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List of cancellations due to COVID-19 for Buckeye Council

 


         

 

 

See specific information regarding the Eagle Scout Rank in a separate document here.


There is no higher priority to us than the safety of our Scouts, Scouting families, and volunteers. Due to an abundance of caution and mandates from the Ohio Governor and the Ohio Department of Health, all district and council activities and events between now and April 30 are either cancelled, postponed, or will be conducted virtually. Additionally, no utilization of council properties will be available during this time. Due to announced school closures, Scout units should suspend meetings, outings, and activities until school resumes.

 

In addition, the Buckeye Council Service Centers and stores in Canton, Mansfield, and Marion will be closed until further notice beginning March 20.

 

Throughout this document you will find additional information and resources regarding the status of events, activities, and Scouting.

 

In any instance, it is important to follow all the steps recommended by the Ohio Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control:

 

  • wash your hands often with soap and water,
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands,
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick,
  • and please stay home when you are sick.

 

I'm excited to announce our HomeScouting program that will officially launch on Monday, March 23rd. This program provides resources, challenges, and recognition to encourage and support our youth, parents, and leaders in continuing their Scouting adventure.

 

Each week over the next six weeks Buckeye Council will publish at-home activities that you can complete as well as details on the Spring BreakOut Award that all Scouts, parents, and leaders can earn as they adventure on at home. Upon completion of the HomeScouting program, all participants will receive the Spring BreakOut patch.

 

The Buckeye Council will keep you updated as this situation develops. Thank you for your understanding and commitment to Scouting.

 

Additional Notes

 

New HomeScouting Program & Spring BreakOut Award

Buckeye Council is launching a six week program beginning on March 23 to encourage all Scouts, leaders, and their families to continue their Scouting adventure and provide the necessary resources to do so. Learn more & sign up!

 

Camping

All camping reservations at Seven Ranges Scout Reservation, Camp Rodman, and Camp McKinley will be canceled through April 30, 2020, and the reservation holder will be refunded.

 

District and Council Events & Meetings

Event registrations will be cancelled, postponed, or conducted virtually as stated above to future events. All event registrations will be refunded within 4 weeks of the event date.

 

Scout Shops

The Scout Shops in Canton, Mansfield, and Marion are closed until further notice beginning March 20.

 

Unit-Level Activities

Based on the recommendations and mandates from the Ohio Governor and Ohio Department of Health on school closings, Scout units are to suspend meetings, outings, and activities until school resumes. Scouting may happen virtually as long two-deep leadershipExternal Link is met.

 

Properties

While our camps are closed, our properties staff will be expanding efforts to keep our camps safe and healthy. Each property will be ready to welcome Scouts back as soon as possible.

 

Service Centers

At this time, the Buckeye Service Center in Canton, Marion, and Mansfield will be closed beginning March 20. To submit forms to the Buckeye Council:

  • ·       Scan to buckeye.council@scouting.org. There are many free phone scanning apps available online.
  • ·       A lockbox is available at each Buckeye Council Service Center for you to drop off paperwork.
  • ·       Mail documents to Buckeye Council at 2301 13th St NW, Canton, OH 44708

 

Summer Camp & Early Bird Update

Summer camp has not been affected by this news. All early bird payments and reservation deadlines have been extended through April 15, 2020. We can't wait to see you at camp!  We are hiring and recruiting staff, purchasing materials and following the National Camp Accreditation Program rules to guarantee a great summer.  

 

In the unlikely event that camp would be affected by the current situation, we want to assure you that your fees will be returned and that no penalty will be incurred by those who have paid early bird fees and deposits.  

 

NYLT and Woodbadge Courses 2020

The early bird rate for NYLT and Woodbadge courses in 2020 have been extended through April 15, 2020.

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions       

 

Should units continue unit meetings and/or activities?

  • Our Scout's safety should be our number one priority. Based on the recommendations and mandates from the Ohio Governor and Ohio Department of Health on school closings, Scout units should suspend meetings, outings, and activities until school resumes.

 

Are upcoming district and council events cancelled?

  • Yes. Please see the list of cancelled or postponed district and council events in the FAQ and listing above. All paid reservations will be refunded via a check.

 

My Good Turn Weekend was cancelled, how can my troop fulfill the Pipestone requirement for Good Turn?

  • Troops can attend any Good Turn Weekend in May or you can do your service during your week at camp. It is up to the Scoutmaster of each troop to track Pipestone requirements for all participants.  We are currently working on additional information regarding Good Turns prior to camp.

 

Can we schedule a separate weekend outside of a Good Turn Weekend to do our Good Turn?

