Scouts, Scout leaders, and Parents,
The decision has been made to not conduct Session 3 of Merit Badge College in person. With the current situation and the ever changing guidelines being issued we felt this was our only option. With the Governor’s directive of “no gatherings of 100 people of more” our event would be in violation of that directive.
We will be giving the scouts an opportunity to submit their final assignments to their counselors. The following outlines the three options they have:
1. Submit the final paperwork to your counselors by email. No later than March 23.
2. Submit the final paperwork to the Council office by mail. Received at the office no later than March 25. Address there is 734 Moorhead Avenue, Zanesville, OH 43701
3. Submit the final paperwork to Charlotte at the council office from 10am till noon on March 21.
These dates are important because the counselors have to review them all and get the requirements completed and updated no later than March 31. This will allow us time to complete the process and get the details released to your Scoutmasters.
We did not arrive at this decision quickly or without reservations. We try to live by the scout law just as we ask Scouts to. Several points of the law applied in the process of this decision.
OBEDIENT. Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.
BRAVE. Face difficult situations even when you feel afraid. Do what you think is right despite what others might be doing or saying.
LOYAL. Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.
I have personally pondered this decision for some time and consulted with many scout leaders to help make this recommendation. I am not one to not finish something I started but in the current atmosphere we find ourselves in I see no other option. I want everyone to stay safe and healthy so to that end this is the only action we can take.
Any questions or concerns please let me know. As I receive information from the individual instructors I will be reaching out to you.
Thank you for participating in Merit Badge College 2020. We will be back again next year!
Charlotte Ashcraft, MBC 2020 Coordinator