Covid-19 Council Update

Council Operations

Dear Connecticut Rivers Council Scouting Families & Volunteers:

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. Effective May 19th,  with Governor Lamont’s recent announcement, we have updated our Covid guidelines.  Below is our latest guidance.

We appreciate how difficult planning activities can be when a target is moving.  Compliance with the Governor’s requirements is critical, and we continue to ask you to err on the side of caution with all events and activities.  Safety of our Scouts, leaders, and their families is paramount.

For your benefit we have posted our pre-event medical screening checklist in the button below. This check list is to be used for all unit, district and council events.  

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

  1. Remember all aspects of youth protection.
  2. 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.
  3. Carpooling guidelines – We still do not recommend carpooling, however here are guidelines to follow:click HERE!    
  4. 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!
  5. 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.  
  6. Only one person per tent when camping unless the participants reside in the same household.
  7. Units must be prepared to, and thoroughly disinfect bathrooms between uses.
  8.  Mask use is still recommended outdoors and 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.
  9. Any adult or youth becoming ill during the trip needs to be treated as a medical emergency.
  10. If you are unsure of any answer on the questionnaire please always error on the side of caution. 
  11. Please use the health screening prior to departure. Units are required to use the pre-event screening check list provided by the National office:

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-057.pdf

And the re-start scouting check list:

https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-693.pdf

Before going on an overnight, ask yourself and event leaders this:

  • Can we meet all of the criteria in the checklist?
  • Are parents of participants comfortable with their Scouts proceeding as planned?
  • Is your chartered organization ready to approve your units participation in this event?

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