May 21, 2020
Dear Occoneechee Council Scouting Family,
Thank you for your patience during these unparalleled times. We wanted to ensure that our youth members, staff, board, adult volunteers and community were safe and that we did our part in flattening the curve.
We are pleased to announce, effective June 1, 2020, we are lifting the existing orders which closed our service center, the scout shops and prohibited any in-person meetings and activities.
Please keep in mind as we begin to reassemble under Governor Cooper’s three phase plan to reopen North Carolina, we are currently within Phase 2. This means we need to adhere to the maximum gathering of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Therefore, decisions about unit meetings and activities should be made by unit leadership and chartering organizations based on the unit’s individual circumstances and current CDC and local health department guidelines. Units should check with their local charter organization or other organizations that provide meeting space to Scouting units to see what their current policy is.
We need to continue:
- Wearing face masks
- Waiting (Maintaining our 6 feet distance) responsibly
- Washing our hands frequently
We will require that these procedures are followed while visiting the Raleigh Service Center and the Fayetteville Scout Shop in order to not only keep you safe and healthy, but our employees also.
If Governor Cooper revises his Phase 2 plan, we will be required to change our policy and follow the new guidelines. We will keep you informed if there are any changes.
As we enter into Phase 3, we will keep you posted on how it applies to us.
Thank you for your partnership in helping us keep our youth, volunteers, staff and community safe.
Charles L. Flowers
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Dear Scout Leaders;
These are certainly unprecedented times for our council and Scouting in general. The Coronavirus pandemic has had a dramatic effect on how we all live and work and may continue to do so for some time to come. The health and safety of our Scouts, volunteers and staff is our top priority. Out of an abundance of caution and in-depth discussions regarding our Summer Camp Program, we have decided to cancel our Scouts BSA Summer Camp and Cub/Webelos Summer Camp programs for this summer.
This decision was not reached easily and involved a lot of conversation amongst our Executive Board Members, Risk Management at National BSA, our Council Attorney, local physician and our Vice President of Program. Our primary goal has been and will always be to operate camp in the safest manner possible.
We understand that Scouts BSA troops have been unable to meet for several months and that leaders and Scouts are ready to have more than a virtual camp out. Many troops graduated Webelos, who came to only one meeting, before face to face meetings were suspended. In support of the Scout units, families and leaders of the Occoneechee Council, Camp Durant has developed, what we believe to be a Win/Win situation for everyone involved since Summer Camp is not an option.
So, beginning July 3rd and concluding August 3rd, we will be running a series of weekend troop events that will be supported by the Camp Durant program areas. These weekend unit camp outs will offer one day instruction for certain merit badges, primarily those that cannot be earned online, as well as unstructured activities that are available to everyone. The resources that we have at camp will make these weekends less stressful for leaders and more fun for scouts than just a normal troop weekend camp out. These weekend events will operate within the stated guidelines of the State of NC and the Moore County Health Department. We anticipate the following will be critical components of the safeguards for this camping opportunity:
- social distancing
- group sizes restricted to 50 and
- strict sanitation strategies
Regarding sanitation, and other safety measures, we are currently planning to follow the same guidelines of the Summit Bechtel Reserve to operate our base program. If the Moore County Health Department adopts guidelines issued by the state that are more stringent, then they will become our primary guidelines.
Troops can use this opportunity to bring their Scouts together, fellowship and perhaps earn a merit badge. Troops are encouraged to use this trip to offer new scout skills in the campsite, as well as merit badges such as Cooking and Camping. Troops will be responsible for providing and cooking their own meals in the campsites, this will remove the challenge of social distancing in the dining hall. Each program area that is opened will be limited to 50 people. The scouts that sign up for a merit badge session will stay in that session all day. We will not be rotating to different sessions throughout the day.
Perhaps Camp Durant’s greatest strength lies in the staff that brings camp to life each summer. We will be hiring Senior Staff and Area Directors and the Camp Medic for each weekend. We believe that by doing this we can insure the succession of Senior Staff Leadership for the Summer of 2021. Like the Troops in our Councils, the staff needs this opportunity to come together before the normalcy of college and school come back into the picture in early August.
We look forward to seeing you at Camp Durant this summer.
Henry Goodson – Camping Director
Occoneechee Council, BSA
Update – Tuesday, May 5. 2020
During these unprecedented times, the safety of our youth members, staff, board, adult volunteers and community drives the difficult decisions we are making regarding Council operations. It is our desire to help slow the spread and flatten the curve while keeping you safe during these challenging times.
After careful consideration of Governor Cooper’s recent announcement concerning his three phase plan to reopen North Carolina because of COVID-19, we are extending our Service Center and Camp closures and all previous guidance on meetings until Monday, June 1st. Specifically, we will continue prohibiting all in-person Scouting meetings and activities of any type through June 1st. Please continue monitoring our Council’s website for program ideas to do at home.
Thank you for your patience and continued understanding. We will continue to update you as the situation develops. We appreciate your partnership in helping us keep our youth, volunteers, staff and community safe.
Friday, April 24, 2020
Thursday, April 16, 2020
How to order ranks and badges during COVID-19 shutdown.
Units that would like to purchase items related to rank or badge advancement, can follow the following steps.
1. Unit Leader emails in the Advancement report (pdf format) to NDCSupply.Orders@Scouting.org
Advancement report MUST be generated from either Scoutbook, or Internet Advancement 2.0, only.
No hand written advancement reports.
2. Include a contact phone number for our Customer Service Team to contact for payment, in email
3. A Customer Service team member will contact the Unit Leader for credit card information, shipping and billing information, along with verifying the correct Council and Advancement.
4. Advancement awards will be shipped out in approx. 1-3 business days, and the Advancement Report will be sent via E-mail so the Council has this documentation
Monday, April 13, 2020
Monday, April 13, 2020
Request of Time Extension During COVID-19 Crisis
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Eagle Scout Service Project Final Report Approvals During COVID-19 Crisis
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Eagle Scout Service Project Approvals During COVID-19 Crisis
Friday, April 3, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020
The camp card sale has been extended again until August 15. Money from sales is due to council the week of August 17.
Friday, March 20, 2020
Dear Occoneechee Council Scouting Family,
First and foremost, I hope you are doing well and staying safe during this time of uncertainty. Our primary focus is to do our part to protect our youth members, staff, board, adult volunteers and community.
We are doing our best to limit the spread of COVID-19. To that end, effective Monday, March 23rd, