CALL TO ACTION: SCOUTING SUPPORTS OUR MEDICAL PROVIDERS AND OUR COMMUNITIES

We, the volunteers and professionals representing the many programs of the Boy scouts of America, declare:

For Scouting, this is not a time of crisis, but rather a time of purpose. These are the days for which our training has prepared us. What is more, these are the days for which our values have prepared us. Let us go out and live them.

Our country is now confronted with two monumental challenges:  Disease and economic shock.  Let there be no doubt, Scouting has a role to play in the community response.

We urge all Scouts and Leaders, regardless of program or age, to step forward, to step out, and to lean into support for those in our communities who are in need of our support— Doctors, hospitals, seniors, the ill, and the immunocompromised.
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CALL TO ACTION: SCOUTING SUPPORTS OUR MEDICAL PROVIDERS AND OUR COMMUNITIES

We, the volunteers and professionals representing the many programs of the Boy scouts of America, declare:

For Scouting, this is not a time of crisis, but rather a time of purpose. These are the days for which our training has prepared us. What is more, these are the days for which our values have prepared us. Let us go out and live them.

Our country is now confronted with two monumental challenges:  Disease and economic shock.  Let there be no doubt, Scouting has a role to play in the community response.

We urge all Scouts and Leaders, regardless of program or age, to step forward, to step out, and to lean into support for those in our communities who are in need of our support— Doctors, hospitals, seniors, the ill, and the immunocompromised.
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Deliver by June 11th

All projects need a deadline.  This will be the first of many projects by Scouts to support our Nation’s response to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

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Patch Availablility

Patch Availablility

Patches should be available and ship to units and individuals at the end of June.  If you haven't already done so, please request your patches.

 Guides to Assembly:

Set up a controlled DIY manufacturing environment that reduces the risk of spreading the virus. For example, regularly wipe down work surfaces with disinfecting wipes, wear gloves or carefully wash your hands before and after making face shields, and only allow members of your household that you already have contact with to participate.

Please do not to make any Face Shields if you or someone in your household is sick. If you can, please segregate the tools and equipment that you will be using to make the shields in a space away from people, pets, bathrooms, or food preparation surfaces. 

There are many examples that can be found on the internet.  Representative example links are listed below:

How to build PPE face shields, with a 3D printer or without

Supplies can often be found at craft stores and at places like Home Depot.  Many allow internet or phone ordering and curbside pick-up.  Try to use materials you may have at home or local suppliers who may just be a phone call away.  Alternative:  Order from suppliers on the internet (e.g. Office Depot or Amazon.)  Always follow social distancing rules.

Collection and Delivery

After you have completed your production of face shields, place in a brown paper bag or securely in a box, place on your porch or door step, and arrange for your unit leader to collect your face shields and those of others for delivery to your local Scout office.

Be creative!

Hospital workers in Washington state and others have been making protective medical gear out of office supplies and other run-of-the-mill materials as they deal with a severe shortage of equipment needed to care for patients who may have Covid-19. Among the supplies coming in handy: clear vinyl sheets.

Disclaimer

The DIY Face Shields are not FDA approved and are intended to supplement the supply of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).  They are intended for single use only and then to be discarded.  They should always be used with a medically approved mask worn underneath. Collection and distribution needs to always follow correct “social distancing” guidelines.   Distribution may be best coordinated with your local county health department who will know what hospitals and first responders need to augment their supplies.

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