KAC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

May 19, 2020

New Guidance Posted In COVID-19 FAQ for Program and Camping From BSA

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve with the State of Maine adjusting stay-at-home orders and offering new or additional guidance on reopening certain business and public sectors, KAC Council volunteers may continue to have questions about a variety of concerns. The Boy Scouts of America has recently updated the COVID-19 FAQ to address some of the new questions that we have received. In particular, updates have been provided concerning in-person unit activities and summer camp, among others. All updated areas are marked with diamonds.

BSA COVID-19 FAQ's


May 1, 2020 (Archived)

Dear KAC Scouters,

It is with great regret to inform you that due to the great concerns over the COVID-19 virus and with input from the Roosevelt Advisory Committee (RAC), the decision was made by the KAC Executive Board to not operate Camp Roosevelt for the 2020 summer season.

The health and safety of our campers, volunteer leaders, staff and the communities that come from are of paramount importance and Camp Roosevelt has performed quite well in these areas throughout the years.  However, COVID-19 has presented some significant challenges that could be quite detrimental in delivering a quality program to our Scouts along with many unknown guidelines/restrictions from the State of Maine that are yet to be determined.

We had hoped “to be the beacon in the fog” for our Scouts this summer, the many uncertainties and restrictions, regarding  COVID-19 leads us to believe that operating camp in such an environment would possibly post a threat to our campers, adult leaders and camp staff, especially those who may be classified as one of the high-risk categories.

Rest assured that while Camp Roosevelt will not operate in 2020, plans are underway to make 2021, Camp Roosevelt’s 100th Anniversary, the best summer camp season ever! Ross and Jacob are already making plans to continue on with their efforts to offer a great program, and to ensure that we can guarantee to the best of our ability, a safe week at camp.

Camp fees that have been paid to date are refundable or can be applied to the 2021 season, other activities, or unit account for store purchases, registration/recharter fees, etc.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Scott Harvey, at 207.866.2241 x101 or scott.harvey@scouting.org.

 

Yours in Scouting,

Ken Jarvis                   Rod Charette              R. Scott Harvey
Council President        RAC Chair                   Scout Executive/CEO


March 18, 2020 (Archived)

Dear Katahdin Area Council Scouters,

Health and safety are always our first priority in Scouting and here in the Katahdin Area Council. With Coronavirus becoming more prevalent in Maine we are taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of our program, Scouts and families. We will provide weekly updates on our website at the end of every Monday. Updates will be timely and relevant and for that reason will only include the upcoming 7-10 days in our weekly updates.

We are following the recommended guidelines of our state leadership. For example, we will not hold gatherings of 10 or more people. For more information please visit the department of Maine CDC website:

Please use discretion when making decisions about your local unit meetings and activities. If you or a member of your family is or has been sick, please stay at home. Safety at all levels is our priority and we need your help to keep everyone safe and healthy.

Our general guideline is that if school is out, Scout meetings and activities should be canceled.

  • The Council Service Center and Scout Shop will be closed through the week of March 22nd. Here are a few things to know about our office closure:
    • Some of our staff are working from home, but are still available to assist you via phone or email
    • Charters are still being processed. Send in any missing information needed so we can process your charter
    • Meetings are being rescheduled or held via a multimedia platform
    • Ranger Bud continues to work on the many projects at Camp Roosevelt while getting ready for a great summer camp season 
    • The Camp Roosevelt and Maine High Adventure staff are still conducting interviews while continuing to prepare for wonderful summer camp experiences
    • District Executives are still available to assist you via phone, email, etc. 
    • Life Scouts working on the rank of Eagle, our national office is aware that this is a disruption and is diligently working on steps to insure that no Scout is penalized on their path to Eagle
      • During this period Scouts are encouraged to mail it to the office at
        Katahdin Area Council, PO Box 1869, Bangor, ME 04402-1869.  
    • The Scout Shop will be closed until further notice. Contact Dee or Vicki if you are in need of items. They can ship your order. 
    • Most of, if not all, Maine schools have been canceled. We recommend that unit leaders use good judgement and suspend all unit meetings and activities while school is out. In addition, they should follow the guidelines of the CDC and state health departments which includes:
      • No meetings over with 10 or more people
      • Utilize social distancing of over 6 feet or more.  If this cannot be done, cancel the meeting or activity.
    • All district and council meetings and activities are being canceled or postponed through March 31st.  
    • Camp Roosevelt is closed for any purpose through March 31st.  
    • Upcoming council committee, district committee, and commissioner meetings will be held via conference call. There will not be an in-person option for March.
    • OA Winter Fellowship for March 27-29 has been canceled.
    • Wilderness First Aid for March 27-29 has been postponed.
    • NRA Shotgun Instructors Class for April 3-5 has been postponed.

Status of Summer Programs (Cub Day Camp, Camp Roosevelt and Maine High Adventure)

  • No summer programs have been canceled or affected at this time. We will continue to monitor and consult with experts and provide updates as they become available. It is important to continue everyday prevention measures.

The Katahdin Area Council will reevaluate its camping/meeting/activity policy weekly during this outbreak. Visit katahdinareabsa.org for the most up to date information. We will provide an update at the end of the day each Monday on our website homepage.

  • Of course, this is an evolving situation and guidance will change as more information becomes available.  Please check back regularly.  
  • Contact us at 207-866-2241 with any questions.