COVID19 and Northern Star Camps, Meetings & More
Information on Camping, Unit Events, Scout Shops, and Scouting Activities
1/21/2022 Update: The information below is in sync with guidance from both the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health because most of the counties in our council are at or above substantial rates of virus transmission.
- Vaccines are strongly encouraged for all who are eligible.
- Individuals may choose to continue wearing face coverings even when it is not required.
- Individuals experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and close contacts must still follow state guidelines for testing and isolation.
- Some local and community orders may supersede these guidelines.
- The health screening checklist should be used prior to attending Scout functions. We will not be collecting these onsite but we will ask your group leader to verify that screenings were conducted.
Unit Activities, Council Events and Council Facilities
- Face coverings will be required for all participants when indoors or in an enclosed space during programs where youth are present. Even when youth are not present we still strongly recommend the use of face coverings indoors for all individuals, regardless of vaccination status.
- All participants should follow posted capacity limits of indoor spaces. Council camps continue to operate at maximum of 50% capacity for indoor sleeping.
Best Practice Recommendations:
- Limit ‘close contact’ with those outside of your unit during Scouting activities.
- Encourage smaller group sizes when indoors.
- Continue practicing social distancing, clean surfaces and increased emphasis on hand hygiene.
- Consult parents prior to planning an outing involving indoor sleeping or limit sleeping in shared indoor spaces to those who are fully vaccinated.
These guidelines are in place for Northern Star Scouting operations because:
- Community spread of COVID-19, daily new positive cases and prevalence in youth all continue to increase.
- Suggested guidelines closely mirror Minnesota Department of Health standards for school operations.
Q: What if a participant cannot wear a mask during Scouting activities?
A: Unless a participant has a medical exemption, all participants must comply with state guidelines requiring use of masks indoors and when social distancing is not possible outdoors. Those who have a medical exemption should sign the exemption sheet to be kept on file with the unit or activity leader. Those with a valid exemption will be asked to wear a face shield and indoor activities will be restricted to well-ventilated spaces that provide at least 144 square feet of floor space per person. If a participant cannot wear a face covering of any type their involvement in indoor programming, or outdoor programming without social distancing at all times, will be limited.
COVID Safety Poster
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.
Cancellations and 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 March 2022 and will be evaluated on a quarterly basis.
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.