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In person Scouting unit and district meetings, activities and overnight events

** Update as of 1 August 2021: Pikes Peak Council Risk Management has updated District/Unit level guidance based on current CDC guidelines recommending mask use indoors for vaccinated and unvaccinated people in all substantial or high incidents counties nationwide.**

Per CDC guidance published 27 July and due to rising transmissions rates of the COVID delta variant, fully vaccinated people should wear a mask indoors in any county/area with a substantial or high transmission rating. As of 1 August 2021, those counties are currently: El Paso, Teller, Park, Elbert, Lincoln Kit Carson (PPC) and Lake, Chaffee, Rio Grande, Alamosa, Conejos, Custer, Saguache, Bent, Pueblo, Huerfano, Costilla, Baca, Prowers, Los Animas (RMC). Until the Colorado COVID site catches back up, consult https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#county-viewExternal Link for the latest county status (NOTE: County status changes very frequently).

CDC updated their guidance for mask wear for both fully and not fully vaccinated people 27 July 2021 effective 28 July 2021. The following CDC guidance was posted at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.htmlExternal Link:

Infections happen in only a small proportion of people who are fully vaccinated, even with the Delta variant. However, preliminary evidence suggests that fully vaccinated people who do become infected with the Delta variant can spread the virus to others. To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others: CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people:

  • Wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmissionExternal Link.
    • Fully vaccinated people might choose to mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe diseaseExternal Link, or if someone in their household is unvaccinated. People who are at increased risk for severe disease include older adults and those who have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, overweight or obesity, and heart conditions.
  • Get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptomsExternal Link.
  • Get tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result.
  • Isolate if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptomsExternal Link.
  • Follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.

People who are immunocompromised should be counseled about the potential for reduced immune responses to COVID-19 vaccines and to follow currentExternal Link prevention measures (including wearing a maskExternal Linkstaying 6 feet apart from othersExternal Link they don’t live with, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated indoor spaces) regardless of their vaccination status to protect themselves against COVID-19 until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider.

Comply with facility, local and state guidelines if stricter than the CDC guidelines above.

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As we progress further through the COVID-19 pandemic, the following guidance is derived from Colorado and BSA guidelines and based on CDC guidance. We expect everyone in Scouting to follow the measures listed below. Members, staff, and volunteers must also follow all stricter federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial rules and regulations for their location of meetings, activities and events, including local business and workplace guidance for the location of their activity. In addition, any local chartered partner guidance, if stricter than stated below, applies to any of that charter partner’s units. This is necessary in order to implement appropriate protocols to help keep BSA members, volunteers, and employees safe.

  • Isolate if you are sick, and do not attend any activity/meeting/event if you, anyone you live with, or anyone you have recently been around feels unwell.
  • Do not attend any activity/meeting/event if you or anyone you live with has been tested for COVID-19 or another illness and does not have the results back yet.
  • Wear a face covering or maskExternal Link that covers your nose and mouth and stay at least 6 feet apart from people you don’t live with in doors regardless of your vaccination status..
  • Colorado specific guidance: Unvaccinated people over age 11 are encouraged to continue wearing masks in all public indoor spaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.External Link Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Abide by all posted guidance that is stricter than stated here for the location at which your event, meeting or outing is conducted.
  • Until further notice, international travel is not considered an official Scouting Activity.
  • As always, exhibit the Scout Oath and Law as we continue to navigate a safe return to activities we enjoy.
  • Youth protection guidelines take precedence in any situation where COVID and youth protection guidelines are in conflict.

District and Unit level meetings, outdoor activities and camping guidelines

  • The BSA SAFE Restart Scouting Checklist and Colorado guidelinesExternal Link should be reviewed prior to planning any meeting, day or overnight activities and incorporated into the event plan.
  • Unless stipulated otherwise by local guidance, unit/district level events are not restricted in group size. Youth, to the extent possible, should be kept in stable groups (patrols or dens) with the same adult leaders and maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet during eating and recreation. Minimize interactions between the groups during the events.
  • Screen youth and adults for symptoms and close-contact exposures to ensure they are symptom-free before they are deemed able to attend.
  • Send home adults and youth with symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or other communicable illnesses with a recommendation to get tested immediately and adhere to isolation and exclusion requirements.
  • Educate youth & adult members about COVID-19 and related protocols, addressing all fears and questions.
  • Establish protocols for adults and youth to self-report symptoms to staff, volunteers or health care staff.
  • Require handwashing upon arrival, before eating, and at regular intervals throughout the day.
  • For individuals who are not fully vaccinated, require masks or face coverings whenever possible indoors and on transportation in accordance with federal, state, and local orders.
  • Maximize the use of outdoor venues and minimize the use of indoor venues as much as possible. COVID-19 is transmitted much more readily in an indoor setting.
  • Maximize the use of individual or family unit tenting/sheltering within youth protection guidelines
  • Minimize the use of shared equipment. Clean/sanitize shared equipment before use by another group.
  • Regularly clean/sanitize common surfaces.

Travel to/from events.

  • Based CDC guidelines for travel, it is recommended that travel to and from all unit events be conducted utilizing individual family transportation unless all travelers in a group are fully vaccinated.
  • Per CDC: Avoid crowds
    • The safest option for travel to and from events is to maintain contact with just members of your household or with only fully vaccinated peopleExternal Link.
    • It is less safe to establish Close contactExternal Link with unvaccinated people who are not from your household

Participants in Summer Camp, High Adventure, NYLT, Wood Badge, and other similar training (IOLS, BALOO, etc) have their own approved plans. Units need to follow the guidance promulgated by the respective program.

Pikes Peak Council Risk Management Committee

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