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 5/1/2021**

Gear 4 – Small to medium, non-family groups 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**

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

  • Dens can meet in person. It is encouraged that dens are organized in groups of 12-15.  Adult leaders are included in that count.
      • Face coverings must be worn.
      • Frequent handwashing and/or sanitizing should be conducted
      • 6-foot social distancing should be followed as much as possible
      • Pack Meetings can occur, providing the venue can adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule.

 

      • Indoor Meetings – there is a maximum of 100 people (organized and socially distance by den) that can gather and must be able to adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule.  Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Families all count in the 100-person count.
      • ** Den Meetings held at an individual person’s home are limited to 10 participants (youth and adults).
      • 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.  Gymnasiums or large halls are appropriate venues 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 purposes.  Walk-in visitors should be discouraged.

 

      • Outdoor Meetings – there is a maximum of 150 people (organized and socially distance by den) that can gather and must be able to adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule.  Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Families all count in the 150-person count.
      • **Den Meetings held at an individual person’s home are limited to 25 participants (youth and adults)
      • 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 purposes.  Walk-in visitors should be discouraged.
      • Outdoor day events (hikes, rocket launches, Cub Adventures, etc.) must follow all protocols mentioned above.
      • For unit outdoor outings, meetings, and activities, masks are encouraged but not required when the ability of maintaining social distance.  This is for outdoor functions only.  Indoor functions still require masks at all times, with the exception of when eating or drinking.
      • Masks will still be required at New England Base Camp.
      • For activities at other out-of-council facilities, Units and/or individual campers must follow the protocols for those venues.

 

    • What Council Provided Services could a Den or Pack take advantage of with their Adventure Cards:
      • Reserve an Adventure Kit – kits are good for a den sized group of 8
      • Rent a campsite at Base Camp, Wah-Tut-Ca and Lone Tree.  – 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**

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

  • Patrols/Groups can meet in person. It is encouraged that patrols/groups are organized in groups of 12-15.  Adult leaders are included in that count.
      • Face coverings must be worn.
      • Frequent handwashing and/or sanitizing should be conducted
      • 6-foot social distancing should be followed as much as possible
      • Troop Meetings can occur, providing the venue can adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule.

 

      • Indoor Meetings – there is a maximum of 100 people (organized and socially distance by patrol) that can gather and must be able to adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule.  Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Families all count in the 100-person count.
      • Multiple patrols can meet at the same time, however, each patrol must be separated 20-feet apart, with each patrol following the 6-foot rule.  Gymnasiums or large halls are appropriate venues 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 purposes.  Walk-in visitors should be discouraged.

 

      • Outdoor Meetings – there is a maximum of 150 people (organized and socially distance by patrol) that can gather and must be able to adhere to the 6-foot distancing rule.  Scouts, Adult Leaders, and Families all count in the 150-person count.
      • Multiple patrols can meet at the same time, however, each patrol must be separated 20-feet apart, with each patrol 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 purposes.  Walk-in visitors should be discouraged.
      • Outdoor day events (hikes, rocket launches, etc.) must follow all protocols mentioned above.
      • Tenting is one person per tent.
      • No Cabin camping.
      • For unit outdoor outings, meetings, and activities, masks are encouraged but not required when the ability of maintaining social distance.  This is for outdoor functions only.  Indoor functions still require masks at all times, with the exception of when eating or drinking.
      • Masks will still be required at New England Base Camp.
      • For activities at other out-of-council facilities, Units and/or individual campers must follow the protocols for those venues.

 

    • 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, Wah-Tut-Ca or Lone Tree – 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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