, mid August before school starts.

     
  • lauratague 5:38 pm on June 8, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Updates 

    We will not have a meeting this Thursday due to another GSLAC conflict I have.

    OA Elections will be Thursday, June 25 @ 7 PM. I am waiting for exact details.

    Kia Kima has published their virtual Merit Badge List. If you click on the name of the Merit Badge, it will take you to the registration link. Parents will have to create an account https://www.kiakima.net/scouts-bsa-programs.html

    GSLAC will also be having Zoom Merit Badges. This is the link: https://stlbsa.org/achievement/advancement/merit-badge-skill-centers/

    I will be working on Family Life, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World for the Troop. As soon as I get them ready, I will post.

     
  • lauratague 7:48 pm on June 4, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Scouts BSA Advancement Starter Kit 

    Greater St. Louis Area Council has an advancement starter kit that covers requirements in Scout to First Class. The booklet is free, but the things like the compass, rope, STEM kit and knot tying kit are part of a kit. The kit is $25 if you pick it up at the MacArthur Service Center on West Pine or $35 to ship to your home. If you want a copy, let me know and I will email it to you. (laura.tague@bsatroop821.com)

    There are hyper links in the booklet, so it is something best used electronically.
    It is up to the Scout to track what they do in the booklet for rank advancement.

    https://scoutingevent.com/312-2020bsaguide

     
  • lauratague 10:11 pm on June 1, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Zoom Meeting 

    We are going to continue to do Zoom meetings (until I can get Google non-profit set up)

    The requirements that we should be working on for 1st and 2nd class require closer than 6 feet contact. There are modifications for 1st and 2nd class posted on the Google Classroom.

    Again, pulling out of the announcement “”Parents should be surveyed and a majority of the parents in the Scouting unit must approve restoring in person activities.” We need to hear from parents before we can start in person meetings. We also have to have approval from our Charter Organization to resume meetings.

    If you need the Zoom info, please email me. I can’t post on the blog because it isn’t secure.

    Email me – laura.tague@bsatroop821.org

     
  • lauratague 7:01 pm on May 29, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    GSLAC Updates 

    UNIT ACTIVITIES

    As Scouting is local, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America has left determining responses to COVID-19, the coronavirus pandemic up to local councils. This includes whether Scouting units can hold face-to-face Scout meetings, activities, events and trips as well as when those meetings may resume. Throughout this pandemic, our Council has made the health and safety of our Scouts, leaders, staff and their families its number one priority.

    As local and state restrictions related to COVID-19 have been eased and extensive protocols have been put in place, we are now ready to ease the suspension of in person local unit meetings and activities under the following criteria;·

    All local and state governments, both where the unit is chartered and where the meeting or activity is to take place must clearly permit the activity in terms of gathering size and ability to maintain proper social distancing. All of their and the Federal CDC guidelines must be followed for all phases of the meeting or activity (such as feeding, housing/tents, swimming etc.).·

    Chartered organizations must approve in person activities and/or meetings prior to restoring them. Units should also consult with their chartered organization to determine the best path forward for the unit’s Scouting programs.·

    Parents should be surveyed and a majority of the parents in the Scouting unit must approve restoring in person activities.·

    All meetings and activities are to take place outdoors.

    SUMMER PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES

    We plan to continually evaluate our program offerings and policies related to COVID-19 on a daily basis and immediately communicate any changes and additions. In the meantime, please stay safe, follow recommended precautions and utilize the camp facilities and programs we’ve made available. They include Outdoor Family Camping, weekly challenges, camp kits and STEM projects. All details can be found on our website, http://www.stlbsa.org and our council Facebook page. As of June 3rd, all Illinois camp properties will be available for the Outdoor Family Experience!

    TRAVELCDC guidelines state that traveling increases chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping space between people outside of the home. To practice social or physical distancing, a distance of at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) needs to be maintained from other people. During travel, it is not always possible to follow this CDC guideline.

