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.
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:
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.
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:
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!
Thank you to everyone who has joined us so far the #RestartScouting Rally! Catch up on each day’s video below. The direct resources and links referred to in the Facebook Lives are below under Restart Scouting Guidebook.
Monday: DAC Scout Executive Chuck Brasfeild unveiled the ‘Restart Scouting’ Guidebook in this video.
Tuesday: DAC Membership Chair Livingston Keithley discussed Scout recruitment and retention strategies in the era of COVID-19 in this video.
Wednesday: In order to help more Scouts participate and raise money, this evening’s video focused on Popcorn sales and how to use them to fund adventures and activities.
Thursday: This video broadcast from Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch focused on camping and other program opportunities available to Scouts.
Download the Restart Scouting Guidebook here.
Check out the Scouts BSA National Restart Scouting Checklist!
Check out the Meeting Space Unit Action Plan for an example of a Troop that successfully negotiated getting back into their Charter Organization meeting space.
If you are unable to get back into you prior meeting space, check out these ideas for alternative meeting locations or arrangements.
Visit the DAC Recruitment page here.
Download the DAC 2020 Cub Scout Recruitment Plan Guide here.
BSA Marketing and Membership Hub here.
Join the DAC for monthly Virtual Cub Scout Den Meetings! These meetings will all be held as Facebook Lives from the DAC Facebook page at the date and time listed below (unless otherwise noted). The recordings from the previous meetings as well as the next meeting for each age is available below.
The DAC has also made available Den Leader Activity Kits for every Pack – get yours today!
For October, Get ScOUTside with a Scavenger Hunt! This month’s theme is Scavenger Hunt. Scavenger hunts are a great way to explore the world around you. Learn more about them here.
Remember to tag your adventures with #GetScOUTside so we can follow along!
Monthly Themes – check back for more information!
Cub Scout Programs
Do you have a story about how your pack, unit or troop has continued Scouting during the past few months? We want to share it! Please submit your experience to our Scouting Stories page!