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Updated Virtual Merit Badge Offerings

We are happy to announce ADDITIONAL merit badges (for Scouts ages 11-17) that are being offered online by volunteers and staff of the Great Smoky Mountain Council. You can take these merit badges right from home with registered and trained merit badge counselors! 

We have a minimum of two adults online for each merit badge, as well as a moderator for the chat room. Each session will have a password to help prevent any Zoombombing.

Week 4 – (April 27 – May 8) classes are open for registration.
Weeks 5 & 6 courses are coming soon.  

Week 3 (April 20 – 24) – CLICK HERE to see what classes we have to offer and if the class is full or still has space.  The week will include Art, Fishing, Personal Management, Collecting, Family Life and Soil and Water Conservation.

Week 4 (April 27- May 1) – CLICK HERE to see what classes we have to offer and if the class is full or still has space.  The week will include Salesmanship, Collections, American Business, Home Repair and Wilderness Survival.

Week 5 (May 4-May 8) – Classes coming soon.

Week 4 (May 11-May 15) – Classes coming soon.

All classes are held in the Eastern Time Zone.

REGISTER HERE You will need to create an individual Tentaroo account to sign up. Your troop does not need to register but you do need to have your Scoutmaster, Advisor or Skipper’s permission to start a merit badge. Once the class is over, we will post the requirements that were completed, and you will be able to come back and print a merit badge blue card.

Check https://www.easttnscouts.org/vmb/ often for updates.

Playing for stress management amongst the COVID pandemic

Mr. Lew’s summary of escapades during the COVID pandemic in search of stress relief.. Enjoy.

Trip Reports for Mar 17-25

2020-03-17– Solo mission. Drove to the Smokies for whitewater kayaking since the water was probably up after looking at rain data. Tremont was too low. Drove to the Sinks on the Little River. Walked ¼ mile up from Sinks and kayaked the Meanies rapids through the Sinks. Took 2 laps. Walked shuttle. Received a text message that the West Prong was at a runnable level.  I’ve wanted the West Prong for 15 years. Very famous as in roughly 6 miles it drops 2000’ vertical feet with no mandatory portages. I’ve never run it. Decided to run the lower half (putting on at the Chimney Picnic Area). Level on the bridge pylon was 1.4’. Perfect first time level. Absolutely incredible run!! Photo below is from a friend running one of the rapids last year at a similar flow. I did not take any photos this day. Dropped boat in the woods to head the 3.5 mile back up the road to the truck.

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