Cornhusker Council Response to COVID-19

Events that are postponed between March 13th - March 31st:

  • All Climbing wall and camping events, at Camp Cornhusker and the Outdoor Education Center
  • NYLT Spring Course - Registrations moved to Summer Course, proposed Fall Course
  • Salt Valley District Pinewood Derby - moved to May 30th
  • Seven Feathers District Pinewood Derby
  • Seven Feathers District Dinner
  • Prairie Winds District Pinewood Derby
  • Salt Valley District Committee Meeting - meeting moved online
  • Salt Valley Eagle Board of Review
  • Golden Sun Lodge Trade O Ree
  • MAC-Husker-Trails College of Commissioner Science

Events that are postponed or moved online between April 1st - May 10th:

*As these events have just now been postponed, please check back in a few days for updates as to rescheduling and/or moving to an online setting*

  • All Climbing wall and camping events, at Camp Cornhusker and the Outdoor Education Center
  • Roundtable - moved online
  • BSA Swimming and Water Rescue
  • Scout Night at the Stars - postponed
  • Hooked on Scouting - moved to May 16th
  • Beaver Day at Camp Cornhusker
  • National Jamboree Open House - moved online
  • Life to Eagle Seminar
  • OEC Weeklong Day Camp Meeting - moved online
  • Salt Valley Merit Badge Clinic - moved to July 11th
  • Cub Scout BB Gun/Archery Range Master Training
  • Salt Valley Spring Camporee - moved to August 28-30
  • Scouting for Food Door Hanger Distribution - moved to Fall
  • Cub Scout Disability Awareness Event - canceled, will reschedule in 2021
  • Wilderness First Aid Training
  • Seven Feathers Spring Camporee
  • Prairie Winds Spring Camporee
  • Prairie Winds District Dinner
  • OA Spring Event
  • Seven Feathers District Pinewood Derby

Dear Scouting Family:

As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect local Scouting programs in Cornhusker Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following information regarding local events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.

 

Status of Council Events

After much consideration, it has been decided that all in-person Council and District events, activities, and meetings between Friday, March 13 and Sunday, May 10th will be postponed or cancelled. This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of our Scouts, Scouters, and their families. 

 The final decision on continued unit activities will be the responsibility of the unit committee in consultation with their chartered organization and, in some cases, their meeting facilities until such time as new guidance is issued by the CDC. 

We strongly encourage that districts, units, and council committees consider using technology to continue with as many of their normally scheduled meetings and events as possible. Free or low-cost options include Free Conference Call, Skype, and Google Hangouts. 

 

Summer Programs

Currently, all summer programming - day camps, summer camps, etc. - will continue as planned. 

 

Council Facilities

Cornhusker Council is committed to keeping our Scouting families safe and modeling Citizenship in our Community. To that end, the Service Center and Scout Shop will be closed to the public from Thursday, March 19 through Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Per the CDC recommended guidelines, all in-person events occuring between now and May 10th will be postponed or moved to an online setting.

Our council camping facilities will be closed through May 10th. If you have an existing reservation, we will give your unit credit for a future date.

 

Event Refunds

When possible, we are encouraging events to reschedule for a later date. If you are registered for an event that gets postponed, your registration will be transferred to the new date. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, you may request a refund according to our standard policy.

For events that are cancelled outright, we are in the process of reviewing our council refund policy. Given the number of events, and that many events have already incurred substantial costs for supplies and reservation fees, it may be difficult to issue full refunds. Our team is working to determine what is possible.

If you are able to do so, please consider not requesting a refund and allowing your registration fee to support Scouting. This will help us offset the costs and lost income from cancelled events.

 

BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness

The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.

 

Everyday Preventive Measures

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. A Scout salute or wave will suffice.
  • 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.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your district executive. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us. This message and future updates will be available at https://www.cornhuskercouncil.org/covid19/page.html

 

Yours in Scouting,

John Sumner

Scout Executive