The Troop wants to maintain contact with you as we work our way through this unprecedented situation with Covid 19. We are in such uncharted territory that it would be foolish to try to predict the future. I suspect that the novelty of being off of school and staying home doing e-learning or not going into work and instead doing remote meetings or not having any games or practices or trips to restaurants will wear off soon. We will need to find ways to stay productive and active while not going out anywhere near as much as we are accustomed to doing.
Given that we will not meet in person for at least a couple of weeks, I want to give you a list of resources that you might find helpful. None of these are my original thinking, so I'll give credit as I go along:
- The BSA is encouraging Scouts to work on rank advancement and merit badges virtually. You just need to reach out to me or Mr. Gulliford (firstname.lastname@example.org) about what you want to work on and we can help you get started.
- It's still OK to go hiking if you can get someone in your family to go with you. Even a couple of miles on the Des Plaines River Trail will help to clear your head and relieve your cabin fever. You should expect that most park facilities (offices, nature centers, bathrooms) are closed, but most trails remain open. Maintain social distancing if you see others on the trail and be sure to cover your sneezes or cough. Don't forget your 10 Essentials!
- St. Juliana is offering a virtual Mass every Sunday and the daily readings with a homily every day. Go to "stjuliana.org".
- Prayer in a Pandemic - Kerry Weber, Executive Editor of America Magazine wrote this prayer for this time.
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who re sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, heal us.
The first Scout to write back to me with a correct list of the 10 Essentials will win a genuine imitation Nalgene bottle and a trip to the pop machine at our first meeting back. The second Scout to respond correctly wins a genuine imitation Nalgene bottle. It's like Oprah giving out cars!!
I'm hoping we can start meeting and getting out in the woods as a group soon. In the meantime, stay healthy and safe!
Scoutmaster, Troop 965