Cornhusker Council Response to COVID-19


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 beginning Friday, March 13 and until further notice will be postponed. 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

At this present time, Cornhusker Council is planning on operating our summer camps. For the safety of all participating, we have delayed the start of our summer camps until July. For more information and details on the date changes, please click here. This is an unprecedented situation and we are aware that you, your families, and your units are presented with many challenges. We will continue to provide any updates as they occur.

 

Council Facilities

Per guidance provided by the State of Nebraska, the Cornhusker Council Service Center and Scout Shop, Camp Cornhusker and will be closed to the public until further notice.

Within our council territory, schools are closed, and non-essential businesses have been urged to cease normal operations to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Cornhusker Council is taking this action in accordance with local and state authorities as well as the Scout Oath and Law. The safety of our Scouting family is our highest priority.

The council is committed to continuing business operations remotely so we can fulfill our mission. If you have a time-sensitive issue, please contact your local professional via email or call.

Many council and district meetings will continue as tele- or videoconferences. Please check the council calendar for details.


Units are strongly encouraged NOT TO hold face to face meetings and have virtual meetings while we practice social distancing, unless cleared by the unit's charter organization and in compliance with state and local municipalities. Please adhere to your local municipalities rules on social distancing along with the permission from your charter organization. Scouting can play an important role for youth and families during these trying times—the lessons of the Scout Oath and Law are as important now as they have ever been.

Our council camping facilities will be closed until further notice. 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.


 

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

 

We're in uncharted waters and aware that this crisis presents many challenges to you and your family. Please be mindful of your physical and mental wellbeing, as well as that of those around you and most vulnerable in our communities. We will get through this together, so please do your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

For Scouting related questions, refer to your District Executive or CDC.gov for updates and resources.

 

Yours in Scouting,

John Sumner

Scout Executive