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COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus Updates

Updated August 17, 2021

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:
  • 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. All activities, whether at a council-owned property or another facility, must be pre-approved by our council Covid-19 Task Force; please see this page for more details.
  • Unit camping at council-owned camps – All units (Cub Scout Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, Venturing Crews, Sea Scout Ships, Explorer Posts) may use council-owned properties for weekend camping. Units will be required to sign an agreement to adhere to council Covid-19 guidelines; documents supporting this will be added 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.

Activities and meetings

  • It’s time to get outside – Our council membership committee is challenging every patrol/troop to resume in-person outdoor meetings and activities. Learn more at this page.

Additional program-related announcements

  • Camping Nights Requirement for Order of the Arrow Eligibility – Virtual camping (i.e., backyard or solo camping) may be counted toward the required nights of camping for OA election eligibility if some stipulations are met. See the national OA website for more information.
  • Advancement – Scouts should continue working on advancement. Parents are allowed to sign off on the completion of Cub Scout Adventures and Webelos Arrow of Light requirements. Some Scouts BSA rank requirements have been temporarily changed an youth may 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 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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