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Zoom time, again!

Dan McGuire —  June 2, 2020 — Leave a comment

Happy Tuesday, Troop!

The BSA and Pikes Peak Council have no adjusted their in-person meetings policy as of yet. I know none of us can wait to get back together and have a “real” meeting. Just stay motivated and hone your skills and knowledge in First Aid, knots, and safety. Spend a little time in your yards and work on your outdoor skills. Find a Merit Badge that interests you and work on getting that done. I challenge all of you to complete at least three merit badges on your own this summer (meaning you have to find a MB counselor outside the troop and let me know who he/she is so I can link them up in Scoutbook to get you credit-more on this at the meeting tonight).

Anyway, the meeting details are listed below. See you all tonight!


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Hi Everyone,
Here is the sign up for Flag Day which is Sunday, June 14. Let me know if you have any questions?

Renee Hames
(719) 533-0473

Also, this will be my last year to organize flags for the troop, so I am looking for someone who can take over. Please let me know if you are interested. Thank You!


Below are the details for tonight’s meeting on Zoom.

There are a couple things on the agenda tonight.

1). Evan Reeves is planning to give a presentation for the Citizenship inthe Nation MB.

2). A couple of Scout would like to give their presentation/speech for the Public Speaking MB.

3). I would like to put together a plan for an in-person (socially distant) meeting for the future. This plan MUST be solid and take into consideration all current Safer at Home and BSA recommendations.
******Disclaimer: This can only happen if BSA allows in-person meetings****** They currently do not allow them, according to the Pikes Peak BSA homepage.

We are looking to have a new Scout join in with us tonight, so please show proper respect, as I know you will.

See you guys tonight.


BoyScouts Troop287 is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Hi Everyone,

Thank you so much for signing up for flags for Memorial Day. We will
be placing about 205 flags including the church flags for this
holiday. Attached are the routes, along with the map for Tuscan Villas
and the assignments. Remember we need two drivers for each route one car has to carry all the flags while the other car follows and a navigator and two scouts. Right now these are the following assignments. Route B has two newbies signed up. Any older scout families willing to help them out?

I’ve set the assignments as follows:

Route A Meet at Barn for 6:15am Load up
Driver 1: Paul Navigator: Lisa Scout: Jack
Driver 2: Marie Scout: Noah

Route B Meet at Barn for 6:30am Load up
Driver 1: Klye Navigator: Scout: Alex
Driver 2: Harry Scout: Cameron

Route C Meet at Barn for 6:00am Load up
Driver 1: Renee Navigator: Aidan Scout: Zander

Route D Meet at Barn for 5:45am Load up
Driver 1: Dan Navigator: Scout: Geren
Driver 2: Chris Scout: Ethan

AM – Meet at Barn for Flag Load up at 5:45 am/6:00 am/6:15 am/6:30 am
PM – Meet at Barn for Flag Pick up at 6:00 pm

We will meet at the Church Barn on Monday at your assigned time to
load up the Flags and post them then we will meet back at the Barn
again at 6pm to pick up flags. I will be at the Barn to help load
flags and answer any questions you might have. Please have your scouts
wear their Class A uniform and dress according to weather. The low
temperature for Monday is 48 and the high is 73. Each bucket has
everything you need (Including Printed Routes) and PLEASE make sure
your scout WEARS their REFLECTIVE VESTS. Thank you for everyone’s help
to make this Memorial Day a success.

I will be your point person so please text me when everyone is
finished with their routes. (Renee 719-533-0473) I will send out a
group text so you have my number, and so you can keep in touch if any
issues arise. I included the routes if you would like to look at yours
before Monday. I will have routes already printed for that morning in
your assigned bucket.

Let me know if you have any questions and please text me your numbers. I don’t know everyone yet and I don’t have phone numbers. (Text me at 719-533-0473). I will see everyone on Monday. Thank You!

Renee Hames
PDF 2020 Memorial Postings A Route.pdf
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PDF 2020 Memorial Postings B Route.pdf
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PDF 2020 Memorial Postings C Route.pdf
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PDF 2020 Memorial Postings D Route.pdf
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Tuscan VIllas Mem Day 2020.pdf
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This week we will continue our Public Speaking MB. I believe there are three Scouts ready to give their 10 minute speech on a topic of interest to you all.

See you tonight.


Hi, my name is Renee Hames. I am Zander’s mom and I lead the flag fund raiser program, and I need your Help! This program is our troops biggest fund raiser and to make it successful we need Scouts and Parents to participate. Above is the link to signup and more of an explanation of how this fund raiser works. This weeks scout zoom meeting will start at 6:30pm, so we can explain and discuss the flag program. Parents we really need you to be part of this meeting. Here is the information for our zoom meeting on Tuesday, May 19th.

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Thank you so much,

Renee Hames

Here are the details for tonight’s meeting:

Topic: BoyScouts Troop287’s Zoom Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

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Philmont Update

Sean Warner —  May 7, 2020 — Leave a comment

Folks, I am sad to say that our Philmont Trek is canceled this year due to COVID. Our Trek was scheduled for June and right now, Philmont is not opening until 1 July so they asking for us to reschedule for 2021. My son and I would still like to go next year and I feel even if some back out that we can put together another crew for 2021 so I am going to lean forward to re-schedule. If your scout would not like to reschedule for next year then please let me know!

Thanks, Sean

Below is the pasted email from Philmont:

Dear 2020 Lead Advisors and Reservation Contacts,
It is hard to imagine a more difficult circumstance for operating Philmont Scout Ranch. Our mission brings people together and Delivers Wilderness Adventures that Last a Lifetime. Yet as our state, region, and the entire world continues to deal with the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we realize the nature of this virus, and how it spreads, presents significant challenges for Philmont. Your safety, health, and well-being remain our top priority. 
The staff at Philmont continue to work relentlessly through every scenario for opening, in conjunction with the constantly evolving environment that this challenge presents to all Americans.  In light of the state of New Mexico’s extension of stay at home orders through May 15th and decisions that other community and public entities have made to close, we have made the difficult decision to delay the opening of Philmont until July 1.  

We will continue to follow updates and recommendations from the CDC, NM Governor Lujan Grisham, and state and local health departments, and monitor data and decisions from other states and entities across the country. Additional updates will be provided on May 15 and June 1.
You are receiving this email because you are listed as the Reservation Contact or Lead Advisor for your crew(s). If you are a Reservation Contact it is important that you communicate with all of the Lead Advisors in your Contingent. If you are a Lead Advisor it is important that you communicate with all of your crew members to get their updated expedition plans before submitting the survey. It is important that the Reservation Contact and Lead Advisor coordinate who will submit this survey on behalf of the crew. Please only submit one survey response per crew. 
There are important decisions that will need to be made for your crew(s). Please follow the link below and complete the survey. This will allow us to gather information to help you and Philmont prepare for the summer ahead. Please complete this survey by Friday, May 8th. You will also want to refer to the updated cancellation/refund policy that can be found below.  Please know that when we open on July 1st, the Philmont program will look different to allow for appropriate social distancing. Philmont has begun implementing the following steps to promote a safer environment: Developing pre-travel protocols Pre-arrival screening Extensive on-site Screening Increased cleaning and sanitization in shared spaces, buildings, vehicles, and program areas Large gatherings, including campfires and chapel services, will be limited or eliminated Adjustments in our dining hall operations Any participant or staff member in a high-risk category for protection from COVID-19 should not attend Philmont this year, because of established protocols by our country’s medical experts. Additional measures will be implemented per CDC guidelines. 

We ask that you do not call Philmont but fill out the survey and let our team of Registrars, plan their work, and work the plan. With 2,200 crews and more than 24,000 individuals all seeking personal assistance, we must focus on the surveys you submit and prioritized by importance. Survey responses will be prioritized for resolution by the end of May.   Refund Policy – If the Boy Scouts of America or a National High Adventure Base (HAB) cancels your program due to COVID-19, you can reschedule your adventure and apply fees to an alternate date later in 2020 or 2021 (and 2022 at PSR and NT) at 2020 pricing. If it is not possible for you to reschedule, you will receive a full refund of fees paid. 
If you cancel your program during the COVID-19 outbreak, you may select an adventure later in 2020 or 2021 (and 2022 at PSR and NT) at 2020 pricing. If it is not possible for you to reschedule, you will receive a refund of fees paid less 10% (to support the program costs of operating the HAB). See the HAB website for more information. 
Refunds will be processed within 10-12 weeks.  Additional information and updates are available at 
Here are our options for next year….
Options for Crews:Crews that were scheduled to arrive before July 1 are encouraged to reschedule for 2021 or 2022 (as space allows) or transfer to another high adventure base closer to their home. Crews that are no longer able to travel to Philmont for an adventure this summer are encouraged to transfer to 2021 or 2022 (as space allows), transfer to another high adventure base, or cancel their reservation. Crews that cancel and request a refund, will be subject to the refund policy listed above and will receive their refund within 10-12 weeks of cancellation. Philmont has adjusted the minimum crew size to 5 participants (minimum of 2 adults) to allow for individual participants to cancel without canceling the crew. Philmont reserves the right to match you with a sister crew as needed to meet Health and Safety needs. Philmont will waive the adult to youth ratio (if YPT guidelines are met) to accommodate Scouts who will “age out” by the time they are rescheduled through 2022. Wilderness First Aid and CPR – Philmont highly encourages crew leadership to complete the Wilderness First Aid and CPR requirements as written in the Guidebook to Adventure, however, Philmont will not deny crews a Philmont adventure due to the inability to meet WFA and CPR requirements during the 2020 season. Philmont’s program model has been adjusted to accommodate crews who do not have these certifications. Health and Medical Record – State by state requirements for physicals have complicated and delayed the solution for participants who have been unable to complete the Annual Health and Medical Record this calendar year. We are confident that with the delay of the start of the summer that a solution will be available by May 15th with plenty of time for crews to complete before they depart for Philmont. 
Survey Questions to answer with your crew (please submit your crew’s responses at the link below, these are provided to assist you in consulting with your crew prior to entering the survey)
Email:Name:Expedition Number:Phone:I am the:Do you want to cancel your entire crew in 2020 and receive a refund? Please recognize there are options to transfer your reservation.Yes (Continue to Comments and Concerns)No (Continue to next question)Do you want to cancel a partial crew in 2020?Yes, I have crew members who will not be attending with my crew as previous planned – We will be reaching out to determine which crew members are canceled soon. (Continue to next question)No, my entire crew will be attending. (Continue to next question)What is your arrival month?June (proceed to June crews choices)July/August (proceed to July/August Crew choices)June Crews please rank your choices between 1 and 4Transfer the reservation to July or August dates in 2020 (space will be limited to a smaller number of crews arriving each day)Transfer the reservation to 2021 (space will be limited to available spaces)Transfer the reservation to 2022 (you will be able to pick your date now instead of waiting for the lottery)Transfer the reservation to available space in 2020 or 2021, at one of the other National High Adventure Bases (Florida National Seabase, Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Bechtel Summit Reserve)July and August Crews please rank your choices between 1 and 4.Keep original reservationTransfer the reservation to 2021 (space will be limited to available spaces)Transfer the reservation to 2022 (you will be able to pick your date now instead of waiting for the lottery)Transfer the reservation to available space in 2020 or 2021, at one of the other National High Adventure Bases (Florida National Seabase, Northern Tier High Adventure Base, Bechtel Summit Reserve)Was your crew canceled in 2018 due to the fires?YesNoComments and Concerns?If you are a unit that has requested cancellation in July or August, please indicate extenuating circumstances to be considered for waiving the 10% program support recovery fee. 


