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

Gear 3 – More Eased Social Distancing Restrictions in Place – Virtual, Kits and Family camping with strict protocols

  • Council delivers Online Programs, Individual Den and Patrol Kits, and Family Camping Allowed
    • Online Merit Badge Classes and Cub Adventures
    • Back Yard Virtual camping and other programs
    • 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
    • Family Camping at Base Camp
      • Small staff
      • Den and Patrol Kits issued to families to assist in program during their camping experience
      • Masks, hand washing, and other on-site protocols
      • 75 Families Maximum Limit allowed in camp
      • Tenting only
      • No Cabin Camping

Gear 4 – Small, non-family groups (no more than 12) with Social Distancing Allowed – Virtual, Kits and Den or patrol outings with strict protocols

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

    • Dens can meet in person in groups of 10-12 (10 scouts 2 adults max)
      • Face coverings must be worn
      • Frequent handwashing and/or sanitizing should be conducted
      • 6-foot social distancing should be followed as much as possible
      • Indoors – there is a maximum of 25 people (organized and socially distance by den) that can gather and must be able to adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule.
      • Outdoors – there is a maximum of 50 people (organized and socially distance by den)  that can gather and must be able to adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule.
      • 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.
      • Outdoor day events (hikes, rocket launches, Cub Adventures, etc.) must follow all of the protocols mentioned above.
    • What Council Provided Services could a Den or Pack take advantage of with their Adventure Cards:
      • Rent an Adventure Kit – kits are good for a den sized group of 8
      • Rent a campsite at Base Camp – go family camping or ask another family along (keep group size to less than 12).  Multiple dens can camp together, with each den campsite 20 feet apart.

    SCOUTS BSA, Venturing, Sea Scouts
    **Please check local standards as well.  The expectation is to follow whichever is the stricter protocol**

    • Patrols/Groups can meet in person in groups of 10-12 (10 scouts 2 adults max)
      • Face coverings must be worn
      • Frequent handwashing and/or sanitizing should be conducted
      • 6-foot social distancing should be followed as much as possible
      • Indoors – there is a maximum of 25 people (organized and socially distance by patrol or group) that can gather and must be able to adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule.
      • Outdoors – there is a maximum of 50 people (organized and socially distance by patrol or group) that can gather and must be able to adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule.
      • Multiple patrols/groups can meet at the same time, however, each patrol/group must be separated 20-feet apart, with each patrol/group following the 6-foot rule.  Large fields would be the best venue to accomplish this.
      • Outdoor day events like hikes must follow all of the protocols mentioned above.
      • Tenting is one person per tent.
      • No Cabin camping
    • What Council Provided Services could a Patrol, Troop, Crew or Ship take advantage of with their Adventure Cards
      • Rent a patrol kit – kits are good for a group of 12 or less
      • Online Merit Badges
      • Rent a campsite at Base Camp – go family camping or ask another family along (keep group size to less than 12).  Multiple patrols/groups can camp together, with each patrol/group campsite 20 feet apart.
      • Participate in council-sponsored weekend camping

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

  • Council resumes full operations at Base Camp and all camps
  • When Vaccine is available

 

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

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