BSA Girl Troop 219 Scout leader Shana says, “While we can't do things together, we do things at a safe distance!”
There are 12 girls in the troop from the East Texas Area Council and they have made a point of welcoming girls coming from diverse backgrounds. In particular, the troop has a connection with and passion for children in foster care. At the moment, given the situation, the foster children can’t have weekly visits with their parents, and there’s no school, so the troop created activity bags with school supplies, playdoh, bubbles, chalk etc., and delivered these to them before the first week of home learning. They’re now working on a craft box project.
—N.B. This activity, as shown in the photos, was undertaken before social distancing measures were introduced and the troop has not been able to meet physically since then, but they do meet online!—
BSA Girl Troop 219 connects twice-weekly now via Zoom for its meetings, although not all of the girls have Internet access. The ones that can connect are working on advancement and merit badges as well as service project ideas for the community. They enjoyed taking part in the recent Jamboree on the Internet (JOTI), interacting with Scouts from all over the world and taking part in the incredible online programme.
The girls are also working on plans for a virtual campfire next week with a bugler, troop intro, Scout Promise and Law, stories, skits, magic, singing and more, that they're planning on recording!
Shana, her husband (an Eagle Scout) and their four kids (all in BSA) also visit a local nursing home every Monday with their dog, interacting ‘through’ the closed windows with the residents who have been quarantined from the early days of the virus situation. They also play tic tac toe with them on their window using a dry erase marker, cheering up everyone involved, as you can see in the photos below! It's true, Scouting never stops!
Photos (c) Shana Moland and family