We hope all are well and staying safe. As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, will continue to affect local Scouting programs in the Catalina Council. Please know that we are monitoring the almost daily developments regarding COVID-19 from the Arizona Department of Health (ADH) https://azdhs.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Stay at Home Order
You probably heard that Governor Ducey issued a Stay at Home order March 30th, effective close of business March 31st.
- For the duration of April, we will completely shut down the Scout Service Center and all employees will work from home beginning April 1st.
- You can still call and leave a voicemail or send an email which either the administrative or professional staff will respond to within 24 hours.
National Scout Shop
- The national Scout Shop continues to remain closed. Supply items can be ordered at www.scoutshop.org
- Does your unit need advancement items?
- A process has been developed so units can have advancements shipped directly:
- Email your Advancement Report to Orders@scouting.org.
- In body of email, include your phone number. Supply will call to process payment and confirm order.
- If you require advancement materials or products, please call the Customer Service at 800-323-0736, Monday through Friday, between 8 am and 7 pm EST.
Our Camps, Council and District Activities
Again, with Governor Ducey’s announcement about School closures and the need for children to stay safe and at home Catalina Council Camps will remain closed to Scouting group activities through Memorial Day weekend.
We also continue to postpone or cancel any Council or District activities
The Forest Service has closed all of their Mt Lemmon campsites and facilities through June 30th. We are seeking clarification of our special permit for our Camp Lawton operation. We will update all units signed up for summer camp as soon as we know our status.
In the meantime, we continue to prepare for summer camp and look forward to welcoming all our Scouting families this summer.
Our camps meet or exceed the National Camp Accreditation Program standards for on-site health officers and medical rechecks prior to camp. This includes supervision of policies and procedures by our Council Physician.
This is a changing situation and if it is warranted closer to camp, our Council Physician will make additional recommendations regarding sanitation procedures, changes in how we operate to improve “social distancing” at camp, and increased education to campers and staff.
Social Distance Scouting
Our website includes at-home advancement guides for Cub Scouts as well as Scouts, B.S.A. The “Scouting at Home” site on Scouting.org now features multiple resources to help both parents and leaders support the continuation of Scouting adventures, with stay-at-home activities for any Scout rank, and tips for continuing to work on advancement. Check back regularly and share information with your parents and volunteers about these great options for at-home fun and learning for Scouting families and non-Scouting families alike.
On our website you will also find details on how advancement policies will account for the new obstacles we face in these times. There may be extensions granted to earning ranks and parents may be able to sign off on certain advancements throughout this period, enabling Scouts the ability to continue to pursue their Scout activities.
The Cub Scout 30 Day Challenge includes a day by day breakdown of activities that families may do within the safety of their homes, while also completing four to five Cub Scout Adventures! There is a 30-day challenge for each rank, Lions through Webelos.
Scouts within Scouts, B.S.A. may continue to work on merit badges, with the approval of their Scout Master. A listing of advancements that can be completed at home, including merit badges, STEM/NOVA, Religious awards, and more are listed at the Scouting at Home website or on our Social Distance Scouting page.
Youth are not the only ones who may work on advancements or trainings from home! Any Scouter may log onto www.my.scouting.org to complete trainings available for their roles within Scouting. These trainings help leaders better understand their roles and show them where program resources can be found.
In fact, most trainings within a Pack or Troop operations may be completed through online trainings on my.Scouting.org with the exception of the outdoor skill trainings
Keep checking our website & Facebook page as we continue to update everyone on Scouting and the impact of Covid-19.
Stay safe & healthy,