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March 23, 2020

 

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A Personal Letter from you Scout Executive Matt Myers

 

Scout Leaders and Parents:

 

As we head into a new chapter of unprecedented events in humankind, I wanted to take a moment to thank you all for your continued commitment not only to Scouting, but especially to each other.

 

The battle against the spread of COVID 19 is a team event.  This fight begins at home as we safeguard our families.  However, make no mistake as we are all in this fight together — and we will emerge from the challenge before us a stronger and a more United States of America.

 

As we do our best to navigate the ever-changing news on the Coronavirus, it is our duty to keep you informed to help you and your Scouts continue your Scouting journey.

 

With health and safety in mind the Redlands Volunteer Service Center, and Scout Shops will be closed for the time being.

 

The California Inland Empire Council Staff is dedicated to continue operations and will operate remotely. Our staff will continue their dedicated work and will be available via email and phone for questions, needs and service to you.

 

Below are some helpful tools:

 

To submit forms to the Redlands Scout Center:

Scan to CIECInfo@scouting.org . There are many free phone scanning apps available online.

 

A mail slot is available at the Redlands Volunteer Service Center, 1230 Indiana Court Redlands CA 92374, for you to drop off paperwork.

 

To submit applications :

Go to www.beascout.org  and submit online.

 

Scout Shop: You can shop for your Scouting apparel by visiting www.scoutshop.org  

 

Have other questions? Click here CIEC Contacts to contact our dedicated professionals.

You can also call 909 7932463 to leave a message or email CIECInfo@scouting.org and one of our professionals will contact you.

 

Please continue to check in for regular updates here: www.ciecbsa.org

 

Very Respectfully,

 

Matt Myers

Scout Executive / CEO

CA Inland Empire Council

 

 

An update on the P.R.A.Y program

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

P.R.A.Y. ANNOUNCEMENT - March 2020

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PRAY EXTENDS ELIGIBILITY IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

 

 

 
 
 

 

EXTENSION DEADLINE: DECEMBER 31, 2020

 

 

Recognizing that church and scout meetings have been suspended, P.R.A.Y. has adopted the following policy to ensure that young people do not miss the opportunity to earn their P.R.A.Y. emblem while maintaining eligibility for the Four-Star Award:

 

At the request of clergy and counselors, a special eligibility extension is in effect until December 31, 2020. This means that students who are eligible for a program based on their current grade level in March 2020, will still be eligible to earn that award until the end of this calendar year, December 31, 2020. Instead of aging out of a program in the fall when starting a new grade at school, the P.R.A.Y. extension will allow young people to complete their requirements until December 31, 2020.

 

We also know that with time at home for spring breaks and self-quarantines, trying to maintain health, there is a good chance you will be battling cabin fever. Below you will find information and resources from P.R.A.Y. to engage Scouts and their families in faith formation. I hope you will find them useful in your own ministry.

 

P.R.A.Y. is grateful for the many churches and volunteers who help young people grow in faith and earn their religious emblems. You are needed for such a time as this! We pray God’s presence be a source of comfort and strength both to you and to the young people with whom you work.

 

Jason Noland, P.R.A.Y. CEO

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

USE PRAY AWARDS TO BUILD CONNECTIONS AT HOME

 

 

As families have lengthened time at home, keep in mind that the P.R.A.Y. awards are perfect opportunities to study together and make faith formation a priority, especially during this season of Lent.

 

While we may like the convenience of a church or scouting class that provides a set schedule and instruction, the P.R.A.Y. awards are perfect to be done at home with the family. During this unsettling time, it may be an unexpected opportunity for parents to share their faith with their children and grow in faith together. Reading and discussing Scripture to complete requirements will create natural space for spontaneous dialogue and ways to connect with your children. Make your family’s faith journey a priority!

 

 

Not sure how to start?

 

 

Check out these Quick Start Steps and Overview for Kids.

Or plan now to join P.R.A.Y.'s Facebook Live session on P.R.A.Y. Emblems at home scheduled for March 24th, 2:00pm CDT. Visit Facebook, @praypub for more information.

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

P.R.A.Y. ANNOUNCES NEW RP3 PATCH:

MAKING ROOM

 

 

“Making Room” is a brand-new patch that P.R.A.Y. was waiting to announce at Christmas time. It seems appropriate to announce it now as a reminder to be intentional about “making room” for others and for God even as we are socially distancing ourselves during this pandemic.

