Social Distancing Merit Badge

Social Distancing Merit Badge

All Merit Badges** – ->April 1, 2020<- – **
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Requirements for the Social Distancing merit badge:

  1. Do the following:
    1. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter when practicing Social Distancing, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    2. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while Social Distancing, including irritability, lethargy, gaining weight, cabin fever
    3. Define the following Social Distancing terms:
      • flatten the curve
      • self-quarantine
      • incubation
      • R-naught
      • binge-watching
      • slow the spread
      • do the five
  2. List and explain at least 5 different ways to estimate a 6-foot distance. For example, “6 feet equals 1 Ryan Reynolds”.
  3. Rank the following 20 popular sports from Best to Worst for Social Distancing appropriateness: football, baseball, basketball, soccer, hockey, tennis, golf, boxing, car racing, wrestling, volleyball, swimming, skiing, bowling, horse racing, martial arts, weight lifting, ultimate, bicycling, speed skating
  4. Do the following:
    1. Create a list of at least 5 common Social Distancing hashtags, for example #StayHome. Your list may not include #StayHome.
    2. Create a list of at least 5 new hashtags that you feel would help people understand, remember, or implement proper Social Distancing.
    3. Share your two lists with your counselor. Be prepared to explain your new hashtags to your counselor.
  5. Using Zoom or other remote conferencing software approved by your counselor, do the following:
    1. Install and configure the conferencing software on your computer or handheld electronic device.
    2. Help another person install and configure the conferencing software.
    3. Schedule and run a meeting that lasts at least 5 minutes and includes at least 5 people. The people must include yourself, your counselor, and at least one other adult.
  6. Demonstrate to your counselor your ability to socially distance yourself by doing at least 4 of the following Social Distancing activities:
    1. Wash your hands correctly
    2. Cough into your elbow
    3. Wave to another person
    4. Pass someone on a walking path
    5. Correctly put on and take off nitrile gloves
    6. Sew a face mask
    7. Order a take-out meal for your family using a phone or the internet. You or your parent may pay for the meal.
  7. Simulate Social Distancing by doing the following:
    1. Live in a simulated quarantine environment by not leaving your house or physically interacting with any other humans except your immediate family for 4 days. During this simulation, complete at least three of these tasks:
      1. Complete 1 jigsaw puzzle of at least 500 pieces
      2. Memorize lyrics to 3 songs
      3. Play 12 games of solitaire
      4. Play 10 games of Pandemic 2 or similar symptoms simulator.
      5. Watch 1 full season of any video series, totaling at least 6 hours and approved by your parent or guardian
      6. Read 1 book of at least 300 pages
      7. Watch at least 4 movies starring Tom Hanks
      8. Make a Bucket List of at least 12 things you want to do once your quarantine is over
    2. Document what you did and present your accomplishments to your counselor, patrol, or troop in a 2-minute presentation
  8. Find out about three career opportunities in the global health industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Public Speaking MB!

Dan McGuire —  April 8, 2020 — Leave a comment

Troop, as promised last night, here are the requirements for the Public Speaking MB. Some of you have already completed requirement 1. If you have, please start on requirements 2 and 4. I will select a random subject for you for requirement 3.

Requirements for the Public Speaking merit badge:

  1. Give a three- to five-minute introduction of yourself to an audience such as your troop, class at school, or some other group.
  2. Prepare a three- to five-minute talk on a topic of your choice that incorporates body language and visual aids.
  3. Give an impromptu talk of at least two minutes, either as part of a group discussion or before your counselor. Use a subject selected by your counselor that is interesting to you but that is not known to you in advance and for which you do not have time to prepare.
  4. Select a topic of interest to your audience. Collect and organize information about this topic and prepare an outline. Write an eight- to 10-minute speech, practice it, then deliver it in the conversational way.
  5. Show you know parliamentary procedure by leading a discussion or meeting according to accepted rules of order; or by answering questions on the rules of order.

Troop, below is the invite for tonight’s meeting.

BoyScouts Troop287 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. We will discuss how everyone is doing and address any rank and MB related issues you guys might be having.

See you tonight!


Topic: Troop 287 Weekly 4/7/20
Time: Apr 7, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)
Every week on Tue, until Jul 14, 2020, 15 occurrence(s)
Apr 7, 2020 07:00 PM
Apr 14, 2020 07:00 PM
Apr 21, 2020 07:00 PM
Apr 28, 2020 07:00 PM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 687 831 397
Password: 1o3V3H

Troop, we are going to try some on-line meetings to see how it goes. We will use the zoom application. You can download it on your phone and use it from there, or log in through a computer by copying and pasting the link below in your browser.

