TUSCARORA COUNCIL NEWSLETTER
Mar. 20, 2020
COVID - 19 Updates: Status of Events
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Health & Safety: COVID-19 Updates

Event Status Updates

Events Postponed:

  • Introduction to Leadership Skills for Troops (ILST) | Scheduled for March 21, 2020 | No date for reschedule yet
  • Neusiok District Pinewood Derby | Scheduled for March 21, 2020 | No date for reschedule yet
  • Torhunta District Pinewood Derby | Scheduled for March 21, 2020 | No date for reschedule yet
  • Coharie District Pinewood Derby | Scheduled for March 22, 2020 | No date for reschedule yet
  • Torhunta District Friends of Scouting Luncheon | Scheduled for March 26, 2020 | No date for reschedule yet
  • Coharie District Friends of Scouting Dinner | Scheduled for March 26, 2020 | No date for reschedule yet
  • Spring Cub Family Weekend and Crossover One | Scheduled for March 27 – March 29, 2020 | No dates for reschedule yet
  • Coharie District Roundtables | Scheduled for April 2, 2020 | Will take place via Zoom video conference | More details to be announced 
  • Neusiok District Roundtables | Scheduled for April 2, 2020 | Will take place via Zoom video conference | More details to be announced 
  • Torhunta District Roundtables | Scheduled for April 2, 2020 | Will take place via Zoom video conference | More details to be announced 
  • Spring Cub Family Weekend and Crossover Two | Scheduled for April 3 – April 5, 2020 | No dates for reschedule yet
  • Neusiok District Friends of Scouting Dinner | Scheduled for April 7, 2020 | No date for reschedule yet

We will continue to re-evaluate on a weekly basis and provide Council-wide communication updates in an effort to keep all of our Scouting families informed and as up-to-date as possible.

We thank you for your continued support and patience as we all weather this storm together. Our prayers for safety, health, and well-being are with everyone at this time. Stay safe out there.
At Home Activities - Online Resources For Our Scouting Families
Activities
At Home:
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Online Resources
For Scouting Families
 
We've been busy this week brainstorming with friends from other Councils near and far, as well as scouring the internet for resources for our families looking to engage their children (and themselves) in Scouting and/or educational activities while at home.

These out-of-the-box, in-home activities are centered around providing advancement-related content to help keep kids safe, engaged and to help them make the best of home time. Here are just a few examples of what we've found:

Scouting :

Advancement Academy : Virtual Resources for Keeping Scouts Advancing, Connected & Having Fun  
 
Can’t get together as a group? Visit the Advancement Academy for a digital den meeting or merit badge class. Digital den meetings are offered through Zoom and promoted through Facebook. Participants are asked to sign up in advance. There is also great content for Scouts BSA, including sessions on  How to Run Successful Digital Scout Meetings  as well as online Merit badge sessions on  Coin Collecting , Personal Fitness and more. The site also includes Facebook groups that anyone in the country can join:  Cub Scout  and  Scouts BSA !


This web site features an entire selection of content designed to let Scouts have adventures without leaving home. The site includes links for youth of all ages, from live cams at zoos, to a range of support resources and videos to help Scouts work on merit badges.


Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the founder of Bryan on Scouting and a contributing writer to Scouting Magazine. His blog has a plethora of ideas and a wealth of official Scouting knowledge.



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Earlier this week, BL Magazine released the last year's worth of Boys' Life issues for free on the app! This won't last forever so get reading now!

Explorers - Staying Engaged While Sheltering In Place :

Explorers in all focus areas can work towards earning the Career Achievement Award for their designation. Law Enforcement programs can find a way to focus virtual meetings on cyber crime, while Fire & EMS and Healthcare programs can learn all about public health emergencies, and crisis management.



This is a one-of-a-kind special edition of JOTI! Both educational and fun, this JOTI will bring Scouting to the homes of young people around the world during a challenging time. You can learn about safety measures, mental and physical health and digitally engage as global citizens through a range of different activities. The best part is, you’ll make new friends from around the world! 

NOVA/STEM :   

The Capital Area council’s STEM Nova Committee is putting together a series of remote Scouting activities tied to the Nova Award and Hornaday-related merit badges.




If you’re looking for a comprehensive list of things that Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA can do to Scout at home, this is it. The page features content directly from Scoutbook and includes ideas of other activities Scouts can do. Plus, suggestions for video platforms – and of course, reminders about the importance of following youth protection standards. 


