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Scouting Announcement – 11/18/2020

Dear Scouting Families and Units:

The State of Colorado issued updated guidance and a new category to the county dial dashboard, taking effect on Friday, November 20, 2020.  Many of the counties in the Denver Area Council will be moving to Red Level, which places increased restrictions on operations and gatherings.  We also serve some counties still in Yellow or Green and will have more options.  Please reference the link above to view your county level and the details on what restrictions are at each level.

Colorado COVID-19 dial

As always, our priority is to operate Scouting meetings, programs, and events in the safest possible manner.  With this in mind, you should do the following for your unit:

  1. Consult with your Chartering Organization (approval is required) to determine what rules or guidance they are operating under. You may qualify under the state categories of:
    1. Places of Worship and Life Rites
    2. Outdoor Events
    3. Indoor Events
    4. Group Sports
  2. Provide options for all families to participate, including virtual/hybrid meetings
  3. Contact the facility where you plan to hold your activity to learn what rules or guidance they are implementing for operations.

If you are meeting in one of the counties in the Red Level, we highly recommend you conduct all activities in an outdoor setting or entirely virtual.

Please also support all families in your unit with their ability to participate comfortably.  Families will choose the level at which they want to participate in various activities and should feel welcomed and included at all times.

We understand how complex this situation is and know the challenges we are all facing to have meetings and activities as restrictions tighten.  Please reach out as needed to work through your next steps, make Scouting safe for everyone, and Keep Scouting Going!

Scouting Announcement – 10/27/2020

Everyone has been undertaking incredible efforts to “Restart Scouting Safely” over the past two months, thank you for all you are doing to make a difference for kids!  To find resources to help your unit, visit this page.

As many of you are aware, an updated Public Health Order (PHO) was issued on October 23rd.  There have been many questions on how this PHO effects Scouting programs.  The safety of all Scouts, Volunteers and staff is of utmost importance!

First, the overall information on how to conduct Scout meetings or activities has not significantly changed.  You can view the current information on our website.

PHO 20-35  has many layers involved and is directed towards the status of the county you will be conducting your Scouting activity in.  There is a COVID-19 dial dashboard to help you with the process at this page.  In addition, some counties have a variance on their operations, while others have stricter guidelines in place, Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, etc.

Here are the steps for you to consider in determining how you conduct your Scouting meetings and activities:

  1. Be safe and provide options for all families to participate.
  2. Consult with your Chartering Organization to determine what rules or guidance they are operating under.
  3. Review the most current State of Colorado orders as well as the Colorado guidelines that apply to the dial level for the county you will be conducting your meeting/activity in.
  4. Review any county variances or restrictions that are different or in addition to the county level requirements.
  5. Contact the facility where you plan to hold your activity to learn what rules or guidance they are implementing for operations.

We understand how complex this situation is and know there is no one-size-fits-all answer to how new PHOs impact our efforts to deliver a Scouting program.  Some counties have an “educational program” included in their variance, those chartered to a religious organization may have more opportunity through the youth programs of their chartered partner.  The best option is to work with your Chartered Organization to make sure you have the ability to be safe and conduct Scouting.  Your commissioner team and staff are here to help you through this process.  Please reach out as needed to work through your next steps, make Scouting safe for everyone, and Keep Scouting Going!

Restart Scouting Rally

Thank you to everyone who has joined us so far the #RestartScouting Rally! Catch up on each day’s video below. The direct resources and links referred to in the Facebook Lives are below under Restart Scouting Guidebook.

Monday: DAC Scout Executive Chuck Brasfeild unveiled the ‘Restart Scouting’ Guidebook in this video.

Tuesday: DAC Membership Chair Livingston Keithley discussed Scout recruitment and retention strategies in the era of COVID-19 in this video

Wednesday: In order to help more Scouts participate and raise money, this evening’s video focused on Popcorn sales and how to use them to fund adventures and activities. 

Thursday: This video broadcast from Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch focused on camping and other program opportunities available to Scouts.  

Restart Scouting Guidebook

Download the Restart Scouting Guidebook here.

Check out the Scouts BSA National Restart Scouting Checklist!

