COVID- 19 Update Scouting Operations in North Florida

 

Updated June 13, 2022
Next update- please check back often as guidance from State and Federal authorities is changing constantly.
 
We hope that your family is safe and healthy.  The CDC has developed the COVID-19 Community Levels, they are a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. Levels can be low, medium, or high and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area.
 
Here are the current mitigation steps required at each level. 
 
LOW LEVEL – No Masking required, but are encouraged,  We Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations for Scouting participants and equally encourage and support participants to consult their medical advisors as to what is best for them, and get tested if you have symptoms.
 
MEDIUM LEVEL- No Masking required, but are encouraged,  We Encourage COVID-19 Vaccinations for Scouting participants and equally encourage and support participants to consult their medical advisors as to what is best for them and get tested if you have symptoms. If you are at a high risk for severe illness talk to your healthcare provider about whether it is recommended that you wear a mask and what other precautions to take.
 
HIGH LEVEL- Wear a mask indoors in public, stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, get tested if you have symptoms. Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness.
                                                                  
 
Thompson S. Baker Scout Service Center –   Currently in the High COVID-19 Community Level
  • The Service Center is open and welcoming visitors.  Council staff are operating on site and remotely to assist units and volunteers from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.  
  • Masks are encouraged, but not required while working and or visiting the Thompson S. Baker Scout Service Center
  • Please CLICK HERE for a North Florida Council staff directory and contact information.
  • If you need to add money to your Unit's Registration or Scout Shop accounts, please use the links on the Home page of www.nfcscouting.org or mail in a Unit check.

North Florida Council Scout Shop-    Currently in the High COVID-19 Community Level

  • Jacksonville Scout Shop is open.   
    • Monday - Friday-  9 am - 6 pm
    • Saturday- 9 am - 2 pm
  • You may place orders at www.scoutshop.org. Instructions to order advancement items are located at the top banner of the page.
  • Masks are encouraged, but not required while visiting the Scout Shop
  • If you need to add money to your Scout Shop account, please use the links on the Home page or mail in a Unit check.
Council-District and Unit Meetings 
  • Unit meetings and Camping must continue to follow their chartered organizations guidelines and are subject to extra mitigation per their Charter Partner.
  • Please consult the Council’s web page and calendar for updates and information. COVID-19 protocols,  if any will be included in event plans.
  • If you are at high risk for severe illness, talk to your healthcare provider about whether you need to wear a mask and take other precautions

St. Johns River BaseCurrently in the High COVID-19 Community Level

  • SJRB is open for unit use consistent with Clay Counties current COVID-19 Community Level of LOW? 
  • Masks are encouraged, but not required while Camping and or visiting 
  • We use the “Swiss cheese” mitigation strategy while you are at Camp COVID-mitigation-layers
  • District and Council events are being held.  Please consult the Council’s web page and calendar for updates and information.  COVID-19 protocols, if any will be included in event plans.

Camp Shands –   Currently in the Low COVID-19 Community Level

  • Camp Shands is open for unit use consistent with Putnam Counties current COVID -19 Community Level of LOW.
  • Masks are encouraged, but not required while Camping and or visiting 
  • We use the “Swiss cheese” mitigation strategy while you are at Camp COVID-mitigation-layers
  • District and Council events are being held.  Please consult the Council’s web page and calendar for updates and information.  COVID-19 protocols, if any will be included in event plans.
What can all Scouting members do to protect themselves and others?
  • A Scout is courteous, if you see a fellow Scout wearing a mask respect his decision and be a good Scout!
  • 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.

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