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COVID-19 & Scouting Impact News Feed

Update: 8/28/2020 12:00 pm

Recommendations for Outdoor Activities & Unit Meetings During Covid-19

Before engaging in or planning any Scouting activity with your unit during this global pandemic, it is important that you take the necessary precautions required of you by all government health authorities. The following recommendations are based on these orders, but they are not meant to be an exhaustive list, nor are they meant to be your only guidelines.

Units should actively monitor local and state guidance and adhere to all suggested and required measures to prevent the spread.

California DPH has provided new guidance for Youth Activities as of August 25, 2020. A link to this resource is included in the recommendations document below.

Units should follow the guidance of their local health department. If guidance is unavailable, please defer to the state guidance.



County and State Specific Information and Resources 

Below are links to various county and state requirements and resources. In addition to general guidelines and public health orders, units should look to Youth Activity, Social Circle, Day Camp, Campground and Recreational Activity industry guidance sections for recommendations for Scouting activities. Where not specifically listed under county guidelines, units should default to the state guidelines.

  • These resources must be reviewed in detail by unit leadership and implemented before any unit activities may begin.
  • Please note that all units must complete a required social distancing and design protocol before they may begin meeting. An FAQ for this form can be found in the SVMBC Recommendations for Outdoor Activities & Unit Meetings During COVID-19.

Santa Clara County – *New Guidance as of July 13, 2020* 

July 13, 2020 – Health Order – New guidance regarding group gatherings and youth activities. 
Learn What To Do 
Required Social Distancing and Design Protocol and Signage – New required social distancing protocol for all businesses or activities.  


Santa Cruz County 

Health Services Reopening Guidance 
Required Social Distancing and Design Protocol 


San Benito County 

Coronavirus Information 
Required Social Distancing and Design Protocol 


Monterey County Health – *New Guidance as of June 18, 2020* 

Sector Specific Reopening Guidance 
Social Circle Guidance 
Required Social Distancing and Design Protocol 


State of California – *New Guidance as of August 25, 2020*

Guidance for Youth Activities

We understand that summer and summer camp are the highlights of the year for Scouting and regret that conditions do not allow for these programs to operate this year.

We are doing everything we can to help support you and your family on their Scouting journey during the shelter in place order and will continue to offer innovate and fun programs all summer and fall, such as the Get Out and Scout Challenge and the Inside Out – Day Camp at Home program.

In addition to continued virtual programs, we are working with local health departments to move towards opening our camping properties for Scouting activities.

For more info on these programs and others, please visit the Scout At Home page on our website.

Council Service Center and Staffing

Scout Shop and Service Center

We are excited to announce that we have moved towards more regular business operations, including operating the local Scout Shops and Council Service Centers in Salinas and San Jose. Here are a few important updates of note:

  • As we reopen, we ask that Scouts, Scouters, and visitors to please adhere to social distancing guidelines and follow the directives of the local and state health department.
  • Please note that staff on site may be limited in order to conform to social distancing requirements, but all staff are still available remotely as needed.

Council and District Event Status

The following is a list of upcoming council and district events and their status. Future events will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be postponed or canceled by their committee or council leadership if deemed to be in violation of health department recommendations and pose a high risk to participants.

Notifications will be sent to committees and participants if there is a change in status.

