An Update from the Council Key 3

Scouting at Home Update

Council and District Program

All District and Council events which were scheduled prior to May 15th have been postponed and are being rescheduled to a later date. The council continues to observe the CDC recommended guidelines regarding group gatherings, and will continue to adhere to those recommendations, as well as any orders issued by the state of New Hampshire.

Following the order by the Governor, the Daniel Webster Council closed the Service Center until May 4th. We will continue to monitor any updates on the reopening of businesses identified as non-essential. Despite the closure of the service center, our staff continues to serve the scouting program remotely. Eagle Scout candidate applications are being received and processed as well as all Scout advancement. The council is also collecting and processing mail.

Several online programs and trainings have already been planned and implemented for Scouts and families, and several online resources have been made available to keep Scouts engaged in the program. Please visit our “Scouting at Home” hub to see our upcoming meetings and events.

Camping

Daniel Webster Council camps will continue to be closed through May 15th. We are closely monitoring any changes made in regards to social distancing and public gatherings and will respond accordingly.

Our summer camp plans are still very much proceeding, and we encourage Scouts to continue to make camp deposits as scheduled. Furthermore, we continue to identify and recruit camp staff. If you or someone you know is interested in applying, please complete a staff application using the link below this section. The deadline for initial camp deposits was April 1st. However, we will continue to honor camp deposits for Scouts wanting to attend camp. In the event, summer camp is impacted all deposits will be refunded. The submission of deposits is essential to us to plan for your summer adventure and to ensure we run a “Super Fantastic” program at all of our camps.

For those seeking financial assistance, the council has extended the campership deadline to June 1st. Please use the link below to learn more about this extension.

“Scouts Support Hospitals” Initiative

The NH Hospital Association and the Daniel Webster Council, BSA, announced the Scouting Supports Hospitals initiative, and we are beginning to see a significant increase in participation by families Cub Dens and Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, and Venturing Crews. THANK YOU! Hundreds of Scouters have started the process of collecting care package items, including snacks, drinks, thank you notes, and making masks to support our front line healthcare workers at area hospitals. To participate or to learn how you and your unit can make an impact, please visit the link below. THANK YOU FOR MAKING SUCH A CRITICAL IMPACT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

Spring Fundraisers

We have previously announced that our spring fundraisers, the Adventure Cards Sale and the Maple Syrup & Pancake Mix Sale have been extended to give families more time to raise money.

Unit Program

All Scouting units are required to adhere to the Stay at Home order at this time. Until the order is lifted, units are not to assemble in person.

However, we encourage our units to continue to meet using the many online resources available to host web meetings. We are inspired by the resourcefulness of our volunteers and our Scouts to offer so many great programs using these tools! Scouting is still thriving despite the pandemic, and we commend you for your efforts!

The Council has placed many exciting new programs online for “Scouting at Home” from online merit badge programs, to trainings sessions for adults, and even a “celebrity speaker series” that will feature more guests soon. Recently over 60 scouts participated in the Trail to Eagle seminar. Please continue to visit our website and look out for the council newsletter with some outstanding program updates, news, and resources.

Please be sure to adhere to the following Youth Protection Guidelines as they pertain to web meetings. You can learn more about these best practices by visiting: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/digital-safety-and-online-scouting-activities/

Of course, please continue to encourage your Scouts and families to remain healthy by promoting the following:

• Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (recite the Scout Oath and Law). If soap and water are not readily available to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
  • The scout neckerchief makes an excellent face cover when in public.
  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

As is our practice in Scouting, our efforts continue to be focused on preparation and responsiveness guided by official health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

Please continue to monitor council updates on our website and our Facebook Page. The next update will be sent to you on May 1st.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your local district executive or email communications@nhscouting.org. We will do everything we can to answer your questions using the information available to us.

Jay Garee
Scout Executive/CEO

Steve Curry
Council President

John Arico
Council Commissioner