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BLUE GRASS COUNCIL, BSA
PLANS RELATED TO THE COVID 19 VIRUS
COMMUNICATION # 4
April 3, 2020

Dear Blue Grass Council, BSA Leaders and Families:

Below is an update as of today (4/3/2020).  We will communicate with you as additional information from local, state, and national officials, as well as the CDC develops.

  • The Blue Grass Council has extended the closure of the Scout Service Center and Scout Shop until May 1, 2020.  Scout Shop online orders will continue to be available during this time.  The scout service center will still be able to continue service to our Scouting community via phone and email.

The safety of scouts, volunteers, employees and our communities are our top priority.  We appreciate your leadership and engagement with the scouts and the Blue Grass Council.  Please feel free to call the Blue Grass Council service center if you have any questions.

The following events have been postponed

Important Note:
These closures also include any activities currently scheduled at Camp McKee.
The camp is closed to the public and groups during this time.


 

BLUE GRASS COUNCIL, BSA
PLANS RELATED TO THE COVID 19 VIRUS
COMMUNICATION # 3

March 19, 2020

Dear Blue Grass Council, BSA Leaders and Families:

Below is an update as of today (3/19/20).  We will communicate with you as additional information from local, state, and national officials, as well as the CDC develops.

  • Starting tomorrow, March 20, through April 12, the Scout Service Center and Scout Shop will be closed.  Scout Shop online orders will continue to be available during this time.  The scout service center will still be able to continue service to our Scouting community via phone and email.

The safety of scouts, volunteers, employees and our communities are our top priority.  We hope to have all Blue Grass Council events and unit meetings back to a normal schedule as soon as possible. We appreciate your leadership and engagement with the scouts and the Blue Grass Council.  Please feel free to call the Blue Grass Council service center if you have any questions.


BLUE GRASS COUNCIL, BSA
PLANS RELATED TO THE COVID 19 VIRUS
COMMUNICATION # 2
March 18, 2020

 

Dear Blue Grass Council, BSA Leaders and Families:

The Blue Grass Council (BGC) sent all Scouting families a communication last week regarding the plans related to COVID 19 Virus.

Below is an update as of today (3/18/20).  NOTE – Several BGC plans and recommendations have changed since last week’s communication. We will communicate with you as additional information from local, state, and national officials, as well as the CDC develops.

  • Starting today through April 12 all district and council events, meetings and activities have been postponed.  NOTE where possible, we are advising that meetings be held by conference call or virtual meeting platforms such as Facebook Live.
  • All activities and reservations at Camp McKee scheduled through April 12 have been cancelled. Once activities resume, you may contact Anna Marie Jackowski AnnaMarie.Jackowski@scouting.org or 859-231-7811 at the council office to reschedule your reservation.
  • We are recommending that all unit events and meetings be cancelled or postponed through April 12. We will update our recommendations as additional information becomes available.
  • For leaders and families who have registered and paid for events: district and council events will be rescheduled. Current payments will be carried over to the rescheduled date or can be transferred to another future BGC event. Refunds will also be available upon request. To move your credit to another event or to request a refund, please contact Susan Stone at SusanAnn.Stone@scouting.org or 859-231-7811. 
  • For the time being, the BGC office and Scout Shop will be open for business. We have offered our employees who are in “high risk” categories the opportunity to work from home. If you need to meet with a specific person in the office, we ask that those meetings be held via phone.  Please call the BGC office to ensure they are available.
  • To continue Scouting Advancement programs, we are encouraging Scouts to work on these programs at home with their parents.  We encourage units to be creative and look at ways to keep youth engaged through virtual events and advancement. NOTE – For Scouts BSA youth who are under a deadline to get their Eagle Rank, we have asked the BSA National Office to extend the deadline passed the Scout’s 18th birthday. To date, there has not been an official announcement of an extension from BSA.
  • All Friends of Scouting events and Family Friends of Scouting presentations through April 12 have been postponed. In order to continue financial support for Scouting Programs in the BGC, we are asking our Friends of Scouting volunteers to continue to reach out by phone or email to potential donors as planned. The events and FFOS presentations will be rescheduled for the late spring as recognition/celebration events.
  • All summer camp programs are a go! We are excited about another great program this year at Camp McKee. 

The following Blue Grass Council and district events will be rescheduled

OA Spring Fellowship (March 20-22)
Lake Cumberland District Pinewood Derby (March 21)
Venturing SOAR (March 27-29)
Lonesome Pine District Pinewood Derby (March 28)
Shawnee District Committee Meeting (April 2)
Palisades District Committee Meeting (April 2)
Palisades District Roundtable (April 9)
Shawnee District Roundtable (April 9)

Elkhorn District Roundtable (April 9)
 

**The Conservation Campout (April 17-19) has been cancelled by the original sponsors and will not be rescheduled

We hope to get the BGC events and unit meetings back to a normal schedule as soon as possible. We appreciate your leadership and engagement with the Scouts and the BGC. Please feel free to call the BGC office if you have any questions.

 

Yours in Scouting,

Dan Miller
Council President
Bill Beach
Council Commissioner
Chip Armishaw
Scout Executive

 

 

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