Just in case you didn’t scroll down the website and use the same link from last week, here it is again!

Topic: BoyScouts Troop287’s Zoom Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

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Meeting ID: 741 7820 3858
Password: 0BtFgg

Yes, this would be sufficient distance.


Unfortunately, the BSA, Colorado Springs, nor Colorado has lifted the bans on group gatherings. I was hopeful that we would actually be able to at least meet with some distance between us, but we need to follow the guidelines established by our higher authorities. In addition, there is a fire ban in place for the entirety of El Paso County. We could make individual fires, however, we would not have enough fire pits to accomodate all of the Scouts who would show up to the meeting anyway.

That being said, we will need to have another Zoom meeting this week. I am hoping to have Austin present and DEMONSTRATE how to properly PREPARE and light a fire using basic materials (no gas, petroleum jelly, lint tinder, etc.-basically, just a knife, a couple (TWO max) of matches, and a log), such as the single log fire method. I will coordinate with Austin (and Mr. Petree) before the meeting to ensure he can make this happen in a safe manner to allow you all to see how it is done.

You are all welcome to be at your own firepit in your back yard or wherever, and follow along Austin’s teachings/guidance/leadership. Just be respectful and allow him the time to develop his teachings, because last time they did the single log challenge, I heard it took nearly an hour to get the fire going well enough to burn the string set above their fire station.

Anyway, we will focus on that for tomorrow night’s meeting. Next week we will look at another Scout skill, maybe lashings, first aid, navigation, or something like that.

I will post the Zoom meeting info tomorrow night, which is the same as last weeks, since it is a re-occurring meeting.

If you are a First Four Scout (new Scout, Scout Rank, Tenderfoot, Second or First Class), and you have completed some rank requirements, let your Patrol Leader know (via email or call them direct), then let the SPL and me know, so I can adjust Scoutbook and get you credit where credit is due. Several Scouts have sent me videos directly where they have demonstrated their Skills and Knowledge. This is totally acceptable as credit. I have already done one Scoutmaster Conference over Facetime (congrats Cam Hughes-the Troop’s latest Scout to earn the Scout Rank).

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please let me know.


Zoomity doo dah!

Dan McGuire —  April 28, 2020 — Leave a comment

Troop, with all this Zoom stuff, I feel like we are in the Air Force!

Just kidding. Here is what I would like to do tonight:

Have some of you guys finish up some requirements for Public Speaking and then plan a together meeting for next week. It will be a short meeting, depending on how quickly you guys plan.

See you in a bit.


Topic: BoyScouts Troop287’s Zoom Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

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Zoom again!

Dan McGuire —  April 21, 2020 — Leave a comment


The Governor of Colorado has said to not have in-person school for the rest of the year. Our schools have not yet announced this, but it is likely coming.

Anyway, below is the information for tonight’s Zoom meeting. We will continue our Public Speaking MB and see how you guys feel about moving forward with another badge after we complete this one.

Topic: BoyScouts Troop287’s Zoom Meeting
Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

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Meeting ID: 741 7820 3858
Password: 0BtFgg


Zoom, zoom.

Dan McGuire —  April 14, 2020 — Leave a comment

Troop, here is the data for tonight’s zoom meeting:

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Meeting ID: 741 7820 3858
Password: 0BtFgg

The plan is to continue the Public Speaking MB, so I hope you all prepared your bio (3-5 min), or a short 3-5 min talk about a subject you like (if you already did your bio).

Be Prepared!


Social Distancing Merit Badge

Social Distancing Merit Badge

All Merit Badges** – ->April 1, 2020<- – **
Buy a Social Distancing patch

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.

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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)

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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.