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Coronavirus Update - 4/7/2021

Contents
Unit Meeting Locations & Activities
Council Activities & Programs
Other Important Information &Links

Know that this guidance is subject to change at anytime and we will continue to daily monitor the latest restrictions in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

For ALL Narragansett Council Units:

  • COVID-19 Testing: Scouts and Scouters who plan to participate in District or Council activities are encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test prior to the event, except in cases where they have tested positive within the past 90 days or are fully vaccinated. Rhode Islanders can schedule a free COVID-19 test for themselves or dependent children on portal.RI.gov and in Massachusetts at Mass.gov/Covid-19-Testing regardless of whether they have symptoms or insurance. All state sites require an appointment. Same-day testing is also available in some locations.
  • All positive or possible positive cases of Covid-19 must be reported to the Narragansett Council at NCBSA.org/CovidReport. If you have any questions, please contact diane.cloutier@scouting.org.
  • Every unit must keep an accurate contact log for each meeting and/or activity that includes date, event description and location, participants name, email and phone number.
  • Select properties are available for daytime and/or overnight activities as listed below by state by reservation only. 

For Rhode Island Units:

  • Overnight camping is now allowed at Camps Aquapaug, Yawgoog, Buck Hill, and Champlin by reservation only. If you are in the at-risk or vulnerable category, please consider your personal risk before camping overnight. Be aware that we are allowing single-tent and family-tent camping only; cabins and dining halls will not be available for use at this time. 
  • Rhode Island units may now travel to other states except those on the RI DOH Hot Spot List without quarantining upon return to RI. Mandatory quarantining in the destination state, however, may still be required depending on location. At this time it is recommended that Rhode Island units should camp only at RI camps: Aquapaug, Yawgoog, Buck Hill, and Champlin by reservation.
  • We recommend stable group sizes of 10 indoors and 25 outdoors- including adults. If more than one group is meeting in the same space, a minimum of 25 feet is required between groups. Remember that meeting outside is always safer and the preferred option.
  • Even with the fluid travel restrictions, the new Adventure Card gives RI scouts and families the opportunity to experience outdoor adventure at Adventure Base Camp located at Camp Champlin in Cranston. “Open Adventure” passes are free for Narragansett Council Scouts with the Adventure Card; other programs have a discounted rate. Registration is required for all programs due to space limitations  AdventureBaseCamp.org
  • For the latest travel guidance for Rhode Island, visit: Covid.RI.gov/Protect-Your-Household/travel-tofrom-ri
  • The RI Covid-19 Task Force is working on guidance for Summer Camp 2021 and it is expected to be released soon.

For Massachusetts Units:

  • Stable group sizes are limited to 10 indoors and 25 outdoors- including adults. If more than one group is meeting in the same space, a minimum of 25 feet is required between groups. Remember that meeting outside is always safer and the preferred option.
  • Camps Cachalot, Norse, and Buxton are available for free for daytime activities and events by reservation.
  • Due to our recent partnership with the Spirit of Adventure Council, even with the current strict travel restrictions, the new Adventure Card gives Massachusetts Scouts and families the opportunity to experience outdoor adventure at New England Base Camp located in Milton, MA. “Open Adventure” passes are free for Narragansett Council Scouts; the price will be reduced to $0.00 at checkout. NEBC also offers other programs with a fee. NewEnglandBaseCamp.org
  • Click here for the latest travel advisory for MassachusettsCurrently excursions outside of Massachusetts not exceeding 24 hours are allowed.
  • Summer Camp has been approved for opening in Phase 4 step 1 and we anticipate we will be running both Day Camp and Family Camp at Camp Norse starting in June
  • As of 3/22/2021 Overnight weekend camping at our Massachusetts properties is not allowed. This is consistent with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Recreational Camps and Programs Health and Safety Standards for Reopening and in consultation with officials from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Local Boards of Health in Kingston & Plymouth, MA. Any updates to that status will be posted here. If you call to ask about overnight camping you will get this same message.

Anyone planning to participate at a scouting activity, event, or meeting should complete the self-check health screen before being allowed to attend and participate.

A Contact Log must be maintained for every scouting activity, event, or meeting which includes name of activity, location/date, participant’s name and best contact information- phone number and email preferred.