    SCOUTFEST 2020 Once in a decade, the Greater St. Louis Area Council celebrates Scouting by hosting a major Scouting event in Forest park. More than 23,000 people preregistered to attend ScoutFest 2020 this October. Staff and volunteers have been working since 2017 to put together a first-class program with over 300 activities. As mentioned earlier, our council has made the health and safety of our Scouts, leaders, staff and their families our number one priority. Therefore, it is with great disappointment we announce the difficult decision to postpone ScoutFest2020 until October 1-3, 2021. By postponing the event, we can follow through on our promise to deliver a spectacular event with once-in-a-lifetime experiences for Scouts and families. All existing registrations will be automatically transferred to the 2021 date. Refunds are available for those who cannot attend the new date by request to scoutfest2020@scouting.org. We look forward to celebrating Scouting together in October 2021!

    RANGER PROGRAMWe are happy to announce that the Ranger program, an exciting older scout program that has been enjoyed by scouts for decades, has been revised to be conducted in a socially distant and safe manner. It will take place over the course of three days at various backcountry locations at S bar F Scout Ranch. Scouts will live in outpost camps, carry all equipment necessary for camping, and walk portions of the Three Notch Trail. Scouts who are at least 14, or in their fourth summer camp, will enjoy this small group program. Scouts must be transported to and from camp in private vehicles containing household members only. BSA’s annual health and medical record will be required. We understand that physical exams may be difficult to obtain because of COVID-19. In light of COVID-19, guidance is being provided and will be in effect until August 31, 2020. For more information visit; https://stlbsa.org/ranger-program/

     
  • lauratague 4:19 pm on May 28, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Meeting Reminder and Summer information 

    As a reminder, we are having a virtual meeting at 7 pm tonight. I switched to Google meet. If you need the Meeting ID, please let me know. The information is on the Facebook Page

    We do need to keep meeting until we hold elections. I am hoping there will be a time when they ease restrictions and we can have in-person meetings (with social distancing, face masks and hand sanitizer).

    GSLAC has announced they are planning alternate Summer Activities. We are also working on Eagle Trail Camp, be it virtual or a modified day camp type experience. Below is what GSLAC has planned.

    I need input from parents on what their Scouts would want to do. Do they want to do a Zoom Summer Camp from outside of St. Louis? I have seen several and have the information.


    Here are the programs:Outdoor Family Experience – Family camping at all properties, families bring their own supplies and meals, and enjoy the wonders of camp!

    1st Year Scouts BSA Kit – Boxed activities to give young scouts a leg up on reaching their First Class rank, basic supplies and online resources will be a part of this experience.

    Ranger Program – The classic ranger overnight camping experience for Scouts BSA – two full weeks and half week camp experiences.

    Merit Badge Courses- Coming soon in June and July, in-person and online, courses for scouts. Information coming soon on the p-program offerings and pricing.

    Virtual STEM Fair- Scouts will submit projects related to science, technology, engineering, and math then participate in a virtual fair judged by real STEM professional. There will be a zoom celebration to announce winners on July 24th!

     
  • lauratague 2:24 pm on May 18, 2020 Permalink | Reply  

    Scouting Updates 5/18/2020 

    Greater St. Louis Area Council sent out an email today. “Given current state and local government restrictions and CDC guidelines, the Greater St. Louis Area Council is continuing the suspension of face-to-face Scout meetings, activities, events and trips until further notice.”

    I am waiting for guidelines from the OA regarding the camping requirements for our first year Scouts.

    I am asking that if you find any virtual/Zoom Merit Badges to post in the comments. I am not actively looking for these opportunities.

    If Scouts take any virtual/Zoom Merit Badges, it is the responsibility of the **SCOUT**, not the parent to let me know. It is the **SCOUTS** responsibility to make sure that I get a blue card from the counselor or that I know to link the Scout with the Merit Badge Counselor. I WILL NOT take texts from parents. Scouts that are 6th Grade and above should be able to email me from their district email. When emailing, Scouts need to add their parent.

    I am the MB Counselor for Citizenship in the Community, Nation and World, Communication and Family Life.

    Greater St. Louis Area Council is opening the camps to Families. To register, click the link. https://stlbsa.org/blog/2020/05/13/family-camping-summer-2020/?fbclid=IwAR2ip9SY_yM3pusJmcsgvZDnmeARiLt0jwxkjc1FzlBjQQVDaudeLx2wJpU
    (Disclaimer – while they are allowing Family Camping, they are not allowing Troop camping.)

     
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