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OFFICIAL TECUMSEH COUNCIL COVID-19 UPDATE

Updated March 23, 2020

The health and safety of all Scouting participants is always a top priority in our council.  With the evolving nature of COVID-19, Tecumseh Council will send out regular official updates on the impact to local Scouting activities.  The Tecumseh Council website is the official source for the message and procedure policy of Tecumseh Council, Boy Scouts of America. 

Our instructions and procedures will follow national, state, and local laws and the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State of Ohio Health Department, and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA).

Scout Service Center and Scout Shop

  • Effective 10AM on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Scout Shop and Service Center is closed until further notice. The status of the council service center will be updated weekly…watch your email, social media and the council website for updates. 
  • The phones at the service center will continue to be answered however the office is only open to select staff members, no visitors will be allowed in.  We have a drop box set up at the front door for packages and mail. 
  • As always, the Scout Shop offers shipping by USPS upon request.  Simply call 937-325-6449 or email karen.vance@scouting.org. We accept Discover, VISA and Mastercard and will ship your order with only the cost of merchandise and shipping (no handling fees charged).

Camp and Camp Usage

All council camping activity will be canceled or postponed from March 16, 2020 through noon on April 12, 2020. These cancellations and postponements include:

  • All camp reservations between March 16 and noon on April 12
  • All district and council activities between March 16 and noon on April 12
  • All outside group activities between March 16 and noon on April 12

Council and District Meetings

  • In-person council and district meetings between March 16 and noon on April 12 will be canceled or postponed.
  • Please continue to plan and hold meetings online or via conference call. Google Hangouts, Zoom, and other online teleconference platforms offer their services at a free or low cost. 
  • Each council and district committee, commissioner, and group will be announcing their postponement dates.

Regular Unit Events and Meetings

  • Tecumseh Council, BSA recommends that weekly unit meetings and activities be suspended and postponed until at least noon on April 12, 2020.
  • The final decision to suspend or relocate weekly unit meetings is the responsibility of the unit’s chartering organization.

Future Service Opportunities

Throughout our history, “to help other people at all times” has been a central tenet of the Boy Scouts of America.  From World War I to the most recent tornados, Scouts have been there to help during difficult times.  We look forward to participating in the mobilization that will take place to bring back normalcy in our communities.  We are utilizing our connections to community leaders to see the needs.  If you have any ideas on how we can safely serve, please email Mike Taylor at mike.taylor@scouting.org.   Obviously, the safety of our youth and leaders are paramount in our future efforts. 

Helpful Resources

These are interesting times and they continue to evolve daily.  As this situation evolves, we will do our best to bring you information as we receive it.  We are closely monitoring the CDC, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Ohio Department of Health.  Links to each of those websites are below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html?fbclid=IwAR23X2b1AHIAo7U6-qwwZXqhWqMZx_cR6YUyW2yUADHrJ6Rs8dez1E5UDoU#basicsExternal Link

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/External Link

https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/safety-moments/communicable-disease-prevention/?utm_source=scoutingwire&utm_campaign=swvolunteer3112020&utm_medium=email&utm_content=External Link

https://www.who.int/External Link

We are Scouts and Scouters who do our best each day to live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.  Our Scout slogans of “do a good turn daily” and “do your best” ring true.  We will be called upon by society as we get through this pandemic so “Be Prepared” to lend a helping hand later.  

Yours in Scouting,

Robert C. Lavoie Jr.

Scout Executive/CEO

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