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OFFICIAL TECUMSEH COUNCIL COVID-19 UPDATE

Updated June 18, 2020

The Tecumseh Council Scout Store & Service Center will resume normal business operations and hours on Monday, June 22, 2020. We will be doing extra cleaning and sanitation of all public areas and surfaces. The staff will be wearing masks to help protect our customers, and we ask that all visitors please wear masks to help protect us! We have placed "X" marks on the floors as a reminder not to enter any staff member's office. We look forward to serving you safely!!

Summer Hours (Memorial Day weekend through July)

  • Monday 10 am to 5 pm
  • Tuesday 10 am to 5 pm
  • Wednesday 10 am to 7:30 pm
  • Thursday 10 am to 5 pm
  • Friday 10 am to 5 pm
  • Saturday CLOSED

Reopening on Saturdays in August

CLOSED ALL HOLIDAY WEEKENDS

Update June 10, 2020

The Tecumseh Council has released a Restarting Scouting Safely Planning Guide Worksheet for those units interested in resuming in person Scouting meetings. Please make sure that you follow and meet all guidelines before resuming meetings. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your District Executive.

Restarting Scouting Safely Planning Guide Worksheet.pdf

Update May 22, 2020

As the State of Ohio begins to make changes to stay at home orders and businesses begin to reopen, we wanted to provide a few updates and guidance to our local Scouting units.  

The current guidance that was released earlier this week is as follows:

  • Recommends that all citizens, regardless of susceptibility to the virus, stay home as much as possible with the intent of lowering the spread of the disease.
  • Maintains the limit gathering to no more than 10 people with no mass gatherings.
  • People should observe social distancing of six feet with frequent handwashing and sanitization.

According to these guidelines, Tecumseh Council recommends that local units continue to conduct meetings virtually and to continue to follow all state and local health department guidelines.  

As additional phases of Ohio reopening plan are announced and rolled out, the thoughts of many of our unit leaders and Scouts will turn to future activities. As you start to think about these, please be sure that you are also actively communicating with your chartered partner organization for additional guidance, policies, and permission to resume in-person meetings. There may be instances where chartered partner organizations will want to gradually resume activities with groups they sponsor and charter.  

As additional updates are announced by the state and health department over the coming weeks, we will continue to keep you informed. 

Update May 2, 2020

Beginning Monday, May 4, 2020 the Tecumseh Council Scout Store and Office will be open for carryout orders and service Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Our front door will be open and we will serve you from the foyer window at the top of the stairs. The main portion of the store and office will remain closed to the public. Please email or call in preorders to Karen Vance at karen.vance@scouting.org or 937-325-6449 x100. If you would like her to call you after she has your order pulled so you can pay by credit card over the phone, please include your phone number in the email. You can also pay upon pickup. Thank you for your support during this time and we look forward to serving you!

Camp Birch will remain closed through May 29, 2020.

COVID-19 FAQ from the National Office

https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/External Link

Update May 1, 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 May 29, 2020. These cancellations and postponements include:

  • All camp reservations between March 16 and May 29
  • All district and council activities between March 16 and May 1
  • All outside group activities between March 16 and May 29

Council and District Meetings

  • In-person council and district meetings between March 16 and May 1 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 May 29, 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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