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Longhouse Council - Pathways - March 13, 2020
Vol. #2 Issue #9
Dear Scouting Families,
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 Longhouse Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally with our Council Health Supervisor 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
Currently, no council or district events or activities have been cancelled due to COVID-19.
You may monitor event updates here at  
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.
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. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us. 

Yours in Scouting,
Grey Rolland
Scout Executive/CEO
Sabattis Leaders Meeting
Saturday, March 21, 2020
All units attending Sabattis Scout Reservation in 2020 should send one or more adult leaders to discuss summer camp program and logistics with the camp administrative team. Youth leadership is welcome to attend as well. All leaders are encouraged to attend from 10 AM to 11 AM. The meeting will continue from 11 AM to 12 PM for leaders new to Sabattis to provide a more detailed orientation. The meeting will be held at the Scout Service Center at 2803 Brewerton Rd., Syracuse, NY 13211
Silver Beaver Nominations
The Silver Beaver is a national award presented by the Longhouse Council. It is among the highest honors that can be bestowed on a volunteer leader by a local council.
The Silver Beaver is presented for noteworthy service of exceptional character by councils to registered adult volunteers within the territory under the jurisdiction of a local council. Nominations and all supporting materials must be received at the Council Service Center by close of business on the last Friday of March each year. Electronic submissions should be sent to .
Please use the nomination form at
Sabattis Summer Help Wanted
Looking for an adventure this summer? Then apply to work at Sabattis Scout Reservation this summer. The Adirondack Mountains are calling your name, get an application today!

Staff Applications
CIT Applications

Open interviews will be held at the Council Service Center on the following dates.
Saturday 4/4/20 - 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Wednesday 4/8/20 - 10 AM to Noon & 2 PM to 4 PM or call 315-463-0201 X 109 for more info
Merit Badge University
Are you looking for an opportunity for your Scouts to earn a couple of Merit Badge in one day? Well on Saturday, April 18, 2020 Longhouse Council will be holding a Merit Badge University where Scouts can earn up to Three merit badge in one day. The day will start at Immaculate Conception Church in Fayetteville at 8:30 AM. Registration will be available March 20th.
The best that Cub Scouting has to offer, close to home! Cub Scout Day Camp combines the most exciting things about being a Scout with summertime fun. Practice your aim at the BB gun or Archery ranges, create a masterpiece in Arts & Crafts, or learn a new knot in Scoutcraft. Swim, study local animals or test your skill on the sports field. Twilight Camp is an evening experience.
James “Marmaduke” Seton Trek Center
The James “Marmaduke” Seton Trek Center, located at Sabattis Scout Reservation, offers true high adventure opportunities. We are ready to fully equip your canoe or backpacking trip with canoes, tents, PFD’s, food, guides, and stoves/fuel. If high adventure is calling your older Scouts, let them answer it at the Seton Trek Center.

Can't get a crew together ask about the Week three provisional trek.
Training Dates
Scoutmaster Specific Training - 4/18/20 -
Camp Woodland
Commissioner Training - 4/18/20 - Christian Brothers Academy 
IOLS & BALOO Training - 5/2-5/3/20 - Camp Woodland
Leave No Trace Master Educator - 8/10-8/15/20 - Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
the Syracuse Scout Shop
Monday – Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm
(Closed from 1:30-2:00 for lunch)
Saturday 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday Closed
For more information on events, training opportunities, and other activities happening in your district, visit your district webpage:

Other Dates of Interest
4/10/20 Good Friday (Office Closed)
5/25/20 Memorial Day (Office Closed)

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