As we start week 2 of the Stay at Home order, we want to stay in touch with you virtually.
In order to help you stay productive and active while not going out anywhere near as much as we are accustomed to doing, I will continue to send you a weekly Troop update.
- The National Council of the BSA has announced that Scouting activities will remain suspended through the month of April. I am struck by the irony of this suspension at a time when we had planned a very ambitious outdoor schedule. This weekend was supposed to be our backpacking trip on the Ice Age Trail and our three-night outing at Owasippe after Easter has to be cancelled. At this point, I’m not sure about the May 1-3 Warren Dunes weekend. I’ll keep you posted.
- The BSA is encouraging Scouts to work on rank advancement and merit badges virtually. You just need to reach out to me and Mr. Gulliford (firstname.lastname@example.org) about what you want to work on and we can help you get started. There are three Scouts currently working on merit badges.
- It's still OK to go hiking or biking 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.
- St. Juliana is offering a virtual Mass every Sunday and the daily readings with a homily every day. Go to "stjuliana.org".
- 10 Essentials Contest winners: The overall winner was Jonah. He answered third but was the first to have all 10 correct. Colin and Matteo answered quickly, but only got 9 right. Owen was 4th with 9 correct. Nice work guys! Another contest appears later in this newsletter.
- Youth Protection Reminder – Scouts need to remember that your emails to leaders must be copied to a parent or another leader or both. It is very important to remember this for everyone’s protection. Please do not text leaders and leaders will not be texting you.
I am aware of two Scouts who are thinking about pitching a tent in the yard (Owen) or even the garage (Christian!) just to get a change of scenery. If any of you decides to sleep out send me a picture and I’ll put it in the newsletter!
Thanks to Steven Pelrine, our Troop webmaster – he has put 140 more pictures on the web site. Take a look in the Gallery when you get a minute.
This quiz is tough and the type that will cause some good arguments about the correct answer. You really need to know your Leave No Trace principles if you’re going to have a chance. First one to respond with all of the correct answers will win a fabulous, all-expense paid, genuine, knock-off (fake) Nalgene bottle and the admiration of the entire Troop. Good luck!
- The best place to set up camp is an area that _____.
- shows a little use
- shows no use
- shows a lot of use
- To remember your camp _____.
- scratch your name on a rock
- carve your name in a dead tree
- take tree branches and rocks as souvenirs
- take a picture
- To minimize the impact of your camp, how many people should be in a camping group?
- No more than 6
- What is the best thing to do with your camping trash?
- Burn it
- Bury it at least eight inches deep
- Leave it in a place not visible from the trail
- Pack it out
- If you realize you’re lost, you should _____.
- stay put and blow your whistle
- try to replace your steps
- climb a tall tree to see where you are
- build a fire immediately
- On a topographical map, contour lines connect _____.
- points of trail access
- points of interest
- points of equal latitude
- points of equal elevation
- If your Troop travels off trail, (you’re probably hiking with Mr. Gulliford) it’s best to _____.
- hike in groups of two or three
- hike apart with each Scout taking a slightly different route
- hike in a straight line
- wait for the stars to come out and use them to help navigate
- Which knot is most useful for correctly pitching a tent?
- A fire that leaves the least trace is _____.
- built on a mound of dirt on top of a tarp
- built within a circle of rocks that has been used before
- built in a hole in the ground that you fill in later
- built without paying attention to what you are doing
- What’s the best way to dispose of human waste?
- Hide it beneath a large rock
- Bury it in a cathole
- Burn it
- Dump it in a river or lake
Taken from Boys’ Life Magazine
Pandemic Prayer: A Prayer of Solidarity from the US Catholic Conference
For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Be with us, Lord.
Take care and stay healthy and safe!
Scoutmaster, Troop 965