VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is impacting nearly every facet of life, including scouting programs.
In Hampton Roads, the Tidewater Council has suspended all camping activity for at least a month. They are encouraging Scouts to remain active though, turning to virtual weekends.
This weekend, local scouters took part in a special edition of the Jamboree on the Internet.
“This Jamboree on the Internet is more focused around how we as Scouts we can help our communities through the COVID pandemic,” explained Laura Bussiere.
“I’ve been keeping up with all the other scouts on there from all different parts of the country and obviously COVID was a big talking point. It was just interesting to talk about and hear different perspectives from them and some of the different things they’re doing during this time of crisis,” said Zachary Grinvalsky.
Turning to digital interactions has been important for many of the scouts to stay connected.
“It’s so important that we are staying all connected so that we can check in on each other and we don’t lose our friendships because our relationships with each other are what makes scouting important and so valuable in each of our lives,” said Kaitlyn Roetz.
“I would say to all the other scouts: don’t stop scouting. Don’t stop trying to get your requirements done. If you look in the book, there are plenty of requirements you can do at home,” commented Tim Zemienieuski.
The scouts say the digital jamboree has been a good way to build new friendships during a challenging time.