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COVID-19 Updates

Updated January 18, 2022

Latest health recommendations

  • Get vaccinated – Doctors, the CDC, and the state health department encourage everyone 12 and older to get the vaccine. The more people get fully vaccinated, the more we can get back to normal. To find COVID-19 vaccine providers near you, go to: covidvaccine.texas.gov
  • Why do children need the Covid-19 vaccine?Here is an FAQ written by Dr. Valerie Smith, a Texas pediatrician and member of the Texas Medical Association’s Covid-19 Task Force.

Fickett Center/Scout Shop/Camps hours and operation

  • Conducting events/camps – Our camps are open to council- and district-level activities and unit camping. Find the latest policies/guidance, including the Guide to Conducting Activities, on this page.
  • Fickett Center – The Fickett Center is open for its regular hours. Staff, volunteers, members, and visitors are required to wear a mask inside common areas and meeting rooms of the Fickett Center.
  • Scout Shop – Our Shop is open for in-person business. Current Shop policies are posted inside the Shop.

Additional program-related announcements

  • Camping Nights Requirement for Order of the Arrow Eligibility – Effective January 1, 2022, virtual camping no longer counts towards OA eligibility and the previous camping requirement, which includes a long-term camp of five (5) consecutive nights, is re-instituted. See the national OA website for more information.
  • Advancement – Parents are allowed to sign off on the completion of Cub Scout Adventures and Webelos Arrow of Light requirements. As of March 1, 2022, all temporary changes made to Scouts BSA advancement requirements to address the COVID-19 pandemic will expire, and there will be a return to the standard rules for Scouts BSA advancement. These requirements are published here on the BSA national website and in the Requirements Guidebook. 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 without council approval; see this post from Scouting Magazine with details
  • Eagle Boards of Review – Eagle Scout Boards of Review may be conducted by videoconferencing but must have prior council approval. Read the BSA rules for this here, then contact our council Advancement Chair by email stating you have read the rules and agree to follow them.
  • 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

 

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