Virtual technology in schools has been quite handy. Even with the global coronavirus pandemic, virtual technology has connected people, students and tutors across different parts of the globe. Valley Scouts are not left behind and they are enjoying camping in a virtual world. It is a technology that is enabling scouts to complete different projects and earn badges out of their meetings. For troop leaders and local Scoutmasters, virtual technology enables them to use the best modern computer technology to keep their meetings alive.
According to Albin Dearing who is a Scoutmaster at the Scout Troop 9002 in Poland, the meetings are now smoothly taking place on Zoom platform. ‘‘We are able to hold meetings online and allow the scout leaders and Scouts to connect. For the first weeks, we are getting familiar with the virtual technology format and now have become very comfortable using it. We are able to teach the scouts leadership using new technology,’’ Dearing said. He further added that there is a total shift in direction to scouting. This is because scouts are now used to working in groups during meetings, outdoor activities and campouts.
According to Dearing, scouting is a way of learning new things and an organization for building teamwork. This is why Scouts are very resilient in adapting to changes that have been made so far. John Brkic the director of field services for Great Trail Council Boy Scouts of America that includes Mahoning and Trumbull counties said since mid-march, scouting meetings have gone virtual.
BrKic further added that at first, it was difficult when the program was launched. With the coronavirus, he thought of what he would do to avoid interrupting scouting program. This is especially with the fact that the Great Trail Council serves more than 3,000 scouts in Trumbull and Mahoning counties as well as another 10,000 scouts in the district.