(The following was shared by Jim Blair, Camping Subcommittee Chairman.)
A small idea from a Scout’s desire to sleep outdoors sparked a troop wide movement. When the girls in Troop 114 heard about it, all wanted to join in!
The Senior Patrol Leader set up a one-hour troop meeting on Zoom. Starting with the flag ceremony, the regular troop opening and then they played troop wide games online, including “Scout Bingo” which was created with advancement requirements and troop related facts. They planned meals, cooked outdoors and shared pictures of meals and individual campsites on an app, set up by the Troop Scribe.
The Senior Patrol Leader planned a virtual campfire program and all Scouts returned at 8:00 pm. Songs, jokes, visiting with each other, vespers and a Senior Patrol Leader minute made up the evening.
The troop continues to meet via Zoom weekly. A Scout mentioned at the campfire, “This is so much fun! I hope we get to do it again!” Pausing, she said, “I mean, I would rather be backpacking or on our Moab Utah trip but if we can’t this is awesome!”
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