Rules for Virtual Meetings

Here are some “suggestions” on how to be a good participant on a Virtual video conference. Thanks

https://stanfordmag.org/contents/11-tips-for-more-effective-zoom-remote-meetings/?utm_source=The_Loop&utm_medium=email&utm_content=11-tips-for-more-effective-zoom-remote-meetings&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkdVd05qQTNNak16WW1ZMyIsInQiOiJUZzVEdTRlQjlaVFhFXC9BdzRwekNJK1hWenFySGtMSXJySVB0d1FrMitFcVgwOHhYaXdjTXZveTJZalR5R2xpdnBCbko2bDlQMDA3OE16dDVUZUY1YU4yRG5PZ3pBaEFKc2MyZHQ4d1FrRE5TVzFwaU5hYmpvalhmVWJnckg4WFQifQ%3D%3D

Mr Blair

This Tuesday’s Scout Troop Meeting – 4/14/2020

Below is the Zoom invitation to the Scout Troop Meeting at 7 PM. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.

Mark Blair is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Troop 648 Scout Meeting
Time: Apr 14, 2020 07:00 PM Arizona

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TAC Meeting 4/14/2020

Below is the invitation and meeting info for next week’s TAC Meeting. Please let me know if you have any questions. Show up to discuss the virtual meetings we’re going to start next week, or just to see Mr McFetter’s “Tiger King” background pictures. See everyone then.

Mark Blair is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Troop 648 TAC Meeting
Time: Apr 14, 2020 06:00 PM Arizona

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 503 893 1776
Password: 018920
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,5038931776#,,#,018920# US (Houston)
+16699006833,,5038931776#,,#,018920# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US
+1 301 715 8592 US
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 503 893 1776
Password: 018920
Find your local number: https://us04web.zoom.us/u/fdQ1QpbxA3

Troop 648 Update and Recap of our First Virtual PLC Meeting

Troop 648,
I hope this update finds our Scouting family safe and well. I am first going to apologize for the length of this e-mail. It is longer than most, but believe me, chock full of information and discussion topics about what the Scout Leadership envisions the rest of the the month (and possibly beyond) will look like for our Troop. Obviously unless redirected, the state of Arizona is in a “stay at home” order likely through the end of April. All face to face meetings and outings and projects are cancelled or postponed. This includes Sean Hart’s upcoming Eagle Project (new date to be determined), and most likely the early May outing at Parson Spring. We will be notifying the Troop if that might possibly be rescheduled at a later time.

Now a recap of the PLC Meeting. We had a “virtual” PLC Meeting using the Zoom videoconferencing platform. I think it went very well, and a lot of good ideas and solutions were discussed about how to go forward this month for the Troop. It was decided that we will attempt our first Virtual meeting this Tuesday (4/14/2020) at 7 PM on Zoom. It is a very easy software program to use and easy to set up a free account. I recommend everyone doing that prior to Tuesday to get used to the process. I will be sending out, in a separate e-mail, the invite to the meeting and recommendations on how an efficient and polite Zoom meeting should go (just a few recommended rules). We have a great speaker scheduled for that night. State Senator Heather Carter from Arizona’s 15th Legislative District will be speaking about the role of government during the current crisis. Please let us know if you have difficulty with accessing the program or need equipment to do so. We’ll try to the best of our ability to get that lent out to you.

To all the adults and adult leaders, we will be having a short TAC (Troop Activity Council) Meeting just before the Troop meeting at 6 PM. This is open to all adults who wish to hear and opine more about the virtual meetings upcoming. Because of a lack of ability to have any other events at this time, the meeting will be mainly about the virtual meetings. I will send a separate invite for that meeting – again only for the Parents, guardians and adult leaders in the Troop.

A final note is about the opportunity to continue to help the community and local neighbors through volunteer work and donations. There have recently been two chances to be involved in that I would like to share with you. First, Joseph Sucher’s Mom, Mrs Sucher, would like to bring to everyone’s attention the Harvest Compassion Center. They are currently in desperate need of Diapers, wipes, pantry items, toiletry items, shaving cream, sunscreen and single pack toothbrushes. If anyone would like to help organize, to donate, or would just help spread the word and let Mrs Sucher know, she would be more than happy to coordinate a way to get those items. She can be contacted at misucher@gmail.com. The second is an idea from one of our adult leaders that the Troop itself contact a local food bank and try to contact friends and neighbors about collection and delivering items to the food bank. That is something we can discuss at the meeting next Tuesday (Both TAC and Troop Meeting).

As always, out thoughts are with all of our Scouts and their extended families as we continue to get through this crisis together. Please stay in contact, and let us know if there is anything we can do to help.

