Fwd: It’s here! The week 3 Scout Challenge with prizes

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*From:* GSLAC Week 3 Scout Challenge <dave.chambliss@scouting.org>
*Date:* April 3, 2020 at 17:05:43 CDT
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*Subject:* *It’s here! The week 3 Scout Challenge with prizes*
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Fun at home Scouting Activities
Week 3 Scout Challenge | April 3, 2020
The Week 3 Scout Challenge is here!
this week’s theme:
Spring into Fitness and Health
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Cub Scouts

– Learn about the importance of stretching and create a 5 minute
stretching routine to do each morning.
– Record your routine and share with other scouts!
– Complete a daily workout at home every day for a week:

use common household items as weights
complete a 5k run/walk in your neighborhood

– Build an obstacle course – use sidewalk chalk and do your obstacle
outdoors
– Do 5, one-minute-long tests of body weight movements like sit ups,
push ups, lunges, squats, planks, etc.
– Incorporate a vegetable or fruit into every meal for a week (try
something new!)
– Follow along yoga on YouTube with Cosmic kids yoga:
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Stretches, sprints, weight lifting with common household items
Get creative with what you use as weights!
Build your own obstacle course at home!
Try a new fruit and vegetable

Scouts BSA

– Learn about the importance of stretching and create a 5 minute
stretching routine to do each morning.
– Record your routine and share with other scouts!
– Complete a daily workout at home every day for a week:

use common household items as weights
complete a 5k run/walk in your neighborhood

– Build an obstacle course – use sidewalk chalk and do your obstacle
outdoors
– Do 5, one-minute-long tests of body weight movements like sit ups,
push ups, lunges, squats, planks, etc.
– Incorporate a vegetable or fruit into every meal for a week (try
something new!)
– Stretches, sprints, weight lifting with common household items
– What better way to stay active right now than to work on Personal
Fitness merit badge! Encourage scouts to begin working on this challenging
badge by having them contact a merit badge counselor and having virtual
visits. This will help them build healthy eating habits and develop an
exercise routine.
– Build your own Ninja Warrior Course
– Complete a 5K run/walk in your neighborhood
– Working on your Tenderfoot Rank?
– 6a. Record your best in the following tests:
– Pushups (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds.)
– Situps or curl-ups (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds.)
– Back-saver sit-and-reach (Record the distance stretched.)
– 1-mile walk/run (Record the time.)

6b. Develop and describe a plan for improvement in each of the activities
listed in Tenderfoot requirement 6a. Keep track of your activity for at
least 30 days.
6c. Show improvement (of any degree) in each activity listed in Tenderfoot
requirement 6a after practicing for 30 days.

– Pushups (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds.)
– Situps or curl-ups (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds.)
– Back-saver sit-and-reach (Record the distance stretched.)
– 1-mile walk/run (Record the time.)

Second Class?
7a. After completing Tenderfoot requirement 6c, be physically active
at least 30 minutes each day for five days a week for four weeks. Keep
track of your activities.
7b. Share your challenges and successes in completing Second Class
requirement 7a. Set a goal for continuing to include physical activity as
part of your daily life and develop a plan for doing so.
First Class?
8a. After completing Second Class requirement 7a, be physically active at
least 30 minutes each day for five days a week for four weeks. Keep track
of your activities.
8b. Share your challenges and successes in completing First Class
requirement 8a. Set a goal for continuing to include physical activity as
part of your daily life
STEM Challenge
STEM Activity:

– Learn about how your respiratory system works and build a model lung
with household items: www.instructables.com/id/Just-Breathe/
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Fitness Challenge Activity
Required : Stopwatch ( to time Body planks)

Doing this activity twice a year and keeping track of the results can show
the overall troop fitness level.
Make sure scouts are aware of the upcoming activity and dress appropriately.
Prep the leaders to make sure only positive encouragement happens.
Instructions:
Every scout performs his best at a set of physical activities. The average
for the group is determined.

