March 22, 2020
Dear Chester County Council Scouting Family,
I hope everyone is adjusting the best they can to this new reality we find all find ourselves in while dealing with COVID-19 pandemic. Please know the Chester County Council cares deeply about the health and safety of all our Scouts, volunteers, staff and every member of their families. Based on guidance from our public health officials, the Council is continually updating information and recommendations to our volunteer leaders.
I’m including below an important message from Roger Mosby, President and CEO of the BSA that was sent out earlier this week regarding important safety procedures and recommendations to units. Please review in case you did not see it.
The Council Service Center in the Exton Mall remains closed. Our professional staff is still working from remote locations, and beginning Monday, March 23rd, we will be introducing our “Virtual Council Servce Center” by equipping our support staff to work from home and continue to serve our Scouting family. We will soon be able to answer questions to all departments, process advancements, and perform other council operations during normal business hours. Please be patient with us as we adjust to this new way of doing business. Click here for a complete staff directory. As always, our commissioner staff stands ready to support as well, so feel free to call on them, even if just to say hello.
Through the end of April all district and council events, trainings, meetings and weekend camping are cancelled or postponed, with the exception of meetings that can be conducted electronically by conference call or online meeting or other means following accepted public health guidelines.
Here is an update on activity and meeting dates for Chester County Council as of today:
What will still go on at this point:
- Scouts BSA summer camping programs at Horseshoe Scout Reservation
- Cub Scout Overnight Camp at Camp John H. Ware, 3rd
- Cub Scout Day Camps
- Special Needs Camporee
- Camp Xtreme
- BSA National High Adventure bases
What has been postponed at this point:
- Wood Badge – Weekend 1 – Sept. 11- 13 /Weekend 2 Oct. 2-4
- NYLT – Weekend 1- May 8-10 / Weekend 2 – May 15-17
- ILST / ILSC – May 2
- Council April 4 Day of Service – Fall 2020
What has been cancelled:
- OA April 25 Day of Service
Also, a reminder to all Scouts and Scouters that Horseshoe Scout Reservation remains closed to the public. Please do not visit the property until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.
We remain committed to serving you and our Scouts during this challenging time. Scouting goes on! Look for additional communications from the Chester County Council througout the upcoming weeks via email, social media and cccbsa.org for ideas, updates and other important information.
Yours in Scouting,
March 14, 2020
Per the announcement by Governor Tom Wolf, the Council service center and Outdoor Adventure Store will be closed until further notice. Camping facilities also remain closed through the end of March.
March 12, 2020
Dear Scouting Family,
As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect local Scouting programs in Chester County Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally with our County Health Department Supervisor and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.
Status of Council Events:
All council and district events or activities are cancelled due to COVID-19 for the remainder of the month. Horseshoe Scout Reservation will be closed for all activities the remainder of the month. The council Service Center and Outdoor Adventure Store will remain open at the Exton Mall.
Full refunds will be issued shortly for all fees paid for those affected this month.
Decisions about unit meetings and activities should be made by unit leadership and chartering organizations based on the unit’s individual circumstances and current CDC and local health department guidelines.
BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness:
The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.
Everyday Preventive Measures:
Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
• Stay home when you feel sick.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
• Avoid shaking hands.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your local district executive. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us.
Yours in Scouting,
Jeffrey D. Spencer