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National Statement on COVID-19

To our Scouting community, 

In Scouting, we vow to help other people at all times. Now, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Scouting community must do its part to slow the spread of the virus, which will save lives and avoid overwhelming our local healthcare infrastructure. 

The safety of Scouts, volunteers, employees and our communities is our top priority. 

With safety in mind and based on guidance from national health officials, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is strongly advising that in-person meetings, activities, events and gatherings of 10 or more people be suspended through the end of March. Please also follow any restrictions outlined by your state and local health department or other state and local authorities. This applies to youth and adults out of an abundance of caution. 

In accordance with national guidelines, please focus on the following through the end of March: 

  • Avoid in-person gatherings; instead, utilize available digital and online resources, such as video conferencing, to continue Scouting meetings, projects and advancement, adhering to the current youth protection guidelines already in place for digital communications. 
    • If you must meet, limit participants to fewer than 10 people and remain at least six feet apart. 
    • Follow BSA blogs and social channels, as well as #ScoutingAtHome, for great examples and ideas of how to continue Scouting. 
  • If you or any member of your family feels sick, DO NOT go into the office or attend any gatherings. Contact your health professional to get care and notify your supervisor so they can take the appropriate measures while you focus on recuperating. 

We will continue to evaluate the ongoing situation and prioritize the safety of everyone involved in Scouting – youth, families, volunteers, employees and our communities – is our number one priority. 

We realize these decisions are not without their challenges, and we thank you for helping meet the needs of our communities in difficult times. 

The steps we are taking reinforce the many ways – big and small – that Scouting empowers character and leadership today and for generations to come. 

Yours in Scouting, 

Roger C. Mosby 

President and CEO 

Boy Scouts of America 

 

Resources: 

Scouting at Home 

In the coming days, we will populate this section with some of our favorite Scouting activities that can be done at home for each program. Please check back regularly, and let your friends know that these activities are a great option for at-home fun and learning for non-Scouting families too.  

Youth Protection Reminder 

It’s critical that we all continue to keep youth protection top-of-mind whether our Scouting activities are taking place in person or through a digital platform. Of note, remember that BSA prohibits any one-on-one interaction between an adult leader and a Scout – in person, online, through a web conference, over the phone, via text, or in any other form. 

Detailed youth protection information is available here. To ensure you are following safety standards for all Scouting activities, please reference the Guide to Safe Scouting. 

The BSA’s Social Media Guidelines serve as a complement to our youth protection policies. 

 

https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/