The events surrounding COVID-19 not only affected our lives on a personal level in a variety of ways, it also halted our ability to participate in Scouting as we know it. The events pressed our volunteers and staff to be flexible, creative, and to reach outside their comfort level to create a way forward through social distancing.
We are immensely proud of our volunteers, staff, and scouts as they all have done a fantastic job adjusted to the new requirements to carry on the program.
As we watch businesses and other activities around us start to phase back into our lives, many questions are being raised in regards to Scouting. We have updated the information below so that you can be informed of our plans.
As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We are determined to act responsibility and will continue to monitor the most current guidelines provided by the State and local health agencies.
Is the service center open? What about the Scout Shop?
The service center is open to our staff and to visitors and volunteers, but by appointment only. If you would like to make an appointment, please contact you District Executive to make an appointment. You can also call the Service Center directly.
The expectation is that there will be no large meetings or training for some time.
The Scout Shop is also open. The details can be found here.
Are the Council Camps open for units and families to use?
Right now, only Rotary is available. It is our goal to get Wakpominee opened as soon as we can, we are waiting for the approval from the Department of Health. For more details please check out this link.
Can we hold in-person Scouting meetings, outings, or activities?
Yes, you can. As such, we would like to provide the following general guidance regarding resumption of in person Scouting activities.
- The Unit Key Three should determine what activities and in person gatherings are permitted for the county in which the unit is chartered.
- The Key Three should then work with the adult committee to determine if the unit is prepared to begin in person meetings or activities.
- If consensus exists among the adult committee members, the Key Three should consult with the Chartered Partner to secure their support for the resumption of in person meetings or activities.
- It is the responsibility of the unit’s Key Three and adult committee to understand and ensure all state/county restrictions and required Covid-19 safety precautions are taken. Units traveling to other states/destinations for camp/activities are responsible for knowing and adhering to the restrictions and precautions of those areas.
- In addition to precautions required by states and counties we ask you to incorporate the processes included in BSA’s Restart Scouting Checklist as you resume unit activities.
- Here is a sample form that could be useful to your unit: COVID Attestation for Activities
We know everyone is excited to begin outdoor, in person Scouting activities. We ask that you “do your best” to follow the guidance provided here and work with your adult committee and chartered organization to ensure a safe Scouting experience. Units following the restrictions and administering the precautions are covered by the BSA insurance program.
Can my unit get together with other units and have our own camp since we are approved for unit activities?
Chartering organizations play an important role in the program and activities for their chartered units. Chartering organizations promote well-planned unit activities for the units they charter and encourage their units to have active outdoor unit programs. Chartering organization are not authorized to plan, promote, and deliver programs for units outside of their charter.
It is the role of the council to plan summer camps and the role of councils or districts to plan camporees and other outings during the year that give youth an opportunity to test their knowledge and skills in competitive events with other troops and/or patrols.
When units with different chartered organizations do activities together, this becomes a district or council event and requires council approval. In fact, some states require such activities to be licensed.
Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your local district executive.
We wish the best for you and your families.