Coronavirus (Updated 5/16/22)

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Longhorn Council Statement on COVID-19

The safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees, and communities is our top priority.

Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be informed by expertise from agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the local health departments and agencies within our service area.

Our policies and protocols collectively make up a disciplined, multi-layered approach to safety while conducting Scouting activities at all levels.

We expect everyone in Scouting to follow the measures listed below, which are based on CDC and State of Texas guidance. Members, staff, and volunteers must also follow all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. In addition, Scouting units of all program types must consult with their charter partner for any special rules, both on and off charter partner properties.

 Unit meetings and unit-based Scouting activities:

  • 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.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

District and Council committees are encouraged to meet in person, provided all members follow the guidelines listed above.  Committees are encouraged to provide a hybrid meeting option to accommodate those individuals who cannot attend in-person. If assistance is needed providing a hybrid meeting setting, please contact your assigned staff partner or District Executive.

 District and Council Events:

Given the geographically diverse attendance and the nature of the programs offered, District and Council events may have additional requirements.  Spread of any communicable disease, including COVID-19, could jeopardize the ability of our camps to remain open and provide the great outdoor experience for all registered to attend.  Any special requirements will be communicated in the registration confirmation email(s) and leader guide, where applicable.

The use of modified cohorts/groupings, our enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols, our pre- and during-camp health screening processes, and the diligence of our Scouts and Scouters will allow our programs to remain open and available to all the registered attendees.

Longhorn Council does not require a COVID-19 vaccine to attend one of our events.  However, we may ask whether you have been vaccinated and record proof of vaccination to aid us in contact tracing, should exposure occur during camp.

All are expected to be Courteous and Kind to Scouts and Scouters who choose to wear a mask in any setting.

As always, please embody the Scout Oath and Law as we all continue to navigate a safe return to the activities we enjoy.

These guidelines are subject to change. Please bookmark this page [here] for future reference.

For more information, please review the guidance below:

– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention;

National Council COVID-19 FAQ updated 02/23/2022

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

State of Texas: