The National BSA has addressed this situation across all of it’s outlets, and this page serves as the documentation hub for everything that the BSA puts out as a statement. The John Ross District web committee will update this page as information becomes available.
BSA Response to Coronavirus COVID-19 – 03/13/20
The BSA continues to carefully monitor the rapidly evolving situation regarding COVID-19. As Scouts, volunteers and employees, helping our communities in times of need is foundational to who we are. It is now time for us to each do our part to minimize the impact of the disease, especially since health authorities underscore that the spread of the coronavirus can be slowed down, which will save lives and avoid overwhelming our local healthcare infrastructures. (click here to read the full email)
National Statement on COVID-19
In Scouting, we vow to help other people at all times. Now, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Scouting community must do its part to slow the spread of the virus, which will save lives and avoid overwhelming our local healthcare infrastructure. The safety of Scouts, volunteers, employees and our communities is our top priority. (click here to read the full statement)
We strongly encourage all Scout units to continue the adventure of Scouting through virtual meetings and online activities. These are challenging times for all, but as Scouts, we’re prepared to overcome the challenges and continue providing our youth with fun activities and life skills that will serve them well in any challenge! Cub Scouts can still work on electives. Scouts BSA members can work on Merit Badges. Visit our Virtual Scouting page for ideas on activities to do with your sons and daughters while schools are closed.
And, let’s find ways to Do A Good Turn! What better time is there than now. Consider having your Scouts write letters, make phone calls, or send a “thinking of you” video to people that are in Nursing Homes and other facilities, or children in the hospital that have limited access to visitors. Even small gestures will go a long way to make someone’s day especially as we are asked to social distance and stay home – many will feel the affects of such isolation.
Scouting continues! It just may look a little different for a while.
A Scout is Clean and Prepared:
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.