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From SDIC on 6/19/20
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Regarding In-person Scouting in San Diego and Imperial Counties.
- What are current guidelines for unit meetings (size, format, etc.)? Are in-person Den / Patrol meetings possible now? At this time, the San Diego County Health Order says:
1. All persons are to remain in their homes or at their place of residence, except for employees or customers travelling to and from essential businesses, reopened businesses, or essential activities as defined in section 21, below, or to participate in individual or family outdoor activity as allowed by this Order.
2. All public or private “gatherings,” as defined in section 21 below, are prohibited.
“Gathering” is any event or convening that brings together more than one person in a single room or single indoor or outdoor space at the same time. A gathering does not include:
Therefore, meetings and all other group activities continue to be prohibited. We will operate our Day Camps under the “Reopened Business” clause an in accordance with the specific guidelines from the county on Day Camp operation.
- Can we anticipate staged recovery of Pack, Troop, and other meetings (max 10, then 50, then 100)? What should we expect to hear from local officials that will trigger us to begin in-person meetings? It is difficult to speculate the path forward for meeting sizes and the county recommendations, but it does seem that other parts of the country have followed that practice so it is likely. Messages from local officials which modify the above requirements will help to direct our moves towards in-person meetings. The National BSA has provided this checklist for units as they prepare for the eventual reopening. https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-693.pdf
- At what point would overnight camping as a unit be allowed? Who decides? Currently San Diego and other counties are allowing camping only for “households.” This precludes any unit of any size from going overnight camping. Additionally, guidance from the BSA for summer camps across the country is that units should only camp if both the officials governing their place of residence permit the activity and the officials governing the destination also permit it.
- What is the protocol for visiting the Service Center and Scout Shop? Visiting the Service Center and the Scout Shop are in keeping with other open businesses in San Diego County. Personal Protective Equipment, specifically a mask, is required. Non-household groups should remain at an appropriate social distance of 6+ feet. All visitors should remain in the area of the Scout Shop and the Service Center as the campgrounds are closed.
- We said that units can reserve at MSR / CFI / Balboa to camp and to run their own programs. When will this be permitted? Our current plan is to open our council operated camp facilities for unit camping in keeping with the county protocols. Fiesta Island campgrounds are operated by the City of San Diego and we have no control over their reservation procedures.
- There’s been talk about the Council organizing special events at its camp properties, like a shooting, water sports, COPE or other day or weekend activity. Is it possible to put some dates on the calendar for such events even though they may have to be canceled later on? In light of the county orders, at this time we do not have any planned events through the summer aside from our Day Camp programs.