Updates regarding COVID-19 Updated 6/3/20
Dear Scouting Family,
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 Baden-Powell Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally through our County Health Departments 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.
Status of Council Events
In-Person Unit Activities
Guidance for Unit Activities in New York (Please use this section if your unit is considering an activity in New York, regardless of where you live)
Currently, the entire New York portion of the Baden-Powell Council has entered Phase 4 of reopening. Please monitor the status of the region you will be meeting in, in the event of tightened restrictions.
The region each county is in are as follows:
- Central New York Region: Cortland County
- Finger Lakes Region: Seneca County (Camp Barton is in Seneca County)
- Southern Tier Region: Broome, Chenango, Tioga & Tompkins Counties (Tuscarora Scout Reservation is in Broome County)
As of May 23rd, Gov. Cuomo has issued an executive order allowing small groups of no more than 10 individuals to gather if they maintain Social Distancing. The Baden-Powell Council encourages units to resume meeting virtually and to meet in person in small groups such as Dens or Patrols while following the “BSA Guidelines to Prevent the Spread of Illness” & “Everyday Preventative Measures” listed below.
As of June 2nd, Gov. Cuomo is encouraging low-risk, outdoor recreational activities and businesses to open in regions that have met the metrics required for phase one, which has occurred in our entire Council.
As of June 26th, Gov. Cuomo has increased the Social Gathering size limit to 50 individuals.
If your unit is planning an activity in the State of New York, outside of the Baden-Powell Council, we encourage you to visit https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home for the most up to date information about New York State’s Coronavirus response.
Guidance for Unit Activities in Pennsylvania (Please use this section if your unit is considering an activity in Pennsylvania, regardless of where you live)
Currently, Susquehanna County has entered the yellow phase of reopening. Please monitor the status of the county you will be meeting in, in the event of tightened restrictions.
Pennsylvania’s Yellow Phase allows for gatherings up to 25 people. The Baden-Powell Council encourages units to resume meeting virtually and to meet in person in groups of 25 or under such as Dens, Patrols, or Units who would have less than 25 people present including parents. These meetings can occur while following the “BSA Guidelines to Prevent the Spread of Illness” & “Everyday Preventative Measures” listed below.
If your unit is planning an activity in the state of Pennsylvania, outside of the Baden-Powell Council, we encourage you to visit https://www.governor.pa.gov/process-to-reopen-pennsylvania/ for the most up to date information about Pennsylvania’s Coronavirus response.
For more information about Scouting’s response to Coronavirus, please visit the National Coronavirus FAQ: https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/
If an event is postponed due to COVID-19 precautions, registrations will automatically be forwarded to the new event date or another event of your choosing. Fees are generally not refundable; however they are transferable to other Scouts or Leaders in the same unit. If arrangements cannot be made with other Scouts or other Leaders we will issue refunds.
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.
- Maintain appropriate social distance of six feet whenever possible, otherwise wearing a mask is strongly recommended if it is not already required by local health department regulations.
- 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. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us.
Yours in Scouting,