Event Scoring:
***Greater Than >
***Less Than < Sit-ups in 1 minute:
<20 - 1 point
<30 - 2 points
<40 - 3 points
<50 - 4 points
>50 – 5 points
Push Ups in 1 minute:
<20 reps- 1 point
<35 reps- 2 points
< 45 reps - 3 points
<50 reps - 4 points
> 50 reps – 4 points
Body Weight Squats
<10 - 1 point
<20- 2 points
<30 - 3 points
<40 - 4 points
>50- 5 points
Jumping Jacks in 1 minute
<15 - 1 point
<30 - 2 points
<45 - 3 points
<50 - 4 points
>50 – 5 points
Body Planks
<20 secs - 1 point
<40 secs - 2 points
< 60 secs - 3 points
> 60 secs – 4 points
> 120 secs – 5 points

Record the score for each scout, add them up, and find the average for each
event.
Adults, Parents, and Guardians
Scouting is for everyone!!!
Cub Leader Virtual Training: April 16th and April 18th 7:00-8:30pm. Leaders
must attend both sessions to complete training. Space is limited! Here is
the link to sign up for this amazing opportunity to complete your training:
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Cub Advancement:
Lions:
Fun on the Run:
1. Learn and demonstrate three exercises you can do each day.
Tigers: N/A
Wolves:
Running With The Pack 1: Play catch with someone in your den or family who
is standing 5 steps away from you. Play until you can throw and catch
successfully at this distance. Take a step back and see if you can improve
your throwing and catching skills. 2: Practice balancing as you walk
forward, backward, and sideways. 3: Practice flexibility and balance by
doing a front roll, a back roll, and a frog stand. 4: Play a sport or game
with your family, and show good sportsmanship. 5: Do at least two of the
following: frog leap, inchworm walk, kangaroo hop, or crab walk.
Paws of skill 1: Talk with your family about what it means to be physically
fit. Share ideas of what you can do to stay in shape. 2: With your family
talk about why it is important to stretch before and after exercising.
Demonstrate proper warm-up movements and stretches before and after each
activity you do that involves action. 3: Select at least two physical
fitness skills and practice them daily for two weeks. See if you can
improve during that time. 4: With your family, talk about what it means to
be a member of a team. Working together, make a list of team sports, and
talk about how the team works together to be successful. Choose one and
play for 30 minutes. 5: With your den, develop an obstacle course that
involves five different movements. Run the course two times and see if your
time improves.
Bears: N/A
Webelos: Stronger, Faster, Higher 1: Understand and explain why you should
warm up before exercising and cool down afterward. Demonstrate the proper
way to warm up and cool down. 2: Do these activities and record your
results: 20 yard dash, vertical jump, lifting a 5 pound weight, push-ups,
curls, jumping rope. 3:Make an exercise plan that includes at least three
physical activities. Carry out your plan for 30 days, and write down your
progress each week. 4:Try a new sport that you have never tried before.
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Public Health Merit Badge Class – Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 pm

Dear Scouts,

Hi, I’m Mrs. O’Koniewski and I’m very excited about talking to you about
Public Health.

I am Medical Technologist and I also have a Master’s degree in Public
Health. I run the Blood Bank at a community hospital in Illinois. I also
work in the other parts of the lab, including disease testing. Currently my
lab tests for influenza (the flu), streptococcus B (strep throat) and
mononuclosis (mono). In addition, our lab will begin testing for SARS CoV2
(the virus that causes COVID 19). This is a very exciting time in my field
and you will remember these days for the rest of your life. The COVID-19
Pandemic has turned our society on it’s end in an attempt to mitigate the
effects of the pandemic. We will talk about “coronavirus” during the Merit
Badge class!

Attached please find some handouts that you will need to either print out
or be able to view during our meeting. They are:

CDC Curve, 1 page

Public Health Merit Badge, 3 pages

diseases and immunization, 3 pages

Go to usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/Public-Health.pdf and download the
worksheets. You will need to complete the following:

Page 10, Requirement 5***

Pages 13-16, Requirements 7b and 8

***hold off on Requirement 5 for now. We obviously cannot go visit a
facility under the quarantine orders in place. I am searching for a
suitable online replacement that will allow to learn about solid or
wastewater management or food service.

Our Zoom meeting information:

us04web.zoom.us/meeting/284860771

password: troop216

I look forward to seeing each of you next week. In the meantime, please
feel free to contact me with any questions or to turn in your homework
ahead of time.

Yours in Scouting and in Health,

Karen O’Koniewski, MT(ASCP), MPH

karen.okoniewski@gmail.com

Fwd: Eagle Scouts and Program Advancement During Coronavirus: Answers to Your Questions

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Troop 216 COVID Update – 29 MAR

Troop 216,

Here is the latest and greatest guidance from GSLAC and BSA National. All
scout activities are canceled through 22 April. With that being said, we
will have to cancel the high ropes course activity scheduled for 18 April.
Our Order of the Arrow lodge has also canceled the spring ordeal weekend
which was scheduled for 24-26 April. Due to the current situation, any
scout who was called out in 2019, now has until July 2021 to complete their
ordeal. The fall ordeal is currently scheduled for 21-23 AUG. Since we
didn’t have a campout on the schedule yet for May, we could potentially
look at rescheduling the high ropes/Beaver Dam campout for a weekend in
May. Troop leadership will have to consult and see if this is feasible.
So, stand by for more information on that.

