To our Scouting community,
In Scouting, we vow to help other people at all times. Now, in the face of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus pandemic, our Scouting community must do its part to slow the spread of the virus, which will save lives and avoid overwhelming our local healthcare infrastructure.
The safety of Scouts, volunteers, employees and our communities are our top priority.
With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings of 10 or more people be suspended till May 9th. Please follow all restrictions outlined by the state and local health department. This applies to youth and adults out of an abundance of caution.
In accordance with national and state guidelines, please focus on the following from now till May 9
- Avoid in-person gatherings; instead, utilize available digital and online resources, such as video conferencing, to continue Scouting meetings, projects and advancement, adhering to the current youth protection guidelines already in place for digital communications.
- If you meet, limit participants to fewer than 10 people and remain at least six feet apart.
- Follow BSA blogs and social channels, as well as #ScoutingAtHome, or a local resource www.scoutshare.org for great examples and ideas of how to continue Scouting.
- If you or any member of your family feel sick, DO NOT go into the office or attend any gatherings. Contact your health professional to get care and notify your supervisor so they can take the appropriate measures while you focus on recuperating.
As well as the measures taken above, beginning Friday 3/20/2020 and until further notice the Council Service Center and the Scout Shop will be closed.
Council Professional and Support staff will continue to work remotely and can be reached by email to support you and your unit’s needs.
- Assistant Scout Executive, Edwin Theetge; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Development Director, Abby Hughes; email@example.com
- Ontario, Northern Lights, & Tri-Rivers District Director, Timothy Herne; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Onondaga & Oneida Senior District Executive, Matthew Lacy; email@example.com
- Towpath District Executive, Ronald Hill; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Registration, Camping, & Activities Support, Ellen Tyler; email@example.com
- Executive Board, Risk Management, & Endowment, Helen Forward; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Council Budget & Finance, Kelly Precourt; email@example.com
- FOS, Special Events, & Popcorn, Stacie Wilmot; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scout Shop, Cindy Barrus; email@example.com
Plus, understanding that unit meeting disruptions will hamper money collections for Summer Camp payments, we will extend the deadline to April 15, 2020.
We will continue to evaluate the ongoing situation and prioritize the safety of everyone involved in Scouting – youth, families, volunteers, employees and our communities – is our number one priority.
We realize these decisions are not without their challenges, and we thank you for helping meet the needs of our communities in difficult times. The steps we are taking reinforce the many ways – big and small – that Scouting empowers character and leadership today and for generations to come.
Yours in Scouting,