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“Return To Scouting”

From Committee Chair Trish:

Troop 61 Restart Plan

As the troop moves toward holding in person events, activities will initially be selected that lend themselves for best maintaining protocols that mitigate COVID-19 exposure.  The activities will have limits as to the number of participants to enable a manageable group size.  Activities may be repeated to enable a larger number of scouts from the troop to participate.  Scouts will initially be requested to participate in activities with at least one parent in attendance.  

During the initial restart of in person activities:
– events will be limited to outdoors
– everyone present at a troop event (scout, leader, parent, sibling, etc.) will be required to have an updated BSA Annual Medical form Parts A&B on file with the troop.  Medical forms will be required to be on hand at all troop events for each individual present.  Forms will be reviewed by a designated registered troop leader to identify those with potential health risks.  High risk individuals are discouraged from participating in troop events in the near term. 

– the troop will NOT coordinate carpools to events
– troop equipment will NOT be used
– food will only be shared with immediate family
*The above limitations will be revisited as the troop moves toward restarting camping and backpacking.  Protocols will be developed to sanitize troop equipment, food safety and tenting/carpooling.

As every activity is different, a pre-event virtual meeting of all participants will be required prior to the activity to go over expectations.  The troop will follow all recommended BSA, state and county protocols to mitigate COVID-19 exposure.  All scouts and adults participating in a troop activity will be required to have and use a face mask, practice social distancing and carry hand sanitizer.  Anyone feeling ill the day of the activity will not be allowed to participate.  

When gathering on the day of the activity, those attending will be screened for possible COVID-19 symptoms including for fever with a non-contact thermometer.  Only those who have preregistered and attended the virtual pre event meeting will be allowed to be present the day of the event.  Attendees will be expected to arrive on time for events.  Anyone arriving late will not be allowed to participate if attendance and vital checks have already been taken.  

During the activity, participants will be reminded to wear their masks, keep a distance of 6-feet and sanitizer their hands. Participants will also be reminded not to share equipment or food.  

If anyone present at a troop event should fall ill after the event, an effort should be made to inform the scoutmaster, committee chair and/or chartered organization rep so that other participants can be informed. 

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