18 May 2020

All Activities Held Remotely – Scouting at Home

Hello to all of our scouting family. We hope that everyone is safe and healthy and doing their best to make the most of this bonus family time.

As always, the safety of our Scouts and Families is our number one priority.  With this in mind, we have made the decision to suspend all in-person meetings, activities, and events until further notice. In addition, the Westchester Putnam Council has announced that Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation will not operate summer camp in 2020.

We will continually re-evaluate the situation as more information becomes available.  Please check back as this page will be updated in the case changes are made.

Please stay tuned to the troop calendar for meeting schedules. The boy troop and girl troop will both be meeting virtually on a regular basis. We continue to encourage scouts to look at some merit badges that can be worked on during the period of “social distancing” and we are continuing to explore additional ways to bring the ideals and practices of scouting to our Scouts.

We appreciate each and every one of you in our scouting community, and we encourage sharing of ideas for how we can collectively help. Below please find information about some valuable scouting resources to use during this time.

Troop 173 Virtual Meetings

How to Stay Connected with Troop 173

Westchester-Putnam Council Updates

BSA Scouting At Home Resources

We will be increasingly reliant on Scoutbook for helping scouts, leaders and parents keep track of advancement requirements during this time.
Scoutbook is an online tool that you and your scouts can use to help manage their scouting careers. Scoutbook serves as an online version of each scout’s physical scout book, and each scout or parent can use it to help track advancement, merit badge progress, maintain logs for camping/hiking/service hours, and track leadership positions/tenure.

In order to use Scoutbook, each parent received an “invite to connect” which contained instructions for setting up your account. This would have occurred when we first set up Scoutbook, or when your scout joined our Troop. If any parent needs a new invite, please contact a troop admin.

Parents, once connected, can invite their scout to connect as well. This process can only be done by a parent.

The following How-To Guides will help you navigate within Scoutbook after you have connected:

For additional help using Scoutbook, please contact us.

About the Author

Assistant Scoutmaster - Troop 173

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