The safety and well-being of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and growing concerns about how COVID-19 (coronavirus), will affect our local Scouting programs. We continue to monitor developments regarding COVID-19 both locally through our County Health Departments and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . 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. Available resources will be updated as quickly as possible. Also, visit our Facebook Page for updated information. We ask for your patience as this is an ever-changing situation and uncharted territory for us all. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change.
It is time for us to each do our part to minimize the impact of the disease, especially since health authorities underscore that the spread of the Coronavirus can be slowed down, which will save lives and avoid overwhelming our local healthcare infrastructures.
With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings of 10 or more people be suspended through the end of March. Please also follow any restrictions outlined by your state and local health department or other state and local authorities. This applies to youth and adults out of an abundance of caution.
We strongly encourage all Scout units to continue the adventure of Scouting through virtual meetings and online activities. These are challenging times for all, but as Scouts, we’re prepared to overcome the challenges and continue providing our youth with fun activities and life skills that will serve them well in any challenge! Cub Scouts can still work on electives. Scouts BSA members can work on Merit Badges. Visit our Scouting At Home page for ideas on activities to do with your sons and daughters while schools are closed.
And, let’s find ways to Do A Good Turn! What better time is there than now. Consider having your Scouts write letters, make phone calls, or send a “thinking of you” video to people that are in Nursing Homes and other facilities, or children in the hospital that have limited access to visitors. Even small gestures will go a long way to make someone’s day especially as we are asked to social distance and stay home – many will feel the affects of such isolation.
Remember too, we are here for you! While the Scout Service Center is closed to the public, we are operational. 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)
- 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
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.