Seneca Waterways Council has set up a site to share ideas on how to do Scouting remotely, plus suggestions on how to work on documents together, and how to hold meetings together if you’re not in the same room.



As communities are practicing caution and social distancing, the Hawkeye Area Council developed a 30-Day Challenge for each Cub Scout rank. Use this at home to help keep Scout's skills sharp.
Educational (all free):

Especially good for math and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material.

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).

Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.

Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.

Creative computer programming

All sorts of engaging educational videos

Activities and quizzes for younger kids

Learn languages for free

Free science lessons

Wide range of cool educational videos

You Tube videos on many subjects

As above for a younger audience

Science awards you can complete from home

All kinds of making

Good for elementary school ages

Aimed at Secondary age, multi-disciplinary activities

Geography gaming!



Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page

Easy arts and crafts for little ones

Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest

Educational online games
Camp Cooped Up! - A Daily "Virtual Camp" Challenge For Our Scouting Families

Introducing:
Camp
COOPED UP!


A Daily
"Virtual Camp" Challenge for Tuscarora Scouting Families

In case you haven't heard or don't follow us online, we’ve put together a “virtual camp” daily home challenge for our Tuscarora families. CAMP COOPED UP! launched earlier today on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter .

Over the following week (or more), you can find a challenge posted on our Camp Tuscarora and Tuscarora Council, BSA Facebook pages, Instagram accounts and Twitter each day that you can participate in! AND there will be a raffle! Stay tuned to know what the prizes will be. Any registered Tuscarora youth can participate with their family! Share this with your family, friends, Scouting unit, Scouting family..... #ScoutLocal #ScoutingContinues

With questions, or for more information about Camp Cooped Up! please contact Sarah Fernandez at Sarah.Fernandez@Scouting.org .
Online Leader Training - Now is The Perfect Time To Complete This
Online Leader Training

My.Scouting.org

Step-By-Step Guide
   
Leaders, as the coronavirus forces many of you to be locked down, this would be a good time for any untrained leaders in your unit, to include committee members, to log on to My.Scouting.org and complete their required position-specific training.

This will not only help meet the required training resolution but also help to ensure we are running the best programs possible for the youth we serve when life returns to normal. Our council training team stands by to help in any way they can, just let us know!
 
  • Never taken online training before?

  • Not sure where to start?

  • Can't remember how to access it?

  • Wish you had step-by-step instructions for completion?

Now you do! Our mission is to make completing training as easy and painless as possible for all of our leaders. On that note, we've created a hand step-by-step guide at the following link that will walk you through the online training modules available on my.scouting.org :

COVID-19 Related Advancement Difficulties: Questions & Answers
Questions & Answers
Cub Scouting/
Scouts BSA/
Venturing
Rank Advancement and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The following questions regarding advancement have arisen as we deal with closures, cancellations, or other issues caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Although there are difficulties and constraints, advancement can continue. Youth, parents, and leaders should work together to implement creative, common sense ways to facilitate advancement while adhering to the Guide to Safe Scouting and following the rules of Youth Protection training.

Please follow this link to the Guide to Advancement (GTA), which remains the primary source for information related to Scouts BSA advancement. It is referenced throughout the answers provided here.

Please send additional questions to: advancement.team@scouting.org

All Scouting Programs:

Q: How can advancement be tracked remotely?
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A: Scouting units should use ScoutBook to record and track advancement.
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To track advancement remotely, parents should:

1)   Connect with their child’s member profile via an invitation that the unit leader sends within ScoutBook.
2)   Once a connection is made, the parent should use the Scouting app, found in both the App Store and Google Play, to stay connected with their unit.
3)   The Scouting app provides parents the ability to report any advancement that was completed at home.

Go to https://help.scoutbook.com to learn more about how to start using ScoutBook and how to connect parents to their Scouts.

Cub Scouts:

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

A: 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: If my den is behind in advancement due to COVID-19, can my Cub Scout continue to work on advancement through the summer?

A: Yes. Cub Scouts can continue to work on their current den’s advancement through July 31, 2020. This is to provide any additional time a Cub Scout needs to complete their badge of rank; if they earn their badge of rank prior to July 31, 2020, they may advance to the next rank.

Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts:
 
Q: May merit badge requirements or rank requirements be modified?

