Novel Coronovirus (COVID-19) Resources
Cub Scout Online Tools Webinar
Mount Baker Council Announcements
March 20, 2020 Announcement
Cub Scouting/Scouts BSA/Venturing/Sea Scouting
Rank Advancement and the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
The following questions regarding advancement have arisen as we deal with closures, cancellations, or other issues caused by the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Although there are difficulties and constraints, advancement can continue. Youth, parents, and leaders should work together to implement creative, common sense ways to facilitate advancement while adhering to the Guide to Safe Scouting and following the rules of Youth Protection training.
March 17, 2020 Announcement
Dear Mount Baker Council friends,
Our Council leadership has previously written you of cancellations of council and district Scouting programs in our area. Like you, we’ve heard plenty of important information about the Covid-19 novel Coronavirus disease, so we are taking more precautions today which we hope won’t impact you and your family much.
Beginning March 17th at noon, we are closing our Scout Service Centers/Trading Posts in Everett and Bellingham through March 28th. We hope to reopen on Monday, March 30th.
April 03, 2020 Update – Service Centers and Trading Posts are closed through May 4th.
March 13, 2020 Announcement
Dear Scouting Family,
As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, could affect local Scouting programs in Mount Baker Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments along with our Council Enterprise Risk Management committee regarding COVID-19 including information from our Local County Health Departments (please review their websites), the State of Washington and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). First and foremost, the decision to participate in Scouting is voluntary, and each family should make a personal decision for what level of participation, if any, it will have in Scouting meetings and activities during this outbreak.
County and other Government Health Sites
School District Links
March 13, 2020 – Per the Washington State Governor all schools in the State of Washington will be closed from March 17th to April 24th. Please visit your school’s website for specific information how your school is proceeding.
North Cascades District School Districts
- Bellingham School District
- Blaine School District
- Ferndale School District
- Lynden School District
- Meridian School District
- Mount Baker School District
- Nooksack School District
- Anacortes School District
- Concrete School District
- LaConner School District
- Sedro-Wooley School District
- Burlington-Edison School District
- Conway School District
- Mount Vernon School District
- San Juan Island School District
- Coupeville School District
- Oak Harbor School District
- South Whidbey School District
Pilchuck District School Districts
Boy Scouts of America Resources
The Boy Scouts of America provides bulletins and information sheets on Safe Scouting, holding safe events, and how to prevent diseases.
February 2020 Video from John Hopkins Medicine
February 2020 Just for Kids Video – from NPR
March 2020 – World Health Organization (WHO) Video
7 Steps to stop the spread of Coronavirus
As of March 13, 2020 the following events are cancelled or postponed due to recommendations from the Washington State Department of Health.
Any of these events that required payment will be refunded or funds transferred to another council event. If you were registered for an event that has been rescheduled your registration has automatically been transferred to the new date. Please contact the Everett Service Center for assistance or with any questions.
Decisions about unit meetings and activities should be made by unit leadership and chartering organizations based on the unit’s individual circumstances, current CDC and local health department guidelines, and common sense. The chartered organization may have policies or protocols that have been put in place in response to COVID-19. Remember that the Chartered Organization “owns” your Scouting unit and has ultimate authority in these decisions.
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV).
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a new strain that was discovered in 2019 and has not been previously identified in humans.
Source: World Health Organization
Keeping Scouts Engaged During Social Distancing
Scouts love Scouting, but any prolonged break can slow down momentum. Keeping our Scouts engaged during this time of social distancing can help keep your unit strong, help alleviate the feeling of isolation, and give them a much needed connection to their fellow Scouts.
Technology is a wonderful thing. Not only are we lucky to live in an area where many of our adults are tech savvy, but we always have our Scouts who can take the reigns. In Troops, this is a great time to have our older Scouts implement some virtual ideas for gatherings. With Discord, Skype, Facebook Live, online gaming, and online file sharing so easy and prevalent, your Scouts will be “meeting” in no time.
Below are a few ideas on how to hold meetings and outings without getting together.
Things you can do virtually
- Regular meetings
- Court of Honor
- Merit Badge Virtual Roundtables
- Don’t overlook all the Merit Badges that can be completed in the normal course of schoolwork
- Merit Badge Counseling
- Cyber Chip
- It is supposed to be recharged every year
- Take the Protect Yourself Rules Preview Adventure
- Can be used as a replacement for the Cyber Chip for Tigers, Wolf, Bears, and Webelos
- Work on Advancement
- Jamboree Over the Internet – April 3-5, 2020
Virtual Outings and Learnings
- Virtual Museum Tour
- Google Earth
- Explore new subjects
- Boy Scouts of America YouTube Channel
- TED Talks
- Library Virtual Resources
- Washington State Archives
- Washington State Capitol Virtual Tour
- White House Virtual Tour
- Stories from Space – listen and see an Astronaut read a story while in space.
- Look around Summit Bechtel Reserve
- Yellowstone National Park
- Tour Mars
The Mount Baker Council provides this information as a service to our members. This is not a replacement for self-education through access to current information from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Washington Department of Health, or your own physician. All information was believed to be true and accurate at the time publication.
External links are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the Mount Baker Council or the Boy Scouts of America of any of the products, services or opinions of the corporation or organization or individual. The Mount Baker Council and the Boy Scouts of America bears no responsibility for the accuracy, legality or content of the external site or for that of subsequent links. Contact the external site for answers to questions regarding its content.