Greetings Scouters,

I want to invite each Twin Valley scout unit to attend April’s Roundtable. We will meet this Thursday via Zoom teleconferencing from 7:00-7:30.  Please see the details below.  When you login, you will be muted.  If you have a question during the presentation, unmute and ask your question.  Then please remute.
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   I will keep the meeting short, no more than a half-hour.  I’ll cover details about scouting remotely and what activities have been postponed/rescheduled.
I want to point you to our district news letter. You will find it at our website: www.TwinValleyScouting.com. In it you will find lots of good information for you and your unit.

YIS,

Peter Zishcka, TV Roundtable Commissioner

Twin Valley is “collecting” personal protective equipment (PPE) for our healthcare providers. If you have some surplus PPE, please help Scouting help our community!

Here are some additional useful links and resources including online Merit Badge Classes being offered through our Program Department!

Sites offering ideas on remote meetings and activities:

Cub Scouting Rank Advancement Challenges:

  • Click here for ideas on rank advancements for each Den as well as non scouting virtual activities.

Scouts, BSA Rank Advancement Videos:

Online Merit Badge Classes (open to all):

Due to recent events requiring Shelter in Place, here are some updates regarding advancement and ideas on how to continue Scouting at home.   https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/

National Updates:

The World Organization of the Scout Movement will hold a “special edition” Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet on April 3-5

Bryan on Scouting article explaining how a Troop in Pennsylvania is meeting virtually, read here!

Sites for running a virtual meeting (from Bryan on Scouting):

  • Google Hangouts: Easy to use, no time limit, allows up to 10 participants
  • Zoom: Great features, 40-minute time limit, allows up to 100 participants
  • Skype: Good stability, four-hour time limit, allows up to 50 participants
  • UberConference: Excellent video quality, 45-minute time limit, allows up to 10 participants

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Cub Scouts: 

Bryan on Scouting Article for Age Appropriate Activities, here.

From National regarding Cub Scouts Rank Advancements:

“We have approved that all Cub Scouting requirements for all ranks, including Webelos and Arrow of Light may be approved by the parent, legal guardian, or other adult family member.  In addition Cub Scouts may continue to work on their badge of rank and adventures for that rank through June and July. They are not required to, we just want to provide additional time for those who may need it.

Consider the following when putting together local resources.

Most Cub Scouts have already completed their required adventures so focus on electives.

Consider elective adventures that focus on home based skills.  For example the Fix It elective Adventure in Webelos / AOL has several ideas and the handbook gives great guidance on things to do around the house.  Bear Picnic Basket has Scouts learning about kitchen safety and preparing meals for their family.”

Preview Electives:

Test out trial programs for Cub Scouting and offer suggestions to National by clicking here!

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Scouts, BSA:

Conducting a Board of Review via video conference, click here!

  • See “Advancement” tab for information on Rank Advancements, Earning Merit Badges, and Eagle Projects. 
  • Bryan on Scouting Article for Merit Badges at home, here.
  • P.R.A.Y. is extending grade-level eligibility for Scouts to earn certain religious awards; learn more about that and ways to complete religious award requirements at home during P.R.A.Y.’s Facebook live broadcast at 2:00pm on March 24

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Fun online activities for Youth and Families (from Capitol Area Council):

Do your best and be prepared!

Scouters, please refer to the latest information (links below) on the pending council merger.

For other questions not answered here, please contact your Unit Commissioner or District Executive.

As you may be aware, the last couple of years have been challenging for SFBAC.Several organizational issues, combined with the retirement of Ken Mehlhorn (SFBAC executive) have set into motion automatic executive board discussions. 


On March 5, the executive committees for Alameda, SFBAC, and Mount Diablo Silverado councils came together to discuss these issues. At this meeting the combined committees approved an intent to merge the three councils. The process moving forward looks like:

  • March 18 – will be town hall meetings for volunteers to voice their opinions
  • April 23 – the final postmarked vote by mail for CORs and Council Committees
  • May 1st – target date for completion of the merger

The proposed name for the new council is: Golden Gate Area Council.

There will obviously be some changes to the council level programs, and some realignment of council employees. The professional staff and volunteers in all three councils will be working to make these changes as smooth and transparent to your unit as possible.

In the meantime, your unit will continue to meet and run its program as usual. There should be no interruption to the great service we are providing our young people.

While more information will be provided in the near future, do not hesitate to contact your Unit (or District) commissioner or District Executive with any questions you may have.

Register for the Twin Valley District Volunteer Recognition Dinner

Fun, fellowship, and awards for all of our fellow hard-working volunteers.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

5:30pm Chili Cook-off / Fellowship – 6:30pm Dinner/Awards

Veterans Memorial Building – 301 Main St., Pleasanton, CA 94566

$25 per person – or – $180 per table of eight

($30 per person at the door)

More information, including flyer to share with your unit and registration link at http://twinvalleyscouting.com/activities/twin-valley-district-dinner/

You can view Twin Valley’s calendar on your phone (Apple or Android). We are now using a calendar from TeamUp, and by following these instructions, you can add the district calendar to your phone’s calendar application:

The medical form (ABC) has been updated. Please make sure you are using the correct PDF version. (Click this post)

District scouters take note! Our calendar has the following changes:

  • Webelos Weekend – November 1 through 3
  • Scouting for food – November 9 & 16