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The Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts of America adopts new COVID safety measures to ensure safe, in-person Scouting activities across 18-county region
March 18, 2021 (Portland, OR) – After more than a year of re-inventing Scouting to become almost entirely virtual and family-centered during the COVID-19 pandemic, the local Boy Scouts of America (BSA) council announced today it is re-opening in-person activities to small groups across its 18-county region.
The new measures adopted by the Cascade Pacific Council combine Oregon & Washington state safety guidelines with recommendations from the council’s COVID Safety Task Force. It allows for all Scout units to safely meet in person with groups of 10 individuals and two Scout Leaders as long as they follow county and BSA guidelines which include such protocols as health checks, meeting outdoors and wearing masks.
While older Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouting units in Oregon have been cleared to meet since early February, this means Cub Scouts, the youngest group of Scouts in the BSA program (boys and girls in grades K-5) and all Scouts in Southwest Washington can also meet now in-person in small groups.
“We are ecstatic to start carefully re-booting Scouting for all of our youth,” said Todd McDonald, council Director of Program. “While most schools remain closed and kids are feeling disconnected, this re-opening of in-person activities is going to give our Scouts a feeling of normalcy, which will be an incredible boost to their mental and physical health.”
The council has adopted recommendations that include health screening, monitoring, social distancing, wearing masks and other meeting-specific guidelines and protocols. A full guide can be downloaded at https://cpcbsa.org/covid
About the Cascade Pacific Council COVID Task Force
The council’s COVID Task Force was created in March of 2020 to develop measures that would ensure safe Scouting during the global pandemic. It consists of veteran physicians, safety professionals, first responders, unit volunteers, community leaders and council board members.
About the Cascade Pacific Council, Boy Scouts of America
Cascade Pacific Council, BSA (CPC) guides nearly 10,000 girls and boys in 18 counties of NW Oregon and SW Washington. We offer an unparalleled program that teaches leadership and citizenship through fun and exciting adventures for the whole family. We invite all people to get involved in Scouting and are committed to creating a positive, safe, and welcoming environment for all, valuing diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences that will grow and strengthen our movement and continue to make us a valued contributor to the communities we serve. Find out more at https://cpcbsa.org
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of more than 2.1 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 800,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.Scouting.org.