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GNYC COVID-19 Resources

The health and safety of our Scouts, volunteers, and staff and communities has been, and remains, our top priority.

Our response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to be informed by the guidance of official bodies, including:

Updates:

  • 6/21 – COVID Resource Page updated to reflect New York and New Jersey guidelines
  • 8/22 – Youth Camping IS allowed in the state of New York except within New York City limits
  • 8/22 – Precaution guidelines were updated for meetings and carpooling
  • 9/21 – Updated indoor masking guidelines to mirror NYC School system. Masks indoors for all regardless of vaccination status.

Safe Does Not Equal Risk-Free

Precautions and mitigation strategies are important, but they cannot eliminate the potential for exposure to COVID-19 or any other illness when in-person activities resume. People with COVID-19 may show no signs or symptoms of illness, but they can spread the virus. Some people may be contagious before their symptoms occur.

The fact is that someone with COVID-19 may pass the required health screenings and be allowed into program activities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this group, please ensure you have approval from your health care provider prior to resuming in-person Scouting activities.

Every member, volunteer and family must evaluate their unique circumstances and make an informed decision before attending in-person activities.


National BSA COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions

Revised August 2021

The safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees, and communities continues to be our top priority.  We must continue our vigilance to assure that youth and their families are safe while they enjoy the many benefits of Scouting.

We continue to follow the guidance from expert agencies and follow the measures that have become second nature to many – hand hygiene, masks, distancing, meeting in cohorts and remaining at home if you have symptoms or feel bad.

We encourage everyone to consult with their physician and get vaccinated. It is our best hope for returning to normalcy in our Scouting family.

The critical need of today is for all to understand the rationale for our caution and actions. Because of the pandemic, fewer youth have joined our Movement. To welcome new members and their families, we must demonstrate that we are safe and are concerned with the health of all. The success of the Scouting program depends on conducting regular meetings and activities in a safe and responsible way.

As always, please be mindful of the Scout Oath and Law as we continue to navigate a safe return to the activities we enjoy.

National BSA COVID-19 – Frequently Asked Questions
https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/
Topics: In Person Scouting Activities, Camping, Cub Scout Advancement, Scouts BSA Advancement

Advancement Update and Resources

8/26 Scouts BSA Advancement Updates and Requirement Deferments


Greater New York Councils – In-Person Scouting Activity Guidance

The National Council has issued guidance to follow for unit, district, and council activities. The Restart Scouting Checklist, should also be followed when conducting in-person activities.

Activity Categories

The decision to allow activities or not allow activities, as well as the guidelines found in the ‘Restart Scouting Safely’ are based on current legal and public health allowances for organizations in the state of New York. The guidelines may become less restrictive or more restrictive based on government mandate.

No activities should take place in person until the unit has a reviewed Restarting Scouting Checklist.

For all in-person activities, as stated in the Restarting Scouting Safely Plan, families must follow the Pre Event Screening Checklist – Covid-19. and all participants must have an up to date, within the last year, BSA Health and Medical Record Part A and Part B.

Activity Guidelines Notes
In-Person GNYC Council Activities and Training Day Activities allowed with social distancing, masks, and proper sanitization methods in place.

Overnights for adults allowed in New York and New Jersey. 

Overnights for youth allowed at a licensed youth camp in New Jersey.  Approval is required for camping at any New Jersey site other than Alpine Scout Camp to verify the license.

No youth camping allowed in New York City per the NYC Public Health Department

Youth Camping is allowed in New York State (excluding NYC)

A roster of all participants and visitors should be kept and retained by the district professional for at least 14 days.

Updated:  8/22/21
In-Person Borough / District Activities and Training Day Activities allowed with social distancing, masks, and proper sanitization methods in place.

Overnights for adults allowed in New York and New Jersey. 

Overnights for youth allowed at a licensed youth camp in New Jersey.  Approval is required for camping at any New Jersey site other than Alpine Scout Camp to verify the license.

No youth camping allowed in New York City per the NYC Public Health Department

Youth Camping is allowed in New York State (excluding NYC)

A roster of all participants and visitors should be kept and retained by the district professional for at least 14 days.

Updated: 8/22/21
Family Household Camping Allowed
Scout Service Center OPEN – Visits by appointment only – Staff Working Remotely
Pouch Scout Shop OPEN – Limited Hours. Hours May Change. Wednesday – 9:00 am  – 5:00 pm
Saturday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
For quick pickup, e-mail storeorders@bsagnyc.org for in-store pickup or mail delivery.
Alpine Scout Shop OPEN – Limited Hours. Hours May Change. Friday – 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
For quick pickup, e-mail storeorders@bsagnyc.org for in-store pickup or mail delivery.
Unit Activity Guidelines Notes
In-Person Meetings – Indoors (Updated 09/21) Allowed – Restart Scouting Checklist must be followed. Youth and adults wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth and stay at least 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with.

Scouts, leaders and families must comply with facility mask / vaccine requirements when more stringent than council guidelines.

A roster of all participants and visitors should be kept and retained by the district professional for at least 14 days.

In-Person Meetings – Outdoors (Updated 09/21) Allowed – Restart Scouting Checklist must be followed. Youth and adults that are not fully vaccinated, wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth and stay at least 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with. Face coverings are recommended for use at all times.

A roster of all participants and visitors should be kept and retained by the district professional for at least 14 days.

Unit Camping

(Updated 08/22)

Overnights for adults allowed in New York and New Jersey. 

Overnights for youth allowed at a licensed youth camp in New Jersey.  Approval is required for camping at any New Jersey site other than Alpine Scout Camp to verify the license.

No youth camping allowed in New York City limits.

Youth Camping is allowed in New York state.

A roster of all participants and visitors should be kept and retained by the district professional for at least 14 days.

Unit Hiking

(Updated: 06/21)

Allowed – Restart Scouting Checklist must be followed. Youth and adults that are not fully vaccinated, wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth and stay at least 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with.

A roster of all participants and visitors should be kept and retained by the district professional for at least 14 days.

Unit Service Projects

(Updated: 06/21)

Indoor Allowed – Youth and adults must wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth and stay at least 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with

Outdoor Allowed – Restart Scouting Checklist must be followed. Youth and adults that are not fully vaccinated, wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth and stay at least 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with.

A roster of all participants and visitors must be maintained by the project organizer for at least 14 days.

Carpooling

(Updated: 08/22)

Allowed

Travel with windows open when possible

All passengers must wear a face covering at all times

Load the vehicle from the back to the front

Temperatures taken on departure and arrival. If any individual has a temperature over 100.4 on arrival, all individuals in the vehicle must return to the point of origin and may not participate in the event.

In-Person Council & District Meetings

(Updated: 09/21)

Indoors Allowed –Youth and adults must wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth and stay at least 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with.

Outdoor Allowed – Restart Scouting Checklist must be followed. Youth and adults that are not fully vaccinated, wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth and stay at least 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with.

Event chairs may require more stringent guidelines to be followed: All must wear masks, vaccinated attendance only.

A roster of all participants and visitors should be kept and retained by the district professional for at least 14 days.

Why is Unit Camping Not Allowed in New York City?

  • The department of health in New York City has informed the Greater New York Councils that youth camping is not allowed in New York City until at least January of 2022.
  • We are in discussions to clarify this prohibition and will send an update when the scenario changes.
  • Camping IS allowed elsewhere in New York State, just not within city limits.

Updated: 8/22/2021

Questions about Scouting related to Covid-19 should be sent to covid19@nycscouting.org.