Scouting.org bac TRANSPARENT LOGO       HOME  CONTACT  I  PRESS 
  follow BAC on YouTubefollow BAC on PinterestSSBG Galvestonfollow BAC on Twitter  Follow Camp KarankankaFacebook

     
                                               Support Scouting

                      
Giving Tuesday                                                                                                                                                           

Scouting.org bac TRANSPARENT LOGO        HOME  CONTACT  I  PRESS  I SHOP  
    follow BAC on YouTubefollow BAC on PinterestSSBG Galvestonfollow BAC on TwitterFollow Camp KarankankaFacebook

           Support Scouting
                                                                                                                                                                              Giving Tuesday

 

  • Friend of Scouting donations
  • Webelos Woods Banner
  • Join Scouting Galveston Brazoria Dickinson League City Friendswood Texas City Alvin Pearland Sweeny Lake Jackson
  • Bay Area Council Scout Shop
     

 

 Scouting News                        

 

 Upcoming Events


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.

 

Scout Meetings, Activities & Events

Many of you have asked when will in-person Scout gathering begin again. The council leadership team believes we have evaluated safety protocols to begin a limited, phased approach to starting some council-level gatherings in September.

The Bay Area Council has canceled most in-person Scout meetings, activities and events through September 31st, with the following exceptions.

  • 9/12/2020         Show & Sell Popcorn Distribution

  • 9/26/2020         Bobcat in the Park

These gatherings will be limited by the number of participants allowed in a specific time period and family-focused. 

We strongly advise that before your unit resumes any in-person Scout gatherings, your unit leadership take a Safety Pause and evaluate how to best plan to mitigate the risks associated with your in-person Scout gathering, including camping while COVID-19 is still present. This includes all dens and patrols, packs, troops, crews, ships, posts or unit committees.

If your unit cannot mitigate the risk of exposure, your unit should not do anything in-person.

Virtual meetings are still strongly recommended, however, one local troop used the Safety Pause and evaluation plan and were able to attend an out-of-council summer camp. They stayed safe from start to finish and returned home without incident. They put the work in to keep their Scouts, families and leaders safe.

Please review the documents below to better understand the hazards that are present and develop a solid plan to keep yourselves and your Scouts safe.

Safety Pause

Restarting Scouting Checklist (Updated June 2020)

CDC Camps & Events Decision Tree

Medical Screening

Pre-event checklist

Prevention of Communicable Diseases

 

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 & ADVANCEMENT FAQs (Updated September 1, 2020)

 

Scout Service Center & Scout Shop

The Scout Service Center and Scout Shop, located at 3020 53rd Street, Galveston, Texas 77551, will be closed to foot traffic through September 31st, 2020, or until further notice.

 

Support Staff - Support Staff are working from the office. Contact us at (409) 744-5206, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or visit  www.bacbsa.org/contact. Our drop box is available 24 hours a day (near front hedges). We are still providing support services. 

 

Field Director - Kelly Meacham, kelly.meacham@scouting.org

 

Scout Shop - Kristi Hamelmann, kristi.hamelmann@scouting.org

Camp Karankawa - Located at 3249 FM 1459 Rd., Sweeny, TX 77480, is open for family camping and volunteer projects. Contact Camp Ranger DK Hopwood at donald.hopwood@scouting.org.
For in-council family camping, click here.

 

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 THE REQUEST FOR AN EAGLE 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)

PALA Scavenger Hunt for Lions (Updated June 17, 2020)
PALA Scavenger Hunt for Tigers (Updated June 17, 2020)
PALA Scavenger for Wolves (Updated June 17, 2020)
PALA Scavenger for Bears (Updated June 17, 2020)
PALA Scavenger for Webelos (Updated June 17, 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 ideas for Scouting at home? Check out Bryan on Scouting 
for more great ideas and resources. 
 

 

Event Updates

CANCELLATIONS - March 17-December 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
Ghosts & Goblins at Camp Karankawa - October 23-25, 2020
Native American Weekend - November 13-15, 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.

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  Extended to December 31, 2020 (Updated September 1, 2020)
FIND THE REQUEST FOR AN EXTENSION HERE (Fillable PDF, updated May 18, 2020)

 

Council Communications

Update #7
Update #6

Update #5
Update #4
Update #3
Update #2

Update #1

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

 
 
The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and
moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.