You do not need an account to join the meeting. We are limited to 40 minutes for a Zoom meeting (because we don’t have an account). If this works out, we may consider purchasing this for the troop until the “together ban” lifts. That way we can hold meetings as long as we need to.

This meeting will run similar to our in person meetings, with an opening, briefing by the SPL, and some admin stuff. We cant really do one on one things, but we can discuss in a group forum how we are coping with all this business going on. We can also discuss some of the on-going MB work some of you are participating in.

Here are the details for the meeting:

SPL Geren is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Troop 287 Weekly 3/31/20
Time: Mar 31, 2020 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 117 977 506

POST bump

Dan McGuire —  March 30, 2020 — Leave a comment


Just bumping the last two posts about flipgrid for Eprep and Rank ADV. scroll down to the previous posts to get the links.



During this downtime, I would like to challenge the older Scouts in developing a platform to encourage learning. Use the flipgrid site to create educational videos demonstrating Scout skills. We can also use this format for rank advancement.

I will create another board so we can post our videos to the site. If you are a younger Scout, you can go through your handbook and post your knowledge in a short video. After a review, you will get credit for completing that rank requirement. This will help you stay active and engaged in your Scouting.

If you are interested, the Flipgrid link is:
Or just go to and enter this code: 8cc2ee2f.



This whole world-wide situation seems to bring up a great time to think about Emergency Preparation. Or, maybe we are a little behind the power curve on this one!

The governor has basically closed Schools for another month (until April 17th). For many of you, this means doing your sch oolwork online and emailing, or posting results of your teacher’s assignments to a website. Many of us parents have either taken some classes online, or had some training conducted online, or something like that. So, now it is your turn to get that experience.

Anyway, I thought I would give this on-line training stuff a try with you guys. If you attend Eagleview, you may be familiar with Flipgrid. It is a platform for learning where the teacher posts a short video discussing the requirements, and the students respond in kind with their answers, comments, or whatever is required.

I would like to try this format on this site with the E-Prep MB. If it works out well, we will do other badges this way (and I will encourage the higher ranking Scouts to lead some Rank ADV as well). I also encourage the other Adult Leaders to take up something like this as well. Even if it is just discussing what they have learned from MB work (Cit in Community pops to mind!)

Below is the link to the E-Prep “class”. Be fore-warned: I still require the E-Prep worksheet to be filled out. You can download it from the links, as well as the workbook.

Here is how the class will run: I will post an intro video about E-Prep and discuss the (9) requirements. What I expect from you is that you do the worksheet print or hand written is fine, so long as I can read it when you turn it in. Scanned copies will work since we will be separate for a while.

If you have already completed the First Aid MB (Requirement 1), then you are good to go. If you have not completed it, no worries, we will get to that MB this summer, likely. But by then, you will be done with the rest of the E-Prep MB.

I will also expect you to post a response video for the requirements 2a, 3 (a-d), 4, 5, 6- a recap of what you learned during this requirement, and 8-an explanation of your kits (a walkthrough of the kits).

Rehearsal of your videos is important, so “Be Prepared” before you start shooting the video! Geren has graciously volunteered to do the first set of videos. You can emulate how he does his or be as creative as you want (get family members involved-it’ll be fun!)

If you have an issue posting your videos, we can work something out, no worries. I want you to be successful in this endeavor and learn something as well. So if you have limiting circumstances, let me know.

I also encourage learning from each other by discussing (politely) what each other has posted with a response post of your own. Not a requirement, but encouraged. Ideas for your kits is an easy one. Not everyone has the same stuff available or may not think of that “gadget” that may end up being really useful.

Requirement 7 is the tricky one. Here is what will happen: You will write up a plan to aid the local office of emergency management in a disaster relief effort. There will be many agencies involved and our troop will be assigned by the Volunteer Coordinator to direct traffic into a huge parking lot located in the north west side of the New Life Church (Google map it for reference). The Incident Command Headquarters will be located inside the church, with the various agencies aiding in the disaster located within the building as well. Our Troop will be assigned to direct traffic into the parking lot in an organized manner. Also, Care and Share will have a distribution point on the south east side of the church where we will also be tasked to route recipient traffic through so they get the goods they need to survive for a few days. Your plan should have a map of parking and traffic flow (your parents can lend assistance with this part). The map should show where parking is, how the care and share line will be run and how those folks will be separated from the folks who are working at the headquarters. Your plan should have an equipment list as well. Just remember-we may be working into the night!

