COVID-19 & Scouting Impact News Feed

Update: 4/11/2021 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. For unit’s who desire to start meeting in person, the council has developed a Unit Restart Guidebook to assist you in developing your unit’s plan to adopt and follow the guidance of health authorities.

It is important to note that the guidance provided in this guidebook are based on the health department guidance, but they are not meant to be an exhaustive list, nor are they meant to be your only guidelines.

Please note that the guidance from local county and state health departments is prone to change and vary from county to county. Units must review and actively monitor local and state guidance and adhere to all suggested and required measures to prevent the spread. If there is a discrepancy between county, state, or CDC recommendations, we encourage units to adhere to the stricter standard. 

You may find the a downloadable copy of unit guidebook below.

Council Camp Properties

Council properties and programs have resumed with modifications. Please visit the Council Calendar to review upcoming family and other camping programs.


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 Cohort, Social Circle, Day Camp, Outdoor Recreation, and Youth Sports and Activities 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.

State of California

Cohort Guidance for Youth Activities – Requirements for social distancing, group size and mixing limitations, and masking requirements. Cohorts are now only required for counties listed in the purple tier. 

Industry Guidance – Other available guidance for Scouting related activities, like; Outdoor Gatherings, Day Camps, Outdoor Recreation, Youth and Adult Recreational Sports

Santa Clara County

February 26, 2021 – Revision – Mandatory Reporting Requirement. – Requirements for reporting in the event of an exposure. 
Required Social Distancing and Design Protocol and Signage – Protocols submitted before October 15, 2020 need to be resubmitted.

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

Coronavirus Information
Required Social Distancing and Design Protocol 

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 in the months to come, such as the Scout O Rama and Scout at Home activities.

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

Completing A Social Distancing and Design Protocol FAQ 

Per state and county guidelines chartering organizations must complete a social distancing and design protocol form before units resume in-person activities at their facility. Links to your counties form are listed in the County and State Specific Information and Resources above. Please note that these are general forms that are designed to be applicable across a wide array of businesses and activitiesFor questions regarding your form, please contact your local health department or the council service center.  

General Facility and Contact Information 
  • The legal business entity that oversees Scouting units is the chartering organization. Structured by the bylaws and rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, all Scouting units are owned by their chartering organization and not their local councilReferences to a business should be regarded as pertaining to the chartering organization. 
  • The current executive officer of the chartering organization is often one of / or the legal signatory of the organization, but your chartering organization should be able to direct you to the correct individual. 
  • Your chartering organization may have already completed a social distancing and design protocol for your regular meeting facility. If this is the case, units should work with them to enforce its requirements and/or amend to include Scouting activities and the counties requirements for youth activities.  
  • Many times, units may wish to meet in-person, but only for outdoor activities or gathering in varied locations. In these cases, you should work with your charter organization to complete a social distancing and design protocol for these off-site programs. A single form or multiple may be applicable depending on the variety of activities or locations.  
  • An adult volunteer in the unit or someone designated by your chartering organization’s protocol must be assigned as the contact and individual responsible for ensuring the protocols are followed. This individual should be intimately involved in the development of the protocol to better understand all the elements that must be followed to ensure a safe program.  
  • If you are using a regular meeting facility, you must post the required signage from the protocol. 
  • For areas where posting may not be possible, copies of the required signage and protocol must be distributed and made easily available to all participants.  
Personnel Training 
  • Training is required for all participants and volunteers and is available through the CDC or your local county. You can find the appropriate links in your counties protocol information. 
Control MeasuresCleaning and Facility Specific Protocols 
  • Control measures and cleaning should be developed in conjunction with the chartering organization or should be aligned to the activities of off-site facility programs.  
  • Due to the general nature of the form, some items may not apply to your unit, such as delivery areas or curbside pick-up, but units must follow all applicable requirements for their activities and meeting space 
  • For Scouting activities that do not necessarily align to the general form, units and chartering organizations should use the opportunity to highlight methods they will use for their specific facility to maintain a sanitary, social distanced space, while employing measures to prevent unnecessary contact. These strategies can be listed in the Optional – Describe other measures section of the form.  
  • A list of guidance to provide a safe space for these activities can be found in the recommendations of your county or state health department. Additional recommendations are included in this document, but in all cases, the county and state guidance should be followed.  

Unit Restart Guidebook

When planning to engage in any sort of activity and before you begin planning in-person unit meetings, it is important to ensure that you have reviewed and are following all State and local guidelines. In the event these guidelines conflict, the stricter regulation is the one that needs to be followed. In no guidance is available locally, the state guidance must be followed. 

As part of the local guidelines that units need to consider, units must contact their Charter Organization to learn what requirements they have in place. 

As of the posted date, the California State Guidelines and common local guidelines state: 

1. Indoor meetings/activities are not recommended at this time. 

2. Maintain 6 feet of distance between all participants. 

3. Masks must be worn at all times. See the California guidance for additional information. 

4. Meetings/activities should be limited as much as feasible to stable, small groups. Larger groups can meet if social distancing can be maintained. 

5. Health check and attendance tracking is required at every gathering. 

6. Chartering Organizations need to complete a Social Distancing Protocol with their local county. 

Please note that this guidance may be different in your county. Units must review and follow the guidance of both the county and state health departments. Click the link below to download a copy of the Unit Restart Guidebook. 

Unit Restart Guidebook

General Liability Insurance Information 

Many facilities, community businesses and organizations may require general liability certificates for various unit meetings and activities. The council will continue to provide the certificates of insurance upon request. Please contact Bel Gonzalez ( at the council office to request a certificate.  

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

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.

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

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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