5 Gears of Programming

Below are the guidelines for the type of programming The Spirit of Adventure Council is going to follow in regards to the types of programming and activities that are being offered. We will meet or exceeds the level of strictness that the State or Local recommendations dictate. The current gear or phase that the council is in at any given time will be posted on the home page of the council website.

Local Scouting Units should apply the same standards when determining what type of activities they should be participating in. Like all safety protocols, failure to follow stated standards can put individual youth, and leaders at risk.  Actions that conflict with scout safety guidance should submit this Incident Report Form https://scoutspirit.doubleknot.com/survey/bsa-incident-reporting-tool/75867


Gear 1 – Strictest Social Distancing Restrictions in Place – 100% Virtual


Gear 2 – Slightly Eased Social Distancing Restrictions in Place – Virtual, Plus At-home Kits Available

**Revised 1/21/2021**

Gear 3 – More Eased Social Distancing Restrictions in Place –   Indoor meetings limited to no more than 10 people.  Outdoor meetings limited to no more than 25 people.

** Failure to follow these protocols may result in your group not being covered by the BSA’s liability insurance

  • Indoor den/patrol meetings limited to no more than 10 people.
  • Outdoor meetings/Day Activities
    • Dens can meet in person in groups of 10-12.  Adult leaders are included in that count.
    • There is a maximum of 25 people (organized and socially distance by den/patrol/group) that can gather and must be able to adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule.
    • Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Families all count in the 25 person count.
    • Multiple dens can meet at the same time, however, each den must be separated 20-feet apart, with each den following the 6-foot rule.  Large fields would be the best venue to accomplish this.
    • A sign-in log (with names and phone numbers of all that are attending) should be maintained for every meeting or event, for Contact Tracing purposed.  Walk-in visitors should be discouraged.
  • Council delivered Online Programs and Individual Den and Patrol Kits.
    • Online Merit Badge Classes and Cub Adventures
    • Back Yard Virtual and overnight camping is allowed
    • Cub Scout Facebook Live Segments
    • Online Speakers Series
    • Den Kits (accommodates 8 Scouts) available for individual reservation.
    • Patrol Kits (accommodates 8 Scouts) available for individual reservation.
  • Face coverings must be worn
  • Frequent handwashing and/or sanitizing should be conducted
  • 6-foot social distancing should be followed
  • Outdoor day events (hikes, rocket launches, Cub Adventures, etc.) must follow all the protocols mentioned above.
  • **Please check local standards as well.  The expectation is to follow whichever is the stricter protocol**

 

Starting on Monday, January 25th, we will be taking reservations for Base Camp in Milton for overnight camping.  Please do not call or email for reservations until Monday.

**Effective 8/27/2021**

Gear 4 – All groups are allowed to continue to meet, with some masking and camping protocols in place.

**Please check local standards as well.  The expectation is to follow whichever is the stricter protocol**

** Failure to follow these protocols may result in your group not being covered by the BSA’s liability insurance

In Gear 4:

  • Dens, Patrols, and Scout Units can meet in person.
  • There are no capacity limits, unless otherwise stipulated by the venue owner.
  • Face coverings must be worn by all participants for all indoor meetings and/or activities, except when eating/drinking. While eating or drinking all persons are advised to maintain a minimum of 3’ separation for these activities.
  • Frequent handwashing and/or sanitizing should be conducted.
  • As much as possible, follow social distancing.
  • A sign-in log (with names and phone numbers of all that are attending) should be maintained for every meeting or event, for Contact Tracing purposed.
  • We encourage all Spirit of Adventure members age 12+ to get fully vaccinated.
  • Talk with your Scout families. Not all families are ready or want to start in-person meetings right now.  Tell them they have participation options.  Do not force them to attend.

What can Scouts and their Scouting Units Do??

    • With your Adventure Cards, Cub Scouts can reserve an Adventure Kit – kits are good for a den sized group of 8
    • With your Adventure Cards, Scouts BSA and Venturers can reserve a Patrol Kit – kits are good for a group of 12 or less
    • All are allowed and encouraged to hold Membership Recruiting Events.
    • All are allowed and encouraged to participate in the Trails End Popcorn Fundraiser.
    • Effective September 1 – Cabin Camping is allowed.
    • Tenting can now be done at 50% capacity of the tent being used.
      • (Example – In a 2-person tent, 1 may tent. In a 4-person tent, 2 may tent, etc.)
      • Head to Foot sleeping should be done.
      • Maximize ventilation in the tent. This can be done by removing the rain fly and/or opening all of the windows on the tent to allow for better air circulation.
      • Siblings can override the 50% capacity protocol.
  • Online Merit Badges
  • Outdoor day events (hikes, rocket launches, Cub Adventures, etc.)
  • Participate in council-sponsored weekend camping
  • District-sponsored Camporees and/or Klondike Derbies
  • Out of State Travel is currently permitted.

Gear 5 – Back to “Normal”– Virtual, Kits and Typical unit functions

  • Effective June 15th General Protocols for Unit Activity
    • Indoor and Outdoor events and activities may occur, with no capacity restrictions
    • Masks are no longer mandatory.  They are encouraged for those that have not been vaccinated in situations where close contact of 3 feet or less is occurring for prolonged periods of time
    • Tenting –It is encouraged that the 1 person per personal sized tents are continued through the summer.  **Units should follow the protocols of any Scouts BSA Summer Resident Camp regarding tenting.
    • Hand washing facilities and proper sanitation is still encouraged

     

    Specific Protocols in Place at Spirit of Adventure Properties

    • At New England Base Camp in Milton, masks are no longer mandatory outdoors.  They are encouraged for those that have not been vaccinated in situations where close contact of 3 feet or less is occurring for prolonged periods of time.
    • All indoor facilities at New England Base Camp will still require masks at this time (per an order by Milton Board of Health which is posted at NEBC)
    • Cabins will not be available until fall at all SOA properties

     

    Please keep in mind that there may be stricter protocols at the various venues that are being used for events, activities, or camping trips, based on the local rulings of that organization and/or the local Board of health.

     

    Units will have the ability to administer stricter protocols if that is what the families in that unit wish.

     

To see the State of Massachusetts four-phase approach for re-opening, click here.

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