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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.

 

Scout Meetings, Activities & Events

The Bay Area Council is slowly transitioning back to council in-person gatherings and activities. 
 
We have developed and are using a Risk Mitigation Plan (Safety Plan) for each activity to ensure we are including appropriate safety measures centered around wearing masks, social distancing and hand sanitizing as needed, when handwashing is not readily available. 
 
We have only conducted one activity, since canceling in-person council gatherings and activities from March – September. It included five Scouts and 10 staff (volunteers). A good plan made all the difference in keeping the participants and the staff safe, while allowing Scouts to get outdoors and participate in overnight camping.
 
At council events, we are purposefully keeping our participant numbers low which is a critical part of our safety plan. It is unquestionably easier, and safer, to conduct an in-person gathering or activity with one den of six rather than trying to conduct a gathering or activity of the entire pack of 50.
 
As you consider in-person gatherings or activities, we strongly encourage you to develop a safety plan first. Share your plan with your chartered partner to get their approval before you conduct any in-person Scout gathering, activity or meeting. If you have already developed a plan and gotten it approved, please share it with the council. We will share it with other units so they don’t have to develop one from scratch.
 
Please review and utilize the documents below to develop your safety plan. Keep it simple and use it. A solid plan will help your Scouts stay safe.

Safety Pause

Restarting Scouting Checklist

CDC Camps & Events Decision Tree

Medical Screening

Pre-event checklist

Prevention of Communicable Diseases

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

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)
HOW TO FIND ALTERNATIVE MEETING PLACES
 (Updated October 18, 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 - Sonya Harvey at sonya.harvey@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 - Scouting From Home Updates (Updated March 20, 2020)
NATIONAL BSA - National Camp-In Highlights (Updated May 10, 2020)

From Bay Area Council, BSA

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)

 

From Bryan on Scouting

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

 

Eagle Scouts

If you have an Eagle application that needs immediate approval, please contact sonya.harvey@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)

 

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.

Council Communications

Update #8
Update #7
Update #6

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

Update #1

 
 
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