SPARTA, NJ -During these rough times, the Boy Scouts have prevailed. Sparta Troop 150 has been able to keep meeting though virtual meetings using the ZOOM virtual platform.

More than 30 scouts and adults attend the first meeting on Monday, March 23. All of the scouts showed up in their proper Class A uniform. Senior Patrol Leader Kaden K. started the meeting in normal fashion by leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and the Scout Oath.

Kaden covered the rules to follow during chat including leaving the microphone muted until called on to avoid any background noises in our homes from negatively effecting the meeting.  He did, however, make it clear that everyone’s comments were welcome and encouraged. 

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One of the discussions during the meeting was about how the Scouts still needed to sell mulch for the annual fundraiser, while emphasizing the need to do it in a safe way considering current distancing guidelines. Suggestions about more and better use of social media were shared.

Scouts discussed the importance of the merit badge prerequisites in preparation for our annual week-long summer camp experience in July -Be Prepared is our Motto and hopefully we will be in camp in July. Information was shared about the virtual merit badge and ranking requirement opportunities available to the scouts.

Scoutmaster Uncle Joe told the scouts they would continue to be able to hold Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards Review through virtual meetings. These are the last two requirements needed to complete a rank and now they have the ability to do them online.

As they finished the meeting, it was decided that the youth leaders would communicate with each other to plan out the next meeting on March 30. Scout James W. had made a request to continue an activity from our Washington, D.C. Baden-Powell historic hike. It was also brought up that scouts could work on several Eagle required merit badges at home during this time since each have a requirement involving tracking some activity over several weeks. The badges are Family Life, Personal Management, and Personal Fitness. 

Life Scout, John B. said, “As the meeting drew to a conclusion, all of the Scouts agreed that it went better than they expected and were looking forward to next week's meeting.” 

Troop 150 still meets once a week 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Zoom. The Boy Scouts are still able to work online or on their own learning many skills. 

Anyone interested in supporting troop 150 by purchasing mulch, please visit the website www.spartatroop150.org. 

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