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COVID-19 Updates

by | Sep 3, 2021 | Districts, News | 0 comments

UPDATE: September 3, 2021

The Cascade Pacific Council’s COVID Task Force of staff and expert volunteers have updated our guidlines based on the current COVID-19 conditions in our two-state, 18-county region.

Changes to the latest guidelines

Important to Note: Units are still allowed to safely meet if they follow our guidelines. This includes hosting small-group “Ready Set Scout” kickoff parties, which are designed to be a small, cohort-sized activity. The key to safety and success is to follow the guidelines outlined below.

To protect our youth and volunteers while safely Scouting, we are requiring that units meet in small cohorts, keep cohorts separate, wear face coverings indoors at all times, wear face coverings outdoors when social distancing is not possible and conduct (and log) screening at meetings and activities.

Please download and review the guidelines below for full details and discuss with your Scouts and unit:

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Category Guidelines fit Scouting?

Unfortunately, neither Washington or Oregon has a category specifically for Scouting. The COVID task force has had to fill in gaps with information for these state guidelines which include categories such as youth program, sporting teams, outdoor recreation, employment facilities, K12 school and outdoor camps.  

The COVID task force believes by so doing we not only meet the current science of safety, but we also meet the spirt of the each state’s guidelines.

So we are no longer considered a "social gathering"?

Correct. Since we are a combination of family gathering, social gathering, youth program and outdoor recreation, we’re working to define a safe happy medium to allow Scouting to safely re-engage in person. We belive that units who follow the COVID Safety Guidelines (which include risk tolerance options for Virtual, Outdoor and Indoor gathering), greatly reduce their risk. 

Why does this seem different than what my state/county allows?

Because Scouting is not specifically defined in any category under either state guidelines (see above), our COVID Task Force has had to find a balance to Scout safely under our own category.

What is a Cohort?

A Cohort is a small group who participates in activities together. For example, it could be a patrol of up to 10 Scouts plus 2 leaders, it could be a den of similar size. (Smaller may be better).  These “cohorts” (patrols, dens, families) must maintain social distancing (even among themselves unless they are family) and should only interact with each other. A troop or pack with a meeting space large enough could have 3-5 cohorts (depending on the phase), but these cohorts must act independently. In the event of an exposure we limit the number of people affected.

How does this work with Charter Organization guidelines?

As you’ll see in the Guidelines, you’ll need to create a plan for re-starting and review this with your Charter Organization Representative for approval.

Because we have defined our own category (as defined above), we fit in the middl of a social group and a youth group.  Please discuss with your COR how comfortable they are with this definition and your plan.  We want everyone to work together and feel comfortable with re-starting Scout meetings and activities.

Know your risk and protective measures before participating in any Scouting in Person Activity.

During this pandemic, we have all had to make sacrifices.  The challenge with participating in any social activity is not just the danger you place yourself but also your ability to place others in danger.   You should have come to grips with the fact that any social activity outside your family puts you and your family at risk of infection.  Those who are at-risk or have fragile persons in their home (see below) should carefully weigh the risks of socializing outside the home.   Most should not feel they need to wait out this pandemic stuck indoors.   There are several things you can do within the guidelines of your state and county that could allow for in person Scouting can happen.


Note: our recommended rocedures 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.


Remember to follow the Three S’s of Covid-19 Scouting Safety:

1: Screening

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.
  • You must report any infection of COVID-19 that has been traced to a Scouting activity to todd.mcdonald@scouting.org.
2: Social Distancing
  • Do not participate if you are not feeling well. 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. It is recommended that Cub Scouts and parents should be in groups of up to 5 youth and up to 5 adults. (Phase 2 Washington cohorts should limit their cohorts to 6 people)

  • 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.

  • It is recommended that transportation to and from activities be made within family units. Howerver, units can choose to carpool within their cohort groups.

3: Sanitization


  • 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.



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