Scout Leaders, Parents and Friends of Scouting:
As a leadership organization, we want to do our best to assist with any potential spread of Coronavirus and keep our Scouting family and community healthy. We are following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), New York State Department of Health, New Jersey Department of Health and local and state government and agencies.
Volunteer Service Center Operations:
Beginning Monday, March 16 the Greater New York Council Staff began to operate remotely. Our staff will continue their dedicated work and will be available via email and phone for questions, needs, and service to you. Click here to contact our dedicated professionals. To enhance your ability to communicate with the council staff, we have enabled a chat option on our council website, bsa-gnyc.org, where you can ask questions Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Our team, when available, will answer your question or find an answer for you.
The Award Center at our Scout Office, Scout Shop at Alpine Scout Camp and Scout Shop at William H. Pouch Scout Camp are closed. We recognize that Scouting will continue and there may be individuals, or units that require Scouting equipment or outdoor gear. By sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a supply request, our team will communicate with you by phone about your order, package your order and send to you by mail.
On March 16, Bergen County, where Alpine Scout Camp is located, issued an emergency executive order which effectively closed the operation of Alpine Scout Camp. On March 16, the executive committee for the Greater New York Councils, voted to temporarily close Alpine Scout Camp, William H. Pouch Scout Camp and Ten Mile River Scout Camps for the health and safety of our Scouts, staff and the community.
As the situation changes daily, the camping team is offering to move unit and outside group reservations, that are scheduled between March 17 and April 30, to a later date in 2020, a date in 2021 or offer a refund of fees paid. Requests for a date transfer or for a refund should be sent to email@example.com .
Individual camper deposits for summer camp are due by March 31. The deadline remains in place and is vital to providing a safe and enjoyable summer camp experience. The camper deposit has been considered non-refundable. For 2020 summer camps, we will consider the camper deposit as refundable if the Department of Health mandates the closure of summer camps. These deposits represent critical information so we can prepare summer camp staffing levels and order the required program supplies.
Unit/District/Council Meetings and Events:
All in-person Scouting activities are canceled effective immediately. This includes unit meetings (including patrol and den meetings), campouts, activities, trips, Pinewood Derbies, Blue and Gold Dinners, Court of Honors (including for Eagle Scouts), etc. There are no exceptions to this rule. Please continue to work with your Scouts via digital and electronic methods.
All in-person council-level and district-level events and meetings are canceled . This includes Roundtable, training events and committee meetings. Please use all digital and electronic means available to conduct your meetings.
If you have questions about District or Council events happening in your area please contact your District Professional. For unit meetings, please continue to work directly with your unit leadership and charter organization.
Everyday Preventive Measures:
Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
-Stay home when you feel sick.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
-Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
-Avoid shaking hands.
-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
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.
The safety of our Scouts, Leaders, Parents, and Staff is our number one priority. Thank you for your leadership and dedication to helping keep our community safe.
Yours in Scouting,
Ethan Draddy Scout Executive Greater New York Councils