Join us to help get Scouting 100% active this spring in the Old Hickory Council! We are a family and can join together to achieve this goal. We invite all Unit Leaders and Commissioners view our "BE PREPARED" webinar series in the Old Hickory Council where we share various ideas on virtual Scouting, programs, best practices, available resources for your unit, and real examples from fellow Unit Leaders.
Be Prepared Webinar Series
Episode #1: • Available Local and National Resources • Best Practices to Get Your Unit Active • Guest Panelists Sharing Virtual Scouting Ideas
Episode #2: • How to Use Virtual Platforms - Zoom and Google Classroom • Facebook Events and Geofencing • Community Idea Sharing
Episode #3: • Technology Tools for Scouting - Remind App, Scoutbook, and more • Recruitment Tools - Facebook Events and Geofencing • Community Idea Sharing
Episode #4: How to Host Safe Outdoor Programs with COVID-19 with Keith Bobbitt and Hunter Day
Unit Restart Scouting Guidebook
Share your Adventure!
To be successful in helping all Scouting units provide an exceptional program, ScoutShare NEEDS YOU! The more units and unit commissioners hat join the ScoutShare team, the more inspiring ideas will be available in our ScoutShare database of ideas and adventure.
That's it... Simply share what your unit does! Where you go, what you do, the ceremonies you run, the skits your scouts perform, the wisdom given by your leaders.
We believe your unit does some pretty cool stuff!
How to host a Pinewood Derby event safely this year
A lot of things have been cancelled, pared down and changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but your pack’s Pinewood Derby season can totally still happen.
There are a couple of ways to make this favorite Cub Scout event happen. First and foremost, be sure to follow your local government’s rules and regulations, along with CDC guidelines. Those policies will help you in choosing how to run your event and allow you to stay safe and have a really successful race day!
Host a virtual event
1. Choose a virtual platform. With Zoom, you can host free meetings for up to 40 minutes, and chances are, someone in your pack or den has a paid account that can host if you need longer. You can also make this a Facebook Live event, which will give your pack the opportunity to share your footage with your Facebook community during the event and at a later date. Both of these platforms give people the chance to comment and see other participants. For more details on digital safety, read this article.
2. Pick the race location with care. Be sure to have a set-up that is brightly lit and where the camera has a great view of the racetrack. You’ll need a big space. A garage or basement are good options if you’re in a location that gets cold or has inclement weather, but a park is a good option for warmer places – just be sure to check your internet connection.
3. Have good gear. I’ve tried to go live from my phone, and I am here to tell you that it wasn’t the best experience for anyone. A computer with a newer camera can provide better sound quality; use headphones with a built-in speaker so the host can move around and emcee it up from all areas of the track. To up the quality of experience even more for your Scouts, use multiple cameras – one on the finish line and one taking in the entire track.
4. Set up strong logistics.
- Set a specific drop-off date with specific times.
- Create a space for cars to be dropped off with no contact – place out boxes or trays for people to put their cars in and use gloves for all car handling.
- Next (and you can get as in-depth as you want here), if you want to host a mini check-in as a live event, you can set that up via whichever platform you prefer. If not, then you can simply have the host run through and do the weigh-ins and checks (again, use gloves for added protection when handling cars).
These are just a few highlights to note while swapping your race day to virtual. For more on hosting a race, check out this article and this checklist. (Note: the article and checklist were written before the pandemic, so you’ll need to adjust as needed for these times. It might require more time than normal to plan ahead.)
Host a socially-distanced race event
If your pack wants to meet in-person, first check out this restarting Scouting checklist. Again, follow your local government regulations and CDC guidelines for safely hosting gatherings. Instead of pulling together the whole pack, your in-person races may look like one or two dens getting together to keep the number of people down.
1. Select your location carefully. Perhaps your local park has an area large enough to accommodate a race with lots of space to socially distance.
2. Use cones or markers to set up family pods that are 6 feet apart – this will allow for stress-free watching. I also highly recommend bringing camp chairs to help everyone stay in their watch pods.
3. Just like with all Pinewood Derby races, logistics are important. Decide ahead of time on how you are managing the drop-off of cars:
§ You can address this like the virtual event and have a drop-off point for cars, and then one person can handle the cars while wearing gloves.
§ The Cub Scouts could each handle their own cars so that nobody else touches them, taking their own race car through weigh-in, placing their car on the racetrack and then picking their car up when their race is over.
COVID-19 is the single greatest barrier to serving youth through Scouting that unit leaders face today. Our national service center staff has done good work developing information about how to cope with COVID. All Scouting is local and our professionals and volunteers in our councils have been equally creative in developing new program delivery methods that enable Scouting to continue. All of that information is available on the internet, but it is scattered across a variety of websites and pages.
- Coping with Covid-19
- Scouting At Home
- Virtual Meetings
- Restart Scouting Checklist
- Covic-19 & BSA FAQ’s
See the link: https://www.scouting.org/commissioners/covid-19-resources/ ] The page will continue to be updated as additional information becomes available.
Multi-Use Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist has COVID Updates:
- Prior to any unit activity, this Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist should be reviewed and used as necessary. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-057.pdf?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=swvolunteer12162020&utm_medium=email&utm_content=C
- Before Conducting Virtual Unit Gatherings of Any Kind, Read This:
Virtual Scout unit gatherings fall under the digital safety guidance referenced in this important Safety Moment. https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/digital-safety-and-online-scouting-activities/?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=swvolunteer12162020&utm_medium=email&utm_content=C
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Keith Cox, Assistant Council Commissioner for Blue Ridge Mountains Council
Innovative Programs to Contact and Serve Units
Bradley Taylor, Assistant Council Commissioner for Old Hickory Council
The Positive Approach to Rechartering and Retention
Will Bishop, Assistant Council Commissioner for Old HIckory Council
Elements of Successful Commissioner Retention
Cedric Blade, District Commissioner for Old North State Council
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