Covid-19 Scouts BSA
It is hard to imagine a more difficult circumstance for operating Camp Raven Knob this summer. Our mission is to bring people together and deliver the scouting program though our wonderful camp. Yet as our nation and world continues to deal with the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, we realize the impact of this virus, and how it spreads in our communities. This presents significant challenges for Camp Raven Knob as your safety, health, and well-being remain our top priority.
The Old Hickory Council is continuing to work relentlessly through every scenario to open for 2020. In light of the state of North Carolina’s stay at home orders through May 8th, the Center of Disease Controls standards and the Health Department of Surry County we have made the difficult decision to delay the opening of Raven Knob until July 5. We will operate for four weeks in July and we are adding the first week of August. This week will have all campsites available for troops to join in for the summer.
We will continue to follow updates and recommendations from the CDC, North Carolina’s Governor Roy Cooper, state and local health departments, and monitor data and decisions from other states and entities across the service area. Any additional updates will be notified to our 2020 registered units before June 1st.
Please know that when we open on July 5th, the CRK program will look different to allow for appropriate social distancing. The Raven Knob Staff has begun implementing the following steps to promote a safer environment:
- Developing pre-travel protocols
- Pre-arrival screening
- On-site screening
- Increased cleaning and sanitization in shared spaces, buildings, vehicles, and program areas
- Large gatherings, including campfires and chapel services, will be limited or eliminated
- Adjustments in our dining hall operations
Any participant, adult leader or staff member in a high-risk category for protection from COVID-19 should strongly consider not attending Camp Raven Knob this year, because of established protocols by our country’s medical experts.
Individuals in this group will need express medical clearance from their primary care physician to attend camp.
Additional measures will be implemented per CDC guidelines.
All new procedures for Covid-19 can be found in the 2020 Procedures & Policies reference guide.
With the cancellation of Summer Camp Weeks 1 and 2 the troops that planned to attend either of these two weeks are encouraged to talk with their Scouts and families about coming to camp during one of the five weeks that we will operate in July.
If one of those weeks works for your troop let us know and we will accommodate you the very best we can. Even if you have to split the troop over two different weeks, we can make it work.
If you have individual Scouts who choose not to come to camp or if your troop can not attend during one of the five weeks then please let us know and we will issue a refund to your troop. This refund process may well take several weeks, but we will get these to you as soon as possible. Also, as we look forward to the summer of 2021 if your troop had planned to attend and is not able to do so, you are welcome to carry forward your campsite deposit for next year.
Health and Medical Record
State by state requirements for physicals have complicated and delayed the solution for participants who have been unable to complete the Annual Health and Medical Record this calendar year. We are hopeful that with the delay of the start of the summer that a solution will be available in the weeks ahead with time for individuals to complete new medicals before they depart for Raven Knob.
If you are unable to get a new medical form and have one that is current as of February 2019, this summer only that form may be used but you will need to complete a new Part A & B of using the new form. Parental signatures will need to be updated and dated on the form.
The Raven Knob Administration asks that affected units and individuals please reference their emails, and where appropriate, work through their Reservation Contact and/or Scoutmaster to make decisions for their troop. The Raven Knob staff is working remotely so phone calls cannot be answered as quickly as we would desire. The most efficient way to communicate with us is through emails which should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.