The Risk Management Committee of Nevada Area Council is appointed by the Board of Directors to assist the Board in its oversight of the Council’s risk management strategies, policies, and practices that identify, assess, monitor and manage the Council’s risks.

The current committee members are: Terry Abts, Chairman; Dan Deakin, Council Professional; Paul Penttila, Secretary; Dr. Rich King; Marshall Smith; Joe Mowery; Henry Hicks and Lorena Valencia.


COVID-19 Update for 3/5/2021

This message specifically addresses removing restrictions on indoor meetings and overnight camping so long as the following guidance is met.

With restrictions easing and/or changing for localities in California and Nevada, the Nevada Area Council is prepared to ease restrictions. In some localities restrictions may not be easing. Please make sure you continue to follow all local, state, and federal guidelines. 

Please understand until further notice you will need to ensure you have your unit’s Key 3 (Charter Representative, Unit Leader, and Committee Chair) complete the COVID-19 Nevada Area Council Training video that is online. You will also be required to have completed and submitted the Key 3 Compliance Agreement form to RiskManagement@Nevadabsa.org. The unit is then also required to have on file a Personal Consent Form for each person that may attend anything related to Scouting. These forms and the training can be found at www.nevadabsa.org/covid.

We know that meeting outside and doing activities outside has less risks for the spread of COVID-19. We encourage you to get outside and go have fun. If you can do camping safely please feel free to go camping. We do have some restrictions at this time when camping. Travel should not include mixing of families or households in a vehicle unless you plan on practicing social distancing and wearing a mask the entire time which is difficult since this is not feasible with many vehicles when sitting in the vehicle. Travel between localities may mean you encounter new restrictions. Families and households should not mix when staying in tents. If you plan to not use tents then you should apply social distancing when sleeping with a 10ft distance between people.

With this ease of Nevada Area Council’s restrictions, if you feel you can meet safely indoors please feel free to have fun and meet if this is permissible to your local restrictions.

Information as it pertains to restrictions for Nevada can be found on this page with Nevada Health Response governor directives and declarations and for California on this page with CA Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk. There are many different pages that may help and apply to situations you may be trying to figure out as you plan out an activity. We encourage you to refer to this page and also with the CDC Physical Activity, Sports, and Recreation page as we continue to follow all local, state, and federal guidelines. These may not be your only resource for guidance online and if you have question please feel free to ask riskmanagement@nevadabsa.org.

The Boy Scouts of America has setup a COVID-19 website that provides guidance and some of these great resources:

As you choose to meet, remember to make sure you tell people that feel sick to stay home, to wash your hands frequently, to make hand sanitizer available, to wear a mask, and to practice social distancing. If you have a situation that arises with COVID-19 please make sure to complete the Incident Report and notify the Scout Office.

Please remember, not only is this COVID-19 training needed for your Key 3 but all leaders in your unit should be trained with Youth Protection Training and position specific training. Please see this list of trainings required for your position.

For any questions and thoughts please direct them to riskmanagement@nevadabsa.org.


COVID-19 Update for 1/19/2021

Dear Scouters,

After careful consideration and listening to Governor Steve Sisolak and his request to continue to help limit the spread of COVID-19, we share that units are not allowed to meet together indoors at this time. Meetings that are typically held indoors can use one of the many online platforms.

We do recognize that the health of our youth and the adults that serve them is also important and that many are concerned about the mental health impact that COVID-19 is having. We do understand that if you follow the state, county, and local guidelines along with our COVID-19 training and requirements that you can work on having a safe environment. If you feel you can safely abide by these rules for an outside activity for our youth then this is an option you can consider.  Overnight camping is still not allowed at this time. 

Please understand until further notice you will need to ensure you have your unit’s Key 3 (Charter Representative, Unit Leader, and Committee Chair) complete the COVID-19 Nevada Area Council Training. You will also be required to have completed and submitted the Key 3 Compliance Agreement form to rm@nevadabsa.org. The unit is then also required to have on file a Personal Consent Form for each person that may attend anything related to Scouting. These forms and the training can be found at www.nevadabsa.org/covid.

In regards to any face to face meeting or activity please make sure you continue to follow all federal, state, and local policies. Wearing a mask, social distancing, and frequent hand washing will need to be practiced and continually reviewed. You can review Nevada guidelines at www.nvhealthresponse.nv.gov and for California guidelines at www.covid19.ca.gov.

These are trying times. We know and recognize the power Scouting has to help our communities. Let us lead by example. Let us help our front line workers. Let us remember the Scout Oath and Law.

Thank you for all you do and for all of your strength, persistence, and patience.

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National Boy Scouts of America Statement on COVID-19

 


Resources

Safety Moments  Visit this website to find safety moments you can share with your unit at the beginning of your meetings as general reminders or before a relevant activity. 

Guide to Safe Scouting  All participants in official Scouting activities should become familiar with the Guide to Safe Scouting, applicable program literature or manuals, and be aware of state or local government regulations that supersede Boy Scouts of America practices, policies, and guidelines.

Health and Safety  The BSA’s Commitment to Safety page. Find everything you need for Safety here.

Remember Safety Pause

Being Safe During COVID19

John Hopkins COVID-19  COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU). T website shows up-to-date statistics of the Pandemic, lets you see the COVID cases around the world, and you can scroll down to your county.

 

Risk Management Committee Meeting Minutes