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 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 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. 

July 30, 2020 Update:

Scout units can hold local meetings in "stable groups". All other precautions are still in place including face masks, distancing, waivers, and other items as noted in our guidelines. No overnight camping. The guidance, waiver, and checklist can be found below. 

The guidance from the states of Rhode Island and Massachusetts state that stable groups should be no more than 25 individuals.
     - On July, 29th, RI Gov. Raimondo decreased the recommended group size. This change does not apply to Scouting or youth sport activities. 

Any unit meetings or activities must remain as independent unit gatherings: no joint or mixed unit meetings or activities at this time. 

In addition, we are making limited outdoor facilities available at Camp Champlin, Camp Aquapaug and Camp Yawgoog available for unit meetings and activities (not overnight) that units can reserve with no fee. We will open facilities in Massachusetts once approved by the state. Reservations can be made here. Be sure to select the “Summer 2020 Facilities” category!  Leaders can come 15 minutes early to set-up and stay 15 minutes later for take-down.

Guidance on In-Person Unit Meetings and Unit Activities 7/15/20

Please note that Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut each have different requirements.
These guidelines are subject to change. Please check back for the most up-to-date guidance!

COVID-19 Participant At-Risk Statement Waiver 6/24/20

Restart Scouting Checklist

Unit Meeting Locations & Activities

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. 

Camps, & Council Activities

Narragansett Council Properties are NOT open for any Scouting activities! Any decision on camp availability will be made with safety as the foremost concern. In addition to safety, other factors will also be weighed before a decision to open any camp is made.

The West Bay Scout Shop is reopened with limited hours Thursday - Saturday 10-6 for limited 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. Due to Massachusetts restrictions, the East Bay Scout Shop remains closed to customers.

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

After a thorough evaluation, we have concluded that based on the information available to us of likely restrictions, we will NOT be able to conduct on-site Cub Scout Day Camp or Family Camp and we will NOT be able to conduct on-site Scout Camp at Yawgoog Scout Reservation this summer.
Instead, we will be launching in the near future plans for virtual camps with a combination of program materials mailed to Scouts in advance, fun outdoor activities that Scouts can do at home or with other Scouts and supplemented by virtual programs.
Learn more about Cub Scout Stay Camp and The Yawgoog Network!

See the most recent information on our Camping Season.

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

  • The Council Administrative Office is closed. 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 
    • 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.  
  • All district and council meetings and activities are being canceled or will either be held via video call or will be canceled through the end of June.
  • 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.  
  • Upcoming council committee, district committee, and commissioner meetings will be held via conference call. There will not be an in-person option through the end of June.

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