Covid-19 Policies and Procedures

Below are our 2021 policies & procedures regarding COVID-19. Please understand, all policies and procedures listed below are subject to change at any time. We will release updates to these policies for the 2021 season at

Before You Arrive-Prescreening:                     

  • As you gather to head to camp, scouts and leaders will need to have their temperature checked before coming to camp (We would encourage families to check their scouts temperature before leaving to gather with the rest of troop, if a scout or leader has a high temperature they will need to stay at home.) We are encouraging troops have their scouts and leaders monitor their temperature starting one week prior to arrival.        

  • If an individual with a high temperature (100 degree or higher) arrives to camp, they will be isolated immediately and sent to be evaluated by a local healthcare professional at the family’s personal expense or using the scout’s private insurance or Medicaid coverage.  

  • If you have a pre-existing condition or you are defined as “At-Risk” by the CDC, we do not recommend you attend camp this summer.

Arrival to Camp              

  • All guests arriving to camp will go through a temperature screening immediately upon arrival. We strongly recommend that troops maintain their leadership in camp for the week. Rotating leaders in troops is not a safe practice. If guests arrive after nomral check-in time on Sunday they will need to report to the Admin Building.

  • In coming to camp on Sunday afternoons, each troop will have a designated arrival time which the troop leader has selected. With this process, troops will not be able to come to camp on Saturday evening to set up or early on Sunday morning. The troop needs to arrive at the front gate as a collective unit. Upon arrival we will check the temperature of everyone in the vehicle including the drivers even if they are not staying in camp. If there is one or more individual who presents a temperature exceeding 100* then everyone in that vehicle will be moved aside for further review. Once a vehicle is cleared to proceed it should go directly to the campsite. If a driver or passanger is not staying for the week then only the camp participants should exit the vehicle and unload their gear. When the gear has been unloaded then the vehicle should exit the camp property without delay.

  • Scoutmasters will be issued a contactless thermometer and will be required to check the temperature of each person (scouts and leaders) in the campsite before breakfast & before lights out. Each troop will be given a roster during check-in that will be used for recording the temperatures, those roster will be due every morning at breakfast for review by camp administration. Troops are welcome to bring their own thermometer as well.                

  • All camp participants will need to have their Camp Participant At-Risk Statement signed and ready to turn in upon arrival. Please gather forms as a troop to turn into the Health Lodge Team.

  • Saturday morning departures will be regulated similarly to Sunday check-ins. Participants can load their gear and make their exit from the camp. The drivers should remain in their vehicles during this process.

Troop Leadership               

  • Units coming to camp should have at least two adult leaders that can stay in camp for the week.

  • We strongly recommend that units maintain their leadership in camp for the week. If a leader needs to leave halfway through the week then another leader can come in as a replacement. The new leader coming in mid-week will need to go to the Administration Building upon arrival to sign in and to have a medical pre-screening. Then this leader will need to proceed directly to the Health Lodge to turn in their medical form (Parts A,B &C) and go through the standard medical screening there. This step must be followed before going to the campsite or having any contact with any camp participants.

  • Leaders may not "come and go" throughout the day as has sometimes happened in years past. We understand that this is a significant change for some, but feel that it is necessary to keep our Scouts, Leaders, and Staff safe and healthy.

  • Units should bring all necessary unit supplies with them on Sunday for the entire week. This includes clothing, medication, and foodstuffs. Troops who need additional items during the week should contact the Administration staff or purchase items at the Trading Post. 

Dining Hall & Eating Facilities                 

  • No camp-wide assemblies or flag ceremonies will occur at the Dining Hall. Flag ceremony & grace will need to occur in the campsite or on your own prior to coming to the Dining Hall.                    

  •  The dining facility has been extended by adding a dining tent to the parade ground to add more room for social distancing.                    

  • Additional hand washing stations have been added at the Dining Hall. Hand-washing is mandatory for all scouts and leaders before each meal & will be supervised. 

  • Plexiglass screens are placed above the serving lines.    

  • All servers will wear masks, gloves, & aprons and will go through a supervised handwashing & cleansing before serving.

