COVID-19 Update May 1, 2020

coronavirus

We hope you and your family are remaining healthy and continue to adapt and adjust to this very difficult time in our society.  As was communicated previously we promised to provide to you an update on May 1st:

Council and District Program      

All District and Council events until June 1st will be postponed and as needed are being rescheduled. The Council continues to observe all orders by the State of New Hampshire and recommended guidelines by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). All Scouting programs are required to adhere to these orders and recommendations. 

In response to the order issued by the Governor this afternoon, the Daniel Webster Council Service Center will continue to be closed through May 31st. The council will continue to monitor any updates regarding the reopening of businesses identified as non-essential. Despite the closure of the service center, our staff continues to serve the scouting program remotely and our team is actively working on program planning and delivery, volunteer service and direct unit support. Eagle candidate applications continue to be processed as well as all scout advancement. The council also continues to collect and process mail being sent to the service center. 

To date the Council has hosted dozens of online programs and trainings for the benefit of Scouts, volunteers, and families. We encourage all families to participate in the National Camp in scheduled for tomorrow.

The council staff is working remotely and will continue to serve unit needs while “Scouting at Home.”  Furthermore, our camp rangers are doing everything possible to be prepared for summer program opportunities. We encourage you to contact your unit serving executive for any assistance related to your program at home. For a directory of staff support please click here. Beginning on Monday, May 4th we will be adding new features to the Council website to support our volunteers and families

Camping

In order to prepare our camping facilities and to ensure the camps are well sanitized and ready for the opening of summer camp, Daniel Webster Council camping facilities will remain closed until the start of camp on July 5th.   

Our summer camp plans are very much still proceeding, and we encourage scouts to continue to make their initial camp deposits if they have not done so already. Furthermore, we continue to identify and recruit camp staff. If you or someone you know is interested in applying please complete a staff application. You can find a copy of the staff application by clicking here. The deadline for initial camp deposits was April 1st, however we will continue to honor camp deposits for Scouts wanting to attend camp. In the event of cancellation of camp programs all deposits will be refunded. The submission of deposits are essential to us to plan for your summer adventure and to ensure we run a “Super Fantastic” program at all of our camps

Camp Final Payment 

The final camp payments previously due on May 15th have been temporarily suspended and the final payment date will be announced once the Council receives clear guidance from the NH Governor’s Task force regarding summer camp operating guidelines. Currently, our camp staff and our Rangers are hard at work preparing safe facilities and planning for an effective program delivery that will adhere to all guidelines. Once more information is available parents of campers will receive our health and safety guidelines for campers, an FAQ regarding camp, and other necessary information as it relates to preparing for camp program. Daniel Webster Council camps operate fully in accordance with local laws, Boy Scouts of America National Camp Accreditation policies, and the regulations and requirements of the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.

For those seeking financial assistance the council has extended the campership deadline to June 1. You can download a copy of the campership application by clicking here.

Unit Program

While we understand this has been difficult for our Scout families, all Scouting units are required to adhere to the Stay at Home order by the Governor of NH at this time. Until such time as the order is lifted, units are not permitted to assemble for in-person meetings, this includes camping or other unit outings at this time. Again, we highly encourage virtual meetings. Many scouting units are running effective programs in this format. If you need guidance on how to implement a program please contact your unit serving executive. For a staff directory please click here.

We continue to encourage our units to meet using the many online resources available to host web meetings. Because of your efforts, Scouting continues to be visible and is thriving despite the pandemic, and we commend you for your efforts!

The council has placed many exciting new programs online for “Scouting at Home” from online merit badge programs to trainings for adults, and even a “celebrity speaker series” that we continue to announce new speakers. Please continue to visit our Scouting at Home Hub and look out for council newsletter with some outstanding program updates, news and resources. 

Recently, the Boy Scouts of America updated their Digital Safety and Online Scouting Activities Guidelines. You can view the updates by clicking here.

“Scouts Support Hospitals” Initiative

The NH Hospital Association and the Daniel Webster Council, BSA announced the “Scouts Supports Hospitals” Initiative and we are observing a significant response of participation by families of Cub Dens and Packs, Scouts BSA Troops, and Venturing Crews. THANK YOU! Hundreds of Scouters have been collecting care package items including snacks, drinks, thank you notes, and making masks to support our front line healthcare workers at area hospitals. We encourage you to continue these collection efforts as our hospitals continue to need the support of the community. To participate or to learn how you and your unit can make an impact please visit our webpage by clicking hereTHANK YOU FOR MAKING SUCH A CRITICAL IMPACT DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

As is our practice in Scouting, our efforts continue to be 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.  

Please continue to monitor council updates on our website www.nhscouting.org and on social media.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your local district executive or email communications@nhscouting.org. We will do everything we can to answer your questions using the information available to us.  

Jay Garee                                   Jim Steiner                            John Arico
Scout Executive                         Council President                 Council Commissioner