Troop 171 and Covid-19
Meeting & Event Info
ScoutingWire Update 04/27/20
These are challenging times, but it is important to recognize that these are the moments we prepare for. And this is when the Scouting family shines.
During some of our country’s most challenging hours, our Scouting movement has shouldered the burden when it was too heavy for many communities to bear.
As in previous crises, Scouts have stepped up to meet the challenge, and that continues today.
Read the rest of the message from BSA National:
A Scout is Helpful – Especially in Times Like the Present
Pidemont Council COVID-19 Update 03/13/20
Greetings Piedmont Council Scouting Family,
The health and well-being of our Scouts, volunteer leaders, families, and staff continues to remain our number-one priority. As COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its impact continues to persist, we know we must maintain constant communication with you to address the growing concern by many in our communities.
As we all know, the information coming to us from state and national public health officials is fluid. So, we are discussing frequently all of our options. As the emphasis is currently on prevention strategies and protecting the overall public health of our communities, we are changing ALL council and district meetings change from in-person to conference call and/or video conference call for a period of 30 days (through April 13, 2020). This time frame may be extended depending on local conditions.
Additionally, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced state officials will begin recommending people postpone or cancel events of over 100 people to help combat the coronavirus. We have factored in this recommendation as it pertains to Scouting activities listed below.
Council Meetings Scheduled/Changing to conference call/video conference format:
Council Activities That Are Still Being Held (at this time) (Each under 100 participants)
Council Activities Postponed:
District Indoor Meetings and Activities
Additionally, all other indoor district meetings and activities scheduled through April 13, 2020, will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date and time effective today (Friday, 3/13/20). Group meetings that can be conducted by telephone or other digital means are encouraged. If you have any questions about specific meetings or activities in your district, please contact your District Executive.
Outdoor District and Council Activities (Postpones and Rescheduled)
The following outdoor activities will be postponed and rescheduled.
Activity Refund Policy for Cancellations and/or Postponements Due To COVID-19
Refunds for activities
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. Please contact your chartering organization about their meeting space policy.
Camp Card Sales
For the health and well-being of our Scouts, volunteer leaders, and families, the Piedmont Council recommends that all face-to-face, door-to-door, and store front sales be suspended for a period of 30 days effective immediately. We will closely monitor local conditions to determine a sales restart date. Any suspension period for the sale will be added to the scheduled end date. (For example, the current sales end date of May 2, 2020 will be extended to June 2, 2020.)
Also, it's important to note that additional information will be forthcoming to address future meetings and activities for our council and districts. We will be doing so based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommendation to reconsider hosting public events that could put our communities at risk.
We are cognizant of the effect this causes for those involved in these meetings and activities. We appreciate your partnership in helping to address and mitigate this outbreak for all.
Connie Bowes | Scout Executive, CEO
Piedmont Council, Inc.
Boy Scouts of America
BSA Health Policies
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:
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.