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:
- Remember all aspects of youth protection.
- There must be no overnight camping.
- Activity size must be no larger than the outdoor group size allowed by the state (currently 25), counting all adults and youth.
- 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).
- Youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, and can only be transported by that parent or guardian.
- Social distancing no less than 6’ must be observed at all times, including meals and breaks.
- There can be no shared food or drink.
- Units must be prepared to disinfect bathrooms between uses.
- Masks must be worn at all times, except while eating.
- 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.
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
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!