COUNCIL UPDATE REGARDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
(Updated 6/21/2021)

Lincoln Heritage Council, BSA COVID-19 Update & Additional Guidance for our Scouting Programs & Volunteers

The Lincoln Heritage Council’s (LHC) top priority during this COVID-19 pandemic is the safety of our Scouts, leaders, parents, and staff.  We continue to monitor (and alter if needed) using the guidance of the state, CDC, and our Health Advisory Committee.

Council Guidance for Unit/Den/Patrol Weekly Meetings, Day Outings & Camping!

  • Units/Dens/Patrols should follow all Scouting guidelines (Guide to Safe Scouting and Age Appropriate Activities), youth protection policies, state, local, and CDC guidelines regarding youth activities and gatherings.
  • Meetings, outings, camping, and locations must be approved by the unit’s chartered organization and follow any procedures or additional guidelines set forth by the chartered organizations.
  • Adult & youth participants should administer a health check at home prior to attending a Scouting activity using the pre-event checklist. If participants have a fever and/or have any symptoms of COVID-19, they should not attend. They should seek advice from a health care provider as appropriate.

Current LHC Cub Summer Experience Guidelines:

We have been in continuous contact with our county health departments, American Camping Association and National BSA Outdoor Programs regarding COVID-19 mitigation.  The information below applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.

  • Mask/face coverings while outdoors and socially distant, will not be required.  Masks will be required in any indoor locations.  Buffs/gators can be used as long as they are double layered.
  • The first morning of camp at check-in, we will go through the pre-event medical screening checklist. Note: a daily temperature check is not required. Each morning after the first day, you or the camp health officer will do a health check before drop off.
  • Lunch will not be provided. Plan to bring your own sack lunch unless otherwise noted in the pre-camp letters.

Current LHC Scouts BSA Summer Camp Guidelines:

We have been in continuous contact with our county health departments, American Camping Association and National BSA Outdoor Programs regarding COVID-19 mitigation and have recently received an updated letter from the county health departments allowing us to operate camp under their guidance.  The information below applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Throughout this process, we have continually consulted with the BSA National Outdoor Programs Office, State & Local Health Departments/Physicians and our health advisory committee.

  • Masks/face covering while outdoors and socially distant, will not be required.  Masks will be required in the trading post, dining hall (when not eating), administration building, and other indoor locations.  Buffs/gators can be used as long as they are double layered.
  • Each camper, adult, and visitor will need to bring with them the 7 day pre-screening form.
    • While we still are not hosting a family night, visitors are welcome as long as they fill out the pre-screening form and follow our indoor/outdoor mask policies.
  • We will also ask that the Scout leader in charge at camp complete a daily health check with each youth and adult. Any concerns should be reported to the Health Officer. Note: a daily temperature check is not required.
  • Tents will remain at two per tent and plan to sleep head to toe.
  • Adirondacks will go back to full capacity (8 youth or 4 adults per Adirondack) and plan to also sleep head to toe as well.
  • Staff will still plan to keep youth socially distant as much as possible in merit badge sessions. We ask that Scouts bring a mask/face covering with them to each session in the event that social distancing is not possible.
  • Dining hall will still be at lower capacity numbers. We will have both an indoor and outdoor option at Camp Crooked Creek. Pfeffer and Tunnel Mill Scout reservations will have an indoor option.
  • Lunch will still be a grab-and-go option. Breakfast and dinner will be served cafeteria style.

Camp-wide activities will go on as scheduled.

To see all past communications regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, please click here.


RESOURCE LINKS

STATE/CDC/NATIONAL, BSA/and LHC, BSA

Indiana: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/

Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/governor/covid-19.html

Kentucky: kycovid19.ky.gov

Illinois: https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/

  • CDC decision tree graphic for youth programs and camps:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/Camps-Decision-Tree.pdf

 

Resource links for our local council and National, BSA for additional info/updates/and FAQ about the Coronavirus protocols:

Lincoln Heritage Council, BSA

National, BSA