Weekly COVID-19 Impact Update

Weekly COVID-19 Impact Update | April 16, 2020

Scouters,

Discussion is ongoing regarding our summer camping programs. While we continue to plan for the adventure of Scouting to occur, we’re also planning for multiple contingencies. We are aware that a variety of issues may impact summer programming, including

· Some families are facing economic challenges due to furloughs and layoffs.

· Some parents and leaders are concerned about spread of COVID-19 at a camp program.

Please know that our Scout camps meet or exceed rigid BSA national standards and meet or exceed state and local regulations for youth camps and public gatherings. We face and pass an annual inspection at each camp from both BSA and state authorities. Scout Camp is safe.

We realize these are extraordinary times and parents and leaders are concerned. This is why we’ve not jumped to conclusions but rather continue to study and gather information. The COVID-19 situation is fluid and its impact is changing daily.

Our primary goal is always to provide safe programs for our Scouts, leaders, and staff. Our secondary goal is outdoor adventure, and we know that our Scouts crave it – especially right now.

We are at a critical time in camp planning, as many contracts and vendor orders are due. We also know that parents and leaders are asking questions.

While we don’t have complete and final answers, here is information that you may find helpful:

· If Grand Canyon Council is forced to cancel summer programs we will provide full refunds to units for all funds paid.

· If we’re forced to cancel summer programs we will also provide an option for units to roll over their funds to 2021 to secure 2020 pricing.

· Camperships are available to assist families that are struggling with expenses. Campership information is on our website.

· If we are able to offer summer programs we will increase our health & safety training and protocols even further than normal and will communicate our additional plans to leaders and parents so they can be assured of the safety of their campers.

We anticipate having more information that can be communicated by the end of April – stay tuned!

Thanks

Andy Price

Scout Executive/CEO