MonthEvent Start  DateEventLocationStatus
August8/1/2020Work WeekendCHSCancelled
August8/2/2020International RendezvousCamp Hi-SierraCancelled
August8/14/2020Outdoor Leader Skills ChesebroughCancelled
August8/15/2020Work WeekendCHSCancelled
August8/15/2020Shootout #3ChesebroughCancelled
August8/20/2020Distinguished Citizen VirtualVirtual Program
August8/28/2020Wood Badge (Spring reschedule)Boulder CreekPostponed – 2021
August8/29/2020Work WeekendCHSModified – Family Camping
September9/1/2020Character AwardsCalifornia TheaterCancelled
September9/5/2020Labor Day Family CampCSROn Schedule – Modified
September9/5/2020Labor Day Family CampCHSOn Schedule – Modified
September9/9/2020STAR CampCSRCancelled
September9/10/2020Popcorn DistributionWarehouseOn Schedule
September9/11/2020Outdoor Leader Skills ChesebroughCancelled
September9/11/2020BALOO (tentative)ChesebroughCancelled
September9/11/2020CPR/First AidCSCCancelled
September9/12/2020Scouts BSA Leader Specific – IndoorSalinasCancelled
September9/12/2020Shootout #4CSROn Schedule – Volunteer Dependant
September9/12/2020Wilderness First AidCSCCancelled
September9/12/2020Wood Badge (Spring reschedule)Boulder CreekPostponed – 2021
September9/17/2020Popcorn Resupply #1WarehouseOn Schedule – Modified
September9/19/2020Cub Scout Leader SpecificHollisterCancelled
September9/19/2020Den Chief TrainingHollisterCancelled
September9/19/2020Scouts BSA Leader Specific – IndoorHollisterCancelled
September9/19/2020Mountain Man RendezvousCSRCancelled
September9/20/2020Jamboree Contingent MeetingTBD SaratogaPostponed
September9/24/2020Golf TournamentCinnabar Hills Golf Club8.6.2020 Decision
September9/24/2020Popcorn Resupply #2WarehouseOn Schedule – Modified
September9/26/2020Scouts BSA Leader SpecificCSCCancelled
September9/26/2020Commissioner ConferenceCSR9.1.2020 Decision
September9/26/2020OA OrdealCSR8.20.2020 Decision
October10/1/2020Popcorn Resupply #3WarehouseOn Schedule – Modified
October10/2/2020Outdoor Leader Skills Toro ParkCancelled
October10/2/2020BALOOToro ParkCancelled
October10/3/2020Cub-o-ReeCSR9.1.2020 Decision
October10/4/2020Cub-o-ReeCSR9.1.2020 Decision
October10/8/2020Popcorn Resupply #4WarehouseOn Schedule – Modified
October10/9/2020CPR/First AidCSC9.15.20 Decision
October10/10/2020Wilderness First AidCSC9.15.20 Decision
October10/10/2020Shootout #5CSR9.1.2020 Decision
October10/10/2020Scout O RamaHistory ParkVirtual Program
October10/10/2020Coyote Creek Cycling ClassicStart near History ParkVirtual Program
October10/15/2020Popcorn Resupply #5WarehouseOn Schedule – Modified
October10/17/2020Partner and Pal FallCSR9.15.2020 Decision
October10/18/2020Jamboree Contingent MeetingTBD SaratogaPostponed
October10/19/2020Popcorn ReturnWarehouseOn Schedule – Modified
October10/24/2020BIG 5 TRAINING DAY TBDVirtual Program
October10/24/2020University of ScoutingTBD (withBig 5)Virtual Program
October10/31/2020Boo FestCSR9.15.2020 Decision
November11/5/2020Popcorn DistributionWarehouseOn Schedule – Modified
November11/7/2020Bear Paw Cold Weather Camping – IndoorMt. Olive (TBD)10.15.20 Decision
November11/7/2020BALOO-ChineseChesebrough10.1.2020 Decision
November11/14/2020Wood Badge Reunion?
November11/15/2020Jamboree Contingent MeetingTBD Saratoga11.1.2020 Decision
November11/20/2020CPR/First AidCSC10.15.20 Decision
November11/21/2020Wilderness First AidCSC10.15.20 Decision
November11/21/2020BALOO Chesebrough10.15.20 Decision
December12/5/2020Trainer’s EDGECSC11.15.20 Decision

Please note, at this time, council and district committee meetings and roundtables are still scheduled, but accommodations will be made to allow participants to participate remotely. The council has remote conference tools available for council committee use. Please contact your staff advisor to arrange for your meeting.

Refund Policy

For all Scouting program and training events postponed or cancelled by the council, a full refund will be provided. For those who choose not to participate in an event, the standard refund policy applies. For more information on refunds, you can contact the event staff advisor or the council service center. A full copy of the council refund policy can be found on the council website at www.svmbc.org.

Latest Council Guidance Concerning COVID-19

Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, in addition to other communications, will be updating this website with the additional recommendations as new information becomes available.

For questions or more information on this notice, please contact William Albrecht, Jason Stein, Eric Tarbox or Michael Wilson at (408) 638-8300.

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