 

Story #1: No Room in the Inn

Make room in your heart for Jesus.

 

Story #2: Mary and Martha

Make room in your day to listen and spend time with God.

 

Story #3: A Room for Elisha

Make room in your life for missionaries and pastors.

 

Bible Basics RP3 is a free curriculum available upon request. This patch series is for all ages and intended for individual and family use. Click here to request your free lessons: https://www.praypub.org/rp3

 

Stories to Inspire

Check out these spotlight stories from the Morgan family who completed the RP3 series as part of their family activity.

https://www.praypub.org/all-6-patches

https://www.praypub.org/side-by-side

 

 

Not sure where to start?

 

 

Use this chart to choose the program that will best meet the needs of your children. Or plan now to join P.R.A.Y.'s Facebook Live session on Bible Basics/RP3 programs, scheduled for March 27th, 2:00pm CDT. Visit Facebook, @praypub for more information.

 

 

 
 
 

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR

National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc.

 

 

“Making Room” is sponsored by the National Baptist Convention of America International, Inc. The NBCA is a fellowship of voluntary churches approximating three and a half million African-American Baptists and is committed “to helping equip our pastors and member churches to be effective in ministry in their local churches, community and in the mission field abroad.” Dr. Samuel C. Tolbert, Jr., President of the National Baptist Convention of America, also serves as Vice President on the P.R.A.Y. Board of Directors. One of his goals is to help spread the word about P.R.A.Y. so that congregations can benefit from the P.R.A.Y. curriculum. Sponsoring the “Making Room” patch is a sign of his commitment and partnership between the National Baptist Convention of America and P.R.A.Y. Jason Noland, CEO of P.R.A.Y., expressed P.R.A.Y.’s appreciation to Dr. Tolbert and the NBCA, “We are excited to share in ministry with the NBCA and are grateful for their support. We look forward to growing our partnership and strengthening our Christian ministry together.”

 

Click here to read about other RP3 sponsors.

 

 

 
 
 

 

SHOUT OUT TO KRISSY RICHARDSON

 

 

P.R.A.Y. wants to give a shout out to Krissy Richardson, Children’s Ministry Director of Grace Baptist Church in Warren, Oregon. “Making Room” is the second patch that Krissy has written as a volunteer writer for P.R.A.Y. Her first patch was “Trees.” Krissy has taught the RP3 lessons as Troop Shepherd to her AHG Troop OR3130. She tells a cute story of one of her American Heritage Girls who chose the option, “Write your own questions for Picture/Ponder/Put into action and do them with your family or group” and how difficult she found it to do! Thank you, Krissy, for tackling the difficult job of creating RP3 patches and doing it so well!

 

 

 
 
 

 

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1 KJV

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

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Summer Camp

 

Family Camp Session 1

6/21/2020 - 6/24/2020  

Family Camp Session 2

6/24/2020 - 6/27/2020 

Family Camp Session 3

6/28/2020 - 7/01/2020 

                                                                                             

Camp Emerson Week 1

     7/5/2020 - 7/11/2020    

Camp Emerson Week 2

            7/12/2020 - 7/18/2020          

Camp Emerson Week 3

            7/19/2020 - 7/25/2020     

 

For additional information please contact:

California Inland Empire Council

Jessica Parker at 909-793-2463 x129

email: jessica.parker@scouting.org

 

 

At home Cub Scout Activities

 

 

30 DAY CUB SCOUT CHALLENGE

 

CLICK ON RANK BADGE ABOVE TO OPEN 30 DAY CHALLENGE

 

 

Statement from National about COVID-19

 

COVID-19 FAQ

In-Person Unit Activities

Q: Should we hold in-person Scouting meetings, outings, or activities?

With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings of 10 or more people be suspended through the end of March. This applies to youth and adults out of an abundance of caution. Please also follow any restrictions outlined by your state and local health department or other local officials. 

Q: What do we do about Scouts’ fundraising activities? 

The BSA is strongly advising that in-person activities be suspended through the end of March so any in-person fundraising should be postponed. If fundraising activities can be facilitated using digital methods while still adhering to applicable rules, then those activities may continue. For plans beyond that date, the BSA will continue to monitor the guidance as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves and will further update guidance accordingly.

Q: What is BSA’s policy on social distancing in a tenting environment when camping?

With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings of 10 or more people be suspended through the end of March. This applies to youth and adults out of an abundance of caution. Please also follow any restrictions outlined by your state and local health department or other state and local authorities. 

