Coronavirus Update

 

Health and safety are always our first priority in Scouting and here in the Narragansett Council. With Coronavirus becoming more prevalent in Southeastern New England we are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our program. We will provide weekly updates on our website at the end of every Monday. Updates will be timely and relevant and for that reason will only include the upcoming 7-10 days in our weekly updates.

We are following the recommended guidelines of our state leadership. For example, we will not hold gatherings of 250 people or more and it is recommended not to gather in groups of 10 or more for those over the age of 60. For more information please visit the department of health website:

Rhode Island

Massachusetts

Connecticut

For more information on Coronavirus please visit the CDC website to review their excellent guidelines. The Boston Globe shared these 9 tips on speaking with young children about their concerns about Coronavirus. 

As cases of Coronavirus increase in Southern New England, the Narragansett Council is taking steps to ensure the safety of its Scouts and families. Please use discretion when making decisions about your local unit meetings and activities. If you or a member of your family is or has been sick please stay at home. Safety at all levels is our priority and we need your help to keep everyone safe and healthy. 

March 23, 2020 Update:

Our general guideline is that if school is out, Scout meetings and activities should be canceled.

  • The Council Administrative Office will be closed the week of March 23rd. Here are a few things to know about our office closure:
    • Many of our staff are working from home, but are still available to assist you via phone or email
    • Charters are still being processed. Send in any missing information needed so we can process your charter
    • Meetings and presentations are being rescheduled or held via a multimedia platform
    • Our staff are working on innovative program ideas that would allow your Scouts to participate remotely. Check out NCBSA.org/VirtualScouting!
    • Rangers continue to work on the many projects at our camps while getting ready for a great summer camp season 
    • The Yawgoog and day camp staff are still hiring and rescheduling unit presentations while continuing to prepare for wonderful summer camp experiences
    • District Executives and unit support staff are still available to assist you via phone, email, etc. 
    • Life Scouts working on the rank of Eagle, our national office is aware that this is a disruption and is diligently working on steps to insure that no Scout is penalized on their path to Eagle
      • During this period Scouts are encouraged to mail it to the office at Narragansett Council, PO Box 14777, East Providence, RI 02914.  
  • The Scout Shops will be closed until further notice. Contact Erin Escobar if you are in need of items. Find out more! 
  • Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut schools have been canceled. We recommend that unit leaders use good judgement and suspend all unit meetings and activities while school is out. In addition, they should follow the guidelines of the CDC and state health departments which includes:
    • No meetings over with 10 people
    • Utilize social distancing of over 6 feet or more.  If this cannot be done, cancel the meeting or activity. 
  • All district and council meetings and activities are being canceled or postponed through March 31st.  
  • Boards of Review for Eagle and other ranks should be postponed or held virtually. The Boy Scouts of America is allowing extensions for Life Scouts that are working on Eagle if they are prevented from finishing specifically because of coronavirus.  See more on how the BSA is adjusting rank requirements due to coronavirus.  
  • All Council Camps are closed for any purpose through March 31st.  
  • Upcoming council committee, district committee, and commissioner meetings will be held via conference call. There will not be an in-person option for March.
  • The Key Leadership Summit on Thursday, March 26 at 6pm for district/council committees will be held virtually.  Links to the virtual meeting have been sent out via email.

The Narragansett Council will reevaluate its camping/meeting/activity policy weekly during this outbreak. Visit NCBSA.org for the most up to date information. We will provide an update at the end of the day each Monday on our website homepage.

Of course, this is an evolving situation and guidance will change as more information becomes available.  Please check back regularly.  

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

 

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