COVID-19 & Scouting Impact News Feed

Update: 7/10/2020 1:00 pm

Recommendations for Outdoor Activities & Unit Meetings During Covid-19

Before engaging in or planning any Scouting activity with your unit during this global pandemic, it is important that you take the necessary precautions required of you by all government health authorities. The following recommendations are based on these orders, but they are not meant to be an exhaustive list, nor are they meant to be your only guidelines.

Units should actively monitor local and state guidance and adhere to all suggested and required measures to prevent the spread. If there is a discrepancy between county, state, or CDC recommendations, we encourage units to adhere to the stricter standard.

Below are links to various county and state requirements and resources. In addition to general guidelines and public health orders, units should look to Social Circle, Day Camp, Camping, Campground and Recreational Activity industry guidance sections for recommendations for Scouting activities. Where not specifically listed under county guidelines, units should default to the state guidelines. Where there is conflicting guidance, the stricter guidelines should be followed.

*These resources must be reviewed in detail by unit leadership and implemented before any unit activities may begin.

*Please note that all units must complete a required social distancing and design protocol before they may begin meeting.

Santa Clara County – *New Guidance as of July 13, 2020*

July 13, 2020 – Health Order – New guidance regarding group gatherings and youth activities.
Learn What To Do
Required Social Distancing and Design Protocol and Signage – New required social distancing protocol for all businesses or activities.

Santa Cruz County

Health Services Reopening Guidance
Required Social Distancing and Design Protocol

San Benito County

Coronavirus Information
Required Social Distancing and Design Protocol

Monterey County Health*New Guidance as of June 18, 2020*

Sector Specific Reopening Guidance
Social Circle Guidance
Required Social Distancing and Design Protocol

State of California

State Industry Guidance to Reduce Risk

Scouting at Home Programs

We understand that summer and summer camp are the highlights of the year for Scouting and regret that conditions do not allow for these programs to operate this year.

We are doing everything we can to help support you and your family on their Scouting journey during the shelter in place order and will continue to offer innovate and fun programs all summer long, such as the Get Out and Scout Challenge and the Inside Out – Day Camp at Home program.

In addition to continued virtual programs, we are working with local health departments to move towards opening our camping properties for Scouting activities.

For more info on these programs and others, please visit the Scout At Home page on our website.   

Council Service Center and Staffing

Scout Shop and Service Center

We are excited to announce that we have moved towards more regular business operations, including operating the local Scout Shops and Council Service Centers in Salinas and San Jose. Here are a few important updates of note:

  • As we reopen, we ask that Scouts, Scouters, and visitors to please adhere to social distancing guidelines and follow the directives of the local and state health department.
  • Please note that staff on site may be limited in order to conform to social distancing requirements, but all staff are still available remotely as needed.

Council and District Event Status

The following is a list of upcoming council and district events and their status. Future events will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and may be postponed or canceled by their committee or council leadership if deemed to be in violation of health department recommendations and pose a high risk to participants.

Notifications will be sent to committees and participants if there is a change in status.

