Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
Updated May 11, 2020
Please note that there have been several prior MAC updates. With the evolving situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), this notification supersedes and replaces any prior information.
Health and safety are always our first priority in Scouting. We want to keep you informed, but do not want to overwhelm with too much information and too frequent updates. We will strive to make updates timely, relevant, and responsive to the changing situation.
MAC is following the recommended guidelines of the CDC, the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources, and any directives from the Governor or President. The general guideline is that if school is out, in-person Scout meetings and activities should be canceled.
- Council Service Center (Fairmont) – RE-OPENED for normal hours beginning Monday, May 11*
- Scout Shop (Fairmont) – RE-OPENED for normal hours beginning Monday, May 11*
- Camp Mountaineer – CLOSED for reservations through Sunday, May 31
*Council Service Center & Scout Shop will operate under the recommendations of the WV and Marion County health officials. Visitors will be required to wear a mask or face covering. The building capacity will be limited to the current limitations for group sizes.
Unit (Pack/Troop/Crew) Operations:
Following the Safer at Home executive order, West Virginians are strongly encourage to stay at home unless (as one option) engaging in outdoor activities that adhere to social distancing and crowd size rules.
Units should first be in contact with their chartering organization and follow their policies and guidance on meetings and gatherings. If a unit (pack, troop, crew) decides to have in-person meetings, at-risk individuals should be strongly encouraged to stay at home, and units should continue to include plans to members who should not attend in-person meetings. Anyone who is not 100% well should not be allowed to participate. Units are asked to adhere to the crowd size rules set by WV or the county in which the gathering will take place, whichever is lower. Social distancing and use of masks/face coverings should be maintained. To keep groups small, it is recommended to focus on patrol/den activities and to limit troop/pack activities to brief times, maintaining spacing between patrols/dens, and conducting as much activity as possible outdoors, where virus viability is shorter and maintaining social distance is easier.
What is still happening?
- Membership applications are still being processed as normal.
- Whenever possible, meetings are being rescheduled or held via a multimedia platform. Please see the list below. The online calendar at www.macbsa.org will have the most up-to-date information.
- Many Scouters, including staff and volunteers, are working on innovative program ideas that would allow Scouts to participate remotely. Continue to monitor our Facebook page for posted ideas. If you have an idea for something to share, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Our camp ranger continues to work on the many projects at Camp Mountaineer while getting ready for a great summer camp season.
- The Camp Mountaineer staff are still hiring and now are rescheduling unit presentations while continuing to prepare for wonderful summer camp experiences. Click here to apply to be a member of the camp staff or reach out to the camp director, Grant Rumble, at email@example.com.
- Our District Executive and the Scout Executive are still available to assist you via phone, text, and email.
- For Life Scouts working on the rank of Eagle, the national BSA office is aware that this is a disruption and is diligently working on steps to ensure that no Scout is penalized on their path to Eagle. If you anticipate this becoming a problem, unit leaders are encouraged to contact the MAC office.
What events or meetings are cancelled or rescheduled?
- 4/1 Council Training Committee – canceled
- 4/4 College of Commissioner Science – canceled
- 4/5 Cheat District Pintwood Derby – canceled
- 4/16 Elkins Good Scout Dinner – postponed, date to be announced
- 4/18 BALOO Training – canceled
- 5/1-3 OA Induction Weekend – canceled
- 5/3 Spring Ox Roast – canceled
- 5/6 Council Training Committee – canceled
- 5/8-10 Cheat District Cub Adventure Weekend – canceled
- 5/14 Council Annual Recognition Dinner – postponed, date to be announced
- 5/15-17 Heart of WV District Spring Camporee
- 5/29-31 Cheat District Show and Scout – canceled
- 6/13 Scout Day at WVU Rec Center & Cheat District Pinewood Derby – canceled
- Additional events will be added as needed
- For more information on the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the CDC website to review their guidelines.
- Here are 9 tips for speaking with young children about their concerns about coronavirus.
- And, here is information about coping with the many changes and stress that we all will be coping with in the weeks ahead.
- View the Scouting At Home Resources webpage for upcoming virtual events and program ideas
Safety at all levels is our priority. All of us need to work together to help to keep everyone safe and healthy. Let’s remember that “A Scout is Clean” and that means frequent hand-washing and keeping social distance!
Of course, this is an evolving situation and this guidance will change as more information becomes available. For any questions, please contact us at 304-366-3940 or firstname.lastname@example.org.