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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/ScoutingAhead. The guidelines below are as of 3/1.

 

FIND EVEN MORE UPDATES IN THE SCOUTING AHEAD GUIDEBOOK

 

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.
  • Carpooling is not recommended. The best practice is to have members of the same household travel together.
  • Units may conduct overnight camping activities on their own. All guidelines must be monitored and adhered to.
  • 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 any facility. 

All group size, social distancing, tenting, carpooling, dining, and screening protocols must be followed.

BSA resident camp facilities are recommended for unit-level camping and social distancing required while camping.

Units should develop tenting protocols to include: One Scout per tent unless Scouts are from the same household. 6 feet of space between tents.

All TENT CAMPING is free at Buckeye Council camping facilities. 

 

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?

Yes. Units may camp at facilities that are not a BSA resident camp. All guidelines must be monitored and maintained.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Carpooling is not recommended. The best practice is to have members of the same household travel together. If not possible, carpooling in private vehicles, passenger vans, or busses must follow these protocols: masks required, utilize airflow like vents/windows, cleaning before and after use, limit the amount of people in the vehicle, and temperature checks before departure. 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.

 

If your county is YELLOW, ORANGE, or RED - There is no change in current guidelines when counties stay yellow, orange, or red. Social distancing, face masks, and groups of 10 or less are all required for meetings.

 

If your county goes PURPLE - In person meetings, activities, and events must cease. Scouting should continue using virtual meeting tools and encouragement of at-home scouting programs. Units in purple counties are not allowed to travel to another county to do Scouting.