All local and state governments, both where the unit is chartered and where the meeting or activity is to take place, must permit the activity in terms of gathering size, location, and ability to maintain proper social distancing. All of these and the Federal CDC guidelines must be followed for all phases of the meeting or activity. You can find further information regarding COVID-19 guidance at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
There is no longer a council-mandated mask policy. Please follow all local, state, and CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19. People may choose to wear a mask at any time.
IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES AND MEETINGS
- Parents and leaders should carefully make individual choices regarding their level of in-person activities.
- Please do not attend any in-person activity if you do not feel well, regardless of a recent negative test for COVID.
- Continue to provide a Zoom/virtual option for meetings whenever possible.
- For units, chartered organizations must approve in-person activities and/or meetings prior to restoring them.
- For units, parents should be surveyed, and most of the parents in the Scouting unit must approve restoring in-person activities.
- Outdoor activities remain safer than gathering indoors.
- Units may choose to camp overnight in indoor facilities or tents when all the following conditions have been met.
- All guidelines issued by the CDC and local governmental agencies are followed.
- The chartered partner of the unit agrees to this activity prior to it taking place.
- Parents have been made aware of both the face-to-face and overnight sleeping aspects of this activity.
- All youth protection policies are followed.
- Consult the BSA’s Restart Scouting Checklist and Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist for additional guidance on safe operations.
For Cub Scouts, a small group of adults should do the cooking in a safe, socially distant manner.
Patrol cooking is a key part of the Scouts BSA program. It fosters team-building cooperation and supports the development of the patrol as a cohesive unit. The continued presence of COVID-19 in our communities and the need for social distancing can create challenges for patrol cooking. However, careful preparation, starting with pre-outing meal planning, can help reduce these challenges. When preparing for a return to patrol cooking, units should:
- Educate Scouts on the importance of proper use of masks that cover the nose and mouth, the importance of social distancing, and washing their hands before starting meal preparation.
- Whenever possible, have an adult observe one or more patrols to correct them when social distancing fails, including throughout the clean-up process.
- Reassess cooking gear available to the patrol, including patrol boxes. Additional work surfaces such as folding tables can provide multiple distanced work surfaces, reducing crowding in the cooking area or around the patrol box.
- Consider menus that allow for the use of multiple cooking methods (camp stove, box oven, dutch oven, backpacking stove, reflector oven, etc.) This allows spacing of individuals who are working with the different elements of a meal. Your PLC may be able to support this by issuing a “menu challenge” that requires a meal plan to include elements prepared in two or more different ways. The goal is to have one person cooking on a stove at a time.
- Consider allowing longer times for meal preparation and clean-up activities to reduce crowding when scouts are in a hurry.
- Encourage Scouts and adults to bring individual camp chairs to aid in eating in a socially distanced manner.
- Proper cleaning, rinsing, and sanitization of all dishes, utensils, and cooking wear is critical. For instructions on properly applying the three-pot method, please review this article by Brian on Scouting.
The safest transportation method is that only household members are in a vehicle. This may not always be practical. When necessary, people outside of a household may travel in a vehicle together. Unless the vehicle is a large van (4 rows of seats), there should not be more than four people in a vehicle, and they are to sit as far apart as possible. If possible, carpool with people who interact together in other venues such as sports teams or schools.
Full refunds will continue to be given if a unit or individual cancels a council or district activity due to COVID-related concerns.
- Know Before You Go
- Stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting test results.
- Stay home if you are experiencing any of the following: nausea, diarrhea, headache with other symptoms, shortness of breath, cough, flu-like symptoms, chills, body aches, sore throat, severe fatigue, a fever of 100.4 or higher, loss of taste or smell, or repeated shaking with chills and shortness of breath.
- Individuals that are at a heightened-risk for COVID-19 should not attend camp or should consult their doctor on the risk of attending camp.
- For two weeks prior to camp, limit social activities to groups of no more than 15.
- Campers are encouraged to bring their own camp chair and eye protection for shooting sports (if applicable) to limit their use of these shared supplies.
- Minimizing Risk at Camp
- All campers will have symptoms checked upon arrival.
- Unit leaders will screen campers daily at their campsites.
- Campers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or contagious disease will be required to leave camp.
- Masks are encouraged, but not required.
- All shared supplies and facilities will be disinfected regularly.
- Ample hand sanitizer will be available at activity and eating areas.
- Where possible, campers will be separated and kept in small groups.
- Visitors are permitted during dates/times assigned by each camp. Visitors should follow the same protocols as campers. Visitors are limited to outdoor areas unless hazardous weather or other needs necessitate use of indoor facilities.
- Positive Symptoms or Exposure
- Campers must notify their unit leader and camp director as soon as they experience symptoms or receive a positive test. They are required to leave camp.
- Local departments of public health are no longer issuing quarantine orders as a result of close contact with a positive case. At this time, individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 are permitted to participate in Scouting activities/camps as long as they remain symptom-free and do not test positive for COVID-19.
- No-penalty Refund Policy
- Refunds will be offered to anyone who feels uncomfortable attending camp due to COVID-19 or anyone who cannot attend camp due to COVID-19.
- If a camper (youth or adult) only attends a partial session of camp due to showing symptoms of COVID-19, then the refund will be prorated based on the number of days the camper attended.
- A refund will not be given if someone is asked to leave camp for not following camp policies.
Last revised on 6/1/22 with the addition of “Summer Camp” guidance. All other guidance remains unchanged from 2/28/22.