As the pandemic continues in the U.S., the Northern Lights Council will be proactive and make decisions that will protect the communities and families we serve. We will continue to evaluate and share updates as they become available on this website and through our social media channels.
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Virtual Scouting Options
During this time, we'll do our best to give suggestions and guidance on ways Scouting can continue virtually (digital meetings, at-home advancement, etc). Stay tuned to nlcbsa.org and our social media channels for updates. In the meantime, follow our Facebook pages for other fun ideas. Share your ideas for virtual meetings on social media using #ScoutingFamily and #ScoutingAtHome.
New Option for Scouting at Home
Our council is in the process of creating an online Scouting program delivery system that will be available soon - "Scout Point". This system is being designed to offer the Scouting program to rural areas where a Scout unit may not be located nearby (similar to Lone Scouts). In the event that Scouts can't meet in person, Scout Point will also be available for all Scouts until in-person meetings can resume.
Update from National Council
From Bryan on Scouting January 21, 2021
There’s a lot about 2020 most of us would like to forget, but protecting ourselves and our Scouts from COVID-19 is something we all must remember to do.
In surveys the BSA sent out to more than 14,500 unit leaders, two-thirds of those polled indicated they were feeling positive about restarting Scouting. Some respondents were not meeting, and one of the big reasons was virtual fatigue. We get it. We’re ready to get back to seeing each other in-person again — serving the community, going on fun outings and having outdoor adventures. But, these activities must be done safely.
An updated COVID-19 pre-event medical screening checklist is available to help you determine whether to stay home or not during the pandemic. It shares symptoms to look for as well as defines “close contact.” According to the Centers for Disease Control, “close contact” means:
If any one of these happened to you prior to a Scouting event, stay home.
Another checklist to review includes symptoms. If anyone in your household experiences any of these symptoms prior to an event, everyone in the household must stay home. Even if you think your symptoms are the result of allergies, stay home.
You should also stay home if you’ve had a COVID-19 test and are awaiting results. The virus can affect people differently; you can experience multiple symptoms or none.
Symptoms and close contact aren’t the only considerations you should take into account before meeting. Scouting’s COVID-19 page provides a Restart Scouting Checklist, which provides guidance on group sizes, travel and dining and tenting protocols.
The COVID-19 FAQs page has also been updated this month to include additional guidance on advancement and extensions.
Review these pages and also check local and state COVID-19 guidelines. Continue to discuss with other Scouters how they feel about meeting. The best and safest option might be to meet virtually. And if your Scouts have grown weary of online meetings, visit the Scouting at Home page for ideas and resources to make at-home meetings fun.
If you do plan to meet in-person, consider meeting in small groups, like in dens, patrols or subsets of the same rank as long as youth protection and leadership rules are being followed. These groups can meet in homes, outdoors or in places that provide a safe, well-ventilated environment for the Scouts and allow them to follow social distancing measures. If you don’t have a place to meet right now, call your local council and see if they can help you find a space that will allow gatherings.
Again, if you are experiencing symptoms or are awaiting COVID-19 test results, don’t attend any meeting or activity. When you meet, wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose, stay at least 6 feet apart from others and wash your hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.