Announcements | Crossroads of America Council, BSA

Latest Information on COVID-19

Last updated March 30, 2020

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 Events

All Council and District events have been postponed until we will reevaluate on April 30, 2020. All offices and camp properties continue to be closed, but employees are working from home and will respond via email or phone calls as needed. However, in accordance with new State directives, all Scout Shops are currently unable to fill and ship orders until at least Monday, April 6, 2020.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to the event organizer or district executive. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us.

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

We continue to prepare for summer camp and look forward to welcoming all our Scouting families this summer.

In addition to the refund policies above, we want you to know that all our camps meet or exceed the National Camp Accreditation Program standards for on-site health officers and medical rechecks prior to camp. This includes supervision of policies and procedures by our Council Physician.

This is a changing situation and if it is warranted closer to camp, our Council Physician will make additional recommendations regarding sanitation procedures, changes in how we operate to improve “social distancing” at camp, and increased education to campers and staff.

Unit Meetings

All face-to-face unit meetings should continue to be delayed until Thursday, April 30, 2020. We will reevaluate on April 30, 2020.

Please feel free to use technology to host virtual meetings and encourage parents to use this opportunity to teach their kids the lessons that they would be learning during their Scout meetings.

Advancements

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.

Preventive Measures

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.