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COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Updates
Updated April 1, 2020
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Multiple government officials and agencies have issued “stay at home” orders:
Fickett Center/Scout Shop/Camps hours and operation
- Facilities – Until further notice, the Frank Fickett Scout Training and Service Center, Steve Matthews Scout Shop, and all council-owned camp facilities are closed to in-person service.
- Staff Support – Our staff is working remotely and remains available to assist volunteers and members. You may reach all staff members by email and most by cell phone; please see contact information at www.bsacac.org/our-staff. Note that if you call an office phone (those with a 617 prefix) you may leave a message that will be forwarded as a sound file to a staff member’s work email.
- Scout Shop – Our Shop staff will accept advancement/awards orders by email at [email protected], by phone at (512) 617-8630 (leave a message with name and number), or online at www.bsacac.org/shop.
- Submitting Documents/Forms – You may drop any physical documents you need to submit for Scouting business in the brown mailbox at the north end of the Fickett Center parking lot. This box will be checked once a day during this period.
Council/District/Unit activities and meetings
- No Large Meetings/Events – In keeping with health officials’ recommendations, there should be no gatherings of 10 or more people (smaller gatherings, if necessary, should adhere to prevention guidelines). Visit this page for event postponements/cancellations.
- Need Video Conference Help? – Want to hold a meeting via Zoom video conferencing but don’t have experience? Volunteer T.W. Cook is willing to help get you started. Send him an email at [email protected].
- Youth Protection – Avoid unwanted people from joining your Zoom video conferences; here are steps you can take to make sure only your guests are in your meeting
- Two-Deep Leadership Online – Remember that any electronic communication involving a youth member must adhere to BSA’s “two deep” leadership policies; no one-on-one communication between a youth and an adult.
Additional program-related announcements
- Refund policy – Our council’s refund policy has been updated to give you an option when events/camps are cancelled of requesting a refund for the full fee you’ve paid or a gift card for the full fee you’ve paid that may be used for future event/camp registration. Please see our refund policy for details.
- Advancement – Scouts can and should continue working on advancement. Parents are allowed to sign off on the completion of Cub Scout Adventures and Webelos Arrow of Light requirements. Scouts BSA youth may be able to complete some merit badge requirements through electronic communication. General questions and answers about COVID-19’s impact on BSA advancement.
- Award Extensions – BSA has given local councils temporary authority to grant extensions for Scouts working on the Eagle Scout rank, Quartermaster rank, or Summit Award to complete all requirement if COVID-19 disruptions are the reason why the Scout can’t finish requirements before his/her 18th/21st birthday. See this post for more details for Eagle candidates and this post for Quartermaster/Summit Award candidates.
- Boards of Review – Boards of Review for Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouting advancement may be conducted by videoconferencing; see this post from Scouting Magazine with details
- Eagle Board of Review Extensions – Eagle candidates may ask for an extension of time to take part in their Eagle Board of Review; see our Eagle Scout page for details from our council Advancement Committee
Postponed or Cancelled Events
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