COVID-19

COVID-19 Updates for Scouting Events and Activities

Posted 9/14/2020 2:00pm
CALL INFO FOR ALL SCOUT LEADERS AND PARENTS

Scout Leader & Parent Info Meeting replay this from Thursday, September 17 at 7pm

Posted 8/25/2020 8:00pm
CALL INFO FOR CUB LEADERS AND PARENTS

Cub Scout Pack/Den Leaders: replay via Zoom Thursday, August 27 at 7pm

Posted 8/17/2020 2:30pm
CALL INFO FOR CUB LEADERS AND PARENTS

Scouts BSA Troop Leaders: replay this video from Tuesday, August 25

Cub Leader & Parents: replay this video from Thursday, August 13

Posted 7/30/2020 8:00pm
CALL INFO FOR SCOUTS BSA and CUB LEADERS

Scouts BSA Leaders: see info from Tuesday, July 28 

Cub Leaders: info from Thursday, July 30

 

7/13/2020 8:00pm
POST ZOOM CALL INFO

Thank you for tuning in to our council-wide update! View the recap on our YouTube page here:

7/9/2020 10:30am
COUNCIL-WIDE UPDATE ZOOM CALL

This coming Tuesday, July 14 at 7pm we will hold an update call via Zoom. All parents and Scout Leaders are invited to participate. 

6/18/2020 10:00am – and renewed  7/2/2020
UPDATE ON COVID-19: UNIT MEETINGS

We know many Scout leaders and parents want to know if unit meetings are allowed. The latest county order from Los Angeles and the Long Beach Health Order still do not allow unit meetings. As frustrating as this is, we are not able to approve unit meetings until regulations open up. However, we have opened campgrounds at Camp Tahquitz and rentals at the Sea Base for you to get outdoors.

You and your family (of the same household) can spend the night camping at Camp Tahquitz. You can also rent a kayak or a canoe at our Long Beach Sea Base for 2 hours for only $20. The prices are hard to beat, and the air is refreshing. 

Though unit meetings are not currently allowed, when health orders allow, you can make sure you are prepared by following these National BSA guidelines.

6/5/2020 2:30pm
CAMP REGISTRATIONS OPEN

Our camp pages are now accepting registrations for rentals at the Long Beach Sea Base and family camping opportunities at Camp Tahquitz

6/1/2020 2:30pm
CAMP LETTER TO PARENTS

John Fullerton wrote a letter announcing camp activities.

5/12/2020 12:00pm
PARENT LETTER #2

John Fullerton has written a second letter to Scout Parents and Leaders

5/10/2020 8:00pm
SCOUT SHOP OPEN FOR CURBSIDE

Curbside service! We are happy to announce that we will open our Long Beach Scout Shop for curbside service beginning Monday May 11.

How does it work? You call or email Sandy with your order. She will verify the items are in stock. You pay over the phone with your credit card. Confirm your pickup date and time. Swing by the scout shop to pick up your order outside.

Generally, pickup times will be between 9am and 3pm. We will try to accommodate you as best as possible and we ask for your flexibility as well.

Sandy’s phone number is 562-684-3165 and her email is sandy.vanwyk@scouting.org.

Again, we are happy to announce our Long Beach Scout Shop will be open for curbside pickup at 401 E 37th St LB 90807. We know many of you have been anxious to pick up badges, derby kits, uniforms, and merit badge books. We look forward to helping you soon!

4/22/2020
SUMMER CAMP PARENT INFO #2

Summer Camp Update #2 Zoom Meeting for all parents, Scouts and Scouters Monday, May 18 @ 5:30pm.  Details here

4/15/2020
SUMMER CAMP PARENT INFO

Summer Camp Update Zoom Meeting Monday, April 20 @ 5:30pm. 

4/13/2020 2:30pm
PARENT LETTER

Scout Executive John Fullerton has written a letter to Scout Leaders and Parents

4/10/2020 4:00 pm
EXTENSION TO SAFER AT HOME

City of Long Beach extends the “Safer at Home” order through May 15, 2020

4/9/2020 11:30 am
SUMMER CAMP INFO

Join us for an information meeting covering the latest updates on both Camp Tahquitz and the Long Beach Sea Base summer programs on Monday, April 20th @ 5:30pm

3/23/2020 3:00 pm
SCOUT-O-RAMA

Due to closures on campus at LBCC, our Scout-O-Rama event scheduled for Saturday June 6 has been postponed. We will announce a later date when we know more information. 

Update: 3/20/2020 4:45 pm
ADVANCEMENT INFO

We have clarification on many advancement-related questions. Click the blue link below.

  • Can advancements be tracked remotely? Yes.
  • Can parents sign off on requirements? Yes.
  • Can Cub advancements be done through the summer? Yes.
  • Can merit badges be modified? No.
  • Can merit badges be done via teleconference? Yes.
  • Are there extensions for Eagle? Yes.
  • READ THIS: Advancement Info During COVID-19

Update: 3/19/2020 5:40 pm
SHOP AND OFFICE CLOSED

In light of LA County’s “Safer at Home” directive announced today March 19 around 5:30pm, we have decided to close the Long Beach Scout Shop and Scout Office until further notice.

This means we will not have staff in the office to answer calls, but our staff will certainly be available by email and we encourage you to stay in touch regularly. We also actively manage our Facebook and Instagram accounts if you’d like to engage on those platforms.

We know Scouting doesn’t stop — and in some cases ramps up at home! We stand ready to actively help you with program ideas and to respond with anything you might need.

Below we have listed staff email addresses for you to use. As always, you are welcome to call or text staff cell phone numbers if you have them.

