The Durham Scout Center, Gottschalk Scout Shop, and Sioux City Service center will be closed indefinitely and reviewed on a weekly basis.
During this time, you may still call Scouter Services at 402-431-9272 or e-mail us at email@example.com as our staff is set-up with remote access to continue to serve you.
Scouting at Home Resources can be found here.
As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, is affecting local Scouting programs in the Mid-America Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The following information regarding local events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety.
In the meantime, should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your district executive. We will do everything we can to answer your question(s) using the information available to us.
After much consideration, it has been determined that all in-person Council and District events, activities, and meetings beginning Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, March 31 will be postponed or cancelled. This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of our Scouts, Scouters, and their families.
Mid-America Council events that are postponed or cancelled between March 16th – March 31st (updated as of March 27 at 6:00 p.m.):
DD Pinewood Derby – Postponed, TBD
DD Merit Badge College – Postponed, TBD
DD Spring Camporee – Cancelled
DD District Dinner – Cancelled
BH District Dinner – Postponed, TBD
GR Spring Camporee – Postponed, TBD
GR Pinewood Derby – Postponed, TBD
TB Pinewood Derby – Cancelled
TB Spring Camporee – Cancelled
TL District Pinewood Derby – Cancelled
WE Spring Camporee – Postponed, TBD
WE Spring Museum Event – Cancelled
OH Cub Leader Training Day – Cancelled
OH Spring Camporee – Cancelled
OH Webelos Woods – Cancelled
TC District Dinner – Postponed, TBD
TC District Pinewood Derby – Postponed, TBD
PLS District Pinewood Derby – Postponed, TBD
PLS District Dinner – Postponed, May 14
WW District Dinner – Postponed, TBD
WW Merit Badge Clinics – Postponed, TBD
WW Pinewood Derby – Cancelled
WW Spring Camporee – Canclled
WW District Committee/Commissioner Meetings – Cancelled
MAC Husker Trails College of Commissioner Science – Postponed, TBD
Wood Badge Staff Development – Cancelled
NE Sci-Fest STEM University Day – Cancelled
Due to the geographic make-up of our council and ever-changing conditions in those communities, the final decision on unit activities will be determined by the unit committee in consultation with their chartered organization and; in some cases, their meeting facilities until such time as new guidances are issued by the CDC. (For example, in Douglas County, Neb., community leaders have asked that group gatherings be limited in size to no more than 10 individuals.) Please keep this in mind when making any determination on your Scouting activity. NOTE: This is subject to change.
We strongly encourage that districts, units, and council committees consider using technology to continue with as many of their regularly normally scheduled meetings and events as possible. Free or low-cost options include Free Conference Call, Skype, and Google Hangouts.
Here is some additional information regarding upcoming council events and programs:
Camp Card Sales
We are extending camp card sales through July 31st to help Scouts attend camp and Jubilee! Also, the restocking fee has been eliminated for 2020. More information on camp card sales can be found here.
Scouting for Food
As of now, Scouting for Food has tentatively been rescheduled for May 9 and May 16. We will continue to monitor the situation in our communities and adjust as needed. Our community will need our help to provide resources to those in need.
Currently, all summer programming – day camps, summer camps, etc. – will continue as planned. We continue to prepare for summer camp and look forward to welcoming all our Scouting families this summer.
Please find more information and updates about OA here.
- The Durham Scout Center, Gottschalk Scout Shop and Sioux City Service Center are closed indefinitely and will be reviewed on a weekly basis. During this time, you may still call Scouter Services at 402-431-9272 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org as our staff is set-up with remote access to continue to serve you.
- The Gottschalk Scout Shop in Omaha, Nebraska is closed until further notice.
- In Sioux City, Iowa we are requesting orders to be e-mailed to email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org so orders can be filled ahead of time. Orders may also be called into 712-255-8846 ext. 291.
- Staff Contacts
- Camp facilities including Camp Cedars, Camp Eagle, Little Sioux Scout Ranch, and Camp Wa-kon-da will be closed until April 30.
- When possible, we are encouraging events to reschedule for a later date.
- If you are registered for an event that gets postponed, your registration will be transferred to the new date.
- If you are registered for an event that gets cancelled, you will be refunded.
- If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, you may request a refund.
BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness
The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting event. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Iowa Department of Public Health
South Dakota Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Communicable Disease Prevention Safety Moment
Everyday Preventive Measures
Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:
- Stay home when you feel sick.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
- Avoid shaking hands. A Scout salute or wave will suffice.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.