As a member of Troop 642 in Orange County, CA, I’ve been fortunate that the NCAC Merit Badges @ Home sessions are open to Scouts nationwide!
I was inspired during a virtual Family Life merit badge class to do a family community service project to help with the COVID-19 pandemic. We partnered with People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) and prepared 20 COVID-19 Stay at Home Family Kits for families facing homelessness who are staying in a shelter, motel, or RV. The kits included diapers, wipes, soap and shampoo, baby formula, non-perishable snacks and at-home activities for kids such as books, craft kits, art supplies and puzzles. Many of these families do not have a car, access to the Internet or much money, so its difficult to shop online or do take-out or curbside pick up for essential items.
This project was a good way for my family to work together, help others, and show our Scout spirit during the Stay at Home orders! Some of my friends helped too. Their parents dropped off donations on my front porch or had donations delivered directly to my house from Amazon. We used extra safety precautions by washing our hands regularly, disinfecting donations, and wearing masks while unpacking and delivering the kits for distribution. We hope these essential items will help families stay safe! Thank you NCAC for the awesome virtual merit badge classes!