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Regarding Covid 19

Dear Scouting Family,

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, could affect local Scouting programs in the Sequoia Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally with our Council Health Supervisor and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.

Status of Council Events

Due to the ever-evolving nature of the Coronavirus and recommendation from the California Department of Public Health, the Sequoia Council is Cancelling or postponing these events to support the principle of “social distancing”;

March 2020 – Cancelling or postponing 

  • San Joaquin District Camporee
  • Live Oak District Cub-o-ree
  • All District Roundtables, Committee Meetings, Commissioner Meetings
  • Order of the Arrow (OA) Induction
  • March Executive Committee Meeting

April 2020 – Cancelling or postponing

  • Annual Business Meeting
  • Live Oak District Camporee
  • Riverbend District Camporee
  • All District Roundtables, Committee Meetings, Commissioner Meetings
  • Commissioner Cabinet
  • Trainers Edge
  • Thunderbird District Dinner
  • Riverbend District Dinner
  • Day Camp Shooting Sports Training-Visalia Office

Council Event Refund Policy

Any of these events that required payment will be refunded, or used towards the rescheduling of these events, or to another council event.  Many events are outside of the timeframe or window of the CDC.  Therefore, we continue to monitor our local and federal health agencies and confer with our Council Health Supervisor.

Boards of Review will be rescheduled, if appropriate.  You can contact a Sequoia Council representative to discuss applicable events.

BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness

The Boy Scouts of America continues with policies and procedures currently in place and recently reviewed that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting events. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist. Sequoia Council has a commitment to excellence in public health principles for all its operations.

Everyday Preventive Measures

Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

· Stay home when you feel sick.

· Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.

· Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.

· 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.

· Avoid shaking hands (elbow bump preferred)

· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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 Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your local district executive. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us.

The Sequoia Council believes that the health and safety of our Scouts is paramount and appreciates your understanding as we move forward.  If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us.

Yours in Scouting,

The Sequoia Council Key 3
Richard Egan, President
Richard Schneider, Commissioner
Mike Marchese, CEO/Scout Executive
W. Timothy Brox, MD
Sequoia Council Health Supervisor

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