Updated April 8, 2021
March 31, 2021, Governor Kemp issued Executive Order 03.31.1.03 effective April 8, 2021 and continuing until April 30, 2021 (“Order”). We anticipate the Governor’s Order will be extended from time to time. As future orders from Governor Kemp are issued, we will update this policy.
- Under the new Order, scouting can return to a more normal state. This Order eliminates the ban on gatherings of fifty or more. This means units no longer need to divide into groups of fifty or less at meetings, campouts, camporees, etc. However, the Order and common sense requires that we continue taking actions to prevent the spread of the disease and maintain high levels of sanitation.
- While we are encouraged that scouting can now resume holding more normal activities, we encourage you to continue wearing masks and practicing social distancing as practical.
- If desired, districts and units may continue to hold activities virtually. For example, some chartered organizations may have limitations that prevent holding events at their buildings. Districts may find it convenient to hold some of their meetings virtually to accommodate volunteers with long commutes. At the same time, we encourage districts and units to consider holding in-person events and meetings consistent with this policy and published healthcare guidance. However, we recognize, understand and support that our local leaders and participants must make this important decision.
- The Order eliminates the separate requirements for “vulnerable populations” who were required to shelter-in-place. Under the Order, we welcome all scouters to participate in scouting events. Nevertheless, we encourage those with a higher risk of a severe reaction to COVID-19 to exercise care and prudence in their scouting participation.
COUNCIL, DISTRICT OR UNIT ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS – INCLUDING CAMPING
- As noted above, groups of any size may gather together at any scout event – whether the event is a unit meeting, outdoor event, or overnight camping.
- Volunteers and scout professionals who plan activities, meetings and events must implement procedures to mitigate and minimize the exposure and spread of COVID-19. These procedures may include the following:
- Any measures that have been proven effective to control the spread of COVID-19. For example, wearing masks and social distancing as practical. Other examples appear in Exhibit A and Exhibit B. For a complete list of sanitation requirements see Exhibit A by clicking on this link. For a complete list of sanitation requirements see Exhibit B by clicking on this link
- Screening and evaluating volunteers and participants who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. For example, volunteers and participants could be required to complete a questionnaire addressing symptoms of COVID-19. Those with symptoms of COVID-19 would not be permitted to participate.
- Posting signs or otherwise informing all volunteers and participants that individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19 or had contact with a person that has or is suspected to have COVID-19 within the past fourteen days shall not participate in the event.
- Enhancing sanitation as appropriate.
- Disinfecting frequently touched areas such as door handles, light switches, etc.
- Encouraging social distancing.
- Ensuring ventilation systems are functioning properly or by hold events outdoors.
- The kitchens at Camp Rainey Mountain and Scoutland cannot be used without permission by the Camp Ranger and the appropriate scout professional. There are significant, additional rules that must be followed if the kitchen is used. Outside of the kitchen, utilize safe and sanitary methods involving food.
3. Events, competitions, skills instruction, and activities are fun parts of scouting. Leaders and planners of activities and events should consider modifying the activities and events to minimize the spread or transfer of COVID-19. For example, if a unit were holding a patrol fire starting contest, the leader or planner of this contest should consider modifying the contest to avoid having multiple scouts gathering within a close distance of each other while blowing on the embers or otherwise preparing and starting the fire.
AN IMPORTANT REMINDER
While the above precautions and requirements are important, they do not remove the potential for exposure to COVID-19 or any other illness while at camp, at a meeting or at an event. Some people with COVID-19 show no signs or symptoms of illness but can still spread the virus, and people may be contagious before their symptoms occur.
Please use common sense. Use face coverings and masks. Maintain social distancing. Be safe.
INDIVIDUAL UNIT EVENTS AND ACTIVITES
Consistent with our prior announcements, individual pack, troop, crew, post, and ship units may make separate decisions regarding unit activities and activities held in conjunction with their chartered organization. However, when using our Council campgrounds, the above policy must be strictly followed. We strongly encourage Units to follow the above procedures when holding unit events and unit campouts at locations outside of our Council camps. Please, follow all guidelines and requirements of our state and local health officials and our lawmakers.
PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
We defer to parents and guardians who may adopt additional, self-imposed guidelines in addition to those described above. Families always decide if their children should participate in unit activities or activities depending on their comfort level.
Northeast Georgia Council, Key Three
Craig Pett, Council President
Carter Wood, Council Commissioner
Trip Selman, Scout Executive
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