How to Mitigate Risk & Be Responsible Scouts
While we are all anxious and excited to re-start Scouting as we know it, we must take specific precautions to mitigate risk.
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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. Tune in to our upcoming webinar to learn how.
When: Sunday June 7, 2020 4:00 PM PDT
Recommendations as of May 15th, 2020
Below are recommended procedures as of May 15th, 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 recommendations 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.
1. Those at significant risk for infection should consult a physician prior to participation in any group activities.
2. All participants should review their current health prior to participation of any activity. Only those feeling well should participate. Whenever possible, temperature checks of Scouts and leaders should be made prior to participation.
3. All units should produce a detailed roster of participants for all meetings and activities so they are prepared in the event that contact tracing is required.
4. All those who have been exposed to Coronavirus must quarantine for 14 days prior to participation in any Scouting activity.
5. Groups must always maintain social distancing of six or more feet.
6. Groups should be limited to den/patrol groups of 10 or less scouts with a minimum of 2 registered adult leaders. It is recommended that groups of Cub Scouts and parents should be in groups of 5 youth and up to 5 adults.
7. Transportation to and from activities should be made within family units. No carpooling should be allowed.
8. When practical each Scout and adult should wear a cloth mask.
9. Handwashing and sanitation of shared supplies must be done between use.
10. On camping events, make sure overnight camping is allowed for your group. (Currently, Oregon and Washington has not opened to non family camping activities.) Sleeping should be limited to one person per tent, unless they are family. Here is a reminder about Youth Protection rules around this:
- In Cub Scouting, parents and guardians may share a tent with their family.
- In all other programs, youth and adults tent separately. (Youth Protection and Barriers to Abuse FAQs)
- Spouses may share tents.
11. Families/siblings do not need to maintain social distancing for transportation, sleeping or meeting.
12. Hikes, bike rides and other follow the leader activities, 6ft distancing should be maintained.
13. If your county’s status is shelter-in-place, you may not move to an open county to conduct unit activities.