COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

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Scouting can take place anywhere – even in the comfort of your home!

The Longhouse Council has set up this page to serve as a resource hub for parents and leaders to help support Scouting at home, with stay-at-home educational activities for any Scout rank, tips for continuing to work on advancements and kid-friendly content that connects Scouting with their daily lives. We're also curating some additional information from councils across the country that we believe make good resources inside and outside of Scouting. Our goal is to make it easier to deliver the Scouting program by making plans more accessible to leaders and those who can help leaders like our parents.

Check back often as we will continue to add new content and resources to this hub regularly.

Join A 30-Day Challenge Today!

Help your Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA members, and others keep their skills sharp by taking on these 30-day challenges with activities to help with Adventure, Elective, and BSA requirements! Click each program below to download the 30-Day Challenge Calendars for each. Make sure that you have your unit leader's approval before beginning any of these challenges or completing Merit Badge requirements without a signed blue card. Many thanks to Sam Mensinger from the Hawkeye Area Council for providing these to the Scouting community!

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Advancement FAQs for Cub Scouting, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouts

Check out our new Merit Badge Counselors page in the Advancement section for information on how the MBC process works in the Longhouse Council.

  • Untili further notice, the Syracuse Service Center – including Scout Shop – are closed to in-person service.
  • Our staff is working remotely and remains available to assist volunteers and members. You may reach all members of our staff by email and most by cell phone; please see contact information at www.cnyscouts.org/About/Staff. Note that if you call the service center, you may leave a message that will be forwarded as a sound file to a staff member’s work email.
  • You may still mail items to the 2803 Brewerton Road address. Staff members will be retrieving the mail every Thursday and processing payments and other documents once per week. Please reach out to a staff member if you need something more urgently or wish to confirm receipt of items.

General Program Resources

  • Scouts can continue working on advancement. Parents are allowed to sign off on the completion of Cub Scout Adventures, as well as Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements. Scouts BSA youth may be able to complete some merit badge requirements through electronic communication.
  • General questions and answers about COVID-19’s impact on BSA advancement
    • BSA has given local councils temporary authority to grant extensions for Scouts working on the Eagle Scout rank, Quartermaster rank, or Summit Award to complete all requirement if COVID-19 disruptions are the reason why the Scout can’t finish requirements before his/her 18th/21st birthday.
    • Boards of Review for Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouting advancement may be conducted by videoconferencing; see this post from Scouting Magazine with details
    • Eagle candidates may ask for an extension of time to take part in their Eagle Board of Review; see details from our council Advancement Committee
    • Depending on the length of program disruption, some Scouts nearing age 18 may want to apply for a time extension for certain ranks/awards. See section 9.0.4.0 “Time Extensions” (starts on page 75) of BSA’s Guide to Advancement.
  • P.R.A.Y. has extended grade-level eligibility for Scouts to earn certain religious awards; learn more about that and ways to complete religious award requirements at home by watching this replay of P.R.A.Y.’s March Facebook Live broadcast.
  • The World Organization of the Scout Movement will hold a “special edition” Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet on April 3-5

Getting Started with Videoconferencing

The era of social distancing with this pandemic has forced a very abrupt shift to collaborating electronically, and in some cases virtually to a very widespread group of participants. The Longhouse Council staff has also had to adjust, collaborating online with Zoom video chats every morning to keep everyone "in the know" of the happenings in the Scouting landscape. Bringing together people who live (and now work from home) in the far corners of our council boundaries - and beyond - through videoconferencing sounds like a major challenge, but the software available today makes it easy to make a professional impression.

Fundraising Support for Scouting

With events canceled and/or rescheduled, camps facilities closed to new reservations, and the general turbidity of the nature of the world right now, your support of Scouting is essential. Please consider donating today to help us continue our mission and to develop and promote even more new and exciting ways to interact with other and ensure the Scouting program continues to thrive in Central and Northern NY.

  • AmazonSmile - consider setting the Longhouse Council as your charity of choice. Using the smile.amazon.com link, Amazon will donate 0.5% of an item's purchase price to a local charity you choose.
  • Donate Now - donate directly to the Longhouse Council's Friends of Scouting campaign. Depending on your donation level, donors receive up to four seasons worth of "Down on the Farm" patches, the theme for this year's Cub Scout Day Camp program!
  • Boypower 2020 - rescheduled to July 29, the Longhouse Council has held a Boypower fundraising dinner ever year for the past 52 years. This year's keynote speaker is Phil Simms, of CBS Sports and NY Giants fame.

External Resources

Note: the Longhouse Council is a seperate and distinct corporate entity from other councils and the National Council, and as such may have plans and procedures that differ from other local councils in the BSA. These links are provided to showcase the ideas and support that can be given to online or virtual Scouting activities in the face of this global pandemic and social distancing.

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