Coronavirus & Scouting Activities

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A Message from the Council President to All Scouts

 

Updated 3/19/20

Dealing with the Coronavirus is a big challenge for our country, our state, our community and our families. With schools and so many other places temporarily closed down, you might feel confused, upset or even scared. But although we will have to stop most Scouting activities for a while, we never stop being Scouts. I hope this message will help you think about some things that you can do to help yourself and others around you.

Be Preparedthis is our motto, the idea that guides everything we do. During this time of public emergency, you can do your part to help make sure that you and your family have the supplies that you need in case someone gets sick and has to stay at home.

A Scout is Helpfulwith schools and churches closing and lots of our parents working at home, it mightbe fun at first but it’s also hard to stay in one place and not participatein group activities that we’re used to. Make sure that you clean up after yourself. Play some games with family members. Offer to do extra chores. Your family will be grateful, and you’ll feel better that you’re helping out.

A Scout is Kindwhen things around us change all of a sudden, it’s hard for some people to adjust. You may like the extra time you have to play or hang out by yourself, but others may feel sad or angry. Try to understand their feelings and let them know you care. That will help everyone know they’re not alone, but part of a family that loves them.

A Scout is Obedientduring an emergency we all need to pay attention to what government officials tell us about how to stay safe. And because our families are dealing with a lot of change, it’s more important than ever that we support our parents by doing what they ask us.

A Scout is Cheerfulwhen things are not normal, it’s natural that people will feel stress. It helps everyone when you show how, no matter what, you’re happy to be with your family. Find ways to laugh. Playing games reminds all of us how much fun we can have together.

A Scout is Braveremember that we Scouts can always face danger even when we’re afraid. By doing everything you can to understand what’s going on and also doing what you can to help, it will be a lot easier for you to deal with all the changes going on around you.

A Scout is Cleankeeping this virus from spreading means that we all have to be especially careful, washing our hands, avoiding close contact when outside the house,taking off our shoes in the house, getting exercise and keeping ourselves healthy.

Do a Good Turn Dailythis is our slogan, a reminder that Scouts live a life of service to others. Look for ways you might help.But whatever you do, be sure to be safe.

Yours in Scouting,

  Jim Pooley

Pacific Skyline Council Pres

 

Council Offices & Shops Closure

Updated 3/16/2020, 1:35pm

In the interest of the safety and health of our volunteers, employees and community, and in response to the shelter-in-place order of Bay Area counties, we have closed our Council Service Centers (Foster City & Palo Alto) and both Scout Shops effective immediately and will re-open upon recommendations of CDC and local health departments. We do not have any known cases of COVID-19 within our staff, but think it is prudent to exercise social distancing as much as possible to reduce the spread of this virus. Our staff is committed to supporting your commitment to Scouting and will be working remotely. We are actively working on virtual support systems which we will announce as they become available.

We appreciate your understanding during this time and encourage you to reach out to any of our staff for remote assistance.

We will continue to post updates about services and recommendations for Scouting activities to our website and send communications to News You Can Use subscribers.

The council is recommending to all units that any meetings or activities be postponed or done via conference call or web/video conference. There are several providers that offer these services for free or relatively low costs online.

We encourage you to continue living the Scout Oath and Law, working on Scouting requirements at home, connecting with Scouting families, friends and neighbors via telecommunications, and offering to help other people at all times while maintaining your own health and safety and that of our community.

Guidance and Recommendations Regarding COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus for Scouting Events and Activities



Updated 3/13/2020


With the introduction of COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus in municipalities served by the Pacific Skyline Council, many unit leaders and families may have questions regarding unit meetings, outings, and activities. We understand that the fluidity of this situation is causing uncertainty amongst units and volunteers in relation to its impact on Scouting programs.


The council’s Risk Management Committee and council leadership are monitoring the situation in real time and are reacting to new information as it becomes available.  We are following the guidance and recommendations of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and will continue to communicate updated recommendations as new information becomes available.


The council is recommending to all units that any meetings or activities that can be postponed or done via conference call or web/video conference BE postponed or done via conference call or web/video conference. There are several providers that offer these services for free or relatively low costs online.


If it is not possible to postpone or conduct a meeting/activity via conference call or web/video conference, we recommend that units strictly follow CDC, CDPH, county, and local municipality guidelines and NOT ALLOW THE PARTICIPATION of anyone who is feeling ill, presenting symptoms (fever, cough, congestion, headache, fatigue, or respiratory distress), OR those who have recently travelled to a level-3 country or had known exposure to COVID-19, to participate. Additionally, if units proceed with any meetings or activities, we recommend enforcing social distancing practices of having individuals maintain a minimum of 6-feet of separation from each other, and proper hygiene practices.


The council has also made the decision to hold all Council and district level meetings via conference call or web/video conference and to postpone all other council and district activities through the end of March. See below for a list of activities and their status. As the situation continues to evolve, we expect there may be further postponements.


For the time being our offices and the Palo Alto Scout Shop remain open with their normal hours. Additionally, the Foster City Scout Shop, run by the national council, is currently remaining open with normal hours. We ask that if you have business at our offices or either shop you follow social distancing practices and proper hygiene while visiting. If you are feeling ill, presenting symptoms (listed above), OR have recently traveled to a level-3 country or had known exposure to COVID-19, please stay home and call our office or email us to conduct your business.