A: No . All requirements must be completed as written. If meetings or activities are canceled or limited, youth should continue to work on requirements as far as possible. By employing common sense and creative solutions, many requirements–even Scoutmaster conferences–can be fulfilled through videoconferencing or telephone calls.

Q: Can merit badge counseling or Nova/Supernova counseling be done using digital technologies like Zoom or WebEx?

A: Yes, registered merit badge counselors or Nova counselors/Supernova mentors may work with youth using digital platforms, ensuring that all youth protection measures noted in the Guide to Safe Scouting and BSA’s social media guidelines are in place. In addition to youth protection, the advancement guidelines in GTA Section 7 are required.
Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward active participation requirements?

A: Yes. If youth are registered and in good standing, a disruption from COVID-19 virus can be the “noteworthy circumstance” that prevents participation. This policy has been in place for many years and is explained in GTA Topic 4.2.3.1.

Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward position of responsibility requirements?

A: Yes. If youth are registered and unable to meet the expectations of their positions because of COVID-19 disruptions, then units may need to waive or rethink the expectations. Just as youth must not be held to unestablished expectations, they must not be held to expectations that are impossible to fulfill. See GTA Topic 4.2.3.4, “Positions of Responsibility,” with its six subtopics.

Q: Does the National Council grant extensions of time to complete rank requirements beyond the 18 th birthday for the Eagle or 21 st birthday for Summit or Quartermaster?

A: Yes, but only for the Eagle Scout rank as described in GTA Topic 9.0.4.0 or for Venturing Summit or Sea Scout Quartermaster as described in GTA Topic 4.3.3.0. Unit leadership must become familiar with the five tests under 9.0.4.0. The tests were designed to accommodate such obstacles as those presented by COVID-19 disruptions.

Q: Will youth who are not yet Life Scouts be allowed to apply for an extension to earn the Eagle Scout rank?

A.   Extensions are considered only for Scouts who are Life rank. If, once a Scout achieves Life rank, it turns out that COVID-19 disruptions along the way have left them with insufficient time to complete Eagle requirements, then this may be cited when the time comes to submit an extension request.

Q: May local councils grant extensions?

A: Normally, that is not allowed. However, due to the current situation— effective immediately and through September 30, 2020 —council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the following limitations:

1.   It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges. If any other causes were involved, the extension request must go to the National Council following the process outlined in the GTA.
2.   Extensions shall only be granted to youth in Scouts BSA who have already achieved Life rank.
3.   When the council receives a COVID-19-related request for a time extension, the council reviews the request and approves it if appropriate. A written response stating the outcome of the extension request must go to the youth. If approved, the notification must be attached to the youth’s Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster rank application. For Eagle, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 18 th birthday; for Summit/Quartermaster, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 21 st birthday.  
4.   Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete YPT; their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
5.   Extension requests for more than 3 months beyond the youth’s 18 th /21 st birthday must be sent to the National Service Center following the process outlined in the GTA.

Note: A “month” in BSA advancement is defined as a day from one month to the next. For example, March 5 to April 5.

The authority for councils to grant extensions is temporary, lasting only through Sept. 30, 2020.

Q: If youth have already received an extension, can they request additional time due to COVID-19?

A: Yes. Council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the limitations listed above.

Q: What should be done while an extension request is being considered?

A: Youth should continue to work on advancement in so far as they are able—e.g., independently, or over the phone or videoconference—and at Scouting activities once they resume.

Q: Are extensions required when an Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster board of review must be delayed?

A: No. Councils may grant Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster boards of review up to six months after the youth’s 18 th /21 st birthday. See GTA Topic 8.0.3.1, “Eagle Scout Board of Review Beyond the 18th Birthday.”
See also, GTA Topic 8.0.1.6, “Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing.”

Q: Are electronic or digital signatures acceptable for rank advancement or for the Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster packets/applications?
A: Yes. Electronic or digital signatures will be accepted through September 30, 2020.

Q: How can a youth continue to work on advancement requirements if they don’t have internet or high-speed internet for videoconferencing?

A: Youth may take a picture of their completed activity/requirement and share the work with unit leaders. In keeping with Youth Protection Training policies, all communications from youth should be sent to at least two adults. Parents or guardians may send advancement work on behalf of their child. 

Find a shareable, printable version of these Q&A's at this link .
Boy Scouts of America
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