How to Mitigate Risk & Be Responsible Scouts
While we are all anxious and excited to re-start Scouting and get outdoors, we must take specific precautions to mitigate risk. Below are the latest recommendations and details from the Cascade Pacific Council and our Safety Task Force.
Required COVID-19 Scouting Safety Protocols as of June 29, 2020
Below are required procedures as of June 20, 2020, for conducting unit meetings and activities. These have been reviewed by the Cascade Pacific Council risk management committee, and a special volunteer task group of physicians, safety professionals, and board members, but are subject to change.
Note: These procedures should mitigate most risk but not all. Participants need to be aware that any activity puts them at some risk of exposure. Remember: exposure to Coronavirus could be asymptomatic. If a person becomes infected, they may become asymptomatic carriers. They would then most likely infect other people unwillingly.
Follow the Three S’s of Covid-19 Scouting Safety:
Pre-Screening of members and families should be conducted before participation of any Scouting activity to ensure people are healthy and able to attend.
- Those at significant risk for infection should consult a physician before participating in any group activities.
- Only those feeling well should participate. Whenever possible, temperature checks of Scouts and leaders should be made before participation. The Oregon Health Authority has identified a list of symptoms and has guidelines when one should not attend activities. See the screening form.
- All those who have been exposed to Coronavirus must quarantine for 14 days before participation in any Scouting activity.
Screening at Scouting the activity must also be done to ensure everyone is healthy at the activity.
- All units must produce a detailed roster of participants for all meetings and activities, so they are prepared if contact tracing is required.
2: Social Distancing
- Groups must always maintain social distancing of six or more feet.
- Small cohorts must be limited to den/patrol groups of 10 or fewer scouts with a minimum of 2 registered adult leaders. Cub Scouts and parents should be in groups of 5 youth and up to 5 adults.
- These cohorts should maintain their cohort throughout the Scouting program. That means that they must stay together during meetings and not mix with other cohorts. These cohorts should stay the same throughout all activities and events.
- Transportation to and from activities must be made within family units. No carpooling should be allowed.
- When practical, each Scout and adult should wear a cloth mask.
- Hikes, bike rides, and other follow-the-leader activities, 6ft distancing should be maintained.
- If your county’s status is shelter-in-place, you may not move to an open county to conduct unit activities.
- Families/siblings do not need to maintain social distancing for transportation, sleeping, or meeting.
- On camping events, make sure overnight camping is allowed for your county’s phase. Sleeping should be limited to one person per tent unless they are family. Here is a reminder about Youth Protection rules around this.
- Everyone should wash their hands with soap and water for 20 seconds at the beginning of the meetings, after use of the restrooms, after an activity where they get dirty and before eating.
- Use 60% alcohol sanitizer when moving between workstations or activities. (Note: this is flammable so keep away from heat or open flames.)
- Sanitize all touchable surfaces before meeting and between uses with a 1000 ppm bleach solution. (1/3 cup of bleach per gallon of water). The CDC has other sanitization chemicals it recommends. See https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/cleaning-disinfection.html for more information.
Understand your Phase Rules.
Oregon and Washington have different guidelines for reopening and interacting. In each case, the phases are tied to counties. Below is a current list of phase guidelines for Oregon and Washington.
See the links below to know the phase status of your county.
June 29, 2020 Cohort & Patrol Camping Webinar
Here’s the latest tips, rules and recommendations for small group, patrol-sized cohort camping.
June 8, 2020 “Re-Opening Scouting” Webinar
Given all the stages of reopening in Oregon and Washington, how do we move forward with Scouting? The good news: there are ways to Scout safely. Watch the webinar below for the latest information.