Scouting at Home: Council Information during our Hiatus

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Updated 3/31/2020

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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 the Greater Niagara Frontier Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally with our County Health Departments and 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. 

As a result of the State of Emergency now in effect, the Greater Niagara Frontier Council, BSA is suspending all in-person Scouting activities through April 30, 2020. This includes all unit meetings and activities, district and council events, activities and camping at our camp properties, and the operation of our Scout Service Center (including the Scout Shop). 

We strongly encourage units, dens, and patrols to continue to meet virtually during this hiatus using video or phone conferencing at their regularly scheduled time. This is also a great time for Cub Scouts to work on Electives and for Scouts, BSA to work on Merit Badges.  We would also encourage you to have your Scouts write letters or place phone calls to people that are in Nursing Homes and other facilities that have limited access to visitors. This is a great way for our Scouts to Do a Good Turn Daily while brightening the day for the Seniors in our communities. 

While the Scout Service Center will be closed through April 30, our staff will still be working (remotely in most cases) and will be available to provide support. Please feel free to call us at (716) 891-4073 and leave a message in the appropriate staff members voicemail box or e-mail us at gnfc@wnyscouting.org if we can help you in any way.

National Statement on COVID-19 | Click Here

BSA Policies 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.

Preventive Measures

Even with these 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.

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