As the pandemic continues in the U.S., the Northern Lights Council will be proactive and make decisions that will protect the communities and families we serve. We will continue to evaluate and share updates as they become available on this website and through our social media channels.

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Northern Lights Council Update 11/14/20

As Scouts, we strive to be prepared for all situations. During a pandemic, changes can happen quickly without much notice, and but we are ready to adapt. We will do our best to work through this together as a community to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and continue supporting our Scouting families.

The Northern Lights Council will continue offering outdoor in-person and virtual services to our Scouting families. We will reinforce our safety protocols and practices during activities with Scouting families and staff. We are also looking forward to a fun summer ahead. Learn more at: https://nlcbsa.org/camp

States, Counties, and Cities are enacting new policies as it relates to maintaining healthy communities. Several school districts in the council are full distance learning and last night the ND Governor issued an executive order. See order. https://www.governor.nd.gov/sites/www/files/documents/executive-orders/Executive%20Order%202020-43.pdf

You may get questions from parents about can we meet? How does this affect our den/pack/troop?  

  • We ask everyone to follow the BSA Covid Restart guide:  https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-693.pdf
  • The NLC serves four states, 76 counties, and over 500 cities. We ask each unit to follow their local and state health departments, as well as local chartered partners, to implement the appropriate protocols to help keep all those involved in Scouting safe.
  • All units need to follow the guidance of their chartering organization. In many states, counties and cities religious organizations are exempt from many of the guidelines and executive orders. We must follow guidelines that make Scouting a safe program for all participating.

What can our den/pack/troop do?

  • You may be able to meet as smaller groups, depending on your local rules. Always check locally.
  • Popcorn and Charter Renewals. Setup drop off/pickups in driveways, parking lots and garages. Places where you can do transactions while wearing masks and socially distancing. If you have volunteers who need to quarantine for any reason, they could also use drop boxes of file boxes placed outside somewhere accessible, but safe from the elements. One suggestion is a file box with a lid on a front step. One unit even put a file in there with the last name of each family so that they could drop off/pickup items that relate only to them.
  • We highly encourage the use of technology. We continue to update and add resources at:  https://www.nlcbsa.org/homebasecamp
  • All are welcome to use our new Scoutpoint.org resources. Recommendations to get started:
    • Have den leaders email members asking them to register with Scout Point, you can email the link https://scoutpoint.org/register/ and then tell families to do one of the rank required adventures. Please allow several hours for approval to use Scoutpoint.
    • Schedule a web meeting to have as a show and tell of what they did on that adventure. OR send pictures of what they did if they are not able to join a web meeting.
  • Here are two items that can be done only online!
    1. Troops and Packs: Cyber Chip: https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/cyber-chip/
    2. Packs: The Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure. This is an adventure available to all ranks in Cub Scouts. https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/preview-adventures/protect-yourself-rules/

 

 

Current Status (updated 11/15/20)

Northern Lights Council offices

  • The Wanzek Center for Scouting and Capital Credit Union Scout Center are operating during normal business hours (masks are required to enter the building)
  • The meeting rooms at the Wanzek Center for Scouting are available for Scout units and outside groups to use at 25% capacity
  • The meeting rooms at the Capital Credit Union Scout Center are available for Scout units to use at 25% capacity.

Council camping facilities

  • Are available for Scout units and outside groups to use

Fargo Scout Shop

  • Is open during normal business hours

Scout Units may conduct meetings and outings:

  • With charter organization approval for use of their facilities
  • Following social distancing and state, county and city specific guidelines

Virtual Scouting Options

During this time, we'll do our best to give suggestions and guidance on ways Scouting can continue virtually (digital meetings, at-home advancement, etc). Stay tuned to nlcbsa.org and our social media channels for updates. In the meantime, follow our Facebook pages for other fun ideas.  Share your ideas for virtual meetings on social media using #ScoutingFamily and #ScoutingAtHome.

New Option for Scouting at Home

Our council is in the process of creating an online Scouting program delivery system that will be available soon - "Scout Point". This system is being designed to offer the Scouting program to rural areas where a Scout unit may not be located nearby (similar to Lone Scouts). In the event that Scouts can't meet in person, Scout Point will also be available for all Scouts until in-person meetings can resume.

 

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