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COVID-19 Update

Due to the current orders in place by the State of Colorado and Boy Scouts of America, we have temporarily suspended our in-person weekly Scout Meeting on Monday nights. This does not mean Scouts can’t continue Scouting! Here is a recent message from our Scoutmaster:

Scouts and Family Members,

I thought I’d reach out to all members of the troop and say a few things during this very “interesting” period of existence.

First, I hope that this Email finds all of you well and practicing good good social distancing and personal hygiene. We are living in some trying times and it is important for each of to do what we can to stop the spread of the virus. Please remember that mental health is just as important as physical health. Be sure to take some time each day to unplug, laugh, listen to music or be grateful for what you have – whatever you need to do as individuals and families to destress.

Second, just because we can’t meet doesn’t mean we can’t work on advancement and merit badges. The Troop’s adult leaders are very committed to helping our Scouts continue their Scouting experience and to grow and learn.

Here’s what we’re offering:

Merit Badges:

Here is a link to a Google spreadsheet that features several of the Troop’s merit badge counselors (please reach out to your parents for the link – it was included in a recent newsletter).

Keep in mind that several of the badges do require some work that can’t be done on-line or at home. The idea is to get our Scouts started on them where applicable and to keep up our Scouting spirit!

Be sure to pick a few badges with a few different counselors. You can meet on-line work with the counselor depending on how he or she offers; some use Zoom, some use WebEx and some use Google Hangouts. Regardless, the two of you can figure out what works best.

*** Important Note about Youth Protection***

When signing on to work with your counselor, be sure to have a parent or adult family member with you. Once you’ve started to work with your counselor, the adult can just sit in earshot of the conversation and that’s fine. Counselors – remember your YPT and keep everyone safe.

Advancement:

Lots of our Scouts need to work on advancement. Here are some initial offerings, but pay attention to future bulletins as other Scouts may be asked to step-up and provide trainings.

 Until next time, stay healthy and be vigilant.

Peace,

Jon C Strauss

Scoutmaster, Troop 640

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