Covid-19 Council Update

Council Operations

Dear Connecticut Rivers Council Scouting Families & Volunteers:

Council: The Connecticut Rivers Council is responding to concerns related to 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 Monday, June 1st, 2020, we are postponing or cancelling all Council and District in-person activities and meetings through June.  In addition, overnight camping at our Council owned properties will not be permitted and are closed until further notice.  We will be granting refunds for Council/District events and camp reservations affected.

To allow staff members to handle school closures and to minimize exposure risks for all staff members and visitors, staff members will continue to work from their homes through July 5th at which time  it will be reassessed.   We request that members conduct business with our staff via email and phone as much as possible. We anticipate that most members’ needs can be well-served without the need to visit the main office. The contacts for our staff can be found here https://ctscouting.org/staff-directory/

Please note the Scout Shops  will  remain closed through July 5th.

Thank you for your flexibility and for considering the health and safety of our staff, members and visitors. We are here to serve you and look forward to assisting with any needs that you have.

Units: Starting on Monday, June 1st, units can meet per the new state guidelines.  Maximum of 25 people if outside and up to 10 people indoors.  Social distancing and masks are still required when guidelines apply. Our Chair of our Risk Management Committee has come up with a David Letterman style Top 10 guideline for now:

  1. Remember all aspects of youth protection.
  2. There must be no overnight camping.
  3. Activity size must be no larger than the outdoor group size allowed by the state (currently 25), counting all adults and youth.
  4. 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. Taking temperatures is recommended (no participation over 100F).
  5. Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and can only be transported by that parent or guardian.
  6. Social distancing no less than 6’ must be observed at all times, including meals and breaks.
  7. There can be no shared food or drink.
  8. Units must be prepared to disinfect bathrooms between uses.
  9. Masks must be worn at all times, except while eating.
  10. Any adult or youth becoming ill during the trip needs to be treated as a medical emergency.

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

https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus

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.up 

Camp

May 13, 2020

Dear Scouting Family,

We are deeply saddened to have announced that we will not be opening for the 2020 season at our wonderful camps. The health and safety of our Scouts, Scouters, and staff is our utmost concern. We will continue to monitor the situation and once we feel that an in-person program can be delivered safely at any point this summer, we will re-evaluate and announce what will be available. We strongly recommend that units do not plan overnight camping trips on their own. This type of activity will be non-sanctioned.

With regards to new programming, our camp staff have been developing multiple programs which include a robust online “at home” camp and a full Fall weekend lineup at each camp property. This summer we are excited to announce and welcome CAMP KINDA-LIKE-A to our camp family. In the coming days and weeks you will see more information released on CAMP KINDA-LIKE-A; please stay tuned. This Fall each camp has developed unique programs to fit the needs of individuals, troops, packs, and families. More information will be distributed in early summer. As for summer 2020 payments, we will have several options available to choose (you can choose one or a combination of the options): 1. we can provide a refund as soon as possible; 2. we can roll your payment into one of the upcoming camp programs (Camp Kinda-Like-A or camp Fall programs); 3. We can roll your 2020 payment into 2021 for a site reservation; or 4. you can donate a portion of your fee to help the CT Rivers Council continue its mission. For refunds or roll overs contact Michele Soboslai at michele.soboslai@scouting.org.

We are excited and hope these new opportunities help fill a need. While we know these new programs in no way replace a summer camp experience, we are excited to be able to offer alternatives to make the best of the situation. In true Scouting Spirit, we will provide what is needed until we can meet again by the camp fire. Thank you for your understanding and Scout On!

At Home Scouting

We recognize it’s been hard for Scouting to continue with the current conditions we are facing.  To be an assistance we have put together several resources to help you and your Scout/s to keep having Scouting adventures even in your home.  Check on our Scout On page in the link below or adventures can also found under the resources tab at Home Scouting!

At Home Scouting