Covid Considerations

The Boy Scouts of America and Pack 306 have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and a Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist. Each scout and leader must have parts A and B of the health record on file. Before attending a scout meeting or event, each attendee will complete a screening form and may have their temperature taken by the adult leader.

We will follow appropriate guidelines for everyone’s safety, but we will need your patience and partnership. Most meetings will take place outdoors for increased airflow and safety. Meetings and events will have limited attendees. Scouts shall be grouped into small dens within the same peer-age and will have a parent or guardian present at the event. Parents or guardians will assist Leader(s) in monitoring their scout’s safety and compliance with Covid guidelines.

With the closure of any one school, schools, or the whole Ramsey district, we may selectively suspend in-person activities on a den by den basis. In this event, meetings may be held remotely or activities might have to be completed with the family. In any event, for any in-person activities, please be sure to follow recommended guidelines like the ones below:

  • Stay home when you feel sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick.
  • Wear a protective mask.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid shaking hands.
  • Do not share personal items.
  • No car pooling.
  • Scouts and parents that are in Covid-19 isolation must remain in isolation as per the recommended CDC guidelines.
  • Families with members that have traveled to/from states on the NJ travel advisory list must quarantine for a period of 14 days as per NJ guidelines.
  • Any scout/parent/leader who presents symptoms of illness will not be permitted to attend, remain in, or participate in activities. This includes individuals with an exposed or isolated member(s) in their home.
  • Though they are quite young, Scouts must have the maturity to distance, wear a mask when prompted, and stay 6 feet apart from one another. The adult leader(s) will give a warning, and any further violations may result in the scouts dismissal from the activity.
  • Scouts/parents/leaders will present an updated medical form A and B to the Pack which will include any exposure to Covid-19 in the past month and may be required to update the health record during this period.
  • On any proposed overnight, the scout(s) will tent with a parent as usual. All food will be “bring your own.” Siblings may tent together and share any meals.
  • Scout/parent/leader will attest by screening form that they understand the risks associated with gatherings, and the need for PPE, that they are not currently ill or showing symptoms of Covid-19, and that they will NOT hold Pack 306, the NNJ Council or BSA liable for illness or exposure related to Pack/Den gatherings.