We’ve all heard the phrase ‘it’s hard to see the forest past the trees’, and this could not be more true in these trying times. With so much going on in our community, our state, our nation and in the world it’s easy to get lost in the isolation that is our new normal. But the fact is Scouting is more alive than before!
With the COVID-19 Pandemic all around us, so much of our lives have changed drastically. No longer can we get up and go to simply grab a bite to eat, or “run into Marshalls” because I have 30 minutes to kill before my Scout meeting. Our daily routines have been tossed out the window and we are faced with a challenging time of social distancing and isolation. Our new normal is working from home, eating at home, schooling at home…Scouting At Home is our new normal.
Our new normal is a Zoom meeting or a hangout on Google. Scouting is truly happening in the comfort of your own home or back yard. Take Troop 809 for example. This Alamo Heights Troop has been the largest Troop in the Alamo Area Council for probably half of my life with over 230 registered youth at last glance. Today they held their first virtual Troop meeting with 100 youth and adults using Zoom videoconferencing. Scoutmaster Tim Corley said he couldn’t be more proud of his Scouts, “…our youth planned the meeting with a solid agenda, and held a COVID-19 briefing with a shared PowerPoint presentation created by one of our patrols. Our youth also publicized the meeting and coordinated the entire technological setup”. Mr. Corley and the leaders of Troop 809, are looking forward to continuing their Troop’s Scouting activities while practicing social distancing.
Scouting is alive in so many household across the region, and while the Alamo Area Council’s doors may not be open, we are here to serve you. We aim to continue bringing the quality programming and excellent service you’ve come to know. We are on a mission to keep Scouting Alive! That’s why we introduced our Scouting At Home initiative last week. Scouting At Home gives you access to a variety of resources and online tools so you can continue Scouting. Our new normal is live Scouting events and Zoom Merit Badge Classes.
So in this time of “new normals”, let’s keep Scouting alive! I invite each of you to share your Scouting At Home story as an encouragement to others. Scouting will continue for generations to come if we come together, embrace our new normal, and take this opportunity to truly live by the Scout Oath and Law. What a time it is to be brave. What a time it is to be reverent! “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” -Luke 1:37
Yours In Scouting,
Michelle A. Chapman