Finding a Meeting Space

Check out the Meeting Space Unit Action Plan for an example of a Troop that successfully negotiated getting back into their Charter Organization meeting space. 

If you are unable to get back into you prior meeting space, check out these ideas for alternative meeting locations or arrangements. 

Recruitment Resources

Visit the DAC Recruitment page here.

Download the DAC 2020 Cub Scout Recruitment Plan Guide here.

Conducting a virtual Cub Scout recruitment Sign up?  Use this Powerpoint and Script to help you!

BSA Marketing and Membership Hub here.

Virtual Cub Scout Den Meetings and Roundtables

Join the DAC for monthly Virtual Cub Scout Den Meetings! These meetings will all be held as Facebook Lives from the DAC Facebook page at the date and time listed below (unless otherwise noted). The recordings from the previous meetings as well as the next meeting for each age is available below.

  • Lions – The next meeting will be Tuesday, December 8th at 5 pm.
    • Watch November’s meeting here.
    • Watch October’s meeting here.
    • Watch September’s meeting here
  • Tigers
  • Wolves
  • Bears
    • Watch October’s Meeting here.
    • Watch September’s meeting here
  • Webelos
    • Watch October’s meeting here.
    • Watch September’s meeting here
  • Arrow of Light
    • Watch November’s meeting here.
    • Watch October’s meeting here.
    • Watch September’s meeting here.

The DAC has also made available Den Leader Activity Kits for every Pack – get yours today!

In addition to these Den Meetings, the DAC will be hosting monthly Virtual Roundtables to provide direct communication to our leaders around the council. There will be one of these meetings each month for September through December. The previous roundtables are also linked.
  • Cub Scout Leaders –  Watch September’s meeting here.
  • Scouts BSA Leaders
    • Watch November’s meeting here.
    • Watch October’s meeting here.
    • Watch September’s meeting here.
  • District Committee/ Commissioners – Be on the lookout for a meeting invite.
    • Watch September’s meeting here.
    • Watch October’s meeting here.

Program and Activities

For October, Get ScOUTside with a Scavenger Hunt! This month’s theme is Scavenger Hunt. Scavenger hunts are a great way to explore the world around you. Learn more about them here.

Remember to tag your adventures with #GetScOUTside so we can follow along!

Monthly Themes – check back for more information!

Cub Scout Programs

      • Join a National BSA Event September 12th: Scouts BSA Family Fun Fest! Learn what makes Cub Scouts so great, engage in a variety of at-home crafts and register to take part in the Epic Pinewood Derby Race! Learn more here.
      • Webelos Weekend (This event is at capacity, join the wait list here.)
      • Cuboree – an outdoor event!
      • Sign up for Enrichment at CAP and receive childcare during virtual school that includes STEM activities, rock climbing and advancement!
      • Cub Adventure Days at Colorado Adventure Point
      • Custom adventures are available at Colorado Adventure Point (CAP) for your den and pack meeting here.
      • CAP also has a winter STEM Camp that is up and taking registrations.
      • CAP is also available to host your pack or den meeting, make your reservation here

Scout Programs

      • Now is the time to start making your camping plan for summer 2021. Check out the DAC Camping page here.
      • DAC is pleased to offer digital and in person merit badge class options through CAP and at the district level. These include single classes and colleges- sign up here.
      • The DAC is also planning for a winter camp – stay tuned!

Best Practices for Units

  • Check out the Troop Program Resources to help make your meeting more meaningful, engaging and fun!
  • Den Leader Meeting Tips and Tricks can be found here.
  • Thank you to Pack 34 for developing and sharing a handbook on how they conducted a virtual Pinewood Derby.
  • Thanks to our Scouting friends on the Western Slope for this presentation on how to conduct Remote Scouting Meetings.
  • One of our Cub Scouts from Pack 237, Charlie S., created a detailed and helpful PowerPoint presentation on how he finished his Wolf activity loop. 
  • Looking for a meeting space for your den, pack or unit? Colorado Adventure Point is here to help! Some units have also found success in contacting their chartered organization with a plan on how to ensure Covid precautions are being properly followed.

Do you have a story about how your pack, unit or troop has continued Scouting during the past few months? We want to share it! Please submit your experience to our Scouting Stories page!