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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

As a leadership organization, we want to do our best to assist with any potential spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and keep our Scouting family and community healthy. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Federal Guidelines, Texas State Department of Health, and the Council Risk Management/Medical Task Force.

 

Unit/District/Council Meetings, Events & Gatherings

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 be conducted only within the guidelines outlined by your state and local health department and other local officials, as well as under the direction of your local BSA council and chartered organization. This applies to youth and adults.

 

The Bay Area Council has canceled all Scouting meetings, activities and events through July 31st and encouraging units to only conduct Scouting virtually within this timeframe. Conditions are being monitored in regular intervals and future decisions are being made as additional information is available.

 

All district and council meetings, activities, and events from Monday, March 16th through July 31st are cancelled. Meetings that can be rescheduled over teleconference (Excludes Eagle Boards of Review), video conference or online are approved.

 

National BSA Guidelines

The following questions have arisen as we deal with closures, cancellations, or other issues caused by the spread of the COVID-19. Youth, parents, and leaders should work together to implement creative, common sense ways to facilitate advancement and online programs while adhering to the following:

NATIONAL BSA Digital Guides & Safety (Updated May 15, 2020)
NATIONAL BSA Guide to Safe Scouting (Updated May 15, 2020)
NATIONAL BSA Youth Protection Training (Updated May 15, 2020)
NATIONAL BSA COVID FAQs (Updated May 21, 2020)

NATIONAL BSA Advancement Waivers During COVID-19 & FAQs (Updated March 20, 2020)

 

Scout Service Center & Scout Shop

The Scout Service Center and Scout Shop will be closed to foot traffic through July 31st, 2020, or until further notice.

 

Support Staff - Support Staff, including the Marketing Specialist, Registrar, and Accountant, are working from the office on a limited schedule. You may call us at (409) 744-5206, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit  www.bacbsa.org/contact. Our physical location is 3020 53rd Street, Galveston, TX 77551. Our drop box is available 24 hours a day (near front hedges). We are still providing support services. 

 

Field Staff - Field Staff, including the Field Director and District Executives, are working from home and are available via phone and email. To contact them, please visit www.bacbsa.org/contact.

 

For Advancements and Scout Shop orders, volunteers may email an Advancement Report to Sonya Harvey at sonya.harvey@scouting.org. Orders will be mailed out from 10 a.m. - Noon on Fridays.

 

Camp Karankawa

Camp Karankawa, 3249 FM 1459 Rd., Sweeny, TX 77480, will be closed through July 31st, 2020.

 

Programming - Scouting From Home

From National BSA

NATIONAL BSA - Memorial Day - Call for Virtual Salutes to Veteran's (NEW! Monday, May 25, 2020)
NATIONAL BSA - Virtual Art-O-Ree Merit Badge Week (NEW! 2 p.m., May 25-29, 2020)
NATIONAL BSA - Scouting From Home Updates (Updated March 20, 2020)
NATIONAL BSA - National Camp-In Highlights (Updated May 10, 2020)

From Bay Area Council, BSA

FIND VIRTUAL ONLINE CLASSES & EVENTS HERE (Brought to you by the Bay Area Council)

FIND THE REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION HERE (Fillable PDF)

BAC - How To Setup Online Conferencing Tools for Virtual Meetings (Updated March 19, 2020)
BAC - How to continue Scouting from home (Updated March 19, 2020)
BAC - How to perform good turns from home (Updated March 18, 2020)
BAC - What Educators Should Know (Updated March 19, 2020)

BAC - 30-day Challenge for Lions (Updated March 19, 2020)
BAC - 30-day Challenge for Tigers (Updated March 19, 2020)
BAC - 30-day Challenge for Wolves (Updated March 19, 2020)
BAC - 30-day Challenge for Bears (Updated March 19, 2020)
BAC - 30-day Challenge for Webelos (Updated March 19, 2020)

BAC - 30-day Challenge for Scouts (Updated March 24, 2020)
BAC - 30-day Challenge for Tenderfoot (Updated March 24, 2020)
BAC - 30-day Challenge for Second Class (Updated March 24, 2020)
BAC - 30-day Challenge for First Class (Updated March 24, 2020)

BAC - 30-day Challenge for Sea Scouts (Updated May 15, 2020)
BAC - 30-day Challenge for Venturers (Updated May 15, 2020)

BAC - Cub Scout Bingo From Home (Updated March 24, 2020)
BAC - Scouts BSA Bingo From Home (Updated March 24, 2020)

Sign up to teach Digital Merit Badge Classes

This is an open Google Doc where counselors and Scouts can communicate if Scouting volunteers would like to offer there own expertise to the community. This is different then the online classes the council is offering. Please sign up for those here.

BAC - Sign up to teach/take a digital merit badge class here (Updated March 23, 2020)
BAC - How To Setup Online Conferencing Tools for Virtual Meetings (Updated March 19, 2020)

From Bryan on Scouting

Bryan on Scouting - Fun Projects Scouts Can Do From Home
Bryan on Scouting - Scouting Show & Tell: Scouting remotely
Bryan on Scouting - Merit Badges for Social Distancing

Looking for more ideas for Scouting at home? Check out Bryan on Scouting 
for more great ideas and resources. 
 

 

Event Updates

CANCELLATIONS - March 17-July 31, 2020
Baloo Training - March 21-23, 2020
Cub-O-Ree - Coastal/Cradle - March 27-29, 2020
Camp-O-Ree 2020 - April 3-5, 2020
Cub-O-Ree - NStar/Tbird - March 20, 2020
IOLS - March 18-19, 2020
OA Spring Shoot - April 18, 2020
OA Spring Ordeal - May 17-15, 2020
Gulf Coast FourSquare Cub Camp - June 8-12, 2020
Summer Camp - June 8-12, 2020
NYLT - June 19-25, 2020
Brazoria Cub Camp - July 20-24, 2020

Refunds will be processed for postponed and/or cancelled events within 30 days.

 

Eagle Scouts

If you have an Eagle application that needs immediate approval, please contact kristi.hamelmann@scouting.org If it is not an immediate need, we ask that you wait to have it approved. Additionally, we expect new guidance this week from BSA National regarding special circumstances around Eagle application deadlines during COVID-19. We will share that information once we receive it on our website.

BAC - How to conduct Eagle Board of Reviews remotely (Updated March 17, 2020)
BAC - How To Setup Online Conferencing Tools for Virtual Meetings (Updated March 19, 2020)
NATIONAL BSA - Advancement Waivers During COVID-19 & FAQs (Updated March 20, 2020)
FIND THE REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION HERE (Fillable PDF, updated May 18, 2020)

 

Council Communications

Update 3/17/2020
Update 3/13/2020

If you need immediate assistance, please contact Scout Executive Charlie Tinsley at charlie.tinsley@scouting.org or Field Director Kelly Meacham at kelly.meacham@scouting.org

 
 
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