As spring starts to appear, we hear more and more units wanting to get outdoors and back together in physical meetings. Our recommendation continues to be to “follow the lead of your school district.” With five counties that will probably all get back into operations on different schedules, it is hard for us to give a blanket recommendation that fits everyone. Please be mindful of the following:
- Health and safety of our participants are the number one priority. This should also include people we encounter.
- Follow the lead of your school district or municipality as we get closer to summer.
- Do not engage in any physical gathering while your town or area is under a stay-at-home order. This includes door-to-door activities such as fundraisers.
Looking Ahead to Reopening:
We suspect that our office can open during phase 2 of the governor’s reopening plan. That having been said, we are targeting June 1st as a potential opening date that is still very tentative. Some things to be mindful of which are outlined in the May 20th letter to families. Remember, we are here for you. While the Scout Service Center is temporarily closed to the public, we are operational. Until we reopen, limited staff is keeping critical operations functional while the majority of our staff is working remotely and we are all practicing social distancing. Please feel free to call the office at (585) 244-4210 or reach out to directly to the appropriate staff member by phone or email if we can be of assistance to you.
Scouting continues! It just may look a little different for a while.
COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS (originally sent via Constant Contact eblast)
- June 2: Closure of Summer Camp & Virtual Summer Camp
- May 20: Mid-May Update to Families on Scouting Activities & Summer Camp
- April 21: How We’re Scouting On! Letter from the Council to our Scouting Families
- March 17: Letter to Unit Leaders: Scouting Remotely
- March 13: Update on Scouting Activities – RE: COVID-19
- March 12: Letter to Families RE: COVID-19 Impact on Scouting
EAGLE SCOUT INFORMATION
- Eagle Application – Request for Extension
- Louis & Sally Langie Eagle Scout Scholarship Application Form – deadline extended to June 1st
CITY OF ROCHESTER RESOURCES
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, the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist, and Scouting Safely: Communicable Disease Prevention Guidelines.
- BSA Safety Moment: Communicable Disease Prevention
- Prevention of Communicable Diseases in Scouting
– Recommendations for Unit & Scout Leaders
- Workplace, School, and Home Guidance
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.