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  • NAC Compliance
  • Reference Links
  • What Scouts can do
  • Letters from Scout Executive Paul Penttila and Risk Management Committee

NEVADA AREA COUNCIL COVID Safe Compliance Forms

These forms are for use in accordance to be able to do face to face meetings and activities.

Camp Fleischmann Updates

Scouting Related

Recommended Video Conferencing Platforms

References for Consideration

Social Media

What can all Scouting members do to protect themselves and others

  • Please observe social distancing.
  • Scouting members should take the same precautions they would for any common cold or flu.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. *(Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content can work in a pinch, but they're generally not as effective as soap and water). 
  • Hands should be washed before eating, after using the bathroom, and when you come inside from outdoor activities that caused hands to get dirty.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or noses.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into your elbows and not your hands.
  • Distance yourself from anyone coughing or sneezing.
  • Encourage Healthy Habits, like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep.
  • If you are sick, stay away from school, work, Scouts and others.
  • If you have any symptoms of the virus, seek medical attention immediately and follow the advice of your medical professional.

 

 

Letter on 3/27/2020

Dear Scouting Families,

If you have not had a chance to read my prior message I have included it below in which it gives instruction on Scouting activities and supporting Gov. Sisolak's statement.

Scouting at Home

Please visit this great resource page for ways to do Scouting at Home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Great ideas for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing.

Camp Cards

Due to the camp cards being affected by COVID-19 we are extending the turn in date for the camp cards to Friday, June 12th. Camp Cards will have to be turned in to the upstairs Scout Office or by arrangement with your District Executive. Beginning Saturday, June 13 the late fee begins so please make arrangements to turn these in. The Scout Shop will not be able to take any returns.

Advancement affected by COVID-19

Please make sure you take the time to read this Q&A. It answers questions for Cub Scout and Scouts BSA units and how to handle different needs with advancement.

If you have immediate needs for handling Eagle Scout paperwork or questions please email eagle@nevadabsa.org

Merit Badges Offered Online for Scouts BSA

Are you a merit badge counselor that would be willing to offer a merit badge class online?  If so please let us know by completing this quick Questionnaire. We plan to select instructors next Monday night and then between Wednesday and Friday we will share the registration links for Troops to register youth. Classes will be view-able online through GoToMeeting.com and will begin April 8th with a cost of $5 per class. Want to be a counselor for this please complete our Questionnaire.

Bored With No School - Let Scouts Help

Each week we are providing two emails that contains 3 ideas of something you can do at home with your Scouts.

Duty to God

In this time at home for our Scouts is a perfect opportunity to work on Duty to God requirements.  Requirements for Cub Scouts can be found in each handbook and on the Religious Emblems Programs page.

The following events have been Postponed:

  • Eagle Banquet - was on Apr 10 (June 6) and is now Fall 2020
  • Wilderness First Aid Training - was on Mar 28,29 is now on May 30,31
  • District Roundtables and Meetings - all Mar and Apr Zypher and Sierra Nevada District meetings will be broadcast online
  • Sporting Clay Tournament was May 30 and is now Aug 15
  • Adventure Day was May 16 and is now August 8
  • Spring Recruitment Training - was April 1
  • Camp Card Turn-In - was May 16 and is now June 12

The following events have been Cancelled:

  • Zypher District Pinewood Derby - was on Apr 4
  • Western Camporee - was on May 1-3
  • ILOS and ILST Trainings - was on May 1-3

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Remember if you need help or have a question you might be able to Dial 211. Its a vital service that connects millions of people to help every year. To get expert, caring help, simply call 211 today.

Paul Penttila |  Scout Executive & CEO, Eagle Scout
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Nevada Area Council

500 Double Eagle Court
Reno, NV 89521

( 775.787.1111  |  Ê 775.787.1114 
+ Paul.Penttila@scouting.org
7 www.nevadabsa.org

 

Letter on 3/18/2020

Dear Scouting Families,

I share with you a request to help slow the spread of COVID-19. In consultation with our Council Risk Management Committee and based on the statement of Gov. Steve Sisolak I share some guidance.

In the spread of COVID-19 our healthcare facilities can easily become overwhelmed. By slowing down the transmission we are able to not overload a facility all at one time. Our way of helping in this process is by evaluating our activities.

At this time, I ask that all Scout Units and Scout meetings not meet in person following Gov. Sisolak's request for 30 days until April 17th. If you have the need to still meet please use technology to meet by phone or video conference. Our request includes all Scouting units in California and Nevada that are part of the Nevada Area Council.

Travelling as a Scout unit should be cancelled in this time frame. If you are out travelling right now please consider your contact with uncontrolled environments and with your contact with others and your physical surrounding.

We hope people will act as good citizens and restrict themselves from public interaction if they are not feeling well. Our healthcare facilities need our help in slowing the transmission. As Scouts, we have an opportunity to show that yesterday we were a Scout, today we are, and tomorrow we are needed as Scouts.

Facilities

The Webster Service Center (Scout Office) and Scout Shop will close at noon on March 18th and we plan to reopen to the public on April 20th. If you have questions please feel free to email to info@nevadabsa.org. If you have Eagle related questions and needs please email eagle@nevadabsa.org. We will do our best to help facilitate any questions.

Trading Post

You may email in an order to nactpost@scouting.org and order forms can be found at www.nevadabsa.org/scoutshop. We will do our best at getting orders shipped out in a timely manner and will begin to process these orders beginning after April 2nd.

Summer Programs

All planned summer programs like Cub Scout day camp and resident camp and all Scouts BSA programs at Camp Fleischmann will continue as planned and we are carefully watching the timeline and will update you if any changes are made.

Paul Penttila |  Scout Executive & CEO, Eagle Scout
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Nevada Area Council

500 Double Eagle Court
Reno, NV 89521

( 775.787.1111  |  Ê 775.787.1114 
+ Paul.Penttila@scouting.org
7 www.nevadabsa.org

 

Letter on 7/1/20

The Nevada Area Council Risk Management Committee met on June 30th to review the current status of COVID-19 pandemic and its relationship and impact with council operations. The committee discussed several areas of concern as it relates to council programs and activities and how to conduct them safely given the recent surge in COVID cases statewide. The committee also reviewed individual unit recommendations.

Governor Sisolak has shared that Phase 2 will remain in effect until the end of July as stated in his Monday News release (June 29). That face masks are required in public and information can be found here: https://nvhealthresponse.nv.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SitRep-6-25-20.pdf in the Governor’s Weekly Situation Report of June 25th.

In all cases, the Nevada Area Council is concerned with the health and safety of all its youth, adult leadership, volunteers, parents, family members, board members and employees of the Nevada Area Council.

The Nevada Area Council covers units in California and Nevada and units may be under differing pandemic phases and should consider the phase their community is under. For Nevada, Governor Sisolak’s Phase 2 Order allows for gatherings of 50 or less people with strict 6’ physical distancing along with good hygiene practices.

Meeting site if used should have pre and post clean-up procedures. Support family decisions regarding face to face meetings. Units should evaluate regularly the status of their programming. Virtual meetings are a good practice

A lot of information has been shared about Contact Tracing; you can learn about this in Thursday’s June 25th Weekly Situation report.

With the recent surge in Nevada in COVID cases, the council suggests ceasing any overnight  camping activity in support of health and safety.

Links for useful resources are listed at the bottom.

Scouting at Home

Please visit this great resource page for ways to do Scouting at Home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Great ideas for Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing.

Advancement affected by COVID-19

Please make sure you take the time to read this Q&A. It answers questions for Cub Scout and Scouts BSA units and how to handle different needs with advancement.

If you have immediate needs for handling Eagle Scout paperwork or questions please email eagle@nevadabsa.org

Scout Office

The Webster Scouting Resource Center (Scout Office) is open from 8am to 5pm and visitors should set an appointment with anyone they plan to visit in the office. Our main doors are locked and someone will need to let you inside with your face covering on. For questions please email info@nevadabsa.org or call 775-787-1111. We ask that all visitors wear a mask and that children do not enter the building. We also have a series of drop boxes outside for Eagle paperwork or other items for your convenience. 

Trading Post

The store's current hours of operation are from 1pm to 5:30pm,Tuesday through Friday. Social distancing and masks are required inside the store and while the front door is locked you are allowed to come inside so please make sure to call in to the store to gain access. To help expedite orders you may email your order to 329NAC.TradingPost@scouting.org . Order forms can be found online at Nevadabsa.org/scoutshop

Thank You

I like you want to be outside, go camping and be with friends, and socialize. When we take the “outing” out of Scouting it creates a huge desire to be in the out of doors. My priority though, as your Scout Executive is for your personal safety and wellbeing.

I have been encouraged by the wonderful community projects that our youth, volunteers and units have done in support of the community and health workers. Continue to lead by example and continue to make good decisions about your health and safety. Let’s continue to Scout Forward and learn new ways to continue in our Scouting programs. Happy 4th of July and please be safe out there.  

Yours in Scouting,

Paul Penttila | Scout Executive & CEO, Eagle Scout
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Nevada Area Council

 
 

 

Letter on 9/18/20

The Board of Directors of the Nevada Area Council issued a policy September 15th stating that there is NO OVERNIGHT CAMPING until further notice.

If you have any questions please contact Paul Penttila, paul.penttila@scouting.org or 775-787-1111 x226.

Plans to approve phased camping and the process to do that will be forthcoming.

 

Updated 11/10/20 

Nevada Area Council Volunteer Board has a current ban on camping for Scouts.

 

Updated 12/16/2020

The sobering news of Gov. Sisolak’s COVID-19 update of Dec. 13th was that the State of Nevada “Pause”, announced earlier, would continue through Jan. 15th of the new year. The Nevada Area Council has followed the direction of the governors' offices of Nevada and California and due to this, the Council will comply with the Jan. 15th date, and will continue restricting all face to face contact until that time.