July 7/6/20 Camp Inside-Out Online Online Event
July 7/11/20 Shaffer Day Camp Santa Cruz Postponed – Early Fall
July 7/13/20 Fall Program Kickoff Online Online Event
July 7/13/20 Lake Cunningham #2 Lake Cunningham Cancelled
July 7/18/20 Shootout #2 Chesebrough TBD
July 7/18/20 Work Weekend CHS Cancelled
July 7/19/20 NYLT Session #2 Chesebrough Cancelled
July 7/27/20 Chesebrough Day Camp Chesebrough Cancelled
July 7/27/20 Stevens Creek Day Camp Stevens Creek Cancelled
August 8/1/20 Work Weekend CHS 7.15.2020 Decision
August 8/2/20 International Rendezvous Camp Hi-Sierra Cancelled
August 8/14/20 Outdoor Leader Skills Chesebrough 7.15.20 Decision
August 8/15/20 Shootout #3 Chesebrough 7.15.20 Decision
August 8/15/20 Work Weekend CHS 8.1.2020 Decision
August 8/20/20 Distinguished Citizen Virtual Online Event/unveiling
August 8/28/20 Wood Badge (Spring reschedule) Boulder Creek 7.20.20 Decision by Cluster
August 8/29/20 Work Weekend CHS 8.15.2020 Decision
September 9/1/20 Character Awards California Theater 7.10.20 Decision
September 9/5/20 Labor Day Family Camp CSR 8.1.2020 Decision
September 9/5/20 Labor Day Family Camp CHS 8.1.2020 Decision
September 9/9/20 STAR Camp CSR 8.1.2020 Decision
September 9/10/20 Popcorn Distribution Warehouse
September 9/11/20 CPR/First Aid CSC 8.15.2020 Decision
September 9/11/20 Outdoor Leader Skills Chesebrough 8.25.20 Decision
September 9/11/20 BALOO (tentative) Chesebrough 8.25.20 Decision
September 9/12/20 Scouts BSA Leader Specific – Indoor Salinas 8.25.20 Decision
September 9/12/20 Shootout #4 CSR 8.15.2020 Decision
September 9/12/20 Wood Badge (Spring reschedule) Boulder Creek 7.20.20 Decision by Cluster
September 9/12/20 Wilderness First Aid CSC 8.15.2020 Decision
September 9/17/20 Popcorn Resupply #1 Warehouse
September 9/19/20 Cub Scout Leader Specific Hollister 8.31.20 Decision
September 9/19/20 Den Chief Training Hollister 8.31.20 Decision
September 9/19/20 Scouts BSA Leader Specific – Indoor Hollister 8.31.20 Decision
September 9/19/20 Mountain Man Rendezvous CSR 8.15.2020 Decision
September 9/20/20 Jamboree Contingent Meeting TBD Saratoga 9.1.2020 Decision
September 9/24/20 Golf Tournament Cinnabar Hills Golf Club 8.6.2020 Decision
September 9/24/20 Popcorn Resupply #2 Warehouse
September 9/26/20 Scouts BSA Leader Specific CSC 9.10.2020 Decision
September 9/26/20 Commissioner Conference CSR 9.1.2020 Decision
September 9/26/20 OA Ordeal CSR 8.20.2020 Decision
October 10/1/20 Popcorn Resupply #3 Warehouse
October 10/2/20 Outdoor Leader Skills Toro Park 9.15.20 Decision
October 10/2/20 BALOO Toro Park 9.15.20 Decision
October 10/3/20 Cub-o-Ree CSR 9.1.2020 Decision
October 10/4/20 Cub-o-Ree CSR 9.1.2020 Decision
October 10/8/20 Popcorn Resupply #4 Warehouse
October 10/9/20 CPR/First Aid CSC 9.15.20 Decision
October 10/10/20 Coyote Creek Cycling Classic Start near History Park
October 10/10/20 Scout O Rama History Park Virtual Event
October 10/10/20 Shootout #5 CSR 9.1.2020 Decision
October 10/10/20 Wilderness First Aid CSC 9.15.20 Decision
October 10/15/20 Popcorn Resupply #5 Warehouse
October 10/17/20 Partner and Pal Fall CSR 9.15.2020 Decision
October 10/18/20 Jamboree Contingent Meeting TBD Saratoga 10.1.2020 Decision
October 10/19/20 Popcorn Return Warehouse
October 10/24/20 Big 5 Training Day TBD Virtual Event
October 10/24/20 University of Scouting TBD (withBig 5) Virtual Event
October 10/31/20 Boo Fest CSR 9.15.2020 Decision
November 11/5/20 Popcorn Distribution Warehouse
November 11/7/20 Bear Paw Cold Weather Camping – Indoor Mt. Olive (TBD) 10.15.20 Decision
November 11/7/20 BALOO-Chinese Chesebrough 10.1.2020 Decision
November 11/14/20 Wood Badge Reunion ?
November 11/15/20 Jamboree Contingent Meeting TBD Saratoga 11.1.2020 Decision
November 11/20/20 CPR/First Aid CSC 10.15.20 Decision
November 11/21/20 Wilderness First Aid CSC 10.15.20 Decision
November 11/21/20 BALOO Chesebrough 10.15.20 Decision
December 12/5/20 Trainer’s EDGE CSC 11.15.20 Decision

Please note, at this time, council and district committee meetings and roundtables are still scheduled, but accommodations will be made to allow participants to review remotely. The council has remote conference tools available for council committee use. Please contact your staff advisor to arrange for your meeting.

Refund Policy

For all Scouting program and training events postponed or cancelled by the council, a full refund will be provided. For those who choose not to participate in an event, the standard refund policy applies. For more information on refunds, you can contact the event staff advisor or the council service center. A full copy of the council refund policy can be found on the council website at

Latest Council Guidance Concerning COVID-19

Silicon Valley Monterey Bay Council, in addition to other communications, will be updating this website with the additional recommendations as new information becomes available.

For questions or more information on this notice, please contact William Albrecht, Jason Stein, Eric Tarbox or Michael Wilson at (408) 638-8300.


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