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Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council

The DAC is Here for You During Safe-at-Home

1/11/2021 – New Event Pre-Screening Checklist

A new Pre-Event Checklist has been released for use at any and all in-person Scouting activities!

As we look to #KeepScoutingGoing in 2021, remember that Scouting is a Challenge by Choice program. As the recommendations and restrictions change, the Council will continue to follow the guidelines set forth by the County, State and National bodies.

12/10/2020  Scouting Announcement – Keep Scouting Going Award

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Denver Area Council has continuously encouraged Safe Scouting throughout the crisis. As we reflect on the creativity and ingenuity of our Scouting community over the past year, we are hoping to provide recognition for these efforts. As such, the DAC is introducing the ‘Keep Scouting Going Award’ to recognize the unique challenges this time has presented our Scouts and their families, and is meant to encourage and commend our community that has continued to live the Scout Oath and Law, even when typical Scouting activities have been disrupted.

This award may be earned by Cub Scouts or Scouts of any rank by completing the appropriate requirements while stay at home orders are in effect. All requirements and completions are approved by the Scout’s parent. Upon completion, forms are submitted to the pack’s Cubmaster (or Scout’s Unit Leader) for approval. The Pack (or Unit) can then pre-order the recognition pin.

The Forms links below include additional information on the requirements for this Award. At this time, the deadline for completing the requirements and ordering the pins is Jan 31, 2021.

Scouting Announcement – 11/18/2020

Dear Scouting Families and Units:

The State of Colorado issued updated guidance and a new category to the county dial dashboard, taking effect on Friday, November 20, 2020.  Many of the counties in the Denver Area Council will be moving to Red Level, which places increased restrictions on operations and gatherings.  We also serve some counties still in Yellow or Green and will have more options.  Please reference the link above to view your county level and the details on what restrictions are at each level.

Colorado COVID-19 dial

As always, our priority is to operate Scouting meetings, programs, and events in the safest possible manner.  With this in mind, you should do the following for your unit:

  1. Consult with your Chartering Organization (approval is required) to determine what rules or guidance they are operating under. You may qualify under the state categories of:
    1. Places of Worship and Life Rites
    2. Outdoor Events
    3. Indoor Events
    4. Group Sports
  2. Provide options for all families to participate, including virtual/hybrid meetings
  3. Contact the facility where you plan to hold your activity to learn what rules or guidance they are implementing for operations.

If you are meeting in one of the counties in the Red Level, we highly recommend you conduct all activities in an outdoor setting or entirely virtual.

Please also support all families in your unit with their ability to participate comfortably.  Families will choose the level at which they want to participate in various activities and should feel welcomed and included at all times.

We understand how complex this situation is and know the challenges we are all facing to have meetings and activities as restrictions tighten.  Please reach out as needed to work through your next steps, make Scouting safe for everyone, and Keep Scouting Going!

 

Scouting Announcement – 10/27/2020

Everyone has been undertaking incredible efforts to “Restart Scouting Safely” over the past two months, thank you for all you are doing to make a difference for kids!  To find resources to help your unit, visit this page.

As many of you are aware, an updated Public Health Order (PHO) was issued on October 23rd.  There have been many questions on how this PHO effects Scouting programs.  The safety of all Scouts, Volunteers and staff is of utmost importance!

First, the overall information on how to conduct Scout meetings or activities has not significantly changed.  You can view the current information on our website.

PHO 20-35  has many layers involved and is directed towards the status of the county you will be conducting your Scouting activity in.  There is a COVID-19 dial dashboard to help you with the process at this page.  In addition, some counties have a variance on their operations, while others have stricter guidelines in place, Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, etc.

Here are the steps for you to consider in determining how you conduct your Scouting meetings and activities:

  1. Be safe and provide options for all families to participate.
  2. Consult with your Chartering Organization to determine what rules or guidance they are operating under.
  3. Review the most current State of Colorado orders as well as the Colorado guidelines that apply to the dial level for the county you will be conducting your meeting/activity in.
  4. Review any county variances or restrictions that are different or in addition to the county level requirements.
  5. Contact the facility where you plan to hold your activity to learn what rules or guidance they are implementing for operations.