The Pacific Skyline Council is committed to providing a safe environment for all Scouts and volunteers and will continue to update you as information becomes available.

 
COUNCIL and DISTRICT ACTIVITY STATUS

Activity

Date(s)

Status

New Date

High Adventure Training

3/16/2020

Postponed

TBD

Discovery District Committee Meeting

3/16/2020

Cancelled

Next Scheduled Mtg.

4/20/2020

Executive Board Meeting

3/17/2020

Conference Call / Web Conference

N/A

Oljato Webinar

3/18/2020

As Scheduled

N/A

Stanford Key-3 and District Committee Meetings

3/19/2020

Conference Call / Web Conference

N/A

Redwood District Committee Meeting

3/19/2020

Conference Call / Web Conference

N/A

Exploring Recognition Dinner

3/20/2020

Postponed

5/1/2020

High Adventure Training

3/20/2020-3/22/2020

Postponed

TBD

Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills

3/21/2020-3/22/2020

Postponed

TBD

BALOO Training

3/21/2020-3/22/2020

Postponed

TBD

Redwood District Recognition Dinner

3/21/2020

Postponed

TBD

Cub BB Gun & Archery Rangemaster Training

3/21/2020

Postponed

TBD

Explorer Academy

3/22/2020 through end of April (Sundays)

Cancelled

N/A

Camping Committee Meeting

3/24/2020

Conference Call / Web Conference

N/A

Advancement Committee Meeting

3/24/2020

Conference Call / Web Conference

N/A

OA Lodge Executive Committee Meeting

3/24/2020

Conference Call / Web Conference

N/A

Stanford Eagle Boards

3/26/2020

RESTRICTED ATTENDANCE

N/A

Redwood Commissioners

3/26/2020

Conference Call / Web Conference

N/A

Stanford Recognition Dinner

3/27/2020

Postponed

TBD

Training Committee Meeting

3/31/2020

Conference Call / Web Conference

N/A

Stanford Roundtable & Commissioner’s Meeting

4/2/2020

Cancelled

N/A

At this time, all activities and meetings scheduled for April 1, 2020 or later are as scheduled.

PLEASE NOTE: Summer programs such as Camp Oljato, Cub-On, and Day Camps are on schedule.

Guidance and Recommendations Regarding COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus for Scouting Events and Activities

Updated: 3/10/2020
 

With the introduction of COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus in municipalities served by the Pacific Skyline Council, many unit leaders and families may have questions regarding unit meetings, outings, and activities. We understand that the fluidity of this situation is causing uncertainty amongst units and volunteers in relation to its impact on Scouting programs.

The council’s Risk Management Committee and council leadership are monitoring the situation in real time and are reacting to new information as it becomes available.  We are following the guidance and recommendations of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and will continue to communicate updated recommendations as new information becomes available.

Currently, the council is not recommending units to cease unit meetings and activities or council basic leader training events but recommend following the preventative guidance of the California Department of Public Health and your local municipality.

According to the CDPH the health risk from COVID-19 to the general public currently remains low. However, this is a quickly-evolving situation. We do recommend that unit leaders, volunteers, and families take precautions and modify events to help prevent transmission. The best prevention against COVID-19 remains taking regular health precautions such as covering your mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you sneeze or cough, washing your hands with soap and water, and staying home if you are sick.

According to the guidance from the department (pdf), mass gatherings and large community events bring people from multiple communities into close contact with each other and have the potential to increase COVID-19 transmission and one method to slow the spread of respiratory virus infections, including COVID-19, is by increasing social distancing (reduce close contact).

Additional Recommendations for Community Events from the CDPH in Communities with Evidence of Community Transmission:

To better protect people attending and working at the event and the local community from COVID-19 infection; and to reduce community transmission and introductions of COVID-19 into new communities, the CDPH recommends the following additional recommendations for community events in communities with evidence of community transmission:

  • Instruct any participants or event staff to not attend if they have any respiratory symptoms (cough or runny nose) or fever regardless of the presumed cause.
  • Remind participants and staff to not attend if they have travelled within the past 14 days to an area identified by the CDC as having a Level 3 Travel Health Notice due to COVID-19.
  • Recommend that participants and staff at higher risk of severe illness not attend.
  • Ensure that event venues are well ventilated and are adequately equipped with facilities for hand washing and supplies including hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, tissues, and trash baskets.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning commonly used areas with detergent and water followed by a disinfectant that is EPA-approved for emerging viral pathogens.
  • Encourage participants to minimize close contact (e.g., recommend no hand shaking or hugging).
  • Maintain a registration list of participants and staff; this will significantly assist local public health in contact tracing in the event a COVID-19 case should later be identified as having attended the event.
  • Promote messages that discourage people who are sick from attending events. Create refund policies that permit participants the flexibility to stay home when they are sick, need to care for sick household members, or are at high risk for complications from COVID-19.
  • Isolate staff or participants in a designated space who become ill with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 at the event and provide a clean disposable procedure facemask to wear for those who may become ill. It is not necessary to distribute masks to healthy participants.
  • Establish procedures to help sick participants or staff leave the event as soon as possible without use of public transportation, shared rides, or taxis.
  • Provide alternative options for attending the event via phone, video, or web applications.
How Can People Protect Themselves:
  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Following guidance from public health officials.
What to Do if You Think You’re Sick:

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.