As communicated earlier this week, the Daniel Webster Council is closely following the impact of the coronavirus and its impact on youth, families, and our communities. The impact of the pandemic is ever-changing. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, the Council is making the following actions and recommendations:
COUNCIL AND DISTRICT PROGRAM
All District and Council events for the remainder of March have been postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date. This includes the Council Annual Meeting, the Eagle Recognition Dinner, training events, and District Pinewood Derbies.
The Council Service Center will remain open to serve your needs.
Daniel Webster Council camps will be closed for weekend camping through April 17th. If the current situation improves quickly, we will reevaluate lifting the April 17th date.
Summer camp plans are still very much underway, and we encourage scouts to continue to make camp deposits as scheduled. In the event, Summer Camp is impacted, all deposits will be returned. The submission of deposits helps us to plan your summer adventure.
Continue to listen to any concerns presented by your families as it relates to programming decisions. The decision to hold or cancel unit meetings should be made by the unit leader in consultation with the unit committee and also with the support of the unit’s chartered organization and/or the meeting space provider. It is suggested the unit follow the scheduling plan of the local community school district. If your community schools and after school activities are open, scouting programs may be held. If after school activities are canceled our recommendation is your unit meeting should also be canceled.
In the event you have to cancel units meetings, we would encourage you to use web meetings (such as Zoom or GoToMeeting) or group conference calls.
Continue to educate your scouts and families by promoting the following:
- Frequently wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Stay home when sick.
- If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
As is our practice in Scouting, our efforts are focused on preparation and responsiveness guided by official health organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization. Remaining vigilant in hand hygiene and social distancing are some of the most important practices, especially in communities where there is confirmed community spread of the virus.
The CDC offers helpful aids to guide these efforts, including:
Please continue to monitor council updates on our website www.nhscouting.org and on our Facebook Page.
Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your local district executive. We will do everything we can to answer your questions using the information available to us.