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The Reopening of In-person Scouting Meetings and Activities!!! 

The Western New York Region enterd Phase #4 the week of June 28th. 

The Council Risk Management Committee working with state and local health officials, safety professionals, and the medical community developed detailed Guidance on the Reopening of In-person Scouting Meetings and Activities. This resource is intended to help units plan for and hold safe meetings and activities in the current environment. 

Our 3 camp facilities opened July 10, 2020 for day activities and over-night camping! At this time the requirements set by the State only allow for over-night family camping. Unit camping is not allowed at this time. Reservations will be required for all activities at our camps, both day activities and over-night camping. We will continue to work with the State and our local health departments and update our policies accordingly.

Additionally, the Council has developed a Infographic to help you decide if an event or activity you are thinking of doing is approved at this time.  This document includes links to several other documents and websites such as the CDC and New York State Department of Health that provide additional guidance and information.  

Please review this information with all of your leaders, parents, and Scouts BEFORE resuming any in-person meetings and activities and use it for your planning efforts. It will help us ensure the safety of our Scouts, leaders, Scouting families, and the entire community.  

On behalf of the entire Greater Niagara Frontier Council, thank you for everything you have done to keep on Scouting during the unprecedented times we have faced this year. The determination, resourcefulness, service, and sense of adventure you have all shown during the Covid-19 pandemic has been awe-inspiring.  

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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