Mr Evans has sent out an individual spreadsheet detailing what your scout
has officially logged off in Scoutbook. Please review this data and relay
to Mr Evans any discrepancies or missing sign-offs. This is a great
opportunity to get all of our advancement data updated in Scoutbook.

If your scout hasn’t registered for summer camp yet, please email Mrs.
Bishop so she can give you login information for online registration. She
sent an email out about this recently.

Remember, if a scout needs a scoutmaster conference, board of review, or
blue card for merit badges, please reach out to Mr Gill, Mr Evans, or any
ASM.

One last scheduling note, given the new GSLAC guidance, our first potential
meeting would be Monday 27 April. This shifts our Court of Honor to 4 May.

I will be forwarding several emails today from GSLAC and BSA National. One
is in regards to virtual merit badge counseling.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these challenging
times. Please stay safe and make the best of this mandatory family time.

Yours in Scouting,

Mike O’Koniewsk
Troop Committee Chairman

Fwd: We have one top priority; to keep our Scouts, volunteers, staff, and their families safe.

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> From: “Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America” <dave.chambliss@scouting.org>
> Date: March 24, 2020 at 8:03:13 PM CDT
> To: skupsky1@charter.net
> Subject: We have one top priority; to keep our Scouts, volunteers, staff, and their families safe.
> Reply-To: dave.chambliss@scouting.org
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> March 24, 2020
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> Scouts, volunteers, and families,
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> We hope this letter finds you and your family well during these unprecedented times. Everyone has spent the last several days and weeks learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it’s affecting our community. Families are adjusting to stay-at-home orders and coping with school closures.
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> We have one top priority; to keep our Scouts, volunteers, staff, and their families safe.
>
> As the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19) increases, most states, local governments, and school districts have either issued or extended stay-at-home orders lasting until April 22 with some extending slightly beyond. As a result, we are extending the stoppage of all Scout activities, face-to-face meetings, and continuing the closure of all Council offices, Scout shops, and camps to April 22nd.
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> This is most certainly a fluid situation. We will align with best practices and policies set forth by state and local governments, municipalities, and schools. In the future. restrictions may be reduced or lifted within regions of the Council thereby restoring Scout activities, face-to-face meetings, and the reopening of Council offices, Scout shops, and camps in that region; should changes to closures be warranted, we will promptly communicate with you.
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> Together, we can help flatten the curve of this rapidly spreading virus and keep everyone safe. Stay positive, have faith, and know the health and well-being of our Scouts, volunteers, staff, and their families are our number one priority!
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> Take care and be well,
>
> Ronald S. Green
> Scout Executive/CEO
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> WEEKLY SCOUT CHALLENGE
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> In the meantime, we encourage our Scout families to keep Scouting at home by participating in our Weekly Scout Challenge! Every Friday, a line-up of interesting activities for all ages, will arrive in your in-box for your Scouts to enjoy. Currently, Scouts are having fun with Week #1. For those leaders and parents who wish to track your Scouts progress, review this helpful advancement resource. Finally, stay connected with social media; The GSLAC Facebook and Instagram social communities are a great way to stay up to date on information, fun, and Scouting opportunities.
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Fwd: Troop 216 – COVID 19 Update 22MAR

