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COVID Membership Allowances, 12/21/21

December 21, 2021: Update to Temporary Covid Policy Modifications

Changed the Temporary Covid Policy Modifications:

  • Virtual camping will no longer count towards OA eligibility and the previous camping requirement, which includes a long-term camp of five (5) consecutive nights, is reinstituted, effective January 1, 2022.  Any virtual camping nights completed before January 1, 2022 may be counted towards OA eligibility.

The options for virtual unit elections, virtual Ordeals, and virtual Brotherhood are retained. Additionally, candidates that were elected after February 1, 2019 will continue to have 24 months from the date of election to complete their ordeal. This remains in effect until otherwise notified that we will go back to 12 months.

Status of Lodge, Section, and Region Events

We encourage all lodges to work with and follow guidance from your local BSA council and county/state health departments to address any concerns about upcoming events in your area.

Region and Section leadership will provide updates to changes in event status based on guidance from the relevant health authorities in the event area.

Regions are assessing all options including rescheduling NLS and DYLC to later dates. Sections are doing the same regarding conclaves.

BSA Policies to Prevent the Spread of Illness

The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at a large Scouting event. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.

Everyday Preventive Measures

Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Stay home when you feel sick. ETC… etc…