Scouting in a Challenging Time

We live in a challenging time. As adults who care deeply about young people, we want to care for their physical health, but also for their development despite the need to take reasonable steps to protect ourselves and the young people in our program.

Scouting survived the 1918 Spanish Flu. It will survive this situation as well. We may well be entering the start of a significant period where we cannot meet together physically.

Unlike many youth-serving organizations, however, we have a built-in advantage. Scouting is a movement that addresses the whole person. We do not have to be physically together to practice our skills. We do not have to be on a playing field to enjoy ourselves.

All we need to do Scouting is to communicate.

While you may well have parents who are deciding they are going to hibernate until this all passes, let me suggest that that situation will last a very short while until everyone gets “cabin fever.” They are going to be looking at ways to be active and to keep younger people occupied while maintaining “social distance.”

How can we help? By realizing the program we have does not depend on our having physical meetings … you can:

So, as you can see, our program is ready made for the flexibility we need in these challenging times. We have some of the most creative adult leaders in the Nation … we can get through this and, if we share our creativity, we will do so with Scouts who are anxious to continue in-person the great connections they built on-line during a memorable part of their lives.

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