Beyond this timeframe, tent buddies should not participate if ill. There is no formal policy on social distancing in tents, just as there is no prohibition on tenting alone if logistics can accommodate that request.

Q: If council and district events are cancelled, how should units decide whether to cancel or postpone their own events?   

With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings suspended through the end of March. If you council has cancelled events based upon local restrictions, then units should follow that guidance. 

Q: What are the refund policies if I have already paid for an event that has been cancelled?

Event organizers typically set refund or cancellation policies.  Please reach out directly to those organizers.  In the case of attendance at a national high adventure base, contact them directly about your crew.

Advancement

Q: How can advancement be tracked remotely?

Scouting units should use Scoutbook to record and track advancement.

To track advancement remotely, parents should:

  • Connect with their child’s member profile via an invitation that the unit leader sends within Scoutbook. You may also connect to your youth via the Scouting app “Add a Parent connection.”
  • Once a connection is made, the parent should use the Scouting app, found in both the App Store and on Google Play, to stay connected with their unit.
  • The Scouting app provides parents the ability to report any advancement that was completed at home.

Learn more about how to start using Scoutbook and how to connect parents to their Scouts at Scoutbook.com.

Advancement — Cub Scouts

Q: May parents sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements?

Yes. Through July 31, 2020, parents and other adults in the Cub Scout’s family, may sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements. We strongly encourage that parents use the Scouting App or ScoutBook to record completion of their child’s requirements.

Q: If my den is behind in advancement due to COVID-19, can my Cub Scout continue to work on advancement through the summer?

Yes. Cub Scouts can continue to work on their current den’s advancement through July 31, 2020.  This is to provide any additional time a Cub Scout needs to complete their badge of rank; if they earn their badge of rank prior to July 31, 2020, they may advance to the next rank.

Advancement — Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouts

Q: May merit badge requirements or rank requirements be modified?

No. All requirements must be completed as written. If meetings or activities are canceled or limited, youth should continue to work on requirements as far as possible. By employing common sense and creative solutions, many requirements–even Scoutmaster conferences–can be fulfilled through videoconferencing or telephone calls.

Q: Can merit badge counseling or Nova/Supernova counseling be done using digital technologies like Zoom or WebEx?

Yes, registered merit badge counselors or Nova counselors/Supernova mentors may work with youth using digital platforms, ensuring that all youth protection measures noted in the Guide to Safe Scouting and BSA’s social media guidelines are in place. In addition to youth protection, the advancement guidelines in Guide to Advancement (GTA) Section 7 are required.

Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward active participation requirements?

 Yes. If youth are registered and in good standing, a disruption from COVID-19 virus can be the “noteworthy circumstance” that prevents participation. This policy has been in place for many years and is explained in GTA Topic 4.2.3.1.

Q: May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward position of responsibility requirements?

Yes. If youth are registered and unable to meet the expectations of their positions because of COVID-19 disruptions, then units may need to waive or rethink the expectations. Just as youth must not be held to unestablished expectations, they must not be held to expectations that are impossible to fulfill. See GTA Topic 4.2.3.4, “Positions of Responsibility,” with its six subtopics.

Q: Does the National Council grant extensions of time to complete rank requirements beyond the 18thbirthday for the Eagle or 21st birthday for Summit or Quartermaster?

Yes, but only for the Eagle Scout rank as described in GTA Topic 9.0.4.0 or for Venturing Summit or Sea Scout Quartermaster as described in GTA Topic 4.3.3.0. Unit leadership must become familiar with the five tests under 9.0.4.0. The tests were designed to accommodate such obstacles as those presented by COVID-19 disruptions.

Q: Will youth who are not yet Life Scouts be allowed to apply for an extension to earn the Eagle Scout rank?

Extensions are considered only for Scouts who are Life rank. If, once a Scout achieves Life rank, it turns out that COVID-19 disruptions along the way have left them with insufficient time to complete Eagle requirements, then this may be cited when the time comes to submit an extension request.

Q: May local councils grant extensions?

