The day was November 19, 2019. The day might not remind us of much, but it would be remembered as the day that a pandemic that took over the world began its journey. The Coronavirus, or Covid-19 if you would like, is a flu based virus that originated in China. The virus became incredibly dangerous after it managed to reach all over the world. The governments from all over the world began to shut down and suggested that people began living in their homes until the pandemic died down. This led to many losing their jobs, because their work required them to go out, and many restaurants went as well with a lack of customers. Because of all this, our stock market went down to its lowest ever since the great depression. But even though we have been through the virus, there are many things that we may never get the chance to witness ever again. First, we all got much closer to our friends and family, nature improved, and we all learned the importance of good hygiene.
Our families and friends are perhaps the most important thing to our personal lives. We all love them and cherish them, and stick together when we can. With the Coronavirus taking over, it would soon become obvious that we wouldn’t be able to see them for a while until the virus had slowed down drastically. However, now we all can call each other via services such as zoom or Webex. We have something we can all relate to, something we can joke about, and with everyone online, we can have fun all together. This event gave us to try something new and interesting for a change. We all got closer together and we might have even made new friends. For the first time in a while, we all were in something together.
The second good thing to come out of the Coronavirus is a healthier planet. One year ago, India was a smoggy, polluted area, due to the huge amount of vehicles in the country. However, now with Social Distancing at play, the country now is full of blue skies, with no less than 2 or 3 cars on the road. To be specific, across the world, it is said that pollution has dropped by 30-50% percent. On top of that, in Venice, Dolphins have returned with a lack of visitors and boats. The world now has a chance to heal itself after years of pollution and intoxication. This is wonderful news, and once the virus is over, I doubt that the level of pollution will be as bad as it used to be pre-Coronavirus. So nature is doing better, but what about us? Well it turns out that the Coronavirus has also taught us more about us, and the importance of hygiene.
Hygiene is one of the most important things that we need to have in our lives. Hygiene is, according to Google Dictionary, “conditions or practices conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially through cleanliness.” In this time of crisis, we were told to wash our hands thoroughly for a good 20 seconds. Before this, many didn’t bother too much about hygiene, and only thought of it as something you would do only when you got back from home or when you were done using the bathroom, but now everyone knows the level of importance that hygiene has in our lives.
The Coronavirus has taken hold of our daily lives, and has taken the lives of many across the world. Many have lost their jobs, and some are taking advantage of this pandemic. However, in even the most difficult of times, we can not lose our heart. We must remain positive and happy. We should always look for the best things while we have the chance. I hope that these three examples help you keep your head high during these difficult times.
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Due to the concerns over the spread of the Coronavirus, the Troop is suspending all activities starting March 12 through March 31 . This includes all Troop meetings, campouts, and other activities.
Here are some tips from the CDC to keep safe from the virus:
Practice good hygiene
Stay home if…
DO THE FIVE...
Help stop coronavirus
1 HANDS Wash them often
2 ELBOW Cough into it
3 FACE Don't touch it
4 FEET Stay more than 3ft apart
5 FEEL sick? Stay home
Scout-O-Rama (SOR) will be held on May 13, 2017 (10:00am - 4:00pm) at the History Park, San Jose. Please note that the SOR coupon card is your admission ticket to the Scout-O-Rama event.
SOR Coupon is $10 per card and comes with multi-use offers to local retailers, including Togo’s sandwich, San Francisco Giants, Goodwill Store, Scout shop, and more. Activity card also includes four one-time coupons offers to retailers in the community, including $10 Off Orchard Supply, $10 Off BIG 5, $10 Off Dick’s Sporting Goods, and $30 Off Great America.
Troop 457 requires (mandatory) that each family buy, at least, one coupon card. For every card sold, Troop 457 will keep $3. This helps our troop when paying for camp or other Scouting activities. If you buy at the gate, on the day of the SOR event, you still pay $10 but the troop does not benefit.
We will be doing the "Lumberjack Sawing" activity at the Troop 457 Booth at the Scout-O-Rama 2017 event.
We need Scouts and Parents to sign up for 2 hour shifts, to coordinate the Troop 457 Booth ?Lumberjack Sawing? activity. Please sign up on the google doc: https://goo.gl/xckCO4
Overview: Scout-O-Rama is a fun event for family and friends that you don't want to miss. Over 130 Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, Venture crews, and Exploring Posts host interactive, hands-on, booths. filled with fun and play. We expect over 6,000 active participants from young children to the youthful.
Here's a taste of what to expect:
Rain-gutter Regattas • Water Rocket Derby • Pushcart races • Monkey bridges • Signal towers • Community displays • Merit Badge with fun, hands-on, examples • Crafts • Sports • Exhibits • Cooking
Date and Time: Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: History Park at Kelley Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose, 95112
Admission Fee: Troop 457 requires that each family buy at least one coupon card ($10). I will bring the coupon cards at the Court of Honor. Activity cards also include coupon offers to a variety of retailers in the community, including: Orchard Supply, BIG 5, Dick?s Sporting Goods, and Great America.
Food: Lunch and snacks will be available for sale from a council-operated trading post, a local family restaurant, and food trucks.
Entrance: The main-gate is the entrance on Phelan Avenue. If you need to leave and come back remember to keep your Scout-o-Rama card handy.
Parking: Parking concessions charge $6. The main parking lot is on Phelan Avenue and will hold about 250 cars. When that fills up, visitors will use the parking lot across the street. There are no ?in-and-out? privileges for these concession lots.
Opening Ceremony: A ?parade of flags? will begin at the Phelan Street entrance and will ?snake? through the exhibit areas, adding flags to the procession.
Rain or Shine: The event will be held regardless of the weather.
Deadline for sign-ups: Sun April, 16, 2017
Sign-up sheet: https://goo.gl/osiFng
Date: Sat, May - Sun, May 7, 2017
Rafters: Please *BRING* signed forms to today's parent meeting along with $100 check made to "Troop 457." We need to send forms at least a week before to OARS.
Campers: No forms or payment needed.
11What: Conservatory cleanup project after Om Run event at Vasona Park
Where: Vasona Park
When: April 23 from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Why: Rank Advancement requirement - 3 of 6 service hours need to be conservation-related
11 scouts total are going! See you there!
Sign up sheet: https://goo.gl/7AOcbI
The theme for this year's Camporee is Medieval! April 8 to April 9
2017 Polaris District Camporee Packet
IMPORTANT Notes doc
Clove Hitch on Tree
Search and Rescue
If you want to take a look at your rank advancements and/or merit badges earned for the upcoming court of honor, feel free to look at the spreadsheet.
You are cordially invited to the Troop 457 2017 Spring Court of Honor.
Date and Time: March 30th, 2017 at 7:00 P.M.
Location: Ortega Park Building
Scouts, remember that this is a FORMAL event. Please wear:
- Ironed Class A Uniform
- Ironed COH Neckerchief
- Troop Slide
- Scout Pants
- Scout Socks
- Sash with MBs
Raghav and Siddharth will be emceeing the Spring Court of Honor in March. We will be having a full Dinner potluck. We will need one scout for each two points of the scout law to say a short line and light a candle.
The Juicy Lemons are assigned to Beverages
The Barracudas are assigned to Desert
The Flames, Eskimos, and Katanas are assigned to Dinner
Here is the sign up sheet for both the potluck and candle ceremony: