Covid-19 Risk Statement from BSA
COVID-19 “At-Risk” Camp Participant Statement
Your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is the Old Hickory Council’s top priority. In light of COVID-19, we are taking additional precautions at Camp Raven Knob on top of our long-established health and safety measures.
First, our council health supervisor, Dr. Challie Minton, is coordinating with state and local health departments to ensure we are aware of and follow their guidance to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 at camp.
Our mitigation plan includes:
- Pre-attendance education, updates will be provided at ravenknob.com.
- Health screening conducted by your unit prior to travel to our camp, including a temperature check of all youth and leaders.
- Health screening upon your arrival at camp conducted by our camp health officers, which will also include a temperature check.
- Should anyone in the unit (youth or adult) not pass the arrival screening, the entire unit will not be allowed to enter camp.
- Limits on visitors in camp.
- All visitors will be screened upon arrival before entry to camp.
- Our Wednesday night Council Campfire will not be open to non-participants.
- Hygiene reminders throughout camp experience.
- Extra handwashing /sanitizer stations throughout camp.
- Dedicated staff to clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces and shared program equipment.
- An emergency response plan that includes isolation and quarantine protocol should a person at camp develop symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable disease.
- Check-ins with each unit one week and two weeks after the unit leaves camp to determine if any participants have developed symptoms.
These precautions are important, but they do not remove the potential for exposure to COVID-19 or any other illness while at camp. Some people with COVID-19 show no signs or symptoms of illness but can still spread the virus, and people may be contagious before their symptoms occur. These factors mean that an infected person may pass the required health screenings and be allowed into camp.
We also know the very nature of camp makes social distancing difficult in many situations and impossible in others.
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions are at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this group, please ensure you have approval from your health care provider prior to attending camp.
We know that each staff member, volunteer, and Scouting family has a unique set of circumstances to consider when deciding whether to attend camp. We hope this information will be helpful as you make those choices.