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> From: Troop 216 <troop216.bsa@gmail.com>
> Date: March 22, 2020 at 1:58:17 PM CDT
> To: Albert Middeke <atmiddeke@aol.com>, Bob Paty <bob.paty@titanstables.com>, Brian Heil <big_b_heil@yahoo.com>, Diane Gill <diane.gill67@gmail.com>, Don Halpin <donhalpin00@gmail.com>, Garrett Valley <gvalley481@gmail.com>, Grant Gill <grantastic00@gmail.com>, Karen O’Koniewski <karen.okoniewski@gmail.com>, Mark Mason <matlsguy00@gmail.com>, Martina Bishopp <parzivalxf@yahoo.com>, Michael Cummins <mscummins23@yahoo.com>, Mike Fairburn <mikefairburnden5@gmail.com>, Mike O’Koniewski <okie135@yahoo.com>, Mike Veith <mveith@sbcglobal.net>, Neil Joellenbeck <jo_enbe@yahoo.com>, Reece Watson <reecewat01@gmail.com>, Richard Coolbaugh <recoolbaugh@yahoo.com>, Shane Smith <ShanedSmith@outlook.com>, Steve Kupsky <skupsky1@charter.net>, Steven Dunning <sdunnin@broncosfan.com>, Tara Kuhne <teeku2002@yahoo.com>, Tim Valley <T_Valley@yahoo.com>, John Evans <siue.electrician@gmail.com>, Gary Gill <Gillorang@gmail.com>, Alicia Alexander <aalexan@siue.edu>, Ann Sheehan-Busse <ams2397@bjc.org>, Ann Taylor <anntaylor7762234@yahoo.com>, Brent Hall <brentshall21@gmail.com>, Carrie Smith <CarrieSueSmith77@gmail.com>, Cheryl Seehausen <cseehau@siue.edu>, Christin Rigoni <christin.rigoni@gmail.com>, Collin Listner <colinlistner@gmail.com>, Craig Alexander <craig.alexander@charter.net>, Dustin Hampton <hampton357@gmail.com>, Emily Joellenbeck <ejnj2002@gmail.com>, Emily Klingensmith <emklingensmith@gmail.com>, Erika Hall <rikirae79@yahoo.com>, Erika Kennett <erikakennett@gmail.com>, Erika Kohoutek <erika.kohoutek@gmail.com>, Jessica Listner <nerner75@yahoo.com>, Jon Klingensmith <jonklingensmith@gmail.com>, Karen Joachimsthaler <rassow57@hotmail.com>, Kevin Busse <kb62mo@charter.net>, Kevin Rayman <kcrayman@sbcglobal.net>, Kristy Fairburn <kristyfairburn@gmail.com>, Kyle Kennett <kylekennett@gmail.com>, Larry Miller <eljayem@gmail.com>, Michele Meckfessel <Michele@titanstables.com>, Mike Sanders <ggg.ss.dd@gmail.com>, Natasha & Joe McClintock <mcclintock57@charter.net>, Peggy Emling <pemling@sbcglobal.net>, Scott Seehausen <sseehau@Yahoo.com>, Sean Wellhausen <swell1975@yahoo.com>, Tom Kuhne <tjk1us@yahoo.com>
> Subject: Troop 216 – COVID 19 Update 22MAR
>
> 
> Troop 216 Family,
>
> With the recent announcement by Governor Pritzker that schools will remain closed through 7 April and the guidance from GSLAC that all scouting activities are canceled thru 31 MAR, we here at troop 216 want to remain positive and still try to continue the scouting program and not just shutdown.
>
> Right now we are looking at our first potential troop meeting being Monday 20 April, which was scheduled as a Court of Honor. We have decided to move the Court of Honor to Monday 27 April for now, barring any further postponements from state or federal government.
>
> The high ropes course/activity scheduled for 18 April as is still on. We haven’t canceled the campout yet, we are awaiting further words from GSLAC. However, right now, Beaver Damn state park is closed. At the minimum, we can still do the high ropes event as a day only activity. We will have to wait and see how long the shelter in place guidance remains in effect.
>
> This is a good time for scouts to work on the requirements for some eagle required merit badges. Several of these merit badges have requirements that involve keeping a log for either a budget, household chores, or a fitness routine. The family life merit badge has several requirements that involve family interaction with meetings, planning a project, or making a family decision. What a perfect time to accomplish this since we are all forced to spend time together whether we like it or not. To make it easy, I’ve included links at the bottom of this email to family life, personal fitness, and personal management merit badge requirements pages. I’ll reach out to our counselors for these badges and maybe 4 months down the road, we can set up merit badge sessions at a troop meeting so scouts can complete them.
>
> As for the adults, a big shout out to Steve Kupsky who has provided a list of the adults and what training they have accomplished. He also has provided links to the training. It doesn’t get any easier than that folks. Please take advantage of this down time and accomplish whatever can be online.
>
> A big thank you to Brian Heil and Albert Middeke who helped transport the trail to and from Gaslight Vinly for the decal installment. I’m having a hard time uploading the pictures to email, so I’ll try sending via text message.
>
> If any scout needs a scoutmaster conference or a board of review, please reach out to Mr Gill, Mr Evans, or any ASM so that we can coordinate via FaceTime or Skype.
>
> BSA National sent out some guidance for all scouts. I am going to forward that to everyone just to make sure you all have it. Apologize if you receive it twice.
>
> If there are any questions, please don’t hesitate to call, email, or text me.
>
> Please remain calm, think positive, stay safe, and make good decisions. We will get through this as a nation and as a community.
>
> Yours in Scouting,
>
> Mike O’Koniewski
> Troop Committee Chairman
>
> www.usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/changes/mb129-19.asp
>
> www.scoutbook.com/mobile/references/boy-scouting/merit-badges/personal-fitness-merit-badge-requirements.asp
>
> www.scoutbook.com/mobile/references/boy-scouting/merit-badges/personal-management-merit-badge-requirements.asp
>
> —
>
> Additional information available on our webpage: www.troop216bsa.com – check the site often for Troop news, resources, calendar updates, etc.
>
> Please note that this email account is not monitored 24/7. If you have a question for a specific adult leader, please contact them privately.
> Troop Committee Chair – Mike O’Koniewski okie135@yahoo.com
> Scoutmaster – Gary Gill gillorang@gmail.com
> Advancements – John Evans siue.electrician@gmail.com
> Parent Coordinator – Tara Kuhne teeku2002@yahoo.com