Normally, that is not allowed. However, due to the current situation—effective immediately and through September 30, 2020—council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the following limitations:

  1. It can be established that COVID-19 disruptions were the only circumstances that delayed work on Eagle Scout/Summit/Quartermaster advancement requirements, such as the service project or merit badges. If any other causes were involved, the extension request must go to the National Council following the process outlined in the GTA.
  2. Extensions shall only be granted to youth in Scouts BSA who have already achieved Life rank.
  3. When the council receives a COVID-19-related request for a time extension, the council reviews the request and approves it if appropriate. A written response stating the outcome of the extension request must go to the youth. If approved, the notification must be attached to the youth’s Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster rank application. For Eagle, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 18th birthday; for Summit/Quartermaster, the extension must not exceed 3 months from the youth’s 21st
  4. Upon turning 18, the Scout must submit a completed adult application and successfully complete YPT; their participant code will now be UP for SBSA or VP for Venturing and Sea Scouting.
  5. Extension requests for more than 3 months beyond the youth’s 18th/21st birthday must be sent to the National Service Center following the process outlined in the GTA.

Note: A “month” in BSA advancement is defined as a day from one month to the next. For example, March 5 to April 5.

The authority for councils to grant extensions is temporary, lasting only through Sept. 30, 2020.

Q: If youth have already received an extension, can they request additional time due to COVID-19?

Yes. Council Scout executives may grant extensions, or delegate authority to the Council Advancement Committee to grant extensions under the limitations listed above.

Q: What should be done while an extension request is being considered?

Youth should continue to work on advancement in so far as they are able—e.g., independently, or over the phone or videoconference—and at Scouting activities once they resume.

Q: Are extensions required when an Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster board of review must be delayed?

No. Councils may grant Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster boards of review up to six months after the youth’s 18th/21st birthday. See GTA Topic 8.0.3.1, “Eagle Scout Board of Review Beyond the 18th Birthday.”

See also, GTA Topic 8.0.1.6, “Boards of Review Through Videoconferencing.”

Q: Are electronic or digital signatures acceptable for rank advancement or for the Eagle/Summit/Quartermaster packets/applications?
Yes. Electronic or digital signatures will be accepted through September 30, 2020.

Q: How can a youth continue to work on advancement requirements if they don’t have internet or high-speed internet for videoconferencing?
Youth may take a picture of their completed activity/requirement and share the work with unit leaders. In keeping with Youth Protection Training policies, all communications from youth should be sent to at least two adults. Parents or guardians may send advancement work on behalf of their child

 

Scout Spirit Week

 

Hey Scouters! ?? ??Welcome to spirit week!??

Today is Crazy Sock day!

So let’s see those crazy socks. Comment below with a picture or video of your crazy socks. Please make sure you include the first name of your Scout/Scouts, and what Pack/Troop they’re in.

Your picture or video must include a ?? so I know it was done today.

You only have till 8 pm tonight to get your entries in.
At 8:30 I will announce the winner! The winner will receive bragging rights and a PDF Certificate to hang on your wall.

See you soon!

Play along on the Mount Rubidoux District Facebook

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Image may contain: one or more people, stripes and shoes, possible text that says 'Crazy Sock Day'

 

Cyber Chip

 

      Cyber Chip

 

Today’s youth are spending more time than ever using digital media for education, research, socializing, and fun. To help families and volunteers keep youth safe while online, the Boy Scouts of America introduces the Cyber Chip. In developing this exciting new tool, the BSA teamed up with content expert NetSmartz®, part of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® and training expert for many law enforcement agencies.

Netsmartz® has Cyber Chip resources, including grade-specific videos, for each level. Check it out here. html icon

Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.

Note:  For Cub Scout ranks; Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, and Arrow of Light the Cyber Chip requirement may be replace with earning the Protect Yourself Rules Adventure.  Lions do not have a Cyber Chip requirement for rank.  Protect Yourself Rules Adventure. If Cub Scouts use the Protect Yourself Rules Adventure in place of the Cyber Chip requirement, the adventure can not be used as an elective for rank.

Click here PDF icon to download.

Cyber Chip Requirements

Recharging Your Cyber Chip

Note: All Cyber Chips will expire annually. Each Scout will need to go to Netsmartz  html icon and complete 2 new resources to recommit to net safety and netiquette. Then, with the unit leader, the Scout can add the new date to the Cyber Chip card or certificate.

Available From ScoutShop.org html icon

  • Cyber Chip pocket card (grades 1-5)
  • Cyber Chip pocket card (grades 6-12)
  • Cyber Chip patch (grades 1-5)
  • Cyber Chip patch (grades 6-12)

Integration Ideas

Boys’ Life Articles

Parents

      • Use the Cyber Chip as a tool to work with your youth to create additional open communications.
      • Visit www.scouting.org/cyberchip and NetSmartz® for more content ideas and tip sheets.

 

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