Updated March 20th
Dear Scouting Family,
We understand that this is a stressful time for everyone, filled with uncertainty. Our primary concern is the safety and health of all of our families, and we encourage you to follow the guidance of public health professionals.
As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect local Scouting programs in the Twin Rivers Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.
Every season is great one for Scouting, but the spring and summer months are a particularly busy time, filled with wonderful opportunities for training, fellowship and outdoor program. We are carefully monitoring the guidance of public health officials to help determine the best way forward for our many district- and council-sponsored events scheduled in the coming months. .
Status of Council & District Events
We have already announced the cancellation of all events through April 18th. Today we are extending the cancellation of district- and council-sponsored events through May 10th in response to CDC recommendations. Please see our website calendar for a full listing.
Rather than respond immediately to each new official announcement, we plan to review the viability of our programs beyond that point on a weekly basis. Those decisions will then be communicated to everyone through email, social media, and our website.
Council Service Center
The Council office will be closed to the public thru March 30th. Please feel free to call, or email, you unit serving professional for any needs that you may have.
Also, the National Scout Shop is closed, they will be accepting any orders via email firstname.lastname@example.org and have them filled and shipped to you!
Following our existing council policy, full refunds will be provided for any district- or council-sponsored events that are canceled.
Summer Camp and Deposits:
No decisions have been made at this time about our summer camp programs, which we hope will be able to continue as scheduled.
Camper deposits are an important part of our summer camp planning, as they allow us to project attendance when ordering supplies. We understand, however, that some units may be having a difficult time collecting payments due to canceled troop meetings or economic concerns. We will work with any unit that is facing such difficulties to extend the recent deposit deadline as needed. Please contact your camp director if you have questions about this. Rotary: Brian Murray (email@example.com) Wakpominee: Frank Mihalek (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact the Council Service Center to utilize our GoToMeeting capabilities in place of in-person gatherings for District Meetings, Roundtables, Commissioner Meetings, and Trainings.
You may monitor event updates here: https://www.trcscouting.org/calendar/
Unit Meetings and Resources:
Decisions about unit meetings and activities should be made by unit leadership and chartering organizations based on the unit’s individual circumstances and current CDC and local health department guidelines.
As we support our communities through social distancing, we have begun using our Twin Rivers Council Facebook page to highlight fun activities and advancement opportunities for Scouts of all ages. Many of our packs, troops, and crews are showing incredible creativity with the programs they’ve initiated to keep Scouting throughout this period. Please join us and share the great ideas your unit has come up with!
BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness
The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.
Everyday Preventive Measures
Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your local district executive or you are welcome to email us directly at email@example.com. We wish the best for you and your families.
Yours in Scouting,