Chris Macy – Sea Base, christopher.macy@scouting.org
Marc Bonnermarc.bonner@scouting.org
John Fullerton – Scout Executive, john.fullerton@scouting.org

If you are able, please consider financially supporting our local council. With very little Scout Shop income and not much camping revenue, our cash flow has come to a halt. Like many small businesses, our financial situation will take a big hit. We would appreciate your support online here or by check.

Update: 3/18/2020 12:30 pm
SCOUTING FROM HOME

Below are some helpful and pretty cool resources to help you and your Scouts complete some requirements from home.

Update: 3/17/2020 8:45 pm
EAGLE BOARDS

We understand there are questions about Eagle Scout Boards of Review and Project Reviews. As of today, we anticipate National BSA will be issuing guidelines on Eagle Boards and we will pass those along as soon as we hear. There are extensions for circumstances outside a Scout’s control and we would assume the current COVID-19 situation falls into this category. We will also be working on a solution for project approvals to take place given public health protocols. 

Update: 3/16/2020 1:15 pm

The Pinewood Derby Championship Race scheduled for May 2 has been postponed.

The Leader Specific Training scheduled for Saturday April 4 has been postponed.

Update: 3/16/2020 1:00 pm
SCOUT SHOP AND OFFICE

As of today, Monday March 16 through the end of March, we will be reducing public access to the Long Beach Scout Office and Scout Shop. Purchases at the Scout Shop will be by email and phone only from Tuesday through Friday 9am to 3pm. Sandy will gladly help you with your order that you can pick up in person. Keep her email and phone number handy: sandy.vanwyk@scouting.org and 562-684-3165.

Our field and program staff will be working from home. For this reason, the office itself will be closed to the public. We will have a small number of staff on hand at the office to answer your calls. During this time, email is the best way to reach staff. See this page here: https://www.longbeachbsa.org/staff. If you have a staff member’s cell phone number, you can try calling or texting.

For both Scout Shop and Scout Office calls, you can expect a response between the hours of 9am to 3pm. We do encourage you to reach out to staff via email with any question you might have.

Activities at Camp Tahquitz and the Sea Base are also closed through the end of March. We will re-evaluate the situation at that point.

We again encourage you to follow local, county, and state recommendations on limiting social interaction even amongst healthy asymptomatic individuals in an effort to reduce the strain on our healthcare system. 

Update: 3/12/2020 3:15 pm
UNIT MEETINGS

In an abundance of caution, the Long Beach Area Council is recommending all unit meetings and events of 50 or more people be canceled through the end of March. Any den, patrol, or committee meetings would be at your discretion. We will keep this page below updated regularly and re-evaluate these recommendations at the end of this month.

We make this recommendation based on statements made by local city, county, and state public health officials. Please check with your medical provider for medical advice and questions as it relates to the corona virus.

Update: 3/12/2020 11:30 am
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

With the introduction of COVID-19 or Novel Coronavirus in municipalities served by the Long Beach Area Council, many unit leaders and families may have questions regarding unit meetings, outings, and activities. We understand that the fluidity of this situation is causing uncertainty among units and volunteers in relation to its impact on Scouting programs.

Reminder: Scouting Health and Safety

Recommendation: Cancel Events of 50 Or More People

The council’s Risk Management Committee and council leadership are monitoring the situation in real time and are monitoring changes to guidance and recommendations of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and county health departments and will continue to communicate updated recommendations as new information becomes available.

THE COUNCIL LEADERSHIP IS FOLLOWING THE GUIDANCE OF THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENTS AND RECOMMENDS THAT SCOUTING UNITS ALSO FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THEIR LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT.

Council and District Event Status

Future events will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be postponed or canceled by their committee or council leadership if deemed to be in violation of health department recommendations and pose a high risk to participants.

As of 3/12/2020

EVENT DATE STATUS
Roundtable March 12 Cancelled. Revisit for April 9
SoCal Commissioner College March 14 Cancelled
LB Invitational Regatta March 14 Cancelled
Merit Badge Coun. Orient. March 24 Cancelled
Eagle Boards/Project Review March 24 Info Coming Soon
BALOO/IOLS Training March 27-28 Postponed
Leader Specific Training April 4 Postponed
Derby Championship May 2 Postponed
Memorial Day Family Camp May 22-24 Postponed
Scout-O-Rama June 6 Postponed

Please note for existing meetings accommodations should be made to allow a minimum of an arm’s length between participants and we encourage those who are feeling ill or at high risk to consider participating remotely.

Recommendations for Community Events
Please note, according to the CDPH the health risk from COVID-19 to the general public currently remains low. However, this is a quickly evolving situation. Local health departments have placed additional restrictions depending on event or gathering size and risk level. Some current size recommendations of note from local health departments:

We do recommend that unit leaders, volunteers, and families take precautions and modify events to help prevent transmission according to the recommendations of their county health department. Unit leadership, council and district event chairs, may consider postponing or canceling meetings and activities if they feel it is in their best interest to do so or align with recommendations from their local health department.

Per the recommendations of the CDPH, the best prevention against COVID-19 remains taking regular health precautions such as covering your mouth with a tissue or your elbow if you sneeze or cough, washing your hands with soap and water, and staying home if you are sick. One method to slow the spread of respiratory virus infections, including COVID-19, is by increasing social distancing (reduce close contact).

How Can People Protect Themselves

  • Washing hands with soap and water.
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like fever and cough.
  • Following guidance from public health officials

What to Do if You Think You’re Sick

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and may have had contact with a person with COVID-19 or recently traveled to countries with apparent community spread, call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

Latest Council Guidance Concerning COVID-19
Long Beach Area Council, in addition to other communications, will update this web page with the additional recommendations as new information becomes available.

For questions or more information on this notice, please contact the Scout Office at (562) 427-0911.