  • We will have two shift meals for all meals in the Dining Hall. Shifts are determined by campsite and will be annouced on Sunday at check-in. Shifts have been created to keep traffic limited in the dining hall at a given tiem.

  • No food that leaves the kitchen of the Dining Hall will return to the kitchen.

  • A sanitation crew will be on hand for each meal to clean and sanitize tables and chairs once people have left the facility.

  • Scouts and leaders will likely not sit at the same table each day, but sit at whichever table has been sanitized and cleared for use.  

In the campsite

  • Campsites will be sanitized on a daily basis by our Sanitation Crew. Troops are encouraged to bring their own sanizter and cleaning materials as well. 

  • Participants are permitted to stay in the same tent/adirondack, but they will need to sleep head to toe. 

  • Scouts and leaders are permitted to bring their own tents or hammocks to use in the campsite. 

  • All participants should bring at least two cloth masks with them to camp. Disposable & washable masks can also be purchased in the Trading Post. 

Trading Post                    

  • Plexiglass screens have been added to serving areas and the concession side of the Trading Post.

  • All servers will wear masks, gloves, & aprons and will go through a supervised handwashing & cleansing before serving.        

  • Temporary hand washing stations will be added.                

  • Additional seating will be added outside of the trading post. Indoor seating will be limited to encourage social distancing.

  • It is encouraged that scouts and leaders take advantage of the contactless Google Pay/Apple Pay capabilities in the Trading Post. Credit cards and debit cards are also encouraged. Cash will be accepted, but is discouraged for sanitary purposes.         

Sanitation Procedures                

  • We will have a team of staff members dedicated to sanitize all program areas, the Dining Hall, bathroom facilities, and campsites on a daily routine basis. 

  • Each weekend the entire camp will be sanitized. 

  • Trash & Recycling from the campsites and the program areas will be collected on a daily basis rather than three times a week.

Wednesday Night Family Campfire            

  • For the safety of our campers and staff, we will not be allowing any visitors to camp. The Wednesday campfire will only be attended by the scouts, leaders, and staff members already in camp to allow for more distancing in the OA Arena. Families and friends will not be able to be onsite during the Wahissa Lodge OA ceremonies including the Vigil ceremony.

  • Troops will have their meals served in the Dining Hall on Wednesday evenings. This is a major change for us and we ask for your support and cooperation.

Camp Raven Knob Staff Preparations        

  • All camp staff is required to take a COVID-19 training provided by the Boy Scouts of America and healthcare professionals. 
  • All staff will be screened on a daily basis, that includes anytime they leave the camp property. Staff members are highly discouraged from leaving camp for any purpose.

  • Staff housing will be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis.

  • Camp staff will be limited to leaving the camp property and are encouraged stay within camp for the entire camping season. 

  • Staff, including Dining Hall staff, will have their temperature checked every morning & evening as well.

Policy for Day Campers

  • Possibility to change, but currently we will not be operating a Day Camp Program this summer.

Program Changes:                    

  • We hope to offer a full selection of summer camp programs for our Scouts and Leaders this summer. As developments in Covid-19 safety and policy are implemented or amended at the national, state, and local levels, we may have to alter our program offerings for the health and safety of our participants.

  • The following program changes have been made for the 2021 summer. Of course, these have potential to change over time based on COVID-19 status.

    • Cooking Merit Badge will not operate in 2021. 

    • BSA Lifegaurd, Lifesaving, & Venture Crew Pistol will operate in 2021.

    • Mountain Man/Cripple Creek Program will operate for the summer of 2021 in the backcountry of Raven Knob.

    • The Citizenship in the Nation field trip on Monday nights will occur, given transportation is avaliable to properly social distance.

    • Climbing Merit Badge will travel to Pilot Mountain State Park on Wednesday mornings. This will be guided under strict social distance guildelines. 

    • Cycling/Mountain Biking Merit Badge will travel to New River State Park in Galax to earn their 22 mile requirement, given proper transportation is avalaible to social distance. 

    • The Wilderness Survival Overnighter on Thursday will occur in 2021. Camping Merit Badge will not be invited to join this year on the overnighter event.