Restarting Scouting Checklist

The safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees and communities is always our top priority. This checklist outlines several guiding protocols that adult leaders/volunteers must consider while working with local and state health departments, chartered organizations and Scouting families on when and how to resume official Scouting activities. 

The Longhorn Council is excited to provide this Restarting Scouting Check List based on the S.A.F.E. Guidelines for any unit to re-engage in unit meetings, activities, outings and/or service. Below are the guidelines to consider for all units and registered members/families to follow prior to re-engaging at any level of participation. These documents and required forms are necessary for the protection of our members (including our youth members), volunteer leaders and chartered partners, and the Longhorn Council and the BSA. The purpose of these precautionary procedures and steps is to mitigate certain risks and liabilities that unit leaders and others may be exposed to in connection with the restarting of Scouting in Texas while facilitating the ability to provide a first-class program to the youth we serve.

Please read and abide by the STEPS before re-engaging. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us through [email protected].

Thank you for all you do to deliver the Scouting program in the Longhorn Council!

S- Supervision

❑ Understand local and state guidance on preventing COVID-19 exposure.

❑ Engage your chartered organization and local council on necessary adjustments.

  • Have verbal permission from your Chartered Organization to begin Scouting safely in person

❑ Conduct the “before you gather” protocols.

A- Assessment

❑ Identify participants who fall under the CDC group of higher-risk individuals. Notify all participants about the risks of participating since COVID-19 exposure cannot be eliminated.

❑ Verify that the planned activity, gathering, or group sizes are not prohibited by local or state orders.

  • Check with county health department guidelines to ensure your activity can happen safely.

F- Fitness and Skill

❑ Review Annual Health and Medical Records and consider using a pre-event screening for all participants.

E- Equipment and Environment

❑ Verify that hand washing, hygiene and cleaning supplies are available and used properly.

❑ Monitor social distancing, interactions and sharing of equipment and food among participants.

❑ Monitor participants for changing health conditions.

❑ Use the “as you gather” protocols.

Below are helpful links to help your unit meet and your youth continue in their Scouting Journey whether you are meeting in person or virtually.

https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/

https://www.scouting.org/scoutingathome/

https://www.scouting.org/program-updates/covid-19-faq-advancement/

https://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/marketing-webinars/

https://www.scouting.org/programs/cub-scouts/den-meeting-resources/den-leader-tips-tricks-video-series/

https://longhorn.ihubapp.org/posts/55201/how-can-online-registration-help-me-recruit-during-covid-19

https://www.longhorncouncil.org/covid-19_postponement_cancellation_and_refund_policies/

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