I am writing on behalf of the Daniel Webster Council, to provide an update on our efforts to be prepared and provide timely and accurate information to our families in light of the global COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Our staff and members of our Risk Management team are following the most up-to-date guidance and procedures from New Hampshire public health officials such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and NH Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). Currently we are assessing conditions within our facilities and programs on an ongoing basis, to ensure we are taking the appropriate precautions. Our main goal is the health and safety of your family while participating in our programs. So we will follow any recommendations of the local, state and national governing bodies.
The New Hampshire DHHS has launched a website with the latest details on Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). We recommend you read this over so that you are more informed about this disease.
Decision Making Around Activity Cancellations
We have received many questions about the potential need for the closing of programs, camps, and home school activities. Because our programs are at different locations, of different sizes and have a variety of participants coming from different towns and cities, decisions about closures are very complex.
Daniel Webster Council will make decisions about closures on a case-by-case basis. We recognize that closing a program or activity has repercussions on every family. However, it is recommended that we hold as much of our activities outdoors and in small groups- so at camp and in “patrols”. If you have questions about whether or not your unit should hold or attend a scout program, you can contact: email@example.com
Currently our summer camp programs will not be closing. As stated, we are monitoring the situation so that we can make informed decisions when the time arrives. We are working contingency plans in case we need to make that decision. Which will be based on feedback from the public health officials, our risk Management team, and Council Physician.
Things You and Your Family Can Do
There are certain, basic things that everyone (both adults and youth) can do to assist in keeping you and your family healthy:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Viruses that cause colds can live on your hands, and regular handwashing can help protect you from getting sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Stay away from people who are sick.
- If you are not feeling well, then you should remain home
- Don’t share water bottles, glasses or eating utensils.
- Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
- Should you remain sick be sure to consult with your personal Health Care Provider (HCP)
Also be sure to follow similar recommendations while participating in scouting. These practices should be re-enforced at unit meetings, day outings, and overnight camp-outs. If you are interested in learning more about communicable disease prevention please review this from the National Office: CLICK HERE
Continued Preparedness Planning
We will continue to send you updates and share the latest information via newsletter, website, and social media. We also welcome your questions — including the opportunity to dispel or confirm rumors in the community. Please email these concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can carefully monitor these inquiries. While we may not be able to answer every message individually, your messages are informing our updates.
As always, medical questions and concerns should be brought to a school nurse, your own doctor, or the NH Department of Health and Human Services 603-271-4496
Yours in Scouting,