All units wishing to camp at one of our Council properties  must make a reservation through our Council website.  We must follow state-mandates for availability and caps for the numbers of people at our camps--if a unit arrives at one of our camps without a reservation, the unit will not be allowed to stay.  Scouts, leaders and parents must follow masking, social distancing, and group size limitations or they will be asked to leave. 

 

    Travel Advisory: Many states (including Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut) have travel restrictions with various requirements for people who visit their state as well as for residents who leave the state and return.

    These requirements may include mandatory quarantine, COVID testing, and fines for those who ignore the requirements.

    We recommend that Scouts and leaders only participate in Scouting activities in the state in which they reside.

    Do not travel outside of your state for Scouting activities or meetings without first checking to see what restrictions apply to you. Check the website for your home state and your destination state and follow all requirements. These state restrictions can change at any time. See state restrictions here: MassachusettsConnecticut and Rhode Island.

    Under no circumstances will the Narragansett Council or the Boy Scouts of America be responsible for fines or penalties for people who don’t know or ignore government travel restrictions.

    Unit Meeting Locations & Activities

    Health and safety are always our first priority in Scouting and here in the Narragansett Council. With Coronavirus and now prevalent in Southeastern New England we are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our program.

    Most schools, churches and community centers are currently closed to group meetings. We anticipate that there will be strict limitations on facilities this fall that will likely impact your unit’s meeting location! We advise that you be proactive and that you reach out to your charter organization this summer to request and start planning for safe meeting space in the fall.

    Your leaders, parents and Scouts should plan on helping your charter organization with cleaning of facilities before and after any use and implementing all appropriate guidelines for group size, social distancing and other protocols. This, in fact, could be a great service project for your unit to help your charter organization prepare its facilities and make any necessary modifications for all of its programs.

    Council Activites, Programs and Operations

    The West Bay Scout Shop is open Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM -6 PM for  in-person shopping and conducting of other Scout business. The Scout Shop will continue free shipping on all orders, which you may call or send via email. The East Bay Scout Shop has closed permanently.

    The Council Office will remain closed at this time with all employees working from home.

    Here are a few things to know about our office closure:

    • Most of our staff are working from home, but are still available to assist you via phone or email
    • Applications are still being processed. Send via mail to the Narragansett Council or via email to your Unit Service Coordinator (Kara or Charles)
    • Rangers continue to work on many projects at our camps
    • 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 ensure that no Scout is penalized on their path to Eagle
      • During this period Scouts are encouraged to mail their documentation to the office at Narragansett Council, PO Box 14777, East Providence, RI 02914.
    • Boards of Review for Eagle and other ranks should be held virtually, where possible. 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.

    District and council level meetings and activities are being held via Zoom or other video conferencing platforms. This includes Roundtables.

    Our staff are working on innovative program ideas that would allow your Scouts to participate remotely. Check out NCBSA.org/VirtualScouting!

    We are preparing some council run in-person programming for youth and adults.  Please stay tuned to our Council Calendar and our Virtual Scouting page.

    Other Important Information & Links

    We are following the recommended guidelines of our state leadership. For more information please visit the department of health website for your state:

    More information on Coronavirus is available on the CDC website and The Boston Globe shared these 9 tips on speaking with young children about their concerns about Coronavirus.

    As cases of Coronavirus persist in Southern New England, the Narragansett Council will take 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.

    If a Scout or leader in a stable group tests positive for COVID-19, the entire group (if they have been in close contact with the participant) needs to quarantine for 14 days. Immediately notify us at NCBSA.org/CovidReport!

    The Narragansett Council will continually reevaluate its camping/meeting/activity policy during this outbreak. Visit NCBSA.org for the most up to date information.

    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
    East Providence, RI 02914

    Phone/Fax:401.351.8700
    info@narragansettbsa.org
     

    WEST BAY SCOUT SHOP

    1276 Bald Hill Road, Unit 160
    Warwick, RI 02886

    Phone:401.821.7005
     

     

    CAMP YAWGOOG 

     

    61 Camp Yawgoog Rd

    Rockville, RI 02873

     

    campyawgoog@scouting.org