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 Friday, March 19th;  Connecticut Rivers Council COVID-19 Update.  With Governor Lamont’s recent announcement, we will be re-opening for tent camping and other various unit events. 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 and organized council events  

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

  1. Remember all aspects of youth protection.
  2.  As of March 19th group size limits are:

    o   Social and recreational gatherings at private residence – 25 indoors/100 outdoors

    o   Social and recreational gatherings at commercial venues – 100 indoors/200 outdoors

    Please follow the Council Policy on Indoor Meetings and utilize social distancing and masks at all times HERE!

  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.  Updated Carpooling guidelines  click HERE!    
  5. All unit leaders, please familiarize yourself with the current Covid-19 notification protocol in the event that someone from you 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 than 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.
  8. Units must be prepared to, and thoroughly 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.
  11. If you are unsure of any answer on the questionnaire please always err on the side of caution. 
  12.  Please use the health screening prior to departure. Units are required to use the pre-event    screening check list provided by the National office:

And the re-start scouting check list:

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.

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

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 

Scout Shop

With the Scout Shop also reopening their guidelines and procedures are outlined on the Scout Shop page which can be found HERE!

Latest Communication

Council Update as of March 8th.  Click the date below to access.