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updated 01.06.2022





We all are tired of the COVID-19 pandemic.  But as the Omicron variant begins to circulate, we all need to do our part to prevent this disease from further interfering with Scouting.  The CDC recommends several important efforts to stop the virus; because even if you are completely vaccinated, the Omicron Variant can still use you to spread itself to the people at risk in our community.



CDC Guidelines

For many people, the Covid-19 disease is treatable and minor, but for some in our lives it can mean severe illness and possible death.  In Olmsted County, one person dies of COVID-19 infection every other day (on average).  The CDC has recommended the following measures for Southeastern Minnesota:

  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, get tested immediately and do not attend any public functions until you receive a negative test result.  This includes Scouting events both indoor and outside.

  • If you receive a positive test result for COVID-19, self-isolate until the following conditions are met:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and

  •  24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

  • All members of the public – vaccinated or not – should wear a mask when indoors


Scouting Outings

It is imperative for both your safety and Scouting’s reputation within our community that you follow all guidelines set in place by your chartered organization and/or meeting location. 

In addition:

  • Gamehaven Council recommends that all Scouts and Scouters wear a mask while indoors around unvaccinated individuals.

  • At Gamehaven Scout Reservation, all participants are strongly recommended to wear a mask during large group events when in a lodge or the Cub Scout Pavilion.  Examples include the Polar Cubs dining pavilion, or indoor winter camporee activities.

  • Masks are not required while outdoors

  • Guardians have the final say as to the minimum protection they wish to require for their youth

  • Scouts units and leaders are not allowed to encourage or require the removal of COVID safety measures.

  • Scout units are allowed to require additional safety measures (such as masks and physical distancing) as determined by their unit committee, chartered organization, council mandate, and/or meeting location

  • Activities that require physical contact, or contact of bodily fluids, should not be performed.  This includes Raingutter Regattas, many COPE games, bobbing for apples, and the like.

  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently, and use gloves when working with food

  • Take attendance at every event and keep it on file for at least two months.  If a participant at that event tests positive for COVID, immediately contact every other person who was at that event to notify them that they have been exposed.  Do not reveal which person tested positive.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Local Council

08.18.2021 Please Review the COVID update 


Dear Scouters


The safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees, and communities continues to be our top priority. We must continue our vigilance to assure that youth and their families are safe while they enjoy the many benefits of Scouting.   


We continue to follow the guidance from expert agencies and follow the measures that have become second nature to many - hand hygiene, masks, distancing, meeting in cohorts and remaining at home if you have symptoms or feel bad.   


Due to our Council being headquartered in Rochester, we are asking all units to follow the instructions in the Declaration of Local Emergency by the Mayor of Rochester yesterday, August 17th. Namely, to wear masks in all indoor settings where children under the age of 12 are expected to be present. While there is no guidance on outdoor settings, we are recommending wearing masks outdoors while with youth under the age of 12 as well, particularly when social distancing cannot be maintained.


We, also, encourage everyone to consult with their physician and get vaccinated. It is our best hope for returning to normalcy in our Scouting family.  


The critical need of today is for all to understand the rationale for our caution and actions. Because of the pandemic, fewer youth have joined our Movement. To welcome new members and their families, we must demonstrate that we are safe and are concerned with the health of all. The success of the Scouting program depends on conducting regular meetings and activities in a safe and responsible way.  


As always, please be mindful of the Scout Oath and Law as we continue to navigate a safe return to the activities we enjoy. 



Franklin Sears

Scout Executive

06.03.2021- Here are the current Covid-19 Guidelines that Child care, youth camps and certified camps need to follow. This has been updated by the MN Dept. of Health. Please review the entire document. Below the button I have highlighted some key things to remember.



Recommendations for mitigating COVID-19 transmission in certified child care, youth programs, and camps


Plan and PrepareMDH strongly recommends that programs

  • Encourage staff to be fully vaccinated (two weeks after completion of a two-dose or a one-dose series) prior to starting camp to reduce the risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19 and help reduce risk of spreading COVID-19 to others. 

  • Communicate with families prior to sessions beginning to set expectations for program participation, including following mitigation strategies and attendance requirements related to illness, symptoms, exposure, and quarantine. 

  • Regularly communicate and educate participants and their families related to the program’s COVID-19 mitigation measures and acknowledge that strategies and available programming may change if the level of community transmission increases. 

  • Consider engaging program participants in developing communications or creative strategies to limit the spread of COVID-19 (e.g., develop a competition around creating new greetings, providing alternatives to hugs, or high-fives). 

  • Hold staff and volunteer meetings, trainings, etc. virtually or in a large enough space to accommodate social distancing.

  • Have a staffing plan that is flexible enough to accommodate staff member or volunteer absences due to illness or quarantine for exposures. 

  • Review sick and absentee policies to ensure they are supportive of participants staying home when sick or when in quarantine due to an exposure. 

  • Consider ways to accommodate the needs of staff, volunteers, children, and families at risk for serious illness from COVID-19.  Establish clear procedures with vendors to mitigate interaction with the program and camp community. 

Face Coverings

  • While face coverings are no longer required by statewide mandate, businesses can consider establishing their own requirements.

  • Reference the Federal government, Minnesota Rule, and universal business guidance requirements above for additional details on the use of face coverings on transportation vehicles.

  • In addition, because children under the age of 12 are not eligible for vaccination and many over the age of 12 are only recently eligible and may not yet be fully vaccinated, there is a risk that COVID-19 transmission will occur in youth programs and camp settings. As a result, MDH strongly recommends that participants wear face coverings:  During all indoor programming, as the risk of transmission is heightened in indoor settings.  During outdoor programming if physical distance cannot be maintained.