The Catalina Council which includes Camp Lawton and Double V Scout Ranch, has received calls from individuals asking how the Coronavirus or COVID-19, might impact our programs. We are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to act quickly should the situation warrant action.
While officials say the health risk to the general public in Arizona from Novel Coronavirus remains low, the Pima County Health Department acknowledges the situation is evolving, and our Council is closely monitoring developments. We are also working with National Council and other agencies to stay alert to changes. Above all, we are committed to protecting youth, volunteers and staff in environments that are safe.
Our Council’s Response: A Scout is Clean
We encourage everyone attending our properties and programs to follow the Arizona Department of Public Health recommendations to prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:
- Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If using hand sanitizer, use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Cover cough and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Stay away from work, school or other people if you become sick with respiratory symptoms like a fever and cough.
Individuals are encouraged to bring personal hand sanitizer. We will also provide hand sanitizer at restrooms and dining areas at camps where soap and water are not available.
Participation in Scouting activities, meetings and fundraisers: A Scout is Prepared!
For now, all programs will continue as planned. Should Public Health authorities recommend additional preventative measures, we will act accordingly. The status of all unit level activities should be determined by the individual unit committee as well as by the chartering organization.
Here are some recommendations for continued program delivery:
- Before leaving to an activity, check to see if anyone is feeling ill. If so, that person must remain home and seek medical attention. Upon arrival at the event, conduct the same medical preview screening.
- If someone begins to feel ill at an activity, that person will be quarantined and removed from the activity
- Scout units and Groups are strongly encouraged to bring hand sanitizer to all activities.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning sprays and wipes.
This remains an evolving situation, and there is still a lot we don’t know, including how Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties will be impacted. Our Council will post new information on our website and social media as it becomes available. In addition, please connect with these resources: