CUB SCOUT PACK 110
COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness,
And Response Plan for Pack and Den Activities
Cub Scout Pack 110 (“Pack 110”), the Chester County Council, and the Boy Scouts of America continue to make the health and safety of our scouts, their families, and adult leaders the top priority when delivering an engaging and high-quality scouting program. Pack 110’s response plan to the coronavirus pandemic continues to be informed by guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Boy Scouts of America. In order to restart our scouting program safely, the Pack 110 leaders have developed this COVID-19 Exposure Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Plan to guide our pack and den activities (collectively “pack activities”).
Our plan is based upon currently available guidelines and will be revised as necessary to remain in compliance with these guidelines. Precautions and mitigation strategies are important, but they cannot eliminate the potential for exposure to COVID-19 or any other illness. By participating in any pack or den activity, you and your scout assume such risk and agree to comply with the requirements outlined below. Each of these measures is intended to strike an appropriate balance between everyone’s health and safety and delivering a fun and engaging scouting program. We thank you for your attention and cooperation so Pack 110’s leaders can safely deliver the Cub Scout program to our scouts this year.
Responsibilities of Scouts, Parents, Guardians, and Adult Leaders
As described below, Pack 110 is implementing certain social distancing, hygiene, and other best practices during all pack and den activities. We expect that all parents/guardians, adult leaders (collectively “adult participants”) and scouts will comply with these requirements. In addition, any scout or adult participant that experiences signs or symptoms of COVID-19, is expected to report this to their den leader and Pack 110’s Cubmaster, Clif Beam, (firstname.lastname@example.org) and seek medical attention as appropriate. If you have any questions about this plan, please contact Clif Beam. For any questions related to COVID-19, please speak with your doctor or other medical professional.
As the core of this plan, we have adopted the CDC’s hygiene and social distancing guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Many of these guidelines are everyday preventative measures that you likely already take to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases. We reiterate them here due to their importance for the pack to conduct scouting safely. All scouts and Adult Participants are expected to:
Monitor your health before any pack activity
- STAY HOME IF YOU FEEL SICK OR EXHIBIT ANY SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19;
- Monitor your and your scout’s body temperature to ensure you do not have a fever before attending any pack activity;
- Be alert for other symptoms which can include cough, congestion, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue, or loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
Wash your hands often
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- Use a hand sanitizer, if soap and water are not readily available; and
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others
- Scouts and adult participants must wear a cloth face covering at pack activities;
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick;
- The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected;
- The mask is not a substitute for social distancing. Continue to keep 6 feet between yourself and others.
Maintain Social Distance
- All scouts and adult participants should maintain six feet of social distance from themselves and people who do not live in their household;
- Avoid shaking hands;
- Avoid close contact with those that are sick and remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.
Clean and Disinfect
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
Remember, If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any pack activities. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
General Safety Policies and Participation Guidelines
The Pack has implemented the following requirements for participation in all pack activities:
- A parent or guardian for each scout, as well as all adult leaders, must sign a waiver acknowledging the inherent risks of contracting COVID-19 prior to engaging in any pack activities.
- Attendance to Pack and Den activities should be limited to the Scout and one parent only.
- All state and local township rules and regulations must be followed.
- All scouts and adult participants will be required to wash their hands and perform a temperature check immediately prior to any pack activity. Anyone with an elevated temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit is prohibited from participating in the pack activity and should return home.
- Any scout or adult participant showing signs of COVID-19 during a pack activity will be asked to leave and return home to ensure the safety of other participants. See further details regarding exposure situations below.
- All scouts and adult participants are expected to wear a mask during all pack activities. Certain events, such as overnight camping, may have different requirements depending on the nature of the activity, the duration of the activity, and the ability to maintain social distance. All requirements will be communicated to all participants in advance.
- Scouts and adult participants will be expected to practice 6 feet of social distance during pack activities. Games and activities will be planned with this in mind, however, some activities may require brief periods where six feet of separation is not always possible.
- The pack will provide hand sanitizer for use by scouts and adult participants during pack activities. Scouts and adult participants are encouraged to bring their own for personal use to limit sharing.
- The Pack will not be providing communal food or beverages for any pack activity this year. Each scout and adult participant will be expected to bring a reusable water bottle for any pack activity. Please ensure the water bottle is labelled with the scout’s name. For any extended pack activity, such as a hike or an overnight camping trip, each adult participant will be expected to provide food for himself/herself and his/her scout.
Additional information related to pack meetings
- Due to the size of our pack, in-person pack meetings for all 6 dens will generally not be conducted. The pack will follow all applicable rules and regulations regarding in-person gatherings.
- Pack meetings may be broken up so that a subset of the pack meets in-person to comply with gathering guidelines and to maintain connectedness to other dens. In other instances, the full pack meeting may be held virtually via Zoom or other similar means.
- Cubmaster Beam is available to discuss any particular circumstances or concerns related to your scout’s participation in the Cub Scout program.
Additional information related to den meetings
- The den meeting will continue to be the primary venue through which the scouting program and advancement occur this year.
- The den meeting will be held in person at the discretion of the den leader. If the meeting will be held in-person, the meeting will be held outdoors whenever possible.
- Please contact your scout’s den leader with any questions related to the delivery of the scouting program or the application of this plan.
Additional information related to overnight camping and other outdoor pack events
- Outdoor activities remain an important element of the scouting program and the Pack intends to hold outdoor and overnight activities so long as they can be delivered in a safe manner. Each activity will be reviewed by the Pack leaders and a determination made on a case-by-case basis.
- Participation in any outdoor or overnight activity is strictly voluntary and may require additional protocols to those outlined above to ensure everyone’s health and safety. As these events are planned, these protocols will be communicated to all scouts and adult participants. Such protocols could include:
- Limitations on number of participants: Adherence to a one scout / one adult participant limit, first-come first-served sign up process, and/or registration deadlines.
- Social distancing measures around campfires and tent sites.
Additional information related to advancement
- The den activities are constructed to help the scout advance through the cub scout program. Please make every effort to have your scout attend the den meetings.
- If you cannot attend the meeting, or do not feel comfortable attending the meeting, all scouting advancement activities can be completed at home under the supervision of a parent or guardian. Please contact your scout’s den leader to communicate your scout’s advancement.
Participant exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms
If a scout or adult participant exhibits COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. fever, cough, shortness of breath or any symptom identified by the CDC), he or she must alert their scout’s den leader and Cubmaster Beam. If the symptoms develop during a pack activity, the scout and adult participant will be sent home immediately. The person must not attend a pack activity until he or she has tested negative for COVID-19 or his or her temperature is below 100.4 degrees for 72 hours (3 full days) without the use of fever reducing medications and at least 14 days have passed since the symptoms first appeared.
Close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19
A scout or adult participant that has come into close contact with a confirmed-positive COVID-19 individual should not attend any pack activity for at least 14 days from the last date of close contact with the carrier or if he or she tests negative for COVID-19. If the pack learns that a scout or adult participant has tested positive for COVID-19 and has recently attended a pack activity, the pack will notify other participants that may have had close contact with the confirmed-positive individual in the prior 14 days. Those individuals should also not attend any pack activity for at least 14 days from the last date of close contact with the individual or if they test negative for COVID-19.
Participant tests positive for COVID-19
A scout or adult participant that tests positive for COVID-19 will be directed to self-quarantine per CDC guidelines and not attend any pack activities. The individual may return to pack activities only after he or she has received two negative tests results in a row, taken at least 24 hours apart. The pack may require documentation to clear the participant’s return to pack activities.
Participants that develop illness symptoms after attending a scout function
A Scout or Adult participant that develops any sign of illness within 48 hours of having attended a Scout function should immediately notify Cubmaster Clif Beam so that those that may have been exposed may be notified. Participant names will be kept confidential.
Except for circumstances in which the pack is legally required to report occurrences of communicable diseases, the confidentiality of all medical conditions will be maintained in accordance with the law and to the extent practical under the circumstances.