COVID-19 Updates

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Guidance for unit meetings and outings in the green phase

Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Should we hold in-person Scouting meetings, outings, or activities?
A: With safety in mind and based on guidance from state and national health officials, units may resume in-person Scouting meetings, outings, and activities in counties that are in at least the “yellow” phase of the governor’s plan. As outlined above, all Scout gatherings must comply with the guidelines above. Units do not have to resume in-person activities or events just because the stay-at-home restriction in their community has been lifted. The “green” phase of the Governor’s plan encourages continued use of telecommuting for businesses, and we would also recommend the use of virtual meetings during the “green” phase.
Q: We are in the “Green” phase, but my Chartered Organization will not let us meet in-person. What can we do?
A: The Chartered Organization “owns” the unit and annually sign a Charter Agreement with the Chester County Council. If a Chartered Organization is not comfortable with a unit resuming in-person Scouting activities even after moving to the “green” phase then the unit must follow the guidance of the Chartered Organization. This applies to meetings, service projects, fundraising, camping, trips, and any other Scouting activities and events whether they take place physically at the chartered organization or not. 
Q: If meeting locations are open, can units meet or do other in-person activities?
A: Unit in-person activities may resume under the guidelines listed above. If in-person activities take Scouts out of their immediate communities, unit leaders need to consider both the regulations of their county and regulations for wherever they intend to travel. 
Q: What do we do about Scouts’ fundraising activities?
A: Fundraising activities may be held if those activities are conducted within the guidelines outlined above. Before units decide to do in-person fundraisers, please be mindful that there may be traditional locations that have changed their usual fundraising policies due to COVID-19.
Q: If my summer camp is canceled, can my unit get together with other units and have our own camp?
A: No. Chartering organizations play an essential role in the program and activities for their chartered units. Chartering organizations promote a well-planned unit program for the units they charter and encourage their units to have active outdoor unit programs. Chartering organizations are not authorized to plan, and, and deliver programs for units outside of their charter.
It is the role of the council to plan summer camps and the role of councils or districts to plan camporees and other outings during the year that give youth an opportunity to test their knowledge and skills in competitive events with other troops and/or patrols.
When units with different chartered organizations do activities together, this becomes a district or council event and requires council approval. In fact, some states require such activities to be licensed.
Should your troop, crew or ship decide to do a long-term summer camping program for their own unit (Cub Scouts units are prohibited from this activity) please note that the Scouter Code of Conduct and relevant program safety and training requirements are still in place, e.g., Safe Swim Defense, Hazardous Weather, Wilderness First Aid, etc.
Q: What is the BSA’s policy on social distancing in a tenting environment when camping?
A: Camping should only take place following the guidelines outlined above. There is no formal national policy on social distancing in tents, just as there is no prohibition on tenting alone if logistics can accommodate that request. As always, all BSA youth protection policies must be followed.
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.