You are doing your part in the current “emergency situation” by practicing social distancing, staying home and NOT going out into public crowded areas unnecessarily, I think you are participating in an Emergency Service Project (a real one). However, I still want to see your efforts in drafting up a plan!

The rest of the requirements will be “graded” and discussed individually when you turn in your worksheet. We can do that via FaceTime, Skype, or whatever with your parents permission (and presence).

There are many resources available for research on this topic. A simple Internet search will land you sufficient results.

I know there is a lot of work associated with this MB, however, it is an Eagle Required Badge, and I would really like you all to take something away from this badge. If you sign up, please understand that a bit of effort is required.

Here is a kicker: if you are interested in the Moviemaking Merit Badge, let me know before you start videos on this one, we can work the requirements together.

I will also be available via phone, or video chat. Just give me a heads up since I still have to work at the police department during this madness.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.

Here is the link to the class (use @BSAt287 as the password-case sensitive). Log in with the code: mcguire3820. Then enter the password above.



Due to the closure of D-11 (the schedule we follow), and the Covid social distancing stuff, we are not having meetings until at the earliest April.

In the interest of keeping you all (and your parents) sane, take up a couple of merit badges and learn some stuff. Here is a list of MB’s our troop has counselors for (some of the admin ones just take research on line):
One the Council site:
American Business
Cit in Community
Crime Prevention
Emergency Preparedness
Family Life
Home Repairs
Personal Fitness
Personal Management
Public Speaking

Not listed on the Council site (may need a renewal):
First Aid
Wilderness Survival
Rifle Shooting
Dog Care
Automotive Maintenance
Cit in the World
Coin Collecting
Digital Technology
Leather work
Indian Lore

Just shoot me an email (cc your parents) and I will approve your MB selection (and let you know who in our troop is a counselor for it). If you choose a MB that is not listed, you can find a list of MB counselors here: . You’ll have to contact that particular counselor to determine what they need from you (you’ll need the approved blue card first).

I will counsel you on any of the MBs I am qualified for via email, Facetime (with your parents permission), Skype, or whatever so you need to be successful. Personally, I require the workbook to be filled out (hand written or typed is fine); scanned and emailed is good.

I am sure the other Scoutmasters will be willing to do the same. You’ll just need to coordinate with them directly.

Stay safe, and wash your hands!


Cease fire!

Dan McGuire —  March 13, 2020 — Leave a comment


After careful consideration, coordination, contemplation, (and some other words that start with C), I have decided to cancel the trip this weekend.

If you purchased perishable food and would like reimbursement, let me know, we will get you squared away. For any non-perishables, we can save for future use, and will reimburse you for them as well.

I know this is not the decision many of you were looking for, but I want to err on the side of caution to protect the Scouts and Adult Leaders. Maybe I am being over protective (been known for that), but I believe this is the best decision for the Troop. Please know that I did not come to this decision lightly. For those of you who know me, I routinely will push the envelope to get things to happen, but this is not one of those times.

As a parent, I really want to go and have fun camping and shooting with my kid. As a leader, I feel it is my responsibility to ensure the safety of all who are involved in our activities. Not only exposure of our kids to each other, but to the many other Scouts and Scouting families who are attending CCD this weekend, and utilizing the camp and range facilities (shotgun, archery, and the other half of the rifle range).

Thanks for all the support you guys have shown via text message and such. I appreciate it.

As far as future meetings, D-11 is closed for the next two weeks, so Game Night is cancelled for the 17th. We will re-evaluate our meetings at the beginning of April. I will make a post as to where we are in that process when the time comes (school districts are re-evaluating on Mar 26th).

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly.


Range is HOT!!!

Dan McGuire —  March 12, 2020 — Leave a comment
Please, put a shirt on, Rambo! You’re scaring the children!

Troop, this weekend the range is reserved and so is the campsite out at Cris Dobbins, near Elbert, CO.

Here is the plan: Ethan G. and Austin P. are purchasing the food for their patrols. There are a total of 7 Scouts attending (according to the sign-up) on Saturday (plan and purchase accordingly, gents!). I think there will be 5 adult leaders there on Saturday to help supervise each other (because the Scouts don’t need supervision, right!)