  • Yes, however units are encouraged to select another scheduled Good Turn Weekend to attend. If this is a scheduling conflict a Good Turn project may be completed on a separately scheduled weekend. These projects must be completed at a council camp (Camp Rodman, Camp McKinley, or Seven Ranges). To schedule a Good Turn project, please email CJ Gavin at carl.gavin@scouting.org with this specific information:
  • Unit Number
  • Unit Leader Name and Email Address
  • Project you’d like to complete AND camp location
  • Preferred weekend after May 1

 

My unit was planning on using the March Good Turn Weekend for Polar Bear, now what?

  • Working with your troop, and with their approval, Scouts may utilize a backyard campout to fulfill their polar bear requirement.

 

Will we receive a refund for building rental for the cancelled Good Turn Weekends?

  • Yes. You will be refunded for the amount via check sent to the unit.

 

My unit is scheduled to go on a weekend camping event at a Buckeye Council camp before April 30, can we still attend?

  • No. All weekend camping events at Buckeye Council camping facilities have been cancelled and units will be refunded.

 

If summer camp was cancelled, would we receive a refund?

  • At this point in time, summer camp has not been affected by this news. All early bird payments and reservation deadlines have been extended through April 15, 2020. We can't wait to see you at camp!  We are hiring and recruiting staff, purchasing materials and following the National Camp Accreditation Program rules to guarantee a great summer.  In the unlikely event that camp would be affected by the current situation, we want to assure you that your fees will be returned and that no penalty will be incurred by those who have paid early bird fees and deposits.  

 

Can Scouts meet with merit badge counselors virtually to continue working on merit badges?

  • Yes. Scouts and merit badge counselors can meet virtually as long as there is two-deep leadership and the merit badge counselor is a registered member of the BSA.

 

See specific information regarding the Eagle Scout Rank in a separate document here.

 

How can advancement be tracked remotely?

  • Scouting units should use Scoutbook to record and track advancement. To track advancement remotely, parents should:
  • Connect with their child’s member profile via an invitation that the unit leader sends within Scoutbook. You may also connect to your youth via the Scouting app “Add a Parent connection.”
  • Once a connection is made, the parent should use the Scouting app, found in both the App Store and on Google Play, to stay connected with their unit.
  • The Scouting app provides parents the ability to report any advancement that was completed at home.

Learn more about how to start using Scoutbook and how to connect parents to their Scouts at Scoutbook.comExternal Link.

 

May parents sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements?

  • Yes. Through July 31, 2020, parents and other adults in the Cub Scout’s family, may sign off on Webelos and Arrow of Light requirements. We strongly encourage that parents use the Scouting App or ScoutBook to record completion of their child’s requirements.

 

If my den is behind in advancement due to COVID-19, can my Cub Scout continue to work on advancement through the summer?

  • Yes. Cub Scouts can continue to work on their current den’s advancement through July 31, 2020.  This is to provide any additional time a Cub Scout needs to complete their badge of rank; if they earn their badge of rank prior to July 31, 2020, they may advance to the next rank.

 

May merit badge requirements or rank requirements be modified?

  • No. All requirements must be completed as written. If meetings or activities are canceled or limited, youth should continue to work on requirements as far as possible. By employing common sense and creative solutions, many requirements–even Scoutmaster conferences–can be fulfilled through videoconferencing or telephone calls.

 

 

Can merit badge counseling or Nova/Supernova counseling be done using digital technologies like Zoom or WebEx?

  • Yes, registered merit badge counselors or Nova counselors/Supernova mentors may work with youth using digital platforms, ensuring that all youth protection measures noted in the Guide to Safe Scouting and BSA’s social media guidelines are in place. In addition to youth protection, the advancement guidelines in Guide to Advancement Section 7External Link are required.

 

May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward active participation requirements?

  • Yes. If youth are registered and in good standing, a disruption from COVID-19 virus can be the “noteworthy circumstance” that prevents participation. This policy has been in place for many years and is explained in the Guide to Advancement Topic 4.2.3.1.External Link

 

May time missed due to canceled unit meetings count toward position of responsibility requirements?

  • Yes. If youth are registered and unable to meet the expectations of their positions because of COVID-19 disruptions, then units may need to waive or rethink the expectations. Just as youth must not be held to unestablished expectations, they must not be held to expectations that are impossible to fulfill. See Guide to Advancement Topic 4.2.3.4, “Positions of Responsibility,”External Link with its six subtopics.

 

Are electronic or digital signatures acceptable for rank advancement, like merit badges, or for the Eagle or Summit packets/applications?

  • Yes. Electronic or digital signatures will be accepted through September 30, 2020.

 

How can a youth continue to work on advancement requirements if they don’t have internet or high-speed internet for videoconferencing?

  • Youth may take a picture of their completed activity/requirement and share the work with unit leaders. In keeping with Youth Protection Training policies, all communications from youth should be sent to at least two adults. Parents or guardians may send advancement work on behalf of their child.

 


Please don't hesitate to contact your Scouting professionals with any questions you may have:

 

 


 

Additional Resources:


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Boy Scouts of America

 

 

 

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