COVID-19 Update March 21

Update COVID-19 Virus Regarding
Council/District Events and Activities

(a pdf of this information is aviable under documents on this page)


Fellow Scouters,

First, I hope everyone is staying well, and safe in this stressful and confusing time. I’m sure we’re all practicing frequent handwashing, covering our coughs and sneezes, social distancing, etc. I’m also sure that, as I have, we’ve had to cancel, postpone and reschedule many Scouting meetings, outings and activities. And during this time let’s be sure to keep in touch with each other. Let’s check on each other, see how everyone’s doing, offer help and support. Make a call, send an email, send a text, using whatever communication media you prefer, and check in on each other. Some social interaction is necessary to maintain a positive outlook. Yes, we’ll get through this; we’ll get through this together, because we help and support each other. 

Second, I want to bring you up to date with council and district activities. In person meetings and activities are canceled or postponed. The Council Camps are closed. The Council Recognition Dinner has been canceled and will hopefully be rescheduled at a later time. The spring University of Scouting is also canceled. Details can be found on the council web site. District Roundtables for March and April were or are canceled. We are considering sharing the recruiting presentation, planned for March, in a remote April Roundtable, possibly via Facebook Live. The Cub Scout Carnival and Pinewood Derby are also canceled. Our Volunteer Recognition Dinner and Scouting for Food are likewise canceled. We believe these are both significant and important events and will hopefully be rescheduled at a later date.

The in person District O Commissioner’s meeting, scheduled for April 2, will also be canceled. We’re looking at alternative possible remote meeting options. 

Third, we are all aware that Minnesota School Districts closed on Wednesday this past week. District 196 closed beginning last Monday. Teachers have been working this week to provide elearning (distance or remote) beginning March 30 (next week is spring break for District 196 and others). All are following the governor’s executive decisions and following MDH and CDC guidelines. When the schools reopen we will see Scouting meetings and activities return to a sense of normalcy.

Finally, I want to say again, and I know it’s tough with the news that keeps bombarding us every day, but let’s stay  positive. This will pass and we will get through it together. Let’s keep in touch and help and support each other.

If you have any questions, comments, did I miss anything? Do you have suggestions for the April Roundtable?

How about ideas for keeping Scouts active during this time? Suggestions, thoughts? Let’s think outside the box. No such thing as a bad idea. Here’s a closing thought, “Do a Good Turn Daily”, how about checking in on our neighbors, within reason and the MDH, CDC guidelines of course.

Again, if you have any questions, ideas, suggestions, or thoughts, please share them with me, Steve Engel, and I will pass them along or share in another update.

Let’s Keep the Scouting Spirit Alive!

Thank you.

Steve Engel
District O
District Commissioner

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COVID-19 Update March 21

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