Our Assistant Scoutmaster, Andrew Vannata posted this on Facebook. I am reposting it here for those of you who don’t have Facebook.
While meetings are cancelled indefinitely and most of your boys are housebound it is a perfect time for them to keep busy by working on merit badges. The higher ranks (Star and above) require a certain # of merit badges to be completed in order to achieve the rank. Packets for these merit badges can be found online. We have merit badge counselors for the following badges:
Citizenship in the community
Citizenship in the Nation
Citizenship in the world
Contact Anthony Zalak
Contact Kenny Ash or John Coppa
Contact Anthony Zalak or John Mohr
Contact Andrew Vannata
contact John Coppa
Electives… 21 badges are required for Eagle which leaves room for elective badges
American business/John Coppa
Indian Lore/Andrew Vannata
Digital tech and programming/John Mohr
Please keep in mind that in keeping with youth protection standards we cannot have direct communication with the boys without the parent being a part of the text/call. We are working on a system perhaps using Skype to keep advancements moving along during this extraordinary situation. More info to follow, but in the mean time the boys can download the packets, and start work on the written questions, study for the oral questions, or work on the projects/regimens/tasks required for said badges. We will be in touch.
Anyone interested in Family life, cooking, emergency preparedness, or Indian lore that has questions can contact me Andrew Vannata at [email protected] Once again please do not have your boys contact me without CCing you on the conversation.
Once again we are working on keeping the scouting program moving and utilizing unconventional venues to do so. Stay safe and be well.
Assistant Scout Master