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Find the Updated Unit Restart Guidelines

Units Can Meet

As the pandemic continues to evolve, so do the limitations and barriers for conducting our typical unit level meetings and activities. We anticipate that larger groups than 10 may not be able to meet through the remainder of the year, creating a significant challenge for Scouting at all levels. To find updated guidelines, go to buckeyecouncil.org/COVID19. The guidelines below are as of 8/27.

 

STEP 1: Develop your Scout Unit’s COVID-19 ‘Restart Scouting Safely’ plan with your unit committee.

STEP 2: Share your plan with your Scout Unit's Chartered Organization. Discuss other requirements and guidelines they may have in place and if your Scout unit has permission to begin using their facilities/ space for meetings.

STEP 3: Communicate your unit's plan to your Scouting families. Be sensitive to all families and consider offering a hybrid (both in-person & virtual) program to ensure all Scouts have the opportunity to participate. Parents should only resume Scouting when they are comfortable. Parents are highly encouraged to ask their unit leadership questions about the unit's plan to restart Scouting safely and a unit should ONLY begin meeting if social distancing can be ensured.

STEP 4: Monitor and adjust your unit's plan to be current with any new local, state, or federal changes (repeat steps 1-3).

 

Guidelines to Restart Scouting Safely:

  • Units must meet in groups of 10 or less. Be mindful that social distancing may be more difficult for youth than adults. Multiple groups of 10 may participate in the same activity at the same time, but the groups of 10 should not intermingle youth or adults in between groups.
  • Always maintain proper social distancing & wear face coverings.
  • No carpooling. Only transport your Scout to and from Scouting activities.
  • Units may conduct overnight camping activities on their own at a BSA Resident Camp facility. To provide liability and accident insurance coverage to all our units who choose to camp this year, only Boy Scouts of America resident camping properties in the state of Ohio are approved for Buckeye Council members’ use. This means Seven Ranges Scout Reservation, and any BSA Resident Camp Property operated by an Ohio BSA Council are approved under this plan. This includes all Council, District, and Unit camping programs.
  • Ensure proper cleaning of meeting spaces including Scouting equipment and gear.
  • No self-serve buffet meals or common water coolers. Use disposable utensils, napkins, cups & plates. Clean and disinfect eating & cooking gear after each use.  Ensure proper sanitation & handwashing.
  • Take precautions for elderly Scouters and those most vulnerable including having those Scouts not physically participate.
  • Ensure both youth and adults self-screen (at a minimum) before attending unit functions.
  • Have a prepared plan to address medical protocol should anyone become ill during a meeting or other activity.
  • Maintain attendance records for both youth and adults at all meetings and functions in the event contact tracing is needed.

 

Units can meet with social distance of at least 6 feet (except for family members) & wear face coverings in any indoor location and outdoors when unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more.

 

Group Sizes may not exceed 10 individuals.
  • Multiple groups of 10 may participate in the same activity, but the groups of 10 should not intermingle youth or adults in between groups.
  • For example, if a group of 24 Scouts plan to gather, 6 adult leaders would be required, and the group would need to maintain 3 separate groups each with their own area and programs.
  • All Youth Protection Policies and Guide to Safe Scouting Policies must be followed.

 

People with COVID-19 may show no signs or symptoms of illness, but they can spread the virus. Some people may be contagious before their symptoms occur. The fact is that someone with COVID-19 may pass the required health screenings and be allowed into programs activities.

 

Symptoms of COVID-19 to watch for:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle Pain
  • Sore Throat
  • Fatigue
  • Congestion
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Less common symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

 

 

Units may conduct overnight camping activities on their own at a BSA Resident
Camp facility.
 To provide liability and accident insurance coverage to all our units who choose to camp this year, only Boy Scouts of America resident camping properties in the state of Ohio are approved for Buckeye Council members’ use. This means Seven Ranges Scout Reservation, and any BSA Resident Camp Property operated by an Ohio BSA Council are approved under this plan. This includes all Council, District, and Unit camping programs.

 

  • Seven Ranges and Camp McKinley open September 1 for overnight camping. 
    Limited redefined campsites available w/ maximum occupancy of 10 people.
  • Camp Rodman remains closed.
  • Online reservation system will be available on buckeycouncil.org

 

 

Other Seven Ranges Guidelines

  • Prior to arriving at camp, all participants must complete and bring with them the Covid-19 Questionnaire form with parent signature (for those under 18 years old) and receive a temperature check upon arrival at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation. This temperature check will be completed by the unit leader upon arrival, with assistance from Campmasters if needed. This temperature check will be documented at the bottom of the Covid-19 Questionnaire.
  • We understand there may be a need for a Scout or leader to leave at some point during the trip with plans to return. If this is to happen, the participant’s temperature must be taken again upon return to camp.
  • If a temperature screening is 100 degrees or more, you should not attend any Scouting function.
  • If the temperature of an individual rises to the 100-degree threshold during an event, they will need to leave the event.
  • Masks or Face Coverings should be worn by all leaders and Scouts during any camping programs.
  • All camping reservations should be less than 72 hours in length

Can my unit go camping at another facility that is not a BSA resident camp?

No. We know that all BSA resident camps are following guidelines for group size limitations and the social distancing guidelines that the American Camping Association and the National Boy Scouts of America recommends. We do not know what other facilities (i.e. church camps, YMCA camps, state parks, etc.) are providing, so our insurance provider is willing to provide insurance for all BSA resident camps because they are following the protocols that the American Camping Association recommends.

 

 

 

 

Camping is a major part of the Scouting program, but socially distancing in tents presents some obvious challenges. The best practice is to have one Scout per tent unless Scouts are from the same household. 6 feet of space between tents.

 

No Carpooling, unless Scouts are from the same household. Assessing County Public Health Emergency Levels: Default to the county that has the highest level of risk, either county of origin or county of destination.  Be advised of any destination state's restrictions and other travel restrictions as Scouting plans are developed. Consider staying local to your geographic area and if you must travel, limit mixing with others along the way.

 

 

If your unit will be serving food, it is very important to take steps to limit the risk of spread. These best practices will help you safely limit the risk of spread:

  • Clean and disinfect common surfaces between groups
  • Keep people 6 feet apart
  • Stagger meal times to minimize the number of people dining inside at one time
  • Assign seats for the duration of meals
  • No self-serve buffet meals or common water coolers. Use disposable utensils, napkins, cups and plates.
  • Clean and disinfect eating and cooking gear after each use. 
  • Ensure proper sanitation and handwashing.
  • Prioritize use of “grab and go” services (i.e., boxed meals), in which meals are packaged or assembled on a tray for diners to retrieve or plate meals individually.
  • Discontinue the use of beverage dispensers (e.g., fountain drink dispensers, common milk pitchers, etc.) Arrange bottles of beverage choices along a table or counter for diners to retrieve.
  • Discontinue the use of shared condiments. Offer condiment packets along with the meal.
  • Post signs reminding diners of the guidelines, such as handwashing, social distancing, etc.