COVID-19 Updates

The objective of the GGAC Enterprise Risk Management Committee is to integrate the documentation from the National Service Center and the local health orders and convert them into Scouting terminology.  The council is not a policy making body when it comes to COVID. (Note: Click on each Step for more detailed information)

As always, the safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees and communities is our top priority. This checklist outlines several minimum guiding protocols that adult leaders/ volunteers must consider while working with local and state health departments, local councils, chartered organizations and Scouting families on when and how to resume meetings, service projects, camping and all other official Scouting activities.


If it is not practical to meet these minimal protocols, do not restart in-person activities.

Your Chartered organization “owns” your unit and approves all unit leadership.  Your activities and policies need to be approved by your Chartered organization before your resume in person activities.

As statistics for COVID-19 continue to improve and operations in California reopen, the Golden Gate Area Council (GGAC) presents the minimum requirements to conduct Scouting activities in-person.  These requirements will not prevent COVID-19 from occurring but are designed to minimize exposure and spread.  Ultimately, the choice to participate in In-person scouting activities lies with each scouting family.

Please click on the type of activity below to see the requirements.  if you have any further questions please email 

  • It is important to distinguish that cohort gatherings are permitted under current state guidelines as of 11/3. Most scout activities can be permitted under these guidelines
  • Per the current state guidance a cohort is a stable group of no more than 14 children or youth and no more than two supervising adults (or a configuration of no more than 16 individuals total in the cohort) in a supervised environment in which supervising adults and children stay together for all activities (e.g., meals, recreation, etc.), and avoid contact with people outside of their group in the setting.
  • California Health Department Guidance Related to Cohorts – UPDATED September 4, 2020
  • Cohort Guidance – September 4, 2020


Cohort Definitions by Health Department

Alameda County

Calaveras County

Contra Costa County

Napa County

Solano County

Sonoma County

Tuolumne County

City of Berkeley


Activities must be limited to 14 children and 2 supervising adults.

Lake County

Lake County is allowing youth group activities in groups of no more than 10 children.  Groups may not intermingle and may not share the same indoor facility.  Health Pre-Screen is required, including a temperature check.


Mendocino County

Activities must be limited to 14 children and 2 supervising adults.  Additionally, Mendocino County has issued supplementary guidance related to Cohorts.  Most notably, the County has placed requirements for sign-in information for purposes of contact tracing.

The following guidance documents must be read and understood:

Mendocino County Health Order (refer special attention to sections 6b and 7g of this document)


San Francisco County

Activities must be limited to 14 children and 2 supervising adults.  Health Pre-Screening must be performed prior to any activity.  You must follow the Pre-Screening Checklist below.  San Francisco County Health Pre-Screening Checklist

STEP 5: What is allowed in my County?

Usually updates are made on the state website on Tuesdays but not always.  Check here for your current status.  These regulations are ever changing.


Hybrid is used to define the roll-out of many of the trainings.  The GGAC definition of hybrid is that all classroom portions of the trainings will be conducted online and that the outdoor practical portions will be conducted outdoors in compliance with all regulations.  

Can I become vaccinated because I am a Scouting volunteer?


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) expanded the definition of “essential workers” to incorporate out-of-school time workers, including camp “staff.” To support that move, the CDC recently made changes to their website to explicitly list camp staff in Phase 1b of their vaccination prioritization. 


Please note that while the CDC has recommended that “camp workers” be deemed as essential workers, each state governor ultimately decides which workers are deemed essential in their state. And in some examples, this designation even varies within the state at the county level. The language included on the CDC website details the clear intention of CDC to have “camp staff” included in the vaccination prioritization. In the BSA, the term “camp staff” includes any adult attending camp — not just those employed by the organization. Because of the key role BSA volunteers play in our camp settings, they are a key part of how we deliver our “out-of-school” time programs and will meet these criteria. 


Councils should reach out soon to their local health department to confirm the availability of vaccination and Phase 1b/c designation and should consider providing appropriate documentation to their volunteers and camp staff. In addition, the CDC has a COVID-19 vaccine toolkit available online here


Why is the COVID-19 vaccine important? COVID-19 vaccines teach our immune systems how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19. It typically takes two weeks after vaccination for the body to build protection (immunity) against the virus that causes COVID-19. 




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