May 4, 2020

Dear Scouting Friends and Families,

After careful deliberation and with heavy hearts, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all 2020 Pathway to Adventure Council summer camp programs at Camp Betz, Camp Napowan, and Owasippe Scout Reservation, and Cub Scout Day Camps. This includes Scouts BSA camps, Webelos Camps, Family Camps, Day Camps and National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT). This decision was not made easily. While we are saddened, we believe that it is the right decision, with regards to the health and safety of all Scouting families who love and enjoy our summer camps.

Some of the factors that lead to this decision include our ability to adequately train and prepare camp staff, including access to required-National BSA trainings and in-person certifications; our ability to access and secure appropriate PPE, medical supplies, sanitizer, and cleaning supplies; our ability to prepare and serve meals safely; and, above all else, our ability to ensure participant and staff health and safety by reasonably implementing and maintaining health screening, cleaning, sanitization, and social distancing protocols regarding COVID-19 in a summer camp environment.

All fees collected for these summer camp programs will be fully refunded. Information regarding refunds can be found in the FAQ below.

Although in-person summer camping programs are canceled, we are blessed to have an energetic and enthusiastic program team and camp staff who are currently developing opportunities for Scouts to engage in virtual camp programs, such as merit badges and activities, throughout the summer. Information on these opportunities will be forthcoming.

We are committed to our summer camping programs and properties. We continue to invest in improvements to our facilities and programs and look forward to future opportunities for Scouts and Scouters to return to camping at all our council camps.

We value the partnership of all our Scouting units and families. We understand that there are many questions you may have as a result of these cancelations and have provided some information below that may be helpful. If you have any questions regarding a current summer camp program reservation, please contact us at ptac.camping@scouting.org.

Yours in Scouting,  

Marc Passiment    Sue Simmons                             
Council President               Council Commissioner


Jeff Isaac                              Robert Gale    
CEO/Scout Executive          Council Vice President of Program