Narragansett CouncilCamping & ActivitiesEEE Updates Late Summer-Fall 2019

Eastern Equine Encephalitis Updates

A large prevalence of Eastern Equine Encephalitis being reported in the mosquito populations in our area, and there have been several human cases reported. Health and safety are always our first concern in Scouting and here in the Narragansett Council.

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus that can affect people of all ages. EEE is generally spread to humans through the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. EEE can cause severe illness and possibly lead to death in any age group; however, people under age 15 are at particular risk. EEE does not occur every year, but based on mosquito sampling, a high risk of occurrence of human cases currently exists.

As cases of EEE increase in Southern New England, the Narragansett Council is taking steps to ensure the safety of its Scouts and families.

Weekend of September 20, 2019-September 22, 2019:

  • Due to proximity to Critical Risk areas, Buck HillCamp Buxton, Cachalot, Cub World, Norse and Sandsland will be closed for evening activities. Activities during daytime hours (after dawn and before dusk) are allowed.
  • All overnight camping (tents, adirondacks, shelters and cabins) is cancelled at Buck HillCamp BuxtonCachalotCub World, Norse and Sandsland
  • The Webelos Woods event at Camp Norse is on schedule for Saturday, September 21st only. In an effort to limit activities to between dawn and dusk, the overnight portion has been cancelled. Check-in will run between 7:15AM and 8:30AM on Saturday at the Dining Hall. The day will wrap up at 5PM sharp.
  • Campmaster Training at Cub World and Leave No Trace Training at Aquapaug are on schedule with no changes.
  • Camp AquapaugChamplin, and Yawgoog will remain open for overnight camping. Groups overnight camping should remain inside as much as possible during high risk times (dawn and dusk). Campers should avoid open air camping (no tent, open unprotected shelters, etc.). Please follow the general precautions as outlined below.

The Narragansett Council will reevaluate its camping policy weekly while EEE is present. Check back at NCBSA.org/EEE for the most up to date information. Our goal will to be provide an update each Monday until the threat of mosquito borne illness subsides, generally after the first killing frost (average of October 15th for most of our area).

Contact us at 401-351-8700 with any questions.

General Precautions

Whether at a Council camp, unit activity or non-Scouting event, The Narragansett Council strongly encourages everyone to follow steps outlined by the Massachusetts Department of Health to limit exposure to EEE:

  1. Schedule outdoor events to avoid the hours between dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active.
  2. Move evening activities to indoor locations or reschedule.
  3. When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  4. Use a repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin,  oil of lemon eucalyptus according to the instructions given on the product label.  Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
  5. Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
  6. Remove areas of standing water around your home. Here are some suggestions:
    • Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them. 
    • Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.
    • Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.
    • Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
    • Change the water in birdbaths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
    • Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
    • Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.

For additional resources you may visit:

For Massachusetts: https://www.mass.gov/guides/eee-in-massachusetts

For Rhode Island: http://health.ri.gov/disease/carriers/mosquitoes/index.php

For Connecticut: https://portal.ct.gov/Mosquito

 

NARRAGANSETT COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

PO Box 14777
10 Risho Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914

Phone:401.351.8700
(In Mass: 508.402.7060)
Fax:401.351.5515
info@narragansettbsa.org
 

WEST BAY SCOUT SHOP

1276 Bald Hill Road, Unit 160
Warwick, RI 02886

Phone:401.821.7005
Fax:401.821.7007
 

EAST BAY SCOUT SHOP

79 Swansea Mall Drive
Swansea, MA 02777

Phone:508.675.1528
Fax:508.675.1834
 

CAMP YAWGOOG 

61 Camp Yawgoog Rd

Rockville, RI 02873

campyawgoog@scouting.org