COVID- 19 Update Scouting Operations in North Florida

CLICK HERE for March 25 Message from Scout Executive Jack Sears

CLICK HERE for April 3 Message from Scout Executive Jack Sears

Updated April 2, 2020
Next update is anticipated on or before April 16, 2020

The health, safety and welfare of all Scouting participants is a top priority for the North Florida Council.  State and local authorities have directed “Stay at Home” executive orders and all public schools in the state of Florida remain closed until May 1, 2020, 

The following operational changes are in effect immediately and remain so until at least May 11 or otherwise announced.

Camp Shands and St. Johns River Base are closed until at least May 11, 2020.

District and Council Activities are suspended and will remain so until at least May 11, 2020.

  • Rescheduled dates and information will be provided by respective event and activity leaders.

Regular Weekly Unit Meetings

  • The North Florida Council, BSA recommends to unit committees and chartered organizations that weekly unit meetings and activities be suspended and postponed until at least May 11, 2020.
  • Scouting can continue at home - CLICK HERE for resources to facilitate Scouting at Home.

Thompson S. Baker Scout Service Center & Scout Shop are closed and will remain so until at least May 11, 2020.

  • North Florida Council staff are operating remotely from home to assist Units and Volunteers from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
  • Please CLICK HERE for a North Florida Council staff directory and contact information.  Email is the best way that you can connect with North Florida Council Staff.
  • If you need to drop off items, there is a drop box at the Service Center to the right of the front doors.
  • If you need to add money to your Unit's Registration account, please use the link on the Home page of or mail in a Unit check.
  • Scout Shop orders may be made online at  Click on the link at the top of the home page to learn how you can order advancement related items online.

Summer Camp- Camp Shands, Aquatics Camp and Cub Scout Day Camp

  • We are working full steam ahead to plan for these activities.  We know that Scouts will want to get outdoors once the stay at home restrictions are relaxed.  Please visit and for updates and to register.
  • Early bird pricing will remain in effect for all Summer Camps.
  • Read the Latest Update concerning Summer Camp Activities.

Council Refund Policy for Cancelled Events-Activities

  • As shared earlier the current policy has been suspended.
  • Any participant who chooses not to transfer their event fee to the rescheduled event date, may request a full refund via email or in writing.

What can all Scouting members do to protect themselves and others

  • Scouting members should take the same precautions they would for any common cold or flu.
  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. *(Alcohol-based hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol content can work in a pinch, but they’re generally not as effective as soap and water). 
  • Hands should be washed before eating, after using the bathroom, and when you come inside from outdoor activities that caused hands to get dirty.
  • Avoid touching your mouth, eyes or noses.
  • Cough and/or sneeze into your elbows and not your hands.
  • Distance yourself from anyone coughing or sneezing.
  • Encourage Healthy Habits, like eating a healthy diet, exercising, and getting enough sleep.
  • If you are sick, stay away from school, work, Scouts and others.
  • If you have any symptoms of the virus, seek medical attention immediately and follow the advice of your medical professional.

Let’s all set the example to be safe during this time.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  Thank you.

Jack Sears
Scout Executive/CEO


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