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Boy Scouts of America, Denver Area Council

Summer Camping Programs

Face Masks Needed

The Denver Area Council (DAC) needs homemade face masks to help safely operate our facilities and summer programs. We are in need of 1,000 masks for camp operations, food service, and the safety of all volunteers and staff. If you are willing to donate, please register online

Charles S. McNeil Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch Details

Scouting is committed to keeping kids safe. Due to the recommendations of federal, state, and local health officials, as well as the safety standards of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), we are unable to safely offer Scouts BSA and Cub Scout programs at Charles S. McNeil Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch (PV) before July 4. We understand summer camp is usually the highlight of a Scout’s year, but with the ever-changing COVID-19 environment, the DAC has not received the necessary authorization and guidance from our partners in the State of Colorado, local government and the BSA to open PV for our June camp weeks.

We feel it is important to keep everyone informed and aware of the current situation. All of the Troops and Cub Scout participants who are affected have been directly contacted to coordinate their options for rescheduling. The DAC will be extending the summer camp season by adding Week 8, July 26 to August 1, to help accommodate Scouts BSA units displaced by the rescheduled weeks. The Magness Adventure Camp schedule will be extended by an additional session from July 28 to July 29.

Troops should prepare for scheduling and programmatic changes as additional information is released from the Federal, State, and local government. The camp medical re-check will be enhanced for the 2020 season. The medical re-check will also begin at the unit level before the troop departs for camp, and additional screening at camp will include temperature checks. The DAC will provide additional information once it has been released by the Boy Scouts of America, CDC, and the other state and local organizations that govern summer camp operations.

Tahosa High Adventure Base Details

DAC staff, VP of Programs and the 2020 Camping Committee Chairman recently evaluated the upcoming 2020 summer camping season and made the difficult decision to relocate the programs planned at Camp Tahosa this summer to Charles S. McNeil Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch. 

  • Eagle Point – Troop reservations will be automatically be moved from Camp Tahosa to Camp Cris Dobbins for the 2020 summer camping season
  • Alpine Adventure – No significant change as the back-country guides will still meet Troops at Camp Tahosa
  • Tahosa Trek – The initial portion of your Tahosa Trek will take place with your back-country guides meeting you at Cris Dobbins for the first two days. The Tahosa Trek will then move to Camp Tahosa and into the back country for the remainder of the week

Please contact the DAC camping department to discuss how and if any of the above details impact your troop. The camping department will work with you to implement the best possible camping experience this summer, including assisting in cancelling any 2020 reservations and facilitating refunds, if necessary.

What Troops Should be Doing Now

As we wait for authorization from the government to be allowed to operate camp, units should do the following.

  • The troop committee should meet and determine if your unit has appropriate adult leadership who can attend summer camp. Everyone attending summer camp has the potential to be exposed to the COVID-19 virus. All adult leaders should not be classified as “vulnerable individuals” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vulnerable Individuals are defined as Elderly individuals, and individuals with serious underlying heath conditions, including high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, diabetes, obesity, asthma, and those whose immune system is compromised such as by chemotherapy for cancer and other conditions requiring such therapy. If a troop cannot secure adequate adult leaders, consider an alternate week or cancel your reservation to receive a refund.
  • If the troop has adequate adult leadership, then move forward to having conversations with parents to discuss if attending camp will be a good fit for them and their family. If a Scout is classified as “vulnerable” then summer camp will not be a good setting for them in 2020. If families have “vulnerable” individuals living in their household, it is not recommended their Scout attend summer camp. Scouts and their families should ask questions and discuss concerns, including the possible consequences of attending a week of summer camp, with their healthcare provider.
  • Troops should also evaluate additional options for the summer camping season. For instance, will the troop cancel camp for the season, or will they reschedule to the month of July? Troops should determine which week(s) would work, and which Scouts can participate each of the alternate week or weeks(s) for camp.

Troops Should Prepare

Troops should prepare for scheduling and programmatic changes as additional information is released from the Federal, State, and local government. The camp medical re-check will be enhanced for the 2020 season. The medical re-check will also begin at the unit level before the troop departs for camp, and additional screening at camp will include temperature checks. Again, we will provide additional information once it has been released by the Boy Scouts of America, CDC, and the other state and local organizations that govern summer camp operations.

The DAC Monitors Covid-19 Daily to Make Safe Decisions

The DAC is monitoring the current COVID-19 pandemic daily and adapting programs accordingly. The decision regarding Camp Tahosa was difficult to make, but as the pandemic continues, we frequently evaluate our summer camp programs with these four considerations in mind:

  1. Do we have the legal authority to operate camp?
  2. Is it safe to operate camp?
  3. Is it financially practical to operate camp?
  4. Do we have the resources necessary to operate camp? In our current situation, we cannot answer positively to all these questions for Camp Tahosa.

The attached document provides details on camping refunds.

Cub Scout Day Camps at Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point

Cub Scout Day Camps and Open Adventure Days that take place at Donald E. Scott Colorado Adventure Point (CAP) are still planned to take place this summer and currently planned to begin in July. Visit the CAP website for dates and registration. 

* Satellite Cub Scout Day Camps will be subject to local stay-at-home guidelines which may be different than those held principally at CAP, please visit ColoradoAdventurePoint.org for the latest updates.