Use of Connecticut Yankee Council Camps
Effective September 1, 2021
These updated guidelines reflect changes to requirements last published on May 20, 2021, for Units in Connecticut Yankee Council and for other organizations using Council camps. It is recommended and encouraged that all members who are eligible get vaccinated for COVID-19.
- All persons who are unvaccinated must wear a face mask when indoors (State of Connecticut Guidelines).
- All persons must follow the guidelines of local officials regarding masking within their respective towns and cities regardless of vaccination status. Units must also follow any restrictions or guidelines of their chartered organizations.
- Each member must be prepared with a clean and dry face mask available to wear.
- Face masks must be worn when social distancing is not possible. This applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated members, youth and adults. Face masks must not be worn in or near water, while eating, or while sleeping.
- Any units traveling to a BSA camp operated by another Council must be prepared to follow the guidance of that other Council, in addition to the guidance provided by Connecticut Yankee Council.
- Any units traveling to an activity outside the State of Connecticut must be prepared to follow the guidance of the other state(s) including any restrictions on travel. International travel is currently not supported by BSA.
- Anyone feeling ill during an activity must be immediately isolated by the unit leader and returned home as soon as possible. If symptoms match those of COVID-19 as described in the BSA Model Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist, unit leaders must evaluate if any unvaccinated members of the unit have been in close contact with the individual who displayed symptoms, and determine if further actions are warranted, such as contacting parents or returning home those affected individuals. The Campmaster/Ranger must be notified of the illness.
- Unit leaders must report, within 12 hours, confirmed or strongly suspected cases of any communicable disease infections, including COVID-19, occurring during or within 48 hours after the activity to Connecticut Yankee Council (firstname.lastname@example.org). Unit leaders are also required to promptly notify parents of all Scouts who participated in the activity, as well as the unit’s Chartered Organization Representative.
- The BSA “Model Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist” (attached) has been adapted by our Council. It is recommended that everyone use this checklist prior to beginning each activity.
- Individual units/groups may interact with other units/groups in camp so long as social distancing is maintained between the units/groups or face masks worn where social distancing is not possible. Unit leaders should exchange contact information in the event contact tracing becomes necessary due to illness.
- Unit leaders should maintain an accurate roster of all participants, youth and adults, for each activity. Rosters should be kept for at least 45 days after the activity. A copy of the roster is not required for the Ranger/Campmaster.
- Camp facilities are operating at 100% of capacity.
- Cabins remain available to units for program use 24/7.
- Sleeping in cabins is restricted to individuals who are vaccinated; unvaccinated individuals may not sleep in a cabin.
- While it is recommended to sleep 1 person per tent, it is acceptable to camp with a maximum of 2 people per tent.
- When sharing a tent, lean-to, or cabin, individuals should not sleep closer than 6 feet from one another. Individuals sleeping near one other or in bunk beds should be arranged to sleep head-to-toe.
- Any individual using a CPAP machine must not share a tent, lean-to or cabin with other individuals.
- All safe handling and sanitization practices for preparing food should be rigorously observed.
- Face masks should be worn when preparing or handling food for others.
- Mess kits and utensils should not be shared.
- Participants should follow social distancing guidelines while eating.