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Restart Scouting 

Join the Denver Area Council as we help #RestartScouting!

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 occur the second week of each month, starting the week of September 7th! The recordings from the first week of meetings are linked below. The next meeting for each age is also listed below.

  • Lions – Watch it here. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 13th at 5 pm.
  • Tigers – Watch it here. The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 14th at 5 pm.
  • Wolves – Watch it here. Download the Activity Sheet. The next meeting will be Thursday, October 15th at 5 pm.
  • Bears – Watch it here. The next meeting will be Wednesday, October 14th at 6:15 pm. 
  • Webelos – Watch it here. The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 13th at 6:30 pm.
  • Arrow of Light – Watch it here. The next meeting will be Thursday, October 15th at 6:30 pm.

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 approximately three of these meetings each month for September through December. The currently scheduled roundtables are as follows:
 
  • Cub Scout Leaders – Watch it here.
  • Scouts BSA Leaders – Watch it here.
  • District Committee/ Commissioners – Watch it here.

Program and Activities

GET OUTDOORS IN SEPTEMBER AND HIKE – Learn more about how to get the outing back in Scouting and plan a hike for your family, den patrol, pack, troop or crew!

While you’re out in September, take a pic and post/link on the Denver Area Council Facebook page.  Tell us where you went and with who?  Keep the outing in Scouting during Covid-19!

Upcoming Monthly Themes – check back for more information!

  • October – Scavenger Hunt
  • November – Community Service
  • December – Snow

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!