COVID-19 & Mobile Area Council Activity Update
Coronavirus restrictions are taken serious at the Mobile Area Council, but they haven’t stopped Scouting. Not by a mile! Virtual meetings and experiences abound, Scouts perform Good Deeds and are recognized for leadership opportunities, virtual camping has made backyards a great place to go, and cooking skills are being honed for future travels.
Since the coronavirus Scouts in our council collected more that 21,000lbs of food to answer the need of food for local families.
With regards to unit level activities, including meetings, outings, and other events, at this time Mobile Area Council offers the following guidance: While individual Scouting units and chartering organizations have the ability to determine whether or not their regular meetings and activities should continue, safety should be the number one priority. Please utilize guidance provided by your local authorities, school districts, and chartering organizations in determining whether or not to cancel or postpone your events.
All current events require each attendee to turn in the completed COVID-29 PreEvent Checklist and COVID-29 Event Participation Waiver until otherwise posted. Click the two blue forms, print, fill out completely and turn in the day of the event for most accuracy. Forms will be kept on file at Council Service Center until a specified period of time before being properly destroyed.
COVID-19 BSA National Update
As always, the safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees and communities is our top priority.
Our response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to be informed by the guidance of official bodies, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, whose framework for mitigation for community groups is based on the level of community transmission of COVID-19, as well as the latest White House guidelines.
As the national response to the coronavirus pandemic shifts to a state-focused and phased approach, the Boy Scouts of America is advising local councils to consult with their local and state health departments, as well as local chartered partners, in order to implement the appropriate protocols to help keep our members, volunteers, and employees safe. Units should look to their councils for guidance on whether to conduct in-person meetings and activities again. If a unit’s local council is allowing in-person activities but has restrictions in place (e.g., no more than 10, social distancing of 6 ft. etc.), the unit must meet and abide by those restrictions – even if the unit is traveling out of council/state.
We are taking similar steps as a national organization as we continue to evaluate the current environment with the best interests of our members, volunteers, and employees in mind. We are currently reviewing critical events that are scheduled to take place within the next six weeks. We will continue to update impacted groups about event decisions as they are made.
We thank you for helping meet the needs of our communities throughout these difficult times.
Governor Kay Ivey on November 5, 2020 issued her nineteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement. Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order. This amended order extends until Friday, December 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Read more here.
Scouts BSA COVID19 Updates- rank and merit badge requirements