Fwd: COVID-19 Closure/Cancellation Update

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> From: “Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America” <dave.chambliss@scouting.org>
> Date: March 16, 2020 at 11:41:56 AM CDT
> To: skupsky1@charter.net
> Subject: COVID-19 Closure/Cancellation Update
> Reply-To: dave.chambliss@scouting.org
>
> 
>
>
>
> March 16, 2020
>
> As mentioned in a communication sent to all Scouting families on Thursday, March 12th, the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s top priority is the health and safety of our Scouts, volunteers, staff, and their family members. In this spirit and given the unprecedented circumstances related to COVID-19, effective tomorrow March 17th and remaining through April 5th are the following:
>
> All UNITS are to discontinue in-person meetings and all activities including camping trips.
> All DISTRICT and COUNCIL in-person meetings, activities, and camps are cancelled. Instead, consider using technology apps such as Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Duo, or Google Hangouts.
> All COUNCIL camps will be CLOSED.
> All SERVICE CENTERS will be closed. Council staff will be working remotely per CDC social distancing recommendations. Minimal services will continue via remote functions.
>
> These cancellations do NOT apply to our summer camp programs and events occurring beyond the closure period of APRIL 5th. The Council will continue to monitor the situation closely.
>
> How can you keep Scouting?
> Continue advancement by focusing on merit badge requirements that can be completed at home.
> Contact your merit badge counselor via email, Facetime, etc. (remember Youth Protection training with no one-on-one communication between youth and adult).
> Do a good turn daily. Look for ways to contribute to your community while staying safe.
> Stay in contact with friends and families in your unit even if it’s just to say hi via a phone call, Facetime, Duo or Google hangouts.
> As a unit leader, now is a good time to take online trainings and renew your Youth Protection Training.
> Encourage unit, district, and Council committees to continue normally scheduled meetings using technology apps such as Zoom, Skype, Facetime, Duo, or Google Hangouts.
>
> Regarding event refunds – When possible, we are rescheduling events for a later date. If you are registered for an event that is postponed, your registration will be transferred to the new date. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, you may request a refund. If you are so inclined, please consider not requesting a refund and allowing your event fee to support Scouting. This will help offset costs and lost income from cancelled events. For unit camping or event reservations, a credit will be given for future usage.
>
> We are closely monitoring the situation in our communities, staying current on recommendations from the CDC, and consulting with local health professionals on a frequent basis. Council leadership will continue to evaluate the situation daily. Updates will be shared as they are available. I would also encourage our families to connect with us on our social media pages to receive notifications.
>
> Facebook – www.facebook.com/stlbsa/
> Instagram – www.instagram.com/stlbsa/
> Twitter – @stlbsa
>
> For additional questions, please reach out to your District professionals or Dave Chambliss, Director of Marketing (dave.chambliss@scouting.org)
>
> We appreciate your cooperation and all you do for the young people in our program. It is important that our entire community pulls together to address this public health crisis.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Ronald S. Green
> Scout Executive / CEO
>
> Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
> 4568 West Pine Blvd.
> St. Louis, MO 63108
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Fwd: Troop 216 – COVID 19 Update – Important !!

