SPARTA, NJ - This past Monday evening the scouts of Troop 95 put on their uniforms as usual, but instead of traveling to Helen Morgan School for their 7:30 meeting, they sat down in front of their computers and connected to Zoom.
Senior Patrol Leader Aaron D. didn’t want to let too much time go by without a meeting, so he, the Asst. Senior Patrol Leaders, Matt S. and James I., plus Patrol Leaders Josh E. and Lucas R. decided to go virtual. This first online meeting covered the Cyberchip award. Scouts had to talk to their parents about online safety and etiquette beforehand. During the meeting the scouts watched four informative videos on internet safety then split into Zoom breakout rooms by patrol to discuss what they had learned.
“The online sessions work well. It’s a great way to keep our troop connected. Besides, we’re Scouts, we go rain, shine, toilet paper and no toilet paper. We can make it happen despite a quarantine," Aaron said.
The next meeting on Monday, March 29 will cover the upcoming Jamboree in the Internet or JOTI. This event, organized by the World Organization of the Scouting Movement, the group that oversees the 171 national scouting organizations, was moved from October to the first weekend in April. During this challenging time, Scouts from around the world will connect to others, learn new skills, build new friendships, and foster teamwork and intercultural interaction.