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Advancement during COVID-19: Official details about Eagle extensions and more

The BSA has a message to young people concerned that the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will prevent them from completing Eagle Scout rank requirements before their 18th birthday: Don’t worry; we’ve got your back. During this unprecedented interruption to Scouting nationwide, the BSA has released new guidance on advancement during COVID-19. This includes: Time extensions for…

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Cub Scout Activities: Adventuring from Home Rank Challenges

posted with permission from the Look Wider Still blog: https://lookwiderstill.home.blog/2020/03/15/cub-scout-activities-adventuring-from-home-rank-challenges/?fbclid=IwAR2v4vhvrDZsSvJAQmCza7JVwxdobPuGLIqh5rdInk_-qt-VAcU_oMObbYU My Pack is issuing Rank Challenges to help our Scouts stay involved and entertained over this prolonged period of self-quarantine and social distancing. As an addition to my post about Webelos/AOL Adventures to Complete at Home, which includes an extensive look at how Scouts can…

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2020 SPRING UNIVERSITY OF SCOUTING CANCELLATION NOTICE

The Spring University of Scouting scheduled for April 18, 2020 has now been cancelled due to MNSCU restrictions through May 1, based on Covid-19 virus CDC and MDH recommendations. All registrations for the event will be refunded. Basic Leader Training and Youth Protection Training can be taken online at: https://my.scouting.org/. In addition, we are looking…

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Scouting Show & Tell: Scouting remotely

With the concerns of COVID-19 spreading, units are cancelling campouts and in-person meetings, but that doesn’t mean Scouting stops. Bob Trejo, Scoutmaster of Troop 98 of Whitpain Township, Pa., shared with us how about 60 Scouts in his troop met virtually recently. The troop used Webex; a free account also allowed them to record the…

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BEING RESCHEDULED – 2020 COUNCIL RECOGNITION DINNER

As per the Minnesota Department of Health recommendations for large gatherings, the Council Recognition Dinner scheduled for March 21 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.   The Council Recognition Dinner is a yearly event to honor the wonderful volunteers whose efforts make Scouting happen. At the event, we have a…

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How to conduct a board of review through videoconferencing

The board of review, like most aspects of Scouting, works best in person. But sometimes, for a number of legitimate reasons, that’s not an option. That’s why, as outlined in the Guide to Advancement (section 8.0.1.6), the BSA allows units to conduct boards of review by teleconferencing, using tools like Skype, Google Hangouts or Zoom. Even…

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Youth Protection Begins with YOU!

  The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) places the greatest importance on creating the most secure environment possible for our youth members. One aspect is having our leaders trained in youth protection. The new YPT curriculum was introduced February 1, 2018 and is good for two years. That means that over the next weeks most…

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