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Pandemic forces Scouts to alter activities

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With many in-person summer camps canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations including the Boy Scouts of America are taking their programs online.

Officials with the Mississippi Valley Council in Quincy say kids have been able to camp in their backyards through "virtual camps".

These virtual camps offer activities for both members and non-members such as "adventures in a box", which children can do with their family.

Officials say they are currently making plans for the fall.

"Packs and troops are doing some things, we're offering some things as well and I think as we move into the fall we're going to wait and see what happens and potentially pick up the virtual programming again," Mississippi Valley Council BSA Field Director David Gilbert said. "Ideally we would want to meet face-to-face because we know that is where kids learn better."

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A lack of fundraising has also had a significant impact on the finances for Boy Scouts in the local area.

Officials say they are potentially looking at a $196,000 deficit from their budget this year, which has affected several events they hold each year.

They say they are working to minimize that gap with a fundraiser that helps scouts raise money and fund their own adventures.

"We fundraise in two ways, one way is very public, people see our scouts out selling popcorn, going door to door and that on the, by and large, has been largely tabled," Mississippi Valley Council BSA VP of Marketing Will Duryea said. "We need to make sure we do it in a safe way we're still trying to get our hands around that."

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Richard Denson

Richard Denson is the Morning Content Producer for WGEM News.

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