Greetings fellow Scouts and Scouters!
 
We hope that this email finds you and your Scouts well and staying safe. We also hope that you were able to tune in to our camp preview webinar last Monday. If you missed it, you can find it HERE on our Council YouTube channel.
 
Your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is the Great Rivers Council’s top priority. In light of COVID-19, we are taking additional precautions at camp on top of our long-established health and safety measures.
 
Along with our council physician, outdoor adventure committee and executive board we continue to monitor the guidance and information flowing from the CDC, state and local experts as well as the Boy Scouts of America national organization to ensure we are aware of and follow their guidance to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 at camp. 
 
We are carefully reviewing all of our facilities, programs, activities, procedures and schedules and the impact of social distancing and other guidelines on each. At this time, we have made NO CHANGES to our summer schedule!
 
However, we will be implementing a number of mitigation strategies to promote safety while still providing the amazing programs that you have come to expect from the Lake of the Ozarks Scout Reservation. These include:
 
  • Additional health screening measures conducted by your unit prior to travel to our camp, and conducted by our staff during check-in;
  • Limits on visitors in camp;
  • Hygiene instruction and reminders throughout the camp experience;
  • Extra hand-washing stations throughout camp;
  • Updated, detailed procedures for the cleaning and disinfection of high-touch surfaces and shared program equipment;
  • Daily health monitoring of campers and staff;
  • Possible elimination of certain activities;
  • Redesigns of certain camp-wide activities (campfires, group meals, etc);
  • An emergency response plan that includes an isolation protocol should a person at camp develop symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable disease;
  • Check-ins with each unit one week and two weeks after the unit leaves camp to determine if any participants have developed symptoms.
 
These precautions are important, but they do not remove the potential for exposure to COVID-19 or any other illness while at camp. Some people with COVID-19 show no signs or symptoms of illness but can still spread the virus, and people may be contagious before their symptoms occur. These factors mean that an infected person may pass the required health screenings and be allowed into camp.
 
We also know the very nature of camp makes social distancing difficult in many situations and impossible in others.
 
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this group, please ensure you have approval from your health care provider prior to attending camp.
 
We know that each staff member, volunteer, and Scouting family has a unique set of circumstances to consider when deciding whether to attend camp. We hope this information will be helpful as you make those choices. If your unit is planning zoom (or other) virtual meetings to discuss camp plans and would like a member of our team to join in and answer questions, please contact David or Dennis referenced below.
 
As additional, specific details are established we will provide updates via email, on social media, and through a second (yet to be scheduled) camp preview webinar later this month.
 
In the meantime:
  • Monitor our social media channels for updated information.
  • Be sure to tune in for the National CampIN tomorrow morning (Saturday May 2nd) at 10am. We will share this event on our Council Facebook page.
  • Pay a visit to the Scouting@Home page on our council webpage. We have gathered a lot of terrific materials that you and your Scouts can use to keep your Scouting activity going including Cub and Scout challenges as well as a series of virtual merit badge classes.
  • Support the efforts of the Great Rivers Council during our #GivingTuesday event next week at ScoutON.orgYour time, talent and treasure help to build young people of character and create opportunities for these youth to #ScoutOn .
  • For Scouts BSA campers. remember that your ability to choose and register for specific Merit Badges opened in January and is ongoing. Class assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis and certain badges and activities tend to fill up quickly, so make sure you get that done soon.
  • We have extended our early-bird registration date from May 1st to May 15th. We anticipate that any decision about changes to camp schedules and/or programs will be made by that time.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact David or Dennis as listed below. We are always happy to help.
 
We look forward to seeing you at camp!!!
 
David Harris
Field Director/Director of Camping
David.Harris@Scouting.org
(573) 999-7525
 
Dennis Kerns
Camp Director
Dennis.Kerns@Scouting.org
(660) 221-0443

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