March 30, 2020
The safety of our scouts, their families and adult leaders is a top priority of the Northeast Georgia Council. Of most importance, we hope you and your families are well and safe.
We realize many of our scouts, their parents and our volunteer leaders are hopeful that we can continue our scheduled council and district events. At the same time, our council will always prioritize the safety of our participants and their families.
Our current policy is that all council and district events are postponed through April 6, 2020. As the number of coronavirus cases increase, our national, state and local governments have issued updated COVID-19 guidelines and “stay at home” orders. On Sunday March 29, President Trump extended the nation’s coronavirus guidelines to April 30.
The Boy Scouts of America has a reputation and a desire to be leaders in our communities and to promote citizenship and safety. With the wellbeing of all our scouts, families and volunteers in mind, the Northeast Georgia Council announces the following.
EXTENSION OF POSTPONED EVENTS
· All in person or face to face council and district events in the Northeast Georgia Council that are scheduled to take place through April 30, 2020 are postponed. We encourage our leaders to consider using technology to hold your training events, council and district meetings, etc. Consider taking advantage of the many training opportunities available online. While technology will not solve all challenges, we can embrace technology as a way to continue moving scouting forward in the Northeast Georgia Council.
· All events at all of our council camps that are scheduled to occur through April 30, 2020 are postponed.
· Individual pack, troop, crew, post and ship units may make separate decisions regarding meetings and activities in conjunction with their chartered organization. We remind all units to follow any state, county or local order regarding gatherings of non-household members. Scouts are good citizens and should follow all government orders. For areas not under such orders, we strongly encourage all units to suspend in-person meetings and activities until April 30, 2020.
· Families should decide if their children should participate in unit activities or meetings depending on their comfort level.
RESOURCES FOR SCOUTING AT HOME
There are many resources on continuing scouting at home. Here are a few. Remember to continue following the BSA two deep leadership policies when using videoconferencing and other technology.
· Bryan on Scouting at Home
· Bryan on Scouting and Holding Board of Review Remotely https://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2020/03/16/how-to-conduct-a-board-of-review-through-videoconferencing/
· Questions and Answers on COVID-19 and its impact on advancement. https://www.bsacac.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/QandA-COVID-19-Related-Advancement-Difficulties.pdf
· Temporary Authority to Grant Extensions for Eagle Scout Rank, Quartermaster Rank and Summitt Award if needed due to COVID-19 disruptions.
· Scouts nearing age 18 may want to apply for a time extension for certain ranks/awards depending on the length of program disruption (see page 75)
· We are participating in the Georgia Backyard “virtual” Campout on April 25. Imagine Cub Scouts sleeping in a sleeping bag with his or her family either inside their house or in their backyard and Scouts BSA setting up tents in their backyard. Stay tuned for more information. All of the Georgia Boy Scout councils are participating!
· We invite all Cub Scouts to participate in a 30-day challenge for the month of April (compliments of the Hawkeye Area Council). See the links below:
· The World Organization of the Scout Movement is holding a Jamboree on the Internet April 3 - 5
· Venturing has a 30-day challenge for the month of April.
· Visit our Lodge’s Order of the Arrow web page for virtual events.
For example, Section 9 is holding a virtual Conclave on April 18 and 19.
SCOUT STORE OPERATIONS
· Based on local “stay at home” orders, the Lawrenceville Scout Store is temporarily closed. All staff and employees are working remotely. However, during this closure, the Lawrenceville office is offering free delivery of your scout needs. Place your order by calling the Jefferson office at 706-693-2446.
· The Scout Store in Jefferson is available to fill your scout needs using curbside delivery. We recommend calling and arrange for delivery or curbside pickup for your scouting needs. 148 Boy Scout Trail, Pendergrass, GA 30549; 706-693-2446
· Eagle packets may be dropped off at our Jefferson office. Please call the office to arrange a drop off. 706-693-2446.
· EVERYONE – DO YOUR PART TO HELP US GET THROUGH THIS CRISIS
We encourage you to follow the guidance of health experts including guidelines from the National Center for Disease Control. Our health experts tell us social distancing, washing hands, etc. works and is slowing the spread of the disease. Let’s all be good citizens and good scouters and follow this guidance.
As we’ve said before, we believe this could be Scouting's finest day as scouters around the Council find ways to provide meaningful contributions and leadership in their homes and with their immediate families during this time of uncertainty.
Scouting will move forward in the Northeast Georgia Council. Thank you for all you do!
Northeast Georgia Council, Key Three
Craig Pett, Council President
Carter Wood, Council Commissioner
Trip Selman, Scout Executive