Mr Blair

Troop 648 Scoutmaster

hornetdermdoc@gmail.com

(602) 430-8142

COVID-19 Update

Troop 648,
I hope these updates continue to find your families safe and in good health. This weekend the Federal Government anticipates the Social Distancing recommendations to continue through the end of April. Also, this morning, the State Government issued an order to extend the closure of Arizona schools for the reminder of the year. With this information, we have to continue to be responsible citizens and postpone our weekly in-person meeting gatherings. I encourage all Scouts and families to look at previous postings about the availability of Merit Badges that can be completed, or partially completed on-line/virtually with a counselor. The adult and Scout leadership is also going to look at the possibility of doing some virtual meetings in the upcoming weeks. To that point, I would like all Scout leaders (SPL, ASPL’s, Troop Guides, Patrol Leaders and Scribe to contact me (Mr Blair) and the SPL (Arjun Blair) directly to organize a virtual meeting for the upcoming PLC meeting being held next Tuesday (4/7/2020). I will send out a directed e-mail to all those leaders in order to send instructions, platform we will use and time of meeting. This will be a mandatory meeting of all Scout leaders, where we will discuss the possibility of virtual meetings for the Troop.

In the meantime, we will be cancelling this week’s Troop Meeting and the upcoming meetings for the month of April, at least. I would like all Scouts to remember that Scouting and their journey in Scouts can continue. All Scouts should still be living the Scout Oath and Law, to be doing a good deed daily, and to be doing their part in this crisis to continue to be responsible citizens in the community, country and world. I would like to challenge all Scouts to e-mail myself or the SPL with what they did that day as a good deed, or what they did to help there community as a whole during the crisis. E-mail me at: hornetdermdoc@gmail.com, and/or your SPL at arjunrblair@gmail.com. I will post and share these with the Troop, so that we continue to feel connected as a family.

Thanks to everyone for their understanding and patience as we adjust our program during these uncertain and stressful times

Your’s in Scouting,
Mr Blair
Troop 648 Scoutmaster

Merit Badges to think about during Social Distancing

I’ve attached a link for some Merit Badges to consider while we are limiting our contacts. Please remember there are many on this list that need “in-person” requirements, and may not be able to be completed until we are able to meet up again. Also the policy of getting a “virtual” Blue Card and getting approval for a Merit Badge from your Scoutmaster doesn’t change.

Merit badges for social distancing: 58 badges Scouts can complete at home

Merit badges for social distancing: 58 badges Scouts can complete at home

Mr Blair

Pancake Breakfast Update

I hope this update finds the entirety of the Troop 648 extended family healthy and safe. Thank you as always for your flexibility and patience as we work through short term and long term solutions for our Scouting program. Some of the Adult leaders got together to discuss options for rescheduling of the Pancake Breakfast. As the current crisis is still in flux, we did not set a firm date, but discussed potentially putting it off until the summer. That is not a definite time frame. As the current situation improves or worsens, we will shift our thoughts according – Semper Gumbi (Always flexible). If any of the Scouts have already acquired auction of raffle basket items, please hold on to those if able to. I would have them reach out to the individuals or vendors that were generous enough to donate with an update of the postponement, and a discussion if their donation can be held onto until a future date, or needs to be returned. My guess is the community will also be understanding of the circumstance. We will give more information on the date as things become more clear.

On another note, several Scouts have asked about advancement and Boards of Review and Merit Badges, etc. As many of these can be done virtually, and not in person, there are some that it is paramount that the “in-person” component be kept as is traditionally done. Any questions about that can be directed to myself, and I will try my best to answer right away and/or assist in the process.

As always in these updates I’ve asked for all of us to remember how important it is for us to continue in the Scouting way, and as a Scouting family. Please reach out to any of us if you or anyone you know in the community needs our assistance.

Mr Blair

A Message from our District Executive Matthew Hill

We are all living in an interesting time and as many of you likely saw earlier this week, recommendations were made to close the council offices for the rest of the month and to postpone in-person district and council events through May 15th. Following the closure of schools the recommendation was made for units to discontinue meetings as well. With that said, our Scouts and Scout families need our support now more than ever. We invite you to visit the Pinnacle Peak Facebook page “Pinnacle Peak BSA” where our District Commissioner, Adrionna Hatfield, and Commissioner team have been posting ideas on how you and your Scouts can continue Scouting. Here is a small sample of resources shared on the council website, for Cub Scouts and for Scouts BSA Troops. We also want to invite you to visit our District Webpage at https://grandcanyonbsa.wixsite.com/pinnaclepeak.

As we are facing many changes, your district team has been active in making sure that we have ways to support each and every one of you. Even while the Council Offices are closed, Scouting is not, and the District is not. Sometimes we simply need to hear from you to know what we can best do to support you. Do not hesitate to reach out to us. See our District Team main contacts below.

District Chair, Chris Smith, Chair.PP@ChrisMSmith.com  

District Commissioner, Adrionna Hatfield, adrionnabf@gmail.com

District Membership & Relations Chair, Nigel Matson, nmatson@att.net

District Program Chair, Kevin Joy, kevintjoy@gmail.com

District Fund Development Chair, Mike Ferrar, MikeF.scouts@gmail.com  

District Advancement Chair: Brian Flynn, imirish3@cox.net

District Training Chair, Dale Lewis, delewisaz56@gmail.com

As we have met throughout the week, we have made a few changes to upcoming meetings and events. Please take a moment to review those changes below. We thank you for your continued support and hope you can join us virtually over the next few weeks and in person as we approach this fall. You will notice Eagle Boards of April have been postponed to May. During this time, our project and packet reviewers will continue working with scouts, that information can be found on our district website under the “Life to Eagle” page.

