NOTE: Washington schools were closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year on 4/6/2020 by order of Gov. Jay Inslee. This extend’s Pack 608’s suspension of in-person meetings.
Cubmaster Joe sent this letter out to all of our Scouting families today regarding Pack 608 plans during the 3/16-4/24 School closures in Washington:
Hello Pack 608 families,
Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, and the school closing until 4/24, we will be suspending Pack 608 meetings until further notice. I would ask that dens not meet offsite during this time as well.
Our government and health officials, as well as many public and commercial organizations are cancelling gatherings in an effort to slow and limit the spread of this virus, and if “social distancing” works as they hope the health effects of this virus will be reduced in our community. With that in mind, and with concern for our scouts and your families we ask that you “do your best” to be the example and help our community through this time.
While we are unable to meet, you can encourage and work with your scout to complete requirements and achieve their rank advancement. They can also explore and complete elective adventures. Parents can log in to www.scoutbook.com to record all completed requirements, as well as contact your den leader or Erin Case if you need help. When we resume meetings we will award our scouts with the rank and adventure awards that they have been working so hard for all year! WE WILL RESUME MEETINGS as soon it makes sense to do so. Our AoL crossover had already been moved into April, but even that date may need to be delayed. We will be evaluating what we can do to honor those scouts and monitoring the situation to see what can make sense. We have ideas, we may get creative, but rest assured we will recognize our scouts for what they have achieved!
As this situation changes, our leadership will be discussing what our next steps will be. We will keep you informed as we arrive at decisions.
Yours in scouting,
Cubmaster – Pack 608
PS. I’m attaching a message from the BSA which discusses their concern, and the steps the larger organization is taking as well to keep it’s members safe.
For more information, Cascade Pacific Council BSA also has more on virus safety information on their website.