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Due to coronavirus, has anyone cancelled or not booked a planned event? Has your council or district done so?

We have a big camp-in scheduled but are now on the fence about going.  We need to book & pay this week. For reference we are in NJ sandwiched by 5 cases above us and 1 case below us. I think the majority of scouters are not worried about the virus, but more about quarantines since NJ has a few hundred folks in self quarantine already and it has just begun here.

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At the council for San Jose area, some leadership training and a University of Scouting event were cancelled.  

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I'm out here in Transatlantic Council, Mediterranean Distict.

The World Scout Interreligious Symposium scheduled for this week in Jambville (Paris) France has been indefinitely postponed.

We delayed our Annual Conference / University of Scouting event set for this coming weekend in Germany. 

Several of our troops in Italy have cancelled events, and our District is planning an event over memorial day weekend in Florence that is still on - but we are watching carefully and, perhaps a month from now, will have to decide whether it continues. 

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Call the council to ask if they will refund if governing health agencies impose community or individual restrictions.  Ask for an email confirmation.

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9 hours ago, InquisitiveScouter said:

Call the council to ask if they will refund if governing health agencies impose community or individual restrictions.  Ask for an email confirmation.

That's a great idea. Thanks

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On 3/9/2020 at 8:53 AM, karunamom3 said:

Due to coronavirus, has anyone cancelled or not booked a planned event? Has your council or district done so?

We have a big camp-in scheduled but are now on the fence about going.  We need to book & pay this week. For reference we are in NJ sandwiched by 5 cases above us and 1 case below us. I think the majority of scouters are not worried about the virus, but more about quarantines since NJ has a few hundred folks in self quarantine already and it has just begun here.

We are one of the towns who have a case now. Our schools are closed today for cleaning, so that means our troop meeting is canceled. 

I was thinking of starting a thread talking about suggestions for continuing the program while trying to deal with this. New topic, or post here?

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2 minutes ago, swilliams said:

We are one of the towns who have a case now. Our schools are closed today for cleaning, so that means our troop meeting is canceled. 

I was thinking of starting a thread talking about suggestions for continuing the program while trying to deal with this. New topic, or post here?

This is as good a topic as any to discuss contingency plans for meetings.

If your scouts live within line-of-site, semaphore should work fine.:D

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If we’re all stuck at home, maybe an online group merit badge session on Medicine? 😄

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16 minutes ago, qwazse said:

If your scouts live within line-of-site, semaphore should work fine

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Not specifically BSA related, but our Church has noticed a decided downtick in summer camp registrations.   Usually get reservations thru February and March. Not so much at present.

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1 hour ago, swilliams said:

If we’re all stuck at home, maybe an online group merit badge session on Medicine? 😄

Often wondered if one could realistically do Totin' Chip with Wii. 

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2 hours ago, swilliams said:

We are one of the towns who have a case now. Our schools are closed today for cleaning, so that means our troop meeting is canceled. 

I was thinking of starting a thread talking about suggestions for continuing the program while trying to deal with this. New topic, or post here?

We had our Scout meeting entirely outdoors last night.  Except for getting flags and going to restrooms.  Our sponsor requested we station an adult at the door with hand sanitizer to give everyone a squirt, and also asked for handwashing immediately upon entry (yes, right after the sanitizer.)  We cheerfully complied.

Our Scouts have never been cleaner! 

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9 hours ago, InquisitiveScouter said:

We had our Scout meeting entirely outdoors last night.  Except for getting flags and going to restrooms.  Our sponsor requested we station an adult at the door with hand sanitizer to give everyone a squirt, and also asked for handwashing immediately upon entry (yes, right after the sanitizer.)  

Good ideas. Now that it stays lighter later outside may be an option. At least for our cubs.

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12 hours ago, swilliams said:

I was thinking of starting a thread talking about suggestions for continuing the program while trying to deal with this. New topic, or post here?

Here is fine. I will see if I can update the title.

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Well, shucks!

I was all excited to attend our annual, regional Commissioner College up in L.A. this Saturday - traditionally, all the commissioners from my district would carpool the 90-minute drive north to Sherman Oaks for a day of quality classes and mingling, followed by a nice meal on the way home. I went last year for the first time, and it was actually a lot of fun -  I even bought a new Scout shirt for the year (I have finally out-grown my youth-sized shirt)!

But NO, I just got word that the SoCAL Commissioner College has been CANCELLED/POSTPONED (they aren't sure yet). Fie! A pox on this illness and the havoc it wreaks upon this world!

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