May 6th, 2020
Hopefully, Scout Groups, Councils, and National Organizations will hold on to some of the things that have emerged out of this period of social distancing.
Ken muses to Colin about some of the positive changes that have emerged as a result of the shutdowns and lockdowns that have characterized public responses to the ongoing cornoavirus pandemic...not just things like the reduced smog in Los Angeles or dolphins swimming into the canals of Vienna, but also positive developments at the community level. Colin has gotten to know many of his neighbours, and Ken’s neighbourhood has begun to feel like a community, and not just a collection of atomized family dwellings. And it would be a shame if these things faded again even after the time and need for social distancing has passed.
And on the Scouting front, there have been similar developments that it would be nice to see continue even after the threat of COVID-19 wanes. Virtual campfires held at the council and national level, for example; could this become a yearly thing? The use of videoconferencing tools to allow Scouts to connect with each other — whether to chat, work on badges, or collaborate on projects — outside of regular “in person” meetings; could this continue?
Not that it won’t be great to get back into a regular cadence of “in person” meetings, and not that it won’t be great to get back to actual, real camps and Jamborees. But there’s been some interesting positive developments that have emerged as a result of the need to improvise, during this time of necessary isolation, in order to keep Scouting going, and some of these would probably be worth holding on to.
Our first shout-out this week goes to Shari McComber, who wrote in to ask:
Is your SSYSK podcast going to be available on Spotify? I listen to a mix of music and podcasts and would like to add your podcast to my Spotify playlist. Unfortunately, at this time it is the only podcast of several I regularly listen to that does not appear when I search for its title in Spotify
Well, at the time that Ken first looked into it, Spotify didn’t have a submissions portal; their podcast collection was internally curated. Since then, they’ve added a submissions portal, and Scouting Stuff is now indeed available on Spotify!
As well, we’d like to give a shout-out to the Tri-Shores Council of Scouts Canada, who recently promoted Scouting Stuff on their Facebook page.
Thirdly, the 36th Ottawa Cub Pack deserve a shout-out; inspired by the recent(ish) episode on staves, their Akela — Jean-Philippe Torunski — has undertaken a project to craft a new staff, and has put up a video about it on the his YouTube channel.
Penultimately, both Colin and Ken would like to give a shout-out to all the front line and essential workers who are out there every day: medical staff, grocery store workers, truckers and others who transport goods to and fro, people in industry keeping fuel in our vehicles and power in our homes, and everyone else whose job does not allow them to work from the relative safety of home.
And, as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.
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Slow Burn, by Kevin MacLeod