TUSCARORA COUNCIL NEWSLETTER
April 17, 2020
Arrow of Light Scouts - Answers To
Your Most FAQ's
Arrow of Light Scouts - Most Frequently Asked Advancement Questions.....

Q:  Can Arrow of Light Scouts that completed all of their requirements, but did not have a crossover ceremony or who have not yet turned in or had their transfer application processed get credit for working on Scout Rank requirements?

A:  Yes. Please make sure on the transfer youth application the date entered is the date that the Scout should have transferred over and not the date when the actual crossover happens or documentation is submitted. This date will become the Scout’s official date to begin work on the Scout Rank. If this date is not indicated correctly, there could be issues in the future with timing on advancement.

Q:  Can Arrow of Light Scouts start meeting with their new Troops even if they have not completed a transfer youth application?

A:   If Troops are conducting virtual meetings during the mandated closures, Arrow of Light Scouts may and are encouraged to participate in Troop meetings as long as they are still registered in Scouting. Most packs register their Arrow of Light Scouts until the crossover. As long as they are still registered with a Pack, then they will be fine until their transfer application can be processed.

Q:  Can parents sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements?

A:  (From the National FAQ) Yes. Through July 31, 2020, parents and other adults in the Cub Scout’s family, may sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements. We strongly encourage that parents use the Scouting App or ScoutBook to record completion of their child’s requirements.

Q:  Will you hold an official council-wide crossover ceremony at some point at Camp Tuscarora for the Arrow of Light Scouts who are now in Troops who weren't able to participate in a ceremony due to COVID-19 closures?

A:   YES! Most absolutely, YES ! While we can't anticipate a precise date at this point, please know that we will hold a HUGE council-wide crossover ceremony at Camp Tuscarora just as soon as it is safe for us to do so and for everyone to participate. Please help us spread the word to everyone affected, we want to see every eligible AOL Scout there and recognize them in the ceremony they deserve and were looking forward to!
* Have additional questions that weren't answered here? You can ask those by simply sending a quick reply to this email! If we don't have the answers readily available, we'll get them for you as quickly as we can.
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Additionally, you can check out the BSA COVID-19 FAQ page at this link .
Scouts BSA Advancement - Answers To
Your Most FAQ's
. Scouts BSA - Most Frequently Asked Advancement Questions.....

Q:  For Arrow of Light advancement, parents have been granted the ability to sign off requirements, does that hold true for Scouts BSA parents for things their Scout may have completed at home?

 A:   A parent cannot sign off on a Scouts BSA requirement the same way that a Cub leader or an Arrow of Light Leader (temporarily). From the Mechanics of Advancement in Scouts BSA section 4.2.1.2 ( https://tinyurl.com/sco42j5 ), “Once a Scout has been tested and signed off by someone approved to do so, the requirement has been met.” Unless the parent is a leader or has been authorized by the unit leader to sign off the requirement they may not do so.

HOWEVER , in Scoutbook, parents can indicate to a unit leader that they feel a requirement has been met. Following this guide ( https://tinyurl.com/t3uam7p ), parents can indicate the date the requirement was completed and then the unit leader will mark it complete once he or she approves the work. It is not considered signed off until the unit leader approves it. Again, referencing section 4.2.1.2, the unit leader has the authority to deny that the requirement is complete if he or she does not feel the Scout has learned the skill.

Q:  Can Boards of Review be conducted virtually?

A:   Yes. Boards of Review can be conducted virtually for all ranks. There is a great article from Bryan on Scouting that can be referenced at  https://tinyurl.com/qnfry8q .

Q:  How do we obtain signatures from the Board of Review Committee Members who participate?

  A:  Signatures are going to be a little tricky with current measures in place for social distancing but are not impossible. For documents that need signatures, documents can be scanned to the appropriate parties, get signed, and then sent back and assembled. Documents could go through the mail as well. The preferable method of signatures at this point is an electronic or digital signature.

National has announced that through September 30, 2020 electronic or digital signatures will be accepted. There may be some Scouts and volunteers that have access to digital signature technology and will be able to sign documents that way. Electronic signatures are going to likely be much more common. An electronic signature can be simply someone’s signature sent back in an email as a scan or a photograph or someone writing in an email that they approve the result of the board of review as long as their full name is included in the email (i.e. I, John Smith, participated in the board of review for Scout Sam Jones, and approve that he should be a Life Scout). This email can be printed and included with the form. 

Q: What changes have been made to rank advancement / camping requirements given the need to maintain social distancing during this time?

