Boy and Girl Scouts Participating in Scouting At Home
DELMARVA – Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are using technology to stay connected while social distancing. Organization leaders tell 47 ABC that scouts can still participate in earning badges through their websites with the program “Scouting At Home”. Scouts are still finding ways to serve their communities and better themselves, all without face to face meetings with their troops.
Organization leaders say the online programs give both girl and boy scouts challenges and activities that are designed to keep them active and engaged. “We’re open, we’re still active, still a business, and we’re still committed to serving youth. So, if families are interested contact us,” said Robert Nakagawa, scout executive for the Delmarva Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
Boy and Girl Scouts say virtual troops are changing the way scouts can continue to serve their community and loved ones. “The world is moving in that direction anyway, and we want to make sure we’re keeping our girls engaged. So, this is an opportunity for some of our younger girls to have some activities that they can do at home,” said Denise Eberspeaker, chief regional officer for Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay.
Online scouting isn’t brand new, but curriculum are being adjusted to suit quarantine and bring fun, new activities to scouts. For girl scouts, young women can participate in online yoga, stress relief, backyard games, making cards, and other activities. Boy scouts are participating in programs like online campfires, public health, citizenship, and photography. “They have a campfire from wherever they are they can tell a skit or perform a song or some other activity for our youth to participate and engage in,” said Nakagawa.
Offices and campgrounds for scouts are closed for the time being. The Boy and Girl Scouts say they’re looking out for the best interests of those involved in the organizations. “That is our top priority is keeping our girls healthy and safe, and so we’re doing everything possible that we can to make that happen,” said Eberspeaker.
The Boy Scouts organization says scouts are still able to reach major milestones online. Some eagle scouts are completing their board of review through the website. Meanwhile at Girl Scouts, young women can earn badges and get connected with other scouts through their website, email, or social media.