Weekly Scouter Update
February 10, 2021 | Greater Los Angeles Area Council, BSA
Program Options to Keep Your Scouts Active
GLAAC’s leaders have done a remarkable job providing program under the very strict COVID restrictions in LA County. For many units, this has meant that most, if not all, programs have been virtual.

As the health metrics improve in our County and vaccinations become more available, we are receiving more questions about what Scouts are allowed to do. While the reports of fewer illnesses and hospitalizations are encouraging, our County remains in the most restrictive tier “Purple” in the State’s Blueprint for Safely Reopening. That means that Scouting programs also have many restrictions.

Here is a summary of current program options as explained in the program matrix.
Click here to view the program matrix.

1.    Virtual – Scouting units should continue to hold regular meetings virtually. There are a number of excellent virtual program resources available here:
2.    Small group programs at GLAAC Camps – Did you know that under the County’s Day Camp Protocols you can bring your den or patrol to one of GLAAC’s camps for structured and self-service programs. These are allowed because the county expects the camp operator (GLAAC) to monitor participants to ensure social distancing, masks, sanitation, etc.

  • Structured programs include day camps, merit badge camps, shooting sports days etc. There is a fee associated with these programs and space and offerings vary by camp and date.
  • Self-service programs can be scheduled at Cabrillo, Firestone, Trask and the Cushman Watt Park. The camps will provide a check in and check out protocol and monitor participant activity. Leaders are responsible for planning and delivering the program including hikes, bike riding (Firestone only) and other activities such as Scoutcraft, camp skills, etc. There is not a fee for self-service programs, however, units must preregister to reserve a space at camp. Click here for reservations.

3.    Outdoor Recreation Activities – These are primarily done by family, though County guidelines now allow up to 3 families (15 people max) to gather outdoors. These informal family groupings could do things such as hiking and bicycling. Informal family groups should not “chain meet-up” to create a “super” group activity.

4.    Youth Sports Activities – These are also allowed if the Youth Sports Protocol is strictly followed. The “coach” is required to verify compliance. In the Scouting context, the “coach” is the cohort adult Scout leader. Note that participants using the Youth Sports protocol constitute a single stable cohort and cohorts are not permitted to swap out and join another cohort and must wait 15 days after the last time a cohort member has joined.
These are the options available to keep your unit active at this time. The Council will post updates as they become available at glaacbsa.org.

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