When Webelos Resident Camp was cancelled due to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, Pack 835 Den 7 had some very disappointed newly-minted Webelos. Then NCAC and Goshen Scout Reservation announced Homecamping 2020. The Den leaders knew this would be a great opportunity for all of our Cub Scouts to keep them engaged and learning over the summer. Soon, a plan was hatched to host the 5 boys in a single location with both Den leaders present.
We knew the 5 families involved were taking precautions and social distancing as we discussed our options with each family. The Assistant Den Leader’s home was chosen. We cleaned out a room and turned it into Webelos Central! With a bathroom on the main floor and a kiddie pool in the backyard, we were all set! Each Webelos brought their own lunch, snacks, and water bottle for the day. Different families donated disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer, and Lysol spray to help keep the meeting place clean and safe … not only for the Webelos, but for the hosting family as well.
Each family registered their Webelos for the Homecamping 2020 sessions. On July 6th, we welcomed each Webelos to Homecamping with a camp shirt designed by one of the moms and their own bucket to keep their camp supplies. In accordance with NCAC guidance, the Den leaders took everyone’s temperature before entering the home and each Scout washed their hands. Each parent was asked the NCAC guidance questions and provided emergency information for their Scout.
At the beginning of each day, the Webelos recited the Scout Oath, Scout Law and the Pledge of Allegiance. Then, it was time for the fun to begin. With the Webelos gathered around the table, they watched and participated in each session on both a computer and iPad. Once the online sessions were completed, the Den leaders worked with the Scouts to answer any questions or sent them outside to get out some energy before the next session.
During lunch breaks, the Webelos ate lunch outside, hiked around the local trails and neighborhoods, swam in the kiddie pool, and planned campout meals.
Over the course of a single week, these Webelos earned their first 3 pins and completed requirements towards several more! They even helped their families by preparing dinner and dessert! They had a great time, were exhausted at the end of day, and stunk … just as if they had been at Resident Camp!
I think one of the Webelos said it best when his mom said “You know you’re going to see them again, right?” and he replied “I know mom, but it’s not the same on Zoom.”