The COVID 19 pandemic has made its presence felt across our local communities and nation. What does this mean for the 2020 summer camping season? Currently, the Leatherstocking Council is committed to providing a summer camping experience for our Scouts. We will continue planning for camp this summer as long as we can open camp legally and safely.
Some decisions may be out of the Councils’ hands. State and local governments will have the final say in whether summer camps operate. This is the legal requirement that needs to be satisfied. Safety-wise, the Council is committed to operating under all the safety guidelines that are currently required and may be required to operate this summer. Our camp management is in contact with the local health departments and BSA National. Please be assured that the Council has always prided itself in the past on meeting local and national safety standards every year.
There may be policy and procedure changes for camp this year. If and when any changes of this nature are decided upon, we will contact you immediately via, email, phone calls, the Council website, and the Council Facebook page. In addition, there may be a program offering changes based on the availability of supplies and materials.
To help our families during this stressful time two important deadlines have been extended. The final payment deadline has been moved to June 1st. The campership deadline has been extended to May 1st. Please note that camperships are from locally raised funds and can only be awarded to members of the Leatherstocking Council. If you are with an out of council unit, please check with your local council for campership opportunities. We ask that units still put down deposits and put down counts of how many are planning on attending so we can make sure about food ordering, supplies, and staffing.
If summer camps do not operate in 2020 full refunds will be made. Units can choose to have funds already paid refunded or rolled over for 2021.
We certainly hope that things return to normal sooner than later, if they do by this summer, we will provide a safe and exciting summer adventure for your Scouts.