Ensuring Safe Scouting during COVID-19

A message from our Cubmaster:

"Pack 903 is currently meeting outdoors or virtually for Pack and Den events around Evanston in accordance to local and state guidance. We typically meet 2 - 3 times a month, with face coverings and attendee limits required for all in-person gatherings, in accordance with public health recommendations. When COVID-19 is behind us, we expect to return to Orrington Elementary for in-person Pack and Den meetings. Please check out our website for more information and contact us if you're interested in joining our Pack. We'd love to have you!"

-Drew Alexander, Cubmaster, Pack 903

A message from BSA:

November 20, 2020

TO: All Northeast Illinois Council Members

SUBJECT: COVID-19 Update: Illinois returns to Tier 3 of Restore Illinois Plan--Outdoor Activities Limited to 10 Participants, Indoor Meeting Spaces Closed

Dear Scouters,

Earlier today, Tier 3 mitigations of the Restore Illinois Plan went back into effect. According to the statement from the Illinois Department of Health, these measures are in effect for at least the next 14 days, and may remain in place or be replaced with more stringent guidelines. Detailed below are the ways in which the current Tier 3 restrictions affect Scouting programs in the NEIC:

  • All previous temporary measures mentioned in our last communication on 11/13 are still in effect until Nov 30, including the suspension of all district and council activities, the suspension of unit camping at Camp Crown and Camp Oakarro, and the closure of all facilities in the Kasperson Center for Scouting besides the Scout Shop. To see this announcement, click here.

  • In addition, outdoor activities are now limited to 10 total participants. This applies to all unit activities and meetings.

  • Included in the new restrictions is a "pause [on] all indoor group sporting and recreational activities" as well as a prohibition on meeting rooms from hosting gatherings. This will apply to many of our chartered organizations. Under these current restrictions, it would be almost impossible for units to meet indoors without being in violation of these restrictions. With this in mind, units should continue meeting in a virtual format, or can conduct activities outside in groups of 10 or less while maintaining social distancing.

To see the full list of Tier 3 restrictions, click here. As these restrictions change and develop, we will keep you updated as to how they affect Scouting programs in Northeast Illinois. We encourage units to remain safe and continue meeting online. We know this is a hurdle, but it is one we will overcome together.

Yours in Scouting,

Nick Roberts, Scout Executive/CEO

August 24, 2020

"As always, the safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees and communities is our top priority.

Our response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to be informed by the guidance of official bodies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose framework for mitigation for community groups is based on the level of community transmission of COVID-19.

The Boy Scouts of America is advising local councils to consult with their local and state health departments, as well as local chartered partners, in order to implement the appropriate protocols to help keep our members, volunteers, and employees safe. Units should look to their councils for guidance on whether to conduct in-person meetings and activities again. If a unit’s local council is allowing in-person activities but has restrictions in place (e.g., no more than 10, social distancing of 6 ft. etc.), the unit must meet and abide by those restrictions – even if the unit is traveling out of council/state.

We are taking similar steps as a national organization as we continue to evaluate the current environment with the best interests of our members, volunteers, and employees in mind.

We thank you for helping meet the needs of our communities throughout these difficult times. "