Covid-19 Council Update

Council Operations

The Connecticut Rivers Council is responding to concerns related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following recommendations of both national and state Departments of Health, and local Healthcare officials, and we are doing our part in trying to limit the spread of the virus.  Below is our latest guidance. This takes effect November 1, 2021.

We appreciate how difficult planning activities can be when a target is moving.   Safety of our Scouts, leaders, and their families is paramount.

Please follow the guidelines from the Council’s Enterprise Risk Management Committee:

  1. Reservations for cabin camping will start on November 1st.  Cabin camping will be allowed provided all Scouts and adults present are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or present a witnessed negative test (home tests are not allowed) taken no more than 72 hours prior to departure. Please remember that fully vaccinated means that all shots have been received and that more than two weeks has elapsed since the last one. Verification by the CDC vaccination card is required.
  2. Remember all aspects of youth protection.
  3. No participants can show evidence of any aspect of illness, nor have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 within the last two weeks.
  4. Carpooling guidelines – We still do not recommend carpooling when avoidable.  If you do carpool, we ask the unit employ permission slips and uses masks in the vehicles (unless all within the same family unit masks would not be required.)
  5. All unit leaders, please familiarize yourself with the current COVID-19 notification protocol in the event that someone from your unit tests positive or is potentially exposed to the virus.  See updated notification protocol HERE!
  6. No shared food or drink, for example, no buffet service or family style.  If someone from the unit is cooking, then that person needs to plate the food for each participant.  We recommend individually packaged condiments and anything you can purchase individually packaged.  
  7. Only one person per tent when camping unless the participants reside in the same household until Jan 1st. 
  8. Units must be prepared to, and thoroughly disinfect bathrooms between uses.
  9.  Mask use is still required at all indoor activities.  While the state has lifted the mandate, we need to set the example and keep in mind that many of our families still have unvaccinated children at home or family members that may be immunocompromised.
  10. Any adult or youth becoming ill during the trip needs to be treated as a medical emergency.
  11. Please always error on the side of caution.

For more information on State COVID-19 Guidelines check the link below for the State of Connecticut advisory. 

https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus

For updated COVID-19 data tracker per town and to learn if your town is in a redzone click the below link.

https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Data-Tracker

As we learn more information from government agencies, we will keep you updated.  Please stay current with CDC & local Health Department guidelines as they may change rapidly in the future. Check back to the Connecticut Rivers Council Facebook page, sign up for our newsletter the CT Scouter, and here on the Council website.

If you have a Scout or Scouter that has been exposed to Covid-19 or you know of a new miss, please fill out the BSA incident report.  It can be found HERE