Dec. 25, 2020
Looking Back, Moving Forward
We've been through a very unusual time in the history of the world this year, filled with new terms such as "COVID-19," "social distancing," "mask up," "seven-day average positivity rate," limited public gatherings; Church at home; political and social unrest and public distrust unparalleled in our lifetimes; natural disasters; economic instability; Zoom meetings; virtual graduations; and the list goes on and on. We'll probably associate these anomalies with 2020 as the years go by.

Moreover, we've seen the consolidation of a number of councils; the BSA's bankruptcy filing to allow for reorganization and recovery; holding limited summer camp programs due to COVID limitations and mandated protocols; cancellation of high adventure treks for 2020; and Packs and Troops meeting "virtually" via Zoom for their den and troop meetings. This has been, indeed, a time of unparalleled and often gut-wrenching change.

And, yet, amidst the change, there are those things that remain the same within Scouting. The principles of the Scout Oath remain a constant reminder that honesty is the best policy; that a life worth living is one that is "physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight;" that there are always opportunities for a Scout to "do a Good Turn daily," to help other people at all times, to be prepared and to live the principles of the Scout Oath and Law always.

As we take stock of the end of the year and look forward to the promise of the coming new year, remember that Scouting prepares our youth to overcome challenges through solutions. These young men and women have great potential to be a change for good in the world - limited only by the capacity of their will and imagination. Let us all carry that message with us and lead by that example.

The Scouting program has always given, and will continue to provide our youth a system of values that last a lifetime through:
The importance of service to God, country, and others.

A program to help them be physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Skills training leading to enhanced confidence.

Exposure to trained, registered adult leaders committed to the values of Scouting.

Leadership training.

I express my deepest personal appreciation to our staff for their hard work and vision in finding new and innovative ways to continue to deliver the promise of Scouting during a most unprecedented year - and for their future efforts to support our youth, members, and families and their involvement in Scouting.

We appreciate each and every one of you who have chosen to play a significant part in supporting the youth we serve across the Tuscarora Council. We are grateful to serve you and thankful for your commitment and dedication to strengthening the leaders of tomorrow through Scouting. Thank you for all that you do!

Christmas is a time of new beginnings.....the incredible time of year celebrating the birth of Jesus. A new beginning for humanity. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; behold, the new has come!" (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Merry Christmas to you, your family and friends! Wishing you health, wealth, happiness, many blessings and new beginnings in the coming year,

Sarah Fernandez
Program Director
Boy Scouts of America
Tuscarora Council
Council Service Center - 172 NC Hwy 581 S.
Goldsboro, NC 27530

P 919.734.1714 F 919.734-6540
Tuscarora Scout Reservation
965 Scout Road
Four Oaks, NC 27524