COVID-19 Update

BSA POLICIES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ILLNESS

UPDATED - November 17, 2020

The Scout Shop and Office will be closed to the public for the next two weeks. We hope to re-open on November 30.

If you would like to call-in a Scout Shop order, arrange for delivery or pick-up, please email Brenda.Bidwell@scouting.org or call (907) 337-9547 extension 1.

We request that members conduct business with our staff via email and phone as much as possible. We anticipate that most needs can be served without the need to visit the Scout Service Center. Orders placed ahead of time can be prepared for pick up, or mailed to you, thus limiting contact.

As we maneuver through an ever-changing territory, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

 

National Statement on COVID-19

Restart Scouting Checklist

August 24, 2020

As always, the safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees and communities is our top priority. 

Our response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to be informed by the guidance of official bodies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose framework for mitigation for community groups is based on the level of community transmission of COVID-19.

The Boy Scouts of America is advising local councils to consult with their local and state health departments, as well as local chartered partners, in order to implement the appropriate protocols to help keep our members, volunteers, and employees safe. Units should look to their councils for guidance on whether to conduct in-person meetings and activities again. If a unit’s local council is allowing in-person activities but has restrictions in place (e.g., no more than 10, social distancing of 6 ft. etc.), the unit must meet and abide by those restrictions – even if the unit is traveling out of council/state.

We are taking similar steps as a national organization as we continue to evaluate the current environment with the best interests of our members, volunteers, and employees in mind. 

We thank you for helping meet the needs of our communities throughout these difficult times.  

 

UNIT PROGRAM

It is advised that all in-person unit programs be postponed until further notice. We strongly encourage scout units to use web meetings (such as Zoom, WebEx, or Skype) or group conference calls to keep scouts engaged and active. The Great Alaska Council has developed a mitigation plan to assist units with preparing and planning for in-person unit activities below. 

For Cub Scouts, this is a great time for your whole family to enjoy the Scouting program at home with you. See what adventures you can complete.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your Team Executive or call (907) 337-9547. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us. These are recommendations, current municipal mandates should be followed at all times and can be found at https://covid-response-moa-muniorg.hub.arcgis.com/
 

STATUS OF COUNCIL EVENTS

You may monitor event updates here: https://scoutingalaska.doubleknot.com/app/calendar/month/4300

Decisions about unit meetings and activities should be made by unit leadership and chartering organizations based on the unit’s individual circumstances and current CDC and local health department guidelines.

 

 

Resources:

 

File Name Description
Eagle Extension Request and Instructions Eagle Extension due to COVID-19 request form with instructions. Download
GAC Mitigation Plan Recommendations and steps for planning unit activities during the Pandemic. Download
Restart Scouting Checklist As always, the safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees and communities is our top priority. This checklist outlines several minimum guiding protocols that adult leaders/volunteers must consider while working with local and state health departments, local councils, chartered organizations and Scouting families on when and how to resume meetings, service projects, camping and all other official Scouting activities. If it is not practical to meet these minimal protocols, do not restart in-person activities. Download
Scouts BSA Covid Updates 8/26 Download