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Council/district events March 15 through May 3 postponed


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 Redwood Empire Council.  Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally with our County Health Supervisors and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)External Link.

The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance, and decisions regarding council and district gatherings are being made by the REC-BSA Risk Management Committee with the support of council officers.  As this is an evolving situation, this information below 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.

Temporary Closure of Council Service Center (effective March 18)

Effective Wednesday, March 18, the Sonoma County Health Officer issued a Health Order directing residents of Sonoma County to Shelter in Place.  As a consequence, the REC-BSA Service Center and Trading Post will be closed until this order is lifted, which is now at the end of day May 3.  Health Order details are posted at this link Updated Health Order of Sonoma County March 31 2020External Link.  A similar order was established for residents of Mendocino County, and then a California statewide order was put into effect.

If you have a particular need, you may e-mail any of the council staff members, and if they are able to assist, they will be happy to do so.  If you need something in person or to drop off FOS donations, you will need to make an appointment with Scout Executive Charlie Howard-Gibbon by contacting him by e-mail or by mobile phone (707) 495-6591.  Videoconferencing is possible if a group or committee meeting is needed.

Items needed for Scouting program that cannot wait until the reopening of the REC-BSA Trading Post can be ordered online from the BSA Supply Group using the links starting here  BSA Supply Group Online OrdersExternal Link.  Please be aware that the National Distribution Center has been temporarily closed for similar reasons, but is expected to reopen sooner that our Trading Post.

Status of Council/District Events (March 15 to May 3)

Currently, the following events are being POSTPONED (not "cancelled") to new dates, some still to be determined:

  • Yokayo-Logger District Pinewood Derby (was to be held on Saturday, March 28, new date June 13)
  • Unit Equipment Swap Meet (was to be held on Saturday, March 28)
  • Miwok District Recognition Dinner (was to be held on Friday, April 3, new date Friday August 14)
  • Pomo District Camporee and Cuboree (was to be held April 17-19, new dates August 21-23)
  • Order of the Arrow Induction Weekend (was to be May 1-3)

Decisions about unit meetings and activities are made by unit leaders and chartered organizations based on each unit’s individual circumstances and current CDC and local health department guidelines.  Our council is strongly recommending that unit committees not hold any in-person meetings and outings, and instead use phone conferencing and videoconferencing instead when desired during this same time period (now through May 3).  There are very few, if any, in-person meetings that would qualify as necessary and in compliance with the various county and state Health Orders.

Since March 18, a more restrictive California State Health Order precludes all in-person meetings (including unit meetings) under that order is lifted.

Our council will reassess the above schedule as the community health situation continues to unfold, and we will extend the time period of similar actions above beyond May 3, if necessary.

BSA Policies 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 RecordExternal Link and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist

Scout Oath and Law – Everyday Preventive Measures

Being that we are striving to remain “physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight” as well as the 12 points of the Scout Law, especially “courteous” and “clean”, 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. 

If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

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

Please forward this letter to other members and parents in your unit(s).

Yours in Scouting, Redwood Empire Council Risk Management Committee

Duncan Flett (chair), Peter Carlson, Dr. Robert Hickman MD, Gary Kitchen, Keith Schoenthal (members), Charlie Howard-Gibbon (staff advisor)

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