Dear Scouts and Scouters—
We want to share an update on the impact of COVID-19 on Scouting in the Connecticut Yankee Council. Our goal is to evaluate all aspects of Scouting to keep you, our Scouts, and our communities safe while continuing to deliver the best Scouting programs possible. We continue to follow the recommendations of national, state and local health authorities. The Council COVID-19 Task Force has been meeting regularly to evaluate the situation and will communicate updates as they develop. Please check ctyankee.org regularly for updates, cancellations and operational changes.
Effective today, all council-level and district-level events and meetings are cancelled until April 15. Additionally, effective Monday, March 16, all Council Camps will be closed through April 15 as well. All reservations will be refunded accordingly. This is in accordance with the Governor’s Executive Order No. 7 which prohibits gatherings of 250 or more people through April 30.
For unit meetings, we recommend Scouting units follow the decisions of local school districts and also consult with their chartered organizations and local health departments. If your community’s schools are closed or if there are any confirmed cases in your community, all in-person Scouting activities should immediately pause for the duration- this includes unit meetings, campouts, activities, trips and more.
If your community is not impacted, please evaluate whether or not your unit should continue with meetings, campouts and activities. We also advise against conducting Scouting in communities with confirmed cases or where the schools are closed. This includes campouts and trips. Further, we are advising you to limit any meetings and events to no more than 100 people to assist in preventing community spread.
We understand that this public health crisis is changing how Scouting operates temporarily and has an impact on your Scouts’ work. Please explore how to use technology (including conference calls, video conferencing, email) to keep Scouting operational in the absence of in-person meetings. There is plenty of advancement work Scouts can do remotely. This can be an important, teachable moment for Scouts earning the Public Health and Personal Fitness merit badges.
We have not taken these decisions lightly. As we have already seen, this is a rapidly evolving situation and we will continue to update you as necessary. We are exploring how to provide tips and ideas for you to operate digitally on ctyankee.org. Our team is also available to answer questions sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a reminder, please review the precautions shared earlier in the week:
- If you feel sick, please stay home. Please use calls, email, texting and other means of communicating and conducting business
- We encourage everyone to be prepared and follow the guidelines from the CDC and regularly wash your hands for at least twenty seconds and cover a cough or sneeze.
- We are instituting a no-handshake policy. When we greet one another, do not offer your hand or fist bump.
- Follow the guidelines of your chartered organizations, the locations where you meet, and your town officials.
- The Council Service Center remains open. However, if you are ill, stay home. Again, utilize phone and digital communications if you have questions.
Times like this provide us the opportunity to demonstrate our capacity for change, preparedness and commitment to excellence. We appreciate your continued cooperation and patience while we prepare to provide services under these unique circumstances.
Connecticut Yankee Council