COUNCIL UPDATE REGARDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
(Updated 8/25/2021)

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 Covid Screening 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 Program 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 indoor locations.  Buffs/gators can be used as long as they are double layered.
  • Adult & youth participants should administer a health check at home prior to attending a Scouting activity using the Pre Event Covid Screening 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.
  • If camping, tents will remain at two per tent and plan to sleep head to toe.
  • If using adirondacks, will be at full capacity (8 youth or 4 adults per Adirondack) and plan to also sleep head to toe as well.
  • In addition to these guidelines, please refer to the Event Planning Guide for specifics that relate to the event that you are attending.

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/

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

National, BSA

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