Troop 216 Family,

Here is the latest and greatest given the recent announcement of the
closing of Illinois schools thru 30 March. Troop leadership has
coordinated with our Charter rep, Mike Veith, to still have our weekly
meeting on Monday, 16 March at 700pm. All those scouts who choose to
attend will have the opportunity to earn the public health merit badge. My
wife, Karen O’Koniewski, who has a masters degree in public health, has
volunteered to teach the scouts. This is a good time to take real world
events and give the scouts a good perspective on what is actually happening
around the globe. This is also a great time to emphasize how important it
is to remain calm, make good decisions, and be there to help our community;
all strong aspects of the scouting program.

While Karen is teaching the public health merit badge, the adults will
huddle up and come up with a plan for the rest of the month. Some things
to consider for the next few weeks:
**Can we conduct a scout master conference via apple FaceTime or Skype?
**Can we conduct a board of review vie the same platforms? Or can 3 adults
and the scout requesting advancement meet at a public place such as Dairy
Queen to conduct the Board of Review??
** In order to update Scoutbook for rank advancement, can a scout take a
picture of his handbook sign off page, send it to the scoutmaster or ASM
and receive credit for the rank in question.
** Can patrols coordinate via email the meal plans for the upcoming campout
on 27-29 MAR??

I believe the answer to all the above questions is yes, it’s time to take
advantage of modern day communication capabilities and apply it to the
current global crisis. This would be a great lesson to teach the scouts.
However, I’m open to discussion about the above mentioned at the meeting
Monday night.

GSLAC and BSA National have left it to the discretion of individual units
to hold regular meetings during the crisis. We will have an update from
First Christian Church representatives on the availability of our meeting
space past Monday March 16th.

The scout meeting on Monday is not mandatory, and NO attendance will be
taken. If parents feel they don’t want their scouts to participate, we as
a troop totally understand. Just trying to provide a scout program during
the current situation.

In summary, We will meet on Monday 16 March at 700pm, First Christian
Church. Public Health merit badge will be taught. Scoutmaster conferences
and Boards of Review will be available for those scouts who need one.

Please call, email, or text me if you have any questions or concerns.
Thanks for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.
We have a great team of leaders at Troop 216 who are thinking outside the
box to not let our scout program suffer during the current crisis.

Yours in Scouting,

Mike O’Koniewski
Troop Committee Chairman
618-791-3956
okie135@yahoo.com

Fwd: Germantown Fort Camp Out March 27 — Permission due March 23

———- Forwarded message ———
From: Troop 216 <troop216.bsa@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, Mar 3, 2020 at 7:45 PM
Subject: Germantown Fort Camp Out March 27 — Permission due March 23
To:

Hi, Troop 216 parents and Scouts.

Please see the attached permission slip for details about the March camp
out at the Germantown Fort on March 27-29. Permission forms and payment may
be turned in until Monday March 23, preferably no later than 7:30pm so that
Scouts can use meeting time to plan the meals and activities.

Go here
<www.visitclintoncounty.com/blog/2015/10/civil-war-fort-reconstructed-in-clinton-county-il>
for more information about Bob Eversgerd’s Civil War Fort, or google
“Germantown Fort.”

Fwd: Camp Cards Fundraiser

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From: Troop 216 <troop216.bsa@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 4, 2020 at 8:02 PM
Subject: Camp Cards Fundraiser
To:

Troop 216 is participating in the Greater St. Louis Area Council’s Camp
Card fundraising program. Scouts are encouraged to sell $5 discount cards
that are good for area businesses in the Metro East area. There are 5 one
time only snap off cards for ACE Hardware, Schnucks, Great Clips, Dick’s
Sporting Goods, and Dave & Busters. There are also multi-use discounts at
places like Papa John’s, Denny’s, Rally’s, Family Video, etc. Basically if
the buyer uses the card once, they have covered the cost of the card.

*For every $5 card the Scout sells, the Scout will receive $2.50 in their
Scout account *that can be used for camp fees or camp gear purchase.
Encourage your scout to contact Asst. Scoutmaster Brian Heil of Troop 216
at any upcoming scout meeting to receive as many cards as the Scout thinks
they can sell. Additional benefits:

– Each Scout that sells at least 10 cards will receive a patch
– The first 1000 Scouts in the District that sell 20 cards will receive
2 tickets to the Cards/Dodgers ball game on April 7, 2020.

*DEADLINE FOR SALES*
The selling window runs until March 31st. At the meeting on March 30th,
turn in all unsold cards and money for all sold cards. *All unsold cards
must be returned to the District or Troop 216 will be billed for those
cards. *Make checks payable to Troop 216.