Elbert County is currently under Stage 2 fire restrictions due to high winds and dry conditions, so we will not be able to have any open fires. Camp stoves and stuff like that are good to go, but no fire pit.

Weather (dress and pack appropriately). I don’t think we have anyone going that has not been on a cold weather trip, so please make sure you bring the right stuff:

FRI MAR 13Snow Showers/Wind31°26°50%SSE 24 mph84%
SAT MAR 14Mostly Sunny52°31°0%S 13 mph48%
SUN MAR 15Partly Cloudy54°35°10%S 14 mph54%

Packing: As with most cases, we like to pack out as if we were hiking across country. Self sufficiency and all that. pack what you need, but don’t over do it because you have to carry it all yourself!

Timeline (these are the hard times. Scouts will develop the backwards planning for meals and other marginal incidental things:
5:30pm Friday: Meet up at the barn and cross load equipment and kids. then roll out to CCD, set up camp, sleep. (Dinner on your own or bring it with)
8:00am Saturday: Range goes hot, Mr. Warner will provide instruction and all that. (b-fast prior-planning by Scouts)
1:00pm (or whenever): Range goes cold. We clean firearms and turn them in.
2:00pm: return to camp and work ADV, camp skills and all that fun Scout stuff. Lunch, dinner, sleep~.
No later than 10am Sunday: back at the barn for pickup. (we may be there earlier for recovery operations); (b-fast & pack-up is determined on the motivation of the crew)

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please let me know. I likely forgot something.



This week we seem to have nice weather. We also have a few things to do at this week’s meeting:
1. Mr. Durrenberger will go over some of the Cit in the Community MB work that you guys were supposed to have completed (~30 min).
2. We need to complete Campout Prep. We have a reservation at Camp Cris Dobbins for Friday and Saturday nights. We also have a reservation for their Rifle Range all day on Saturday. (I am working the logistics of what Firearms we can use there – theirs or ours and stuff like that). Regardless, we are going to shoot some targets! (~30mins)
3. Have some fun and maybe get some requirements signed off by PLs and the SPL/ASPL.(~30mins)

Sign up here (timeline is in the signup):


Scout Sunday

Tom Sharp —  March 5, 2020 — Leave a comment

Scout Sunday is this Sunday. We are meeting at 9:45 for 10:30 service.

Tom Sharp

Camp Cards!

Dan McGuire —  March 5, 2020 — Leave a comment

Troop, Here is an updated link for Camp Card sales this weekend. Mrs. Durrenberger secured us another date in April to sell cards. I’ve added it to the sign up.

Free for all on the March date, go ahead and sign up for any slot you would like to sell for.

Also, please fill in the gaps in the time slots. This way we can have continuity for cards and money from the start of the day until the last shift. If we don’t have someone to hand the cards and money to, that person will be responsible for maintaining it until the next shift shows up.


Rank ADV!

Dan McGuire —  March 1, 2020 — Leave a comment
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This week will be focused on rank advancement. Since Mother Nature was not feeling well for the month of February and wreaked havoc on our meeting schedule, we have to make a few adjustments. No biggie.

We had an awesome time camping this weekend up in the rampart range. We had five Scouts learn a few things about fire making and a few tips ad tricks about bushcrafting.

Anyway, lets go through our books and make sure what we have done is documented in our Scoutbooks. I know a few of the newer Scouts are chomping at the bit to take care of some rank advancement tasks.

If you need a SM Conference, let me know via the sign up genius link below.

See you on Tuesday night!


Re-post for Scout Sunday

Dan McGuire —  February 28, 2020 — Leave a comment


Here is a re-post for the Scout Sunday you all heard about during hte CoH. We are looking for about 10 Scouts to participate. A great way to give back to the organization which gives us a home for Scouting.


Troop Class B Order Form

Dan McGuire —  February 27, 2020 — Leave a comment

Troop, here is the order form for the Class B shirts. They come in 3 varieties.: 1) short sleeve, 2) long sleeve, and 3) hooded sweatshirt.

Here is the deal on our shirts: The basic color we use is the forest green with white lettering. If you download and print this order form, this is the color combination you will receive. They are the ones we had at the CoH the other night.

If you want to change the color of the shirt, that is no problem. We will need a minimum order of 12 shirts to get the pricing listed on the form. The basic order is for any shirt color and only one ink color. So, if you want a colored shirt that is good with white ink, no problem. If we have an order that has a light colored shirt with dark ink added into the mix (like a tan shirt with black ink), we will incur a $10 service charge for that batch of shirts.

