Virtual Scouting At Home

Prairielands Council Virtual Merit Badge Seminars

Update from our Scout Executive

 

 

Prairielands Family,

 

Thanks to many of you who joined us for our Town Hall Meeting this week. I appreciate you letting me be candid with you on the State of the BSA and our Council. We dealt with many issues that included the impending membership increase and the actions that have to take place as a result of the Bankruptcy. We will keep you informed as things happen and be on the forefront of any new issues.

 

The Lee Service Center will open on Monday, June 1, 2020. Our staff will be wearing masks and our office will be cleaned and sanitized daily.

 

We will be taking the following precautions:

 

  • Please call to make appointments if you would like to meet with a staff member.
  • We will only be allowing 5 visitors in the office at a time.
  • We will be allowing curbside pickup for any customers who do not want to come and pick out their items in our Scout Shop.
  • We will abide by social distancing guidelines while operating.
  • From what we can tell from the guidelines, Scouts can meet in groups of 10 or less.

 

Thanks you so very much for your dedication to our program and helping us keep everyone safe!

 

Yours in Scouting,

 

Jared White

Scout Executive

 

 

2020 Virtual Camp Drake

 

 

Scouts will still be able to participate in outdoor merit badges from Camp Robert Drake counselors this summer.  Volunteers and staff will be providing a two- part instructional program for all Scouts BSA members. Each badge will consist of an indoor session on-line using a computer platform at home. This will have a follow up component with an outdoor session to be scheduled for later in the summer or early fall. Indoor sessions will be organized for June and July in a variety of camp program areas. When the COVID-19 restrictions allow, outdoor sessions will be scheduled for Scouts to attend Camp Drake and complete the needed requirements in person. Scheduling details will be shared in a CYBER DRAKE catalog and sign up by June 12. Scouts BSA members will be able to select six merit badges to earn during CYBER DRAKE

 

The Outdoor Sessions will be based on each badge, such as shooting skills, arrow making, and craft skills. The outdoor requirements will be targeted for completion for each badge on the camp visit. Plus, participation in a virtual campfire program, on-line Rainbow Rock, and more. Scouts BSA members who attend CYBER DRAKE will receive a commemorative patch, a camp cup, and added BSA souvenirs. The Camp Drake Trading Post will be open during the outdoor session.

 

REGISTRATION DETAILS:

Two weeks of CYBER DRAKE options will be conducted in June and July. Merit badge sessions will be offered from June 29 to July 2 and from July 6 to 9, 2020. Scouts will be able to select up to six badges during that timeframe. A catalog of choices for Scouts to review will be published before June 12. The virtual Closing Campfire will be conducted on Friday, July 10. The fee for CYBER DRAKE will be $100.00 per youth. Scouts can sign up for a second week for a 15% discount. The registration deadline will be Friday, June 26.

 

Merit badges such as Archery, Basketry, Camping, Dog Care, Environmental Science, Geocaching, Geology, Leatherwork, Orienteering, Rifle Shooting, Shotgun Shooting, Weather and more will be offered!

 

 

StayCamp 2020

 

 

The Prairielands Council will be offering a robust STAYCAMP Program for any Cub Scout who wants to join in the fun! This program will be held on 2 separate days for each of our traditional Day Camp programs. The kit will include projects from each of our Day Camp and be led via Zoom by our Day Camp Leaders.

 

The date for Down on the Farm will be June 13 and the date for Hooked on Fishing will be July 11. The cost will be $30 for each day camp. If you choose to do both, you will get a $5 discount on your second date!?

 

 

Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge Skill Center

 

 

Reptile and Amphibian Study Merit Badge will be offered as a virtual Merit Badge Skill Center. Prairie Fire District Commissioner and Troop 6G Scoutmaster, Jill Quisenberry will be hosting. The skill center will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2020 and will last from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.This is Central Time, so please adjust accordingly. Parents please make yourselves available around the computer to complete the requirements for Youth Protection.

 

 

There is a $5 Charge to attend this merit badge skill center! Please pre-register your attendance here: https://forms.tentaroo.com/view.php?id=5895146

 

When you sign up a confirmation email will be sent that will give details on the skill center. Scouts will receive a Partial for this merit badge. The Scout will have to complete Requirement 8 on their own. This requirement will have to completed with a Merit Badge Counselor closer to home. We can only sign off on the requirements we complete online.

 

An advancement sheet (Blue Card) will be emailed out within 2 days of the skill center.

 

If you have any questions please contact Jared White at jared.white@scouting.org.

 

 

Activity Ideas

 

 

 

·    Do you have pets at home? Make sure you have a small sign posted on your front door of how many animals you have! If there is an emergency, first responders can know!

 

·    Make your own dog treats. Share with a neighbor too! Check out this site for lots of different recipes: https://www.cesarsway.com/recipe-ideas-for-quick-and-healthy-homemade-dog-treats/ 

 

·    Can you name three endangered species? Do some research and learn about what makes them endangered. 

 

·    Learn all about sea turtles with this national geographic kids videos! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSPppmnTrWE 

 

·    What’s your favorite animal? Draw a picture of your favorite animal and share it with us! Be sure to include what your animal eats and where it lives! 

 

 

 

Unit Leader Training

 

 

Leaders! Is your youth protection training up to date? Have you completed all of the training for your position? Why not take advantage of this time to get caught up on your own training. Your my.scouting.org account has access to several training courses that will help make you a better leader. Most course modules are less than 15 minutes, so while you are enjoying that afternoon coffee break, go through a course or two. Before you know it, you will be a fully trained leader and ready to sew another patch on the uniform.