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A Message for New-to-Troop-23 Scouts and their Parents

Well, I can hear it now, at your Son’s Eagle Court of Honor in 5 or 6 years. He’ll mention he started Boy Scouts in the year of the Great Quarantine! We had to start out with online meetings, cancelled outings and stalled advancement opportunities.

We hope to help with some of the latter and could use your help and participation. I realize most of you are already “Home School Facilitators” and have dramatically changed schedules. Certainly e-school is the main learning priority, but learning (as we know) takes many forms – from doing the laundry to changing a car tire – and Scouting achievements can fit right in.

The Troop will hold online meetings for Scouts with their Patrol Members and adult leaders/instructors.

Our Program Committee feels Parents can work with their Scout on the requirements for the Scout Rank. Normally Parents don’t “sign off” on their own Scout’s Advancement in Boy Scouts, but with the meetings on hold, please know that you can work with, “test” and approve his Rank Requirements. We do ask that you not “sign off” in his Handbook; but rather you use Scout through First Class At Home Requirement Tracking log, or keep a notebook, to record the requirement number, the date he completed the requirement, and your name. This can be held until a meeting or emailed to Julie Carlson, our Advancement Chair.

We hope you can help get your son into the “habit” of Scouting during this unusual time. Customarily, this is done with our normal meetings and outings, so without those we are concerned our “new” scouts will lose interest or not know what to do. Please do contact me or any of us and we will help in any way we can.

Yours in Scouting,

Jeff Jeffers

Scoutmaster – Troop 23

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