Latest Information & Policies on COVID-19

Nothing is more important to the Anthony Wayne Area Council than the health and wellness of our Scouting families and our community.  With that in mind all Council and District events have been postponed until after April 20, 2020.  This difficult decision does not come lightly. This is a necessary step to help protect our Scouts, our families, and our community.

Currently the Scout office and Scout Shop will remain open with limited staff.  As much as possible our staff will be working remotely, so if you need to speak with someone specific, please call ahead to make sure they will be there.

Obviously, this is an ever-changing situation.  If it is recommended or we find that this needs to change we will notify you as soon as possible via email and the council website www.awac.org.

Notice

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.

Council Events
All Council and District events have been postponed until April 20, 2020.
Currently the Scout office and Scout Shop will remain open with limited staff.  As much as possible our staff will be working remotely, so if you need to speak with someone specific, please call ahead to make sure they will be there. We will reevaluate the situation on April 20.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to the event organizer or district executive. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us.

Refund Policies for COVID-19
  • If the newly scheduled date for an activity not work with your schedule, registered participants will receive a refund.

  • Should a participant become ill prior to the event or feel that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 we will provide a full refund.

Summer Camp

We continue to prepare for summer camp and look forward to welcoming all our Scouting families this summer. 

 

This cancellation does not currently involve any summer camp program offerings.  We continue to prepare for a great summer camp and look forward to welcoming our Scouting families this summer

We want you to know that all our camps meet or exceed the National Camp Accreditation Program standards for on-site health officers and medical rechecks prior to camp. This includes supervision of policies and procedures by our Council Physician.

In addition to the refund policies above, we want you to know that all our camps meet or exceed the National Camp Accreditation Program standards for on-site health officers and medical rechecks prior to camp. This includes supervision of policies and procedures by our Council Physician.

This is a changing situation and if it is warranted closer to camp, our Council Physician will make additional recommendations regarding sanitation procedures, changes in how we operate to improve “social distancing” at camp, and increased education to campers and staff.

Unit Meetings

Decisions about unit meetings and activities should be made by unit leadership and chartering organizations based on the unit’s individual circumstances. If your school closes because of COVID-19, please follow the protocol set forth by your school. Cancel any face-to-face meetings until the school re-opens and use extra precautions to protect yourself and your Scouts.

If you have to cancel meetings, please encourage parents to use this opportunity to teach their kids the lessons that they would be learning during their Scout meetings.

Parents – with many schools cancelling, your Scouts are going to have a lot of time on their hands.  I encourage you to work with them on their Scouting program.  There are Cub Scout adventures that can be completed at home with the help of a parent and many different merit badges that can be started by members of the Scouts BSA now and finished with a counselor a little later.

https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/merit-badges/

 

https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/what-cub-scouts-earn/the-advancement-trail/

Preventive Measures

Even with these 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.

BSA Polices 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 and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.

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