We hope you and your family are adapting to the difficult circumstances that come from the impact of the pandemic and the circumstances related to social isolation. As a result of recent events in the past week, and the expanding nature of the pandemic, the council is amending previous recommendations made to the following:
COUNCIL AND DISTRICT PROGRAM
All District and Council events until May 15th will be postponed and will be rescheduled to a later date. This includes the Council Annual Meeting, Council Recognition Dinner, the Eagle Recognition Dinner, training events and District Pinewood Derbies, etc. The CDC has recommended against gatherings of groups of 50 or more until May 15th. Our programs will adhere to this recommendation.
The Council Service Center will continue to conduct daily business. However, we ask all volunteers and parents to limit all in person transactions and conduct business by phone, mail and electronic communications. Eagle candidate applications postmarked by the applicants 18th birthday will be accepted as on-time.
Several online programs and trainings are being planned for scouts and families and several online resources will be made available to scouts. Continue to visit nhscouting.org and the Daniel Webster Council Facebook page for periodic program updates.
Daniel Webster Council camps will be closed through May 15th.
Summer camp plans are still very much underway and we encourage scouts to continue to make camp deposits as scheduled. The deadline for initial camp deposits is April 1st. In the event, Summer Camp is impacted all deposits will be returned. The submission of deposits helps us to plan your summer adventure and our teams are conducting regular planning to run a Super Fantastic program at all of our camps.
The President of the United States advises no groups of 10 or more. Units are strongly encouraged to adhere to these guidelines until this recommendation is lifted. 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; local scouting meetings may be held but should be limited to the recommended sizes provided by the CDC or by order of the government. If after school activities are cancelled our recommendation is your unit meeting should also be cancelled.
In the event you have to cancel units meetings we would encourage your unit to use web meetings (such as Zoom or GoToMeeting) or group conference calls. We encourage the use of these online meetings to maintain progress on merit badge work and advancement.
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 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 and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. 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. The next update will be sent by April 15th.
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.