Weekly COVID-19 Impact Update

Weekly COVID-19 Impact Update | May 7, 2020

Grand Canyon Scouters, 

I hope this Scouting update finds you and your loved ones safe, healthy, and in good spirits. 

Scouting continues despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Our units and Scouts are participating in various home-based and virtual Scouting programs while they wait for the pandemic to abate. 

As you know, our summer camping operations have been moved to July and we’ve added additional program and camping opportunities for our Scouts in the fall and winter.  There are now more camping opportunities for our Scouts than originally planned!  If you missed that announcement you can view it here. 

Four updates for this week: 

1. We are planning for a re-opening of our Scout Service Center on Monday, June 1st.  We will evaluate recommended health and safety mitigations between now and then and will communicate prior to re-opening what measures will be in place.  Although our office is closed, we continue to be ‘open for business’ with all staff working from home; we continue to be available via email and telephone for your Scouting needs. 

2. The Phoenix and Mesa Scout Shops are planning to re-open Monday, June 1st, as well.  The Scout Shops will implement appropriate public health guidelines when they re-open.  More information will be communicated prior to re-opening. 

3. Regarding our camps, all units impacted by the June postponement have been accommodated.  We continue to review CDC, AZDHS, and other health authorities as we plan on how camp will be operated in July.  We will communicate additional health procedures to leaders closer to camp so we have the most current information at that time.  We are committed firstly to the health and safety of all Scouts, leaders, and staff, and secondly to offering the best outdoor adventure possible.  Stay tuned for more information! 

4. We recently rolled out “Camp Cards for a Cause”, a tool for Scouts to earn funds to attend camp and support essential workers at the same time.  A number of Scouts have seen early success with the tool and more information is available on our website 

 Overall, this has been a challenging year for our council, our units, and our Scouts.  We have worked hard to ensure our leaders are aware of camperships available to help all Scouts in need – financial challenges should never keep a Scout away from camp and we’re committed to this at all times, not just during pandemics.  If you’ve not had an opportunity to support Grand Canyon Council, please go to www.grandcanyonbsa.org and click on “Support Scouting” to see how you can help. 

Thanks! 

Andy Price 

Scout Executive/CEO 

Grand Canyon Council, BSA 

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