Health and Safety
In Scouting the health and wellbeing of our Scouts and Scouters is first and foremost. While we work to provide the Scouting program it is important that we do so safely as well as keeping each other educated about the current health crisis. This page is a resource to our Scouting family to help you stay safe. We hope to see you all again soon around the campfire of Scouting. Scout On!
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.
BSA Safety Moment – Communicable Disease Prevention
Recommendations for Unit and Council Event Leaders on the spread of disease
BSA Annual Health and Medical Records Form
Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist
Guide to Safe Scouting
BSA’s youth protection policies apply to all online activities.
All online activities, including video and audio conferencing through platforms such as Zoom and Skype, must adhere to the BSA’s current youth protection guidelines for digital communications, including the BSA’s Digital Privacy guidelines (https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/) and the BSA’s Social Media Guidelines (https://scoutingwire.org/social-media-guidelines/). Because safety features and privacy controls vary widely from platform to platform, and out of respect for families’ own preferences concerning social media usage, we strongly recommend using business-oriented conferencing platforms—for example, Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting and others—to conduct online group activities instead of platforms intended for online gaming (e.g., Discord, Robolux, Twitch).
Recording online meetings is not authorized.
As a reminder, Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse (https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss01/#a) prohibits any one-on-one contact between an adult leader and youth members – in person, online, through a web conference, over the phone, via text, or in any other form. Electronic communication between adults and youth should always include another registered leader or parent. We believe our existing policy is the best way to protect youth and volunteers, and we do not believe recording online meetings would provide any additional material benefit. To the contrary, recording calls would increase personal risk as call recording is subject to various legal requirements under U.S. law and the laws of individual states, some of which require all parties to a call consent to recording. Considering those potential regulatory risks and the effect of BSA’s existing policies, we are not authorizing the recording of online meetings.
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
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.