Summer is approaching! That means summer camp and outdoor adventures! As more and more of our community is “opening” up, the Council has anxiously awaited clear guidance on protocols for summer camp. Recently the CDC announced updated Covid-19 guidelines along with NYS stating that as of Wednesday, May 19th, vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask indoors or outdoors around other vaccinated, and even unvaccinated individuals, in some circumstances. On May 19th, NYS Dept. of Health also released their guidance for summer camp programs. Below in the Recent Communications section is the Camp Guidance Letter the Council sent out to all members regarding the steps the Council will be adopting for youth and families to attend summer camp.
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 (CDC & Health Dept). The Council works to keep our members updated as we receive new guidance from the CDC and NYS Dept of Health.
- Review National BSA COVID-19 Resources including Restarting Scouting Checklist
Office Open to Visitors:
- Office hours may vary – click here for current office hours.
While the Scout Service Center is open to the public, social distancing, face masks/covering are required of all visitors and employees. Hand sanitizers are available throughout the office as well. If you have any COVID-19 or cold symptoms or feel unwell, please avoid coming into the office or Scout Shop. Please feel free to call the office at (585) 244-4210 or reach out directly to the appropriate staff member by phone or email if we can be of assistance to you.
COUNCIL COMMUNICATIONS (originally sent via Constant Contact eblast)
- May 19, 2021: 2021 Summer Camp Guidance Letter from the Council
- June 2, 2020: Closure of Summer Camp & Virtual Summer Camp
- May 20, 2020: Mid-May Update to Families on Scouting Activities & Summer Camp
- April 21, 2020: How We’re Scouting On! Letter from the Council to our Scouting Families
- March 17, 2020: Letter to Unit Leaders: Scouting Remotely
- March 13, 2020: Update on Scouting Activities – RE: COVID-19
- March 12, 2020: Letter to Families RE: COVID-19 Impact on Scouting
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.