Sea Scouts BSA has launched a podcast network at https://seaScoutsbsa.buzzsprout.com/. The first ‘Reef Points’ episode is particularly good and all Scouts should check it out. It doesn’t officially replace the ‘Fast Start’ training for Sea Scouts, but it’s pretty close. Might make for good listening for folks stuck at home craving a Scouting fix.
Please join me in congratulating Abel Nunez, of Scouts BSA Troop 93, for working through challenges and utilizing online tools to achieve Scouting’s highest rank – the Eagle Scout! The action picture to the left of this post features Abel’s dad, dog, Abel, and the Eagle Board on the computer screen in the background.
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Angel Zuniga Martinez, PR Director
Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council
As units use digital and online resources, such as video conferencing, to continue Scouting meetings, projects, and advancement during the COVID-19 outbreak, the National BSA and the Alamo Area Council is providing the following guidance. Note this guidance is not comprehensive and it may differ from the changing requirements of state or our local jurisdiction.
–BSA’s youth protection policies apply to all online activities. All online activities, including video and audio conferencing through platforms such as Zoom and Skype, must adhere to the BSA’s current youth protection guidelines for digital communications, including the BSA’s Digital Privacy guidelines (https://www.Scouting.org/training/youth-protection/) and the BSA’s Social Media Guidelines (https://Scoutingwire.org/social-media-guidelines/). Because safety features and privacy controls vary widely from platform to platform, and out of respect for families’ own preferences concerning social media usage, we strongly recommend using business-oriented conferencing platforms—for example, Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, and others—to conduct online group activities instead of platforms intended for online gaming (e.g., Discord, Robolux, Twitch).
–Safeguard personal information. If you collect a person’s personal information online—for example, through web forms used to register people for online meetings—then you should post a notice or disclosure at the point of collection describing how you will use the information. The notice should be conspicuous and written in plain English. Keep in mind, video conferencing platforms (e.g., Zoom) have their own privacy policies which apply to data collected through the platform (e.g., if the platform is hosting your web form). Organizers of Zoom and Skype meetings—for example, unit leaders and Merit Badge counselors—may obtain personal information about youth, such as his or her name, phone number or email address. Meeting organizers must keep such information private and not share a youth’s personal information with anyone else except that youths’ parent or guardian or the unit leader responsible for recording advancements. For example, a Merit Badge counselor should not publicly post or otherwise disclose a roster containing personal information of Scouts who the counselor has worked with.
–Recording online meetings are not authorized. As a reminder, Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse (https://www.Scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/#a) prohibits any one-on-one contact between an adult leader and youth members – in person, online, through a web conference, over the phone, via text, or in any other form. Electronic communication between adults and youth should always include another registered leader or parent. We believe our existing policy is the best way to protect youth and volunteers, and we do not believe recording online meetings would provide any additional material benefit. On the contrary, recording calls would increase personal risk as call recording is subject to various legal requirements under U.S. law and the laws of individual states, some of which require all parties to a call consent to the recording (Although Texas Recording Law is a “One party consent”).
Considering those potential regulatory risks and the effect of BSA’s existing policies, we are not authorizing the recording of online meetings.
– Collecting personal information from youth under 13 is not recommended. We advise units against collecting personal information directly from youth under 13 years of age due to the parental notice and consent requirements under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”). COPPA does not restrict the collection of personal information about youth from his or her parent or guardian. For the purposes of COPPA, “personal information” includes first and last name; home or other physical address; screen name or username that functions as online contact information; telephone number; a social security number; or a photograph, video, or audio file containing the child’s image or voice.
NEW YORK — Tonight (April 7), if you look up at the night sky, you’ll see the “Super Pink Moon,” the biggest supermoon of the year, shining big and bright.
The full moon will be at perigee-syzygy, meaning it will be closest to the Earth — 221,772 miles (356,907 kilometers) away — and the Earth, moon and sun will all align. This means that when the moon is at perigee-syzygy, it will look larger and brighter than usual. But, because perigee-syzygy isn’t that catchy, the term “supermoon” came about and this particular full moon was additionally nicknamed the “Super Pink Moon.”
Now, unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that the moon will actually be pink. This supermoon got its name because the April full moon often corresponds with the blooming of pink flowers in eastern North America. Still, “It will be bright and brilliant and absolutely gorgeous,” Jackie Faherty, an astronomer at the American Museum of Natural History here in New York City, told Space.com.
Faherty added that, while you will be able to view this “Super Pink Moon” all night long as it rises, moves across the sky and sets, it will be especially breathtaking at moonrise. The spectacle is due to an optical illusion of sorts that occurs, as the moon is rising above the horizon that makes it appear larger. (You can search your local moonrise and moonset times here.)
A great learning opportunity
With so many people self-isolating at home with their families right now, this “Super Pink Moon” is a great opportunity to have some fun and learn, Faherty said.
Families can start studying the moon with their young children and this supermoon is a great place to start, Faherty said. Not only is the supermoon extra bright and beautiful, but even the name “pink moon” makes it even more exciting for kids.
“This is an invitation for everybody to become that moon expert, be the person in that small group that can differentiate when the moon is just a little bit brighter,” Faherty said.
Learn more about the “Super Pink Moon” by watching this VIDEO.
Read the full article from space.com HERE.
Oak Tree Scouters:
I will be working with you as the professional Scouter in Oak Tree District. We are all in “standby mode” due to the Corona Virus at the moment though. Hopefully for not much longer.
The picture reminds me that the older boy represents our accomplishments of the past as I think he earned all of those Merit Badges while the younger looks excited about seeing all of those opportunities. And opportunities we have.
Presently, please keep in touch with all of your members and families. Many units are now having online meetings to replace weekly meetings and encourage youth to work at home on advancements. And make sure everyone in your unit knows about Scouts at Home on our website. There are Facebook Live events featuring fun and learning while youth can work on Merit Badges through our Zoom capabilities. If your leadership needs more information on how to use Zoom technology information is featured there also.
Soon our opportunities include restarting Camp Card sales, recruiting youth, and preparing everyone for camp.
And speaking of camps, there is a Cub Day Camp scheduled for Boerne and we are bringing back a Cub Day Camp to Kerrville.
Until we can meet in person please contact me at 210-296-7617 or terry.ellis@Scouting.org.
Thanks and I look forward to meeting you.
Roadrunner’s first Zoom Eagle Scout, Abel Nuñez from Troop 93, Chartered by the National Shooting Complex.
Abel is a music lover. He has played the double bass since fourth grade and is currently playing in the Taft High School Varsity Orchestra. When the time came to prepare for his Eagle project, Abel asked his former middle school orchestra teacher if he could do something to help the orchestra department. They talked about how difficult it was for the students to take the basses in and out of the lockers in the orchestra room and came up with the idea of building a bass rack to facilitate the process. He wanted to make it easier for the students to get ready for class. His middle school orchestra teacher helped Abel acquire an old bass rack that was going to be discarded. With the help of a local woodworker, Abel was then able to develop a design based on the old bass rack.
With Abel’s great leadership, a team of Scouts and adults built an improved bass rack. After that, he presented the rack to the orchestra teacher at Briscoe Middle School who was very thankful for Abel’s contribution!