COVID19 and Northern Star Camps, Meetings & More
Information on Camping, Unit Events, Scout Shops, and Scouting Activities
Last Updated: 6/7/2022
In March, the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health issued new guidelines for COVID-19 prevention measures. We discontinued mandatory and universal mask usage while indoors at that time.
We strongly encourage you to regularly consult the CDC website and adjust your activities and prevention measures according to the COVID-19 Community Level in your county.
Summer Camps and Overnights
A summary of the 2022 Camp Operating Guidelines is located here.
Are you attending a camp or overnight outing? If so, we strongly encourage all participants to take an antigen (at home) test before departure on the day of the event. The federal government is offering free test kits for all families. Details are available on USPS website.
- Individuals may choose to continue wearing masks even when it is not required, especially those who are or live with individuals who are at high risk.
- Surgical or N95/KN95 masks are strongly advised over cloth.
- Individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and close contacts must still follow state guidelines for testing and isolation.
- Continue to use the health screening checklist prior to attending Scout functions.
- Some local and community orders may supersede this guidance.
- Being up to date with vaccines is strongly encouraged for all who are eligible.
- Proper handwashing and increased sanitation continue to be important tools to prevent spread of illness.
Q: What if participant has symptoms or tests positive for COVID after attending a Scouting event?
A: The symptomatic person should isolate and follow physician’s advice for personal care. Use the Suspected COVID Case in a Scouting Activity Flow Chart to determine what actions to take with other participants who attended the Scouting activity.
Cancelations & Refunds
We want to ensure that all families feel safe and comfortable sending their children to camp.
If a family decides to no longer attend camp due to health risk, we will refund all fees paid, less the deposit, if the request is received by our office at least three weeks in advance of the start of their camp session. Requests outside of this timeframe will be evaluated individually.
This practice will continue through the end of August 2022 and at that time we will likely transition back to our standard refund practices.
If camps or activities are forced to close due to COVID, units will be given a choice to credit all fees toward a future reservation or receive a full refund.