Both states are experiencing alarming increases in the virus causing stress in the health provider networks throughout local communities. The shortage in critical bed availability is exasperated by the shortage in appropriately trained nurses and other associated healthcare workers.

The positivity rate in Nevada is above 21.4%, with a desired rate of less than 5%, is a goal set by the World Health Organization (WHO). This data indicates that all are susceptible to the virus, and the risk continues to climb.

We all want to get back to Scouting as we have known it. As the year 2020 ends and we leap into 2021, let's recommit ourselves to Scouting by using our scout skills and creativity to provide the best Scouting program possible. Thanks to you, we can do this. 

 

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 below.

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.

 

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 3/16/2021

On March 15, restrictions in Nevada have been updated to allow for gatherings up to 250 people or 50% capacity - whichever is smaller. 

Nevada Governor Directives and Declarations

 

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As of May 18th, 2021, Scouting within the Nevada Area Council is experiencing many varying policies and declarations from our local, state, and federal governmental agencies. Please continue to monitor these and ensure you are following current policies.

The Key 3 Compliance Agreement is still in effect for all Scout units. The information we are providing in this statement will update policies referenced in the Key 3 Compliance Agreement and the COVID Training. Please continue to use the Personal Consent Form for each Scouting activity. These forms can be found at www.nevadabsa.org/covid

Most importantly, as your unit considers how to prepare for meetings, activities, and events, nothing is more important than to continue to follow Youth Protection policies and to remember that we should work to include all Scouts with the ability to participate.

 
Meetings, Activities, Events
For any Scout meeting, activity, or event please continue to practice proper hygiene, social distancing and to express to all participants if you are sick to stay home.

Individuals not exempted by local, state or federal guidelines and/or policies must wear a mask in accordance with current guidance given by the CDC and any subsequent guidance given by the CDC.

A Scout is prepared and carry a mask with him or her.

 
Meals
With better understanding of COVID-19 we can make a change to the guidance given for meals. Going forward please make sure proper hygiene is observed and those preparing and serving any food are wearing a mask. Consideration for social distancing when eating should be applied.

 
Travel
Please try to limit close contact while traveling. You should practice good hygiene and clean areas where people have sat. Masks should be considered relative to current policies given by local, state, and federal governments.

As you travel, you may experience differing policies and you must abide by those policies in the areas you travel through and to.

Careful consideration should be given to those staying together with those traveling in vehicles together, as the close proximity makes each other "household cohorts."

 
Tenting
People that are not of the same household can stay in a tent, cabin, or etc... The key to staying with people not of the same household during a campout or summer camp is to ensure proper screening beforehand. Please give careful consideration to ventilation and try to ensure airflow occurs. Once people stay together in near proximity they should be considered "household cohorts" and do not have to maintain wearing a mask when in the same tent, cabin, or etc... Once you leave the place where you slept masking rules will apply.

Careful consideration should be given to those staying together with those traveling in vehicles together, as the close proximity makes each other "household cohorts."

The BSA Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist is a good resource to use prior to anyone staying in tents, cabins, or etc...

 
NAC COVID-19 Policies
The process for getting updated policies is reviewed and created in the NAC Risk Management Committee and then is presented for board approval. The NAC Council Board meets every other month. For inquiries, comments, and suggestions please email riskmanagement@nevadabsa.org. 


 

COVID-19 Update for 6/19/2021

Meetings, Activities, Events

For any Scout meeting, activity, or event please continue to practice proper hygiene, social distancing and to express to all participants if you are sick to stay home.

Individuals not exempted by local, state or federal guidelines and/or policies must wear a mask in accordance with current guidance given by the CDC and any subsequent guidance given by the CDC.

A Scout is prepared and should carry a mask.

 

Meals

With better understanding of COVID-19 we can make a change to the guidance given for meals. Going forward please make sure proper hygiene is observed and those preparing and serving any food are wearing a mask. Consideration for social distancing when eating should be applied.

 

Travel

Please try to limit close contact while traveling. You should practice good hygiene and clean areas where people have sat. Masks should be considered relative to current policies given by local, state, and federal governments.

As you travel, you may experience differing policies and you must abide by those policies in the areas you travel through and to.

Careful consideration should be given to those staying together with those traveling in vehicles together, as the close proximity makes each other "household cohorts."

 

Tenting

People that are not of the same household can stay in a tent, cabin, or etc... The key to staying with people not of the same household during a campout or summer camp is to ensure proper screening beforehand. Please give careful consideration to ventilation and try to ensure airflow occurs. Once people stay together in near proximity they should be considered "household cohorts" and do not have to maintain wearing a mask when in the same tent, cabin, or etc... Once you leave the place where you slept masking rules will apply.

Careful consideration should be given to those staying together with those traveling in vehicles together, as the close proximity makes each other "household cohorts."

The BSA Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist is a good resource to use prior to anyone staying in tents, cabins, or etc...

 

NAC COVID-19 Policies

The process for getting updated policies is reviewed and created in the NAC Risk Management Committee and then is presented for board approval. The NAC Council Board meets every other month. For inquiries, comments, and suggestions please email riskmanagement@nevadabsa.org