May 2020 Newsletter

We hope everyone is staying healthy and safe!  We are working hard to keep our scouts healthy and engaged during these difficult times. We are excited by opportunities for scouts to pursue their interests and explore unique and creative ways to achieve their ranks!  Don’t give up on finishing your rank for this year. We recognize the hardship and are working with den leaders to be flexible and recognize an “honest effort” as Scouts attempt to accomplish their adventures!  

IF YOU HAVE TIME AND ENERGY TO GET INVOLVED, NOW IS A GREAT TIME TO HELP OUT! If you have an idea for a scout meeting, virtual activity, etc., we would love to hear your ideas! Please reach out to our leadership. 

Rather than cancel the rest of the events for the year, we are modifying our calendar with virtual events through June, and considering options for smaller in person outings and meetings throughout the summer! The table at the bottom summarizes “stay at home” substitutions for previously planned events and plans for working through the summer to get in some of the regularly scheduled fun! Thank you for your flexibility, as things are constantly changing!  

Virtual Meetings and Activities
Many thanks to the scouts who attended our astronomy night and our virtual campout. An extra special thanks to the grownups who led and contributed to those events. It was fun for the scouts to remember that they are scouts and do some of the things scouts do! At our house, the kids slept in a tent in the livingroom, while mom and dad enjoyed the comfort of their own bed. 

Going forward, we are planning some more virtual events: another campout, a virtual hike (well, individual hiking with online photo posting and sharing), and/or a homework club. We will announce these as they are planned, but will post most of the details on our Facebook page, so as not to clog up your inbox. 

Our Facebook page is a great space to share photos of and comments about what your scouts are up to. It is a private place for our group to post to. If you haven’t joined yet, you can find us here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pack428/. 

Our local district, Chief Seattle Council, has also posted ideas for scouting activities at home. Some of the page is geared towards pack leaders, but other parts are geared towards scouts and parents. Check it out here. They’ve also created a “Scouting from Home” badge scouts can earn during this time. Requirements are posted on the page. 

Ranks
Everyone should continue to work on their ranks at home. It is clear that we will not be having in-person den meetings for the rest of this school year. Everyone should have their rank’s handbook, but they are also posted on our website: https://pack428.com/resources/cubscout/ (except for Lions). You’ll also find the link to Scoutbook there where you should log your scout’s progress. 

If you weren’t able yet to meet your community service requirement, get creative! We won’t be able to participate in Scouting for Food, but what can you do to help the community at this time? Always easy (and necessary): pick up trash in your neighborhood (I’ve also noticed weeds at Ben Rush that need to be pulled). What else can you think of? Make masks? Write letters of thanks to healthcare workers? We will be posting instructions for how to mail a card or letter to an older person in a retirement community, who may be lonely since no one is allowed to visit them due to Coronavirus.  The purpose is to lift their spirits and cheer them up. These instructions will be posted on our Facebook page. 

A Look Ahead
Because we don’t want to miss out on two of our most cherished events, the Pinewood Derby and our rocket building and launching, we are making plans to host these at our pack meetings this coming fall. We also hope to plan a special awards ceremony in August or early fall, so that we can honor our scouts who completed their ranks in person. 

Upcoming Camping Opportunities
Due to COVID-19 and the closer of Tolt-MacDonald camping areas, we are swapping our May camping for stargazing and another home campout. Details to come.   

We are still holding our spaces at Rasar in June, but it will depend on what the state parks decide to do (currently camping is closed in state parks).  

Online registration for day camp opens May 15, and as of now, the district is still planning for residence camp in August. 

A detailed email was sent out about all of our spring and summer camping opportunities. You can find a link to it here: https://pack428.com/2020/02/25/camping-opportunities/