A: National has implemented temporary changes , detailed below, to allow Scouts to complete rank requirements, detailed below, by video conferencing through September 1, 2020 . (This deadline will be re-evaluated as needed.)

The goal when using video conferencing must be to preserve the ideals and intent of each requirement as best as possible. Scoutmasters or their designee(s) should remain mindful of the Methods of Scouting, such as the Patrol Method, before implementing the modified requirements listed below.

Even when using video conferencing, all virtual campouts and activities should consist of as many elements found on a normal outdoor campout or activity as possible. The most significant difference is that patrol or troop members are not all in the same location. All existing youth protection policies and digital safety guidelines must be followed .

Tenderfoot rank requirements :
1b. – Virtual patrol or troop campouts via video conferencing will be permitted .
2a. – During the same day as your virtual patrol or troop campout, assist in preparing one meal with the help of those with whom you live. Tell your patrol or troop why it was important for each person to share in meal preparation and cleanup.
2b. – During the same day as your virtual campout, demonstrate the appropriate method of safely cleaning items used to prepare, serve and eat a meal.
5a. – Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Verbally commit to following the buddy system on your next troop or patrol outing.
7a. – Tell how to display, raise, lower, and fold the U.S. flag.
Second Class rank requirements :
1a & 1c. – Virtual patrol or troop activities via video conferencing will be permitted
3b. – Using a compass and map together, plan a 5-mile hike approved by your adult leader.
4. – Evidence of wild animals can be demonstrated with information or photos of your local area found online.
5c. – May be completed virtually via video conferencing on dry land.
7c. – Learn about the dangers of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss what you learned with your family and explain the dangers of substance addictions. Report to your Scoutmaster or other adult leader in your troop about which parts of the Scout Oath and Scout Law relate to what you learned.
8a. – May be completed virtually using video conferencing.
8d. – May be completed by comparing costs at three (3) online sites or locations.
First Class rank requirements :
1a – Virtual patrol or troop activities via video conferencing will be permitted .
2e. – On the same day as your virtual campout, serve as the cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in First Class requirement 2a. Supervise the cleanup.
4a. – By drawing, computer software, or other virtual methods, plan an orienteering course that would cover at least one mile. Explain why measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.) is helpful. Explain how you would complete your course using a real map and compass.
4b. – Scouts do not need to follow their route.
5a. – Evidence of native plants can be demonstrated with information or photos of your local area found online.
6e. – May be completed on dry land.
9a. – Visit may take place virtually or by phone.
9c. – Outings can include past or future plans.
10. – Invite the potential new member to a virtual meeting or future activity us ing video conferencing. 

Q: Will virtual camping count toward Order of the Arrow nights camping? 

A: No, virtual camping will not count toward the 15 nights camping required for membership in the Order of the Arrow. 
* Coming early next week: Answers to your Order of the Arrow most FAQ's!
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* Have additional questions that weren't answered here? You can ask those by simply sending a quick reply to this email! If we don't have the answers readily available, we'll get them for you as quickly as we can.
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Additionally, you can check out the BSA COVID-19 FAQ page at this link .
NEW! Introducing Boy's Life 30 Day Challenges
NEW! Boys' Life Grades K-2 and Grades 3-4
30 Day
Youtube Channel Video Challenges
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Boy's Life Magazine is pleased to present the 30 Day Video Challenges for K-2 and 3-4 graders. The concept of the videos is to share with ALL parents of ALL elementary aged youth at home. This isn't limited to just Scouting families, it's for ALL families!
 
Please help us spread the word about this FUN and FREE resource for all families with elementary-aged youth by posting and sharing the link below on your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or other social media channels to share with everyone you know with elementary aged youth at home.

How Are You Staying Connected With Your Scouts and Families?
Together , We ' ve Got This !
Check Out How Our Tuscarora Scouting Families
Are " Scouting On " and Rising to the Challenge! .
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Thank you again, to everyone, for hanging in there during these unprecedented, unpredictable, and frustrating days! You have been doing a great job keeping things going in your units and keeping the Scouts in your families actively Scouting!

We've had great participation in our daily challenges offered through the Camp Cooped Up promotion and have been thrilled to see your entries and submissions sent in! So much so in fact, that we compiled just a few of your photos and video clips into a council video production to share as a positive message and inspiration for all Scouting families out there to keep on Scouting, as well as a THANK YOU to everyone who has shared their stories with us. Find and watch the video on our Youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/rEGFMWi6tAg

Keep those stories coming in! We’re looking for EVERYONE to share the great ideas, amazing work, and inspirational stories from your Family, Pack, Troop, Crew and/or Post to stay connected with your Scouting youth and keeping them actively Scouting!  

