Local Scouts continue scouting through home program

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Local Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA members from the Gateway Area Council are continuing to Scout On despite social distancing limitations and the Safer at Home order.

Local Scouts are participating in some of the following initiatives:

Virtual Merit Badges (ongoing):  Scouts are earning merit badges via the Zoom platform, interacting with content experts to earn badges such as Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Engineering, Environmental Science, Family Life, Music, Personal Fitness, Programming, Scouting Heritage.  All classes are taught by local experts. In addition to local Scouts participating there are also other Scouts from throughout the US participating.

Virtual Pinewood Derby (April 18, 4 pm):  Cub Scouts who missed out on the annual Pinewood Derby race this Spring will still be able to have the excitement of a derby race when the Virtual Pinewood Derby occurs April 18. Scouts will be able to watch their car race via Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/gatewayareacouncil

Scouting Service (ongoing):  local Scout members are doing their part to support a safe community by making cloth masks at home. Other scout volunteers have been making face shields and sending cards to nursing home residents. Picture attached of Scouts making masks.

Virtual Troop meetings (ongoing):  local Scouts BSA Troops have stayed connected by conducting their regular Troop meetings via the Zoom platform.

Virtual Campfire Program (April 24, 6:30 pm):  Scouts will be able to submit songs, skits, and stories to share with others as part of a virtual campfire which will be shown on Facebook Live.

More information on all programs can be found at the Gateway Area Council Scouting at Home webpage: https://www.gatewayscouting.org/scoutingathome