Still Happening

·         April Roundtable “Fireside Chat”               Thursday 4/2/2020 through Zoom at 7:00pm https://scouting.zoom.us/j/7053338076

·         May Roundtable                                               Thursday 5/7/2020 through Zoom https://zoom.us/j/114732470

o   To Include Recharter and Recruitment Training

·         May Eagle Boards                                             Thursday 5/14/2020 at Cross in the Desert at 6:30pm

·         Fall BALOO Training                                         August 29-30, 2020 at Pioneer Village

·         Cub Day Camp “R-Boo-C Adventure”       October 3-4, 2020 at R-C Scout Ranch

·         District Camporee                                           October 23-25, 2020 at Camp Geronimo

·         Fall IOLS Training                                              October 23-25, 2020 at Camp Geronimo

·         Winter Leader Specific                                   December 5, 2020 at Cross in the Desert

Postponed

·         Spring BALOO Training                                   Scheduled on 3/28-29/2020, see Fall BALOO Above

·         April Eagle Boards                                            Scheduled on 4/9/2020, see May Eagle Boards Above

·         Pinewood Derby                                              Scheduled on 4/18/2020, Rescheduling TBD

·         Spring IOLS Training                                        Scheduled on 5/16-17/2020, see Fall IOLS Above

Once again we want to thank you for your support in Scouting and your willingness to help us in offering the Scouting program at this critical time.

Yours in Scouting, 

The Pinnacle Peak Key-3

Chris, Adrionna, and Matt

Matthew Hill, CNP | District Executive


BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Grand Canyon Council


2969 N. Greenfield Rd.   
Phoenix, AZ 85016-7715

602-955-7747 ext. 202

Matthew.Hill@scouting.org

Troop 648 COVID-19 Updates

I hope this email finds all the families of Troop 648 well. I have some updates concerning our Troop schedule in relation to the ongoing changes our community and our nation are asked to undergo during this current crisis. If you haven’t heard yet, the Chaparral Christian Church announced Monday that it will close it’s campus for at least the next two weeks. Because of the new CDC guidelines, the AZ Department of Health mandates, and the Department of Education recommendations, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Troop meeting on 3/24/2020. We will continue to reassess the growing concerns and progress of the COVID-19 pandemic for updates of any future meetings, but this does look like it may have the potential to continue for a longer duration. Since there isn’t as much time to prepare and promote the upcoming outing in April, we will be postponing the April outing to Patagonia Lake indefinitely. With our busy schedule, this might be an outing that is unfortunately cancelled eventually. Our upcoming Eagle events will also be postponed. Sean Hart’s Eagle project for 3/28 has been cancelled and a new date is tentatively being worked on. I will update you all on that as it is confirmed. Also, Zane Gay’s Eagle COH scheduled for 3/29 will be postponed to a later date. More info when it becomes available. We will more than likely be postponing the Pancake Breakfast currently scheduled for 4/25. The committee will be discussing options this weekend, and I will let everyone know when a decision is made on the new date in plenty of time to prepare. And a last update, at this time, there is no information suggesting that the summer programs (Philmont and Emerald Bay) are effected, but we will be keeping a close watch on those and will share updates accordingly.

On a personal note, I hope everyone is staying safe and getting a chance to use this time to enjoy family and loved ones. If anyone in the Troop 648 family needs anything, please do not hesitate to reach out and ask. Remember, we are a family too.

Mr Blair

Scoutmaster Troop 648

Troop 648 Meeting Update

Dear Scouts and Families,

After discussing with Pastor Kevin and Mr Benyi, and in light of the recent COVID-19 virus (Corona Virus) related global and community restrictions, we have decided to cancel this week’s Troop meeting (3/17/20). As always, the safety of all our Scouts, volunteers and families is our top priority. The State and National Council are monitoring and advising local Scouting programs through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although there has been no instruction from the Councils to suspend or cancel Troop meetings, we feel the recent suspension of Scottsdale School District classes and declaration of a National State of Emergency warrants us to consider discontinuing non-essential large indoor group meetings. Since these events will continue to rapidly evolve on a daily basis, we will reassess the local situation, and make a decision about future meetings on a week to week basis. Thank you for understanding, and for your patience while we continue to monitor the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic. As is our practice in Scouting, our efforts are focused on preparation and responsiveness guided by official health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization. Remaining vigilant in hand hygiene and social distancing are some of the most important practices, especially in communities where there is confirmed community spread of the virus. Below is the BSA policies to help prevent the spread of illness:

BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness

The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist

Everyday Preventive Measures

Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Stay home when you feel sick. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.  
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.  
  • Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. 

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, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Please don’t hesitate to contact any of our Leadership if you have any questions.

Mr Blair

Scoutmaster Troop 648