Please e mail your great work and stories to us at Sarah.Fernandez@Scouting.org for a chance to be featured in the weekly newsletter and/or the next Council video production!
Greetings From "Camp Cooped Up!" Catch Up On Daily "Virtual Camp" Challenges 22 - 28
Looking for FUN At Home Scouting family activities this weekend? Miss any of the Daily Challenges this week? No worries, catch up on days 22 through 28 below:
Camp Cooped Up! Day Twenty - Two Challenge : “ Good Turn Good Friday !

1. Make a handmade “Thinking of You” card for residents in a local nursing home or a handmade “Thank You” note for medical care professionals at a local hospital.
2. Take a photo of your card or make a short video message while holding the card.
3. Contact the local nursing home to identify the best way to deliver your electronic message for the residents, and/or identify a non-emergency contact at your local hospital to see how best to send your electronic thank you. (As always, be certain to follow all youth protection guidelines: have Scouts copy an adult on all electronic
 communications. For phone calls, make sure you’re in the room with the Scout.)
4. Share a photo of your card or getting on our Facebook page, tag us in your Instagram story, or send it via email to Sarah.Fernandez@Scouting.org
Camp Cooped Up! Day Twenty - Three Challenge: “Fizzy Easter Eggs”!

1. You’ll need:
·          Plastic eggs
·          Egg tray
·          Eyedropper, squeeze bottle, or meat baster
·          Baking soda
·          Vinegar
·          Food coloring
3. Create your very own Fizzy Easter Eggs! Have FUN!!
4. Share a photo of your creation (or a video of the fizz!) on our Facebook page, tag us in your Instagram story, or send it via email to Sarah.Fernandez@Scouting.org
Camp Cooped Up! Day Twenty - Four Challenge: “Wacky Weather Experiment”!

1. You’ll need:
  • Water
  • A clear plastic bottle with a cap (that won't leak)
  • Glitter
  • Dish washing liquid
3. See if you can create a tornado in a bottle.
4. Share a photo or video of your experiment on our Facebook page, tag us in your Instagram story, or send it via email to Sarah.Fernandez@Scouting.org .  
Camp Cooped Up! Day Twenty - Five Challenge: “Penguin Pat"Roll”!
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1. You’ll need:
  • Empty toilet paper roll
  • black paper (or black paint)
  • orange paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • wiggle eyes stickers
3. Create your penguin! Have FUN and give your penguin his or her own personality!
4. Share a photo of your penguin on our Facebook page, tag us in your Instagram story, or send it via email to Sarah.Fernandez@Scouting.org .  
Camp Cooped Up! Day Twenty - Six Challenge: “Moon Dough”!
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1. You’ll need:
  • Conditioner
  • Corn Starch
  • Food Coloring (Optional, but way more fun!)
3. Make your own Moon Dough! Have FUN and make creations out of your dough!        
4. Share a photo of your finished product on our Facebook page, tag us in your Instagram story, or send it via email to Sarah.Fernandez@Scouting.org
Camp Cooped Up! Day Twenty - Seven Challenge: “Scouting Haiku”!
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1. Read the lesson on how to write a Haiku at: https://www.poetry4kids.com/lessons/how-to-write-a-haiku/
2. Write a Scouting-related Haiku!
3. Be creative, and have FUN with your poem!
4. Share a photo of your finished product on our Facebook page, tag us in your Instagram story, or send it via email to Sarah.Fernandez@Scouting.org .  
Camp Cooped Up! Day Twenty - Eight Challenge: “Grow Your Own Crystals”!
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1. You’ll need:

  • Salt
  • 4 cups of water
  • Tablespoon
  • Wooden spatula
  • Saucepan
  • Heat-safe glass jar
  • String
  • Paperclip
  • Pencil
  • Food coloring (optional)
3. With the help of an adult, grow your own Crystals! Don’t forget to have FUN!
4. Share a photo of your finished product on our Facebook page, tag us in your Instagram story, or send it via email to Sarah.Fernandez@Scouting.org
Continue to follow us on Facebook and Instagram each day for new "Camp Cooped Up" Daily Challenges next week!
Boy Scouts of America
Tuscarora Council
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Goldsboro, NC 27530

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Tuscarora Scout Reservation
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Four Oaks, NC 27524

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