Our Council's Response to COVID-19
As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect local Scouting programs in Crossroads of America Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 with our Council Health Supervisor from the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.
Council and District events have resumed, but are following local and state directives.
Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your district executive or the event organizer. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us.
All offices are now open to the public. Office hours will resume as usual; however, the Indy Scout Shop will be open with modified hours tentatively through July 4, 2020. Locate a Scout Shop for specific hours. All buildings will be operating at a limited capacity for the foreseeable future and will also be conducting health assessments on all arriving persons—including staff, volunteers, parents, Scouts, and siblings. Access to the building may be restricted pending results. For the safety of all, we insist that all visitors wear face masks while in the building.
Starting June 3rd, reservations may be placed for camp facilities beginning on or after July 3rd. While there are restrictions and not all facilities will be available, we will also be providing select program resources, many free of charge with a camp reservation. Please read our FAQ on Camp Properties Reopening for information on limitation and changes to our properties and reservation process.
We will reevaluate our guidelines on September 1st.
Refund Policies for COVID-19
- Should state officials ask us to reduce or not host larger gatherings, including summer camp, we will refund affected participants.
- Should a participant become ill prior to camp or other event, we will provide a full refund for the participant and any participating family members. The participant and participating family members will not be allowed to attend.
- We want to help you plan and minimize your risk. Should a person register for summer camp or a council event and later elect not to attend because of COVID-19 related concerns we will provide a credit for future use.
Summer Camp is one of the most exciting opportunities our members look forward to each year.
After reviewing our operations, we have determined for the health and safety of our Scouts, leaders, staff and the extended community we will not hold camp in person for the summer of 2020. We know camping is an iconic experience, but the health and safety of our Scouting family is our top priority.
Each unit and Charter Organization has reacted and adapted to COVID-19 differently. Whether your unit has stopped all meetings or has continued to meet as social distancing has allowed, every unit should have a plan to continue Scouting. As this is an evolving situation, each unit should also update their plan regularly. Please review our guidance on Building Your Unit’s Plan to Restart Scouting Operations Safely.
We know many of you may wonder how the closure of Council Service Centers and suspension of in-person meetings may affect your Scout’s advancement and journey to the Eagle Scout Rank.
We believe that maintaining consistency in your Scout’s daily life is important, especially right now and we want you to know that there are several methods and policies for remote advancements, meetings and Eagle Scout Boards of Review. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change.
Looking for more at-home Scouting hacks? Be sure to follow us on social media and view our Scouting at Home resources.
BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness
The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.
Even with these important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
- Avoid shaking hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.