Sunday, March 15, 2020

Scouting continues at 626!

Good evening Scouts and families, 
As you're no doubt aware, many activities have been postponed or cancelled due to  the current situation with Covid-19 . Following advice from the MN Dept of Health , the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and mirroring many local cities and school districts, Northern Star Scouting has decided to suspend in person Troop Activities until further notice. 

But scouting will continue!  The Senior Patrol Leaders and Scoutmasters and their assistants are discussing ways to hold virtual troop meetings and continue to work on scouting, advancement, and foster Scout Spirit! 

I feel it's important to point out we're not panicking, nor should you. The guidance we're using is straight from the CDC and MN Dept of Health. Practicing social distancing is one thing we can ALL do right now. Limiting group gatherings, distance yourself from others, cover your cough, wash your hands, and stay home if you're sick. 

Remember the points of the Scout Law and Oath as we're entering this (unfortunately) historic time in our Nation and world. Find ways for you and your family to be Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. What does it truly mean to "help other people at all times"? Talk with your Scouts and families about what they're watching unfold, and make sure they understand how different communities than theirs might be/are affected. 

Continue to monitor your emails for further communication from The SPLs or Troop Leadership. If your family becomes ill, or needs help with anything - please don't hesitate to reach out with what you need, and we'll try to make arrangements to get that help to you. Mr. Blincow's phone is 612-812-6170, Mrs.  Rafter's is 612-296-9256.

Yours in Scouting,
Mrs. Rafter and Mr. Blincow

Attachment: NSBSA Announcement
http://www.northernstar.org/all-scouting-events-suspended-northern-star-covid-19-coronavirus-response-2

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