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Thank You Valero!

Valero Texas City supports Scouting!As we close-out our first quarter, we want to recognize one of our largest donations at the end of 2021 that positioned the Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America for stability of operations to start our 2022 program year.  Thank you Valero Texas City for contributing $30,000 on December 21, 2021!

We are so appreciative that Valero understands the importance of not only giving back, but giving back to community organizations, like the Bay Area Council, that have a significantly positive impact on the lives of more than 4,000 youth, families, and communities in the areas they serve corporately as well as the areas their employees live, work, and enjoy.

Scouting in the Bay Area Council is a safe, fun, adventurous educational program that teaches 
youth character development, citizenship, fitness, leadership training, and a host of other critical life skills and values that lays a solid foundation now and as they grow into adulthood – Prepared.  For Life.

Again, we recognize and thank Valero Texas City, the Valero Energy Foundation, and the 
Valero Benefit for Children for their outstanding support and partnership with the Bay Area Council.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates 

COVID-19 Policy (As of March 8, 2022)

Following the current CDC guidelines, the Bay Area Council COVID-19 Risk Management Committee has modified the council COVID-19 Protocols. Masks are now optional for all Scouting meetings, activities, and events - indoors and outdoors. Brazoria and Galveston Counties are listed as low to moderate risk zones by current data and a key driver for this policy modification.

Please note that optional means no one is required to wear a mask, unless required by the meeting location. All individuals who prefer to wear masks are encouraged to do so and will be supported as well. We have learned that PPEs, specifically masks, help reduce transmission.

We ask everyone to:

  • Continue getting your COVID-19 vaccinations, and if you contract the disease, you will have mild to no symptoms.
  • Respect everyone’s choice to wear a mask or not and support them.
  • Continue your awareness and social distancing to protect yourself and others.
  • Not attend meetings, activities, and events if you have any COVID-19 type symptoms.
  • Notify meeting leadership if you become COVID-19 positive after leaving a meeting, activity, or event, so other attendees can be notified as well.

While this is great news, we are continuing to monitor and track CDC data and local data. We will continue to update you on council policy as needed.

Thank you,

The Bay Area Council COVID-19 Risk Management Committee 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Charlie Tinsley or Kelly Meacham. Both may be reached at 409-744-6206.

BAC COVID-19 Risk Assessment Team
Roger Boyer, Chair & Vice President of Programs              
Joe Dervay, MD & Executive Board Member                     
Kimberly Barker RN, Executive Board Member
Michael Henderson, Council Commissioner
Stephanie Estala, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, Cub Scout Pack Member
Charlie Tinsley, Council Scout Executive
Kelly Meacham, Council Field Director

Council Service Center & Scout Shop. The Council Service Center is open to the public from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. 

COVID Modifications for Rank & Merit Badge Requirements to Be Rolled Back 

As of March 1, 2022, all temporary changes made to Scouts BSA advancement requirements to address the COVID-19 pandemic will expire. This includes swimming requirements for First and Second class, virtual activities for Tenderfoot, Second and First Class, and requirement 9b of the Camping merit badge. 

These requirements are published at and in the Requirements Guidebook. 

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Council COVID-19 Communications

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