COVID-19 Safety Updates
December 29th, 2020
The continuing surge of COVID-19 cases across Indiana and Michigan shows that the virus is continuing to spread at its highest rate since the onset of the pandemic. It is projected by the CDC that levels will remain high and a spike upward is expected within 2 weeks of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Many of our local hospitals are at or have exceeded their capacity. Due to continuing high COVID-19 activity levels in the counties that make up our council, and with some of those counties in the “RED” category, all groups; including troops, crews, packs, and dens are not to conduct in-person indoor Scout meetings and activities until February 1, 2021. All of the above groups are encouraged to hold virtual meetings.
Scout units are to thoughtfully consider whether they can continue to conduct safe outdoor activities and make that decision after consulting with their charter organization. If an outdoor activity is planned, Scouts, leaders, and family members must all conduct COVID-19 self-health assessments, wear face coverings, and practice physical distancing of at least six feet throughout the activity. We recognize the importance of outdoor Scouting activities during this time while being mindful of the risk these activities could pose to other family members as Scouts go home, including those family members who are vulnerable. If you feel it is unsafe to hold your outdoor activity, please wait until a safer time. At all times, Unit Leaders must abide by the then current local municipality, county, and state orders and regulations.
Also, all-district, council, and Order of the Arrow events, activities, meetings, and training events will be canceled, postponed, or conducted virtually until February 1, 2021. Our 3 camps - Camp Topenebee, Camp Tamarack, and Rice Woods will remain open for day activities and overnight tent camping following the one Scout per tent policy. However, the camp cabins, dining halls, and other indoor meeting spaces are closed until February 1, 2021.
In addition, all Eagle projects, service projects, and unit fundraising activities are required to follow the guidelines below:
- Group sizes must be no larger than 10 people.
- Indoor groups must be from no more than 3 families.
- Facial masks must be worn at all times.
- All direct personal contact with non-unit members must be limited. Wearing of gloves and face shields are recommended practices in addition to face masks.
- All BSA safety protocols such as 2 deep leadership must be followed.
In light of the fact that we have been restricted much of this year and Scouting in the outdoors is an important facet of our program, each district will be allowed to hold one (1) outdoor, in-person activity during the month of January 2021. This may be the traditional Klondike derby or some other outdoor activity. Each district will receive specific rules and guidelines for conducting this activity. Everyone attending this activity will be required to submit a Pre-Arrival Health Check form.
All COVID related documents can be found at the bottom of this page.
We know that the COVID-19 restrictions have been challenging for our Scouts and leaders. We all look forward to the time when we can continue our in-person Scouting adventures. In the meantime, please visit the LaSalle Council website for activities and advancement that your Scouts can do from home.
As members of the Scouting community, we should all take the lead in ensuring not only our personal safety, but also of all those around us by wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, washing our hands, and following all governmental guidelines.
Thank you for your leadership in Scouting during these challenging times. Scout on, Safely!
Greg Kil | Council President
Randy Yoho | Council Commissioner
John M. Cary | Scout Executive/CEO