We understand how complex this situation is and know there is no one-size-fits-all answer to how new PHOs impact our efforts to deliver a Scouting program.  Some counties have an “educational program” included in their variance, those chartered to a religious organization may have more opportunity through the youth programs of their chartered partner.  The best option is to work with your Chartered Organization to make sure you have the ability to be safe and conduct Scouting.  Your commissioner team and staff are here to help you through this process.  Please reach out as needed to work through your next steps, make Scouting safe for everyone, and Keep Scouting Going!


Restart Checklist 
It is important to follow local county and city guidelines, as well as chartered organization guidelines as we begin to return to Scouting activities. The BSA has developed a restart checklist to assist in getting back to group activities. National BSA also continues to update COVID-19 guidance on their website. More resources are available on the DAC Scouting at Home web page

Unit Meetings and Activities 
Each Scouting community’s local government may have different safety requirements in place. Therefore, units should follow any and all restrictions outlined by the state of Colorado, as well as their local city and county, regarding in-person meetings and activities, including public holiday ceremonies. Units should also consult with their chartered organization for guidelines regarding in-person meetings or activities at the venue. COVID-19 rules are slightly different in each county in Colorado. You can find the counties that have applied for variances from the state and what those variances are at: CCI

Learn more and local resources:

  1. Consult the most current State of Colorado orders as well as the Colorado Safer at Home guidance
  2. Contact your local county government for guidance, as many have different restrictions or timelines than the State of Colorado.
  3. Connect with your Chartering Organization to determine what rules or guidance they are operating under.
  4. Contact the facility where you plan to hold your activity to learn what rules or guidance they are implementing for operations.
  5. The Denver Area Council consistently updates information based on what we are receiving from federal, state and local guidelines on our website.

Council and District Activities 
Organizers for district and council events should ensure that the scheduled activities meet the following guidelines for both the activity location and the jurisdictions that the participants are coming from:

  1. Consult the most current State of Colorado orders as well as the Colorado Safer at Home guidance
  2. Consult your local county guidance, many have different restrictions or timelines than the State of Colorado.
  3. Contact the facility where you plan to hold your activity to know what rules or guidance they are implementing for operations.
  4. The Denver Area Council consistently updates information based on what we are receiving from federal, state, and local guidelines on our website.

Hamilton Scout Headquarters 
The DAC is open in a modified format until further notice and will adhere to local and state guidelines and health and safety procedures. Volunteers or guests who need to enter the building to conduct business should  schedule an appointment online. Appointments should be made at least one day in advance. All appointments will be confirmed the day before they are to take place. You may also call the office at 303.455.5522 to request an appointment. This process will adhere to social distancing policies, including wearing a mask.

Online Membership and Other Payments

Visit our Virtual Customer Service page to make payments.

Staff are available M-F, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact information for support staff, district staff, and all others is available in our Council directory. Following is a list of office support staff detailing what they can help you with.

In general, documentation may be submitted to the DAC via:

  • A physical dropbox unit located next to the mailbox at the front door
  • Fax: 303.455.4689
  • Email: Information@DenverBoyScouts.org
  • Snail mail: 10455 W. 6th, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80215

DAC Scout Shop 
The Scout Shop is now open for shopping and curbside pick up and has been redesigned for safety measures. The Scout Shop now offers the ability to make purchases online and pick them up at the store.

Please contact the Scout Shop directly with any questions at 303-459-0109 or visit their web page for more information. 

Status of Council Events 
“Keep Scouting Going!” We strongly encourage that districts, units, and council committees to continue using technology to continue with as many of their normally scheduled meetings and events as possible until further guidance is provided by local and state authorities. ZOOM is one FREE resource available for virtual meetings. The FREE option hosts up to 100 participants for up to 40 minutes. 

BSA Policies 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 events. These include the annual health and medical record. Other resources from National BSA on COVID-19 are located on their web page

Everyday Preventive Measures
Even with important policies in place, it is critical that everyone take 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, & wash your hands before and after.
  • 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.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please visit our web page to locate and contact your District Executive