COVID-19 Updates

The objective of the GGAC Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) 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. As always, units should consult with their chartered organization partners.

National Statement on COVID-19

Pre-event Screening

Standard pre-event  medical screening for all communicable diseases should be followed.  Those who are sick or show symptoms of COVID-19 or other communicable diseases should be not attend scouting events.

Masking Guidance:

Outdoors: Masking is not required outdoors.

Indoors:  Face masks are not required in most indoor settings. 

Masks are required on public transportation, health care settings, emergency shelters and cooling and heating centers, homeless shelters, and long-term care settings and adult and senior care facilities. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) strongly recommends masking in some indoor settings.

Note:  Those individuals wishing to wear are face coverings are free to do so per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CDPH guidelines. N95 and KN95 filter face masks appear to offer the best protection to the wearer. (For face masks to work properly, they should be worn with no facial hair between the skin and the seal of the masks.)

Vaccination Guidance:

The CDC and CDPH both recommend vaccinations for scout age youth and adults. The council recommends that all families consult with the family health care providers.

There is currently no council or national policy requiring vaccinations.

Long Term Camps

The requirements for council’s long-term camps are still under consideration, awaiting guidance from the CDPH and the American Camping Association (ACA).

Deviations from these guidelines for Council events must be reviewed and approved by GGAC ERM committee [email protected]

Updated March 22, 2022

How to verify an out of Council Merit Badge Counselor.

First, try to connect the Scout and counselor in Scoutbook. If that is successful, the counselor is registered and qualified. If unsuccessful, go to the counselor’s home council and search for their Advancement Administrators. Most will have an email address for either the Council Advancement Committee or Professional Advisor. Send an email asking if the counselor has been registered and qualified for the merit badge(s) in question and the status of their Youth Protection Training. Ask California councils if the counselor has completed AB506 training and LiveScan. The unit leader’s “blue card” signature verifies their counselor credentials verification.


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