So anyway, think about it, and you can print out the order form and bring it to any troop meeting with your payment. Once we get a minimum order, we will send to print. The appropriate folks will sign off on the sheets as necessary.

Sizing. The youth small and medium are way too small for even our smallest Scout, so they are no longer being offered. If you want one for a younger sibling or something like that, let me know and we will work it out. Most kids will be able to get away with a Youth Large for a year or so, then move to an adult small. They don’t offer the sweatshirt in youth sizes. For adults: I am 5’10”, 190(ish) and an adult small sweatshirt fits me snug (I like that for hiking); I swim in the XL, but wear it casually.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know. I know I babble on about stuff sometimes, you’ll just have to get used to it.


Pizza Pal Cards!

Dan McGuire —  February 27, 2020 — Leave a comment

For those who have Pizza Pal Cards, please turn them in to Mrs. Roxann Pharris. Also, turn in the money associated with the sales that you have done.

This action is due ASAP!!! We are moving into Camp Card Season. There is a lot of money (and cards) out there. Lets get this taken care of so your Scout’s efforts are awarded in their accounts. Basically, we need to reconcile the program.

If you are interested in the Pizza Pal Card Program, please see Mrs. Pharris. Basically, they are for Old Chicago Restaurants here in town. The cards cost $15 each, and the Scout gets 50% of the sales ($7.50). The Card is worth $30 of pizza at the restaurant.


BushCraft Camping!

Dan McGuire —  February 27, 2020 — Leave a comment

Hey Troop,

This Weekend we have the Bushcraft campout planned and we’ll be meeting up on Rampart Range Road, site 951. The packing list is in the link provided below.

Alex is buying the food for the trip. Here is the menu we decided on:
Breakfast: Bacon, oatmeal
Lunch: ramen, fruit
Dinner: hobo meals (carrots, onions, kielbasa, peppers)

This is only a one night campout due to conflicting schedules and all that parent stuff. This is why there are only three meals.

After school and homework, Please leave ASAP so we still have time to set up and not get stuck in the dark. Well stay up there for one night then meet at the church around 5 o’clock Saturday. If your Scout needs a ride up please call or text 228-806-9063 (Mr. McGuire).

-Geren M.
Troop 287 SPL

Pack 24 Blue and Gold!

Dan McGuire —  February 25, 2020 — Leave a comment
“This way to Scouting, guys! Come on, lets go!”


Tomorrow night, 26 Feb, at 6pm the Pack 24 Blue and Gold dinner is being held at West Elementary School (they’ve offered to feed us-dangerous with a bunch of Scouts).

We are receiving three highly motivated Scouts into our Scouting Family. Please come on out and welcome these guys into the fold! They are also invited to our CoH tonight, so you will know who is coming over.

West Elementary School, 6pm (dinner is offered-again, eat up!). 25 N 20th St, Colorado Springs, CO 80904. AOL Crossover starts at 6:30pm and should take about 30 mins to complete. Let’ support these new Scouts!


Camp Cards!

Dan McGuire —  February 24, 2020 — Leave a comment


Here is a fund raising opportunity for you as a Scout. All proceeds benefit you and your Scouting career. This money earned can be used for Scouting activities or equipment directly related to a Scouting requirement (rank or MB).

Camp cards sell for $5 each and you earn $2.50 per card you sell. The troop gets nothing from this effort.

Below is a sign up for a Troop “booth” at Bass Pro Shops on March 7 from 9am -3pm. There are 12 slots available for selling at this booth (one hour slots, two Scouts per hour). Scouts will be provided with Camp Cards to sell to patrons of Bass Pro Shops and the proceeds at the end of the day will be tallied and divided by those who participated (12 slots, total divided by 12). The slots are for everyone’s opportunity. Please do not sign up for more than one slot until given the go-ahead to do so. This allows others to sign up. Once the free for all is given, and there are slots available, go ahead and sign up. If you work three hours, you will get three portions of the 12.

On an individual basis, you can sign for cards from Mrs. Durrenberger and sell them door to door. Just know that whatever cards you sign for, you are financially responsible for them. If you sign for 20 cards, you will have to turn in either the unsold cards, or the face value of each card ($5).

The camp card program is really easy and has no negative bearing on the Troop or the Scout. We simply turn in the unsold cards at the end of the season and don’t have an obligation after that. It’s a win-win situation.

As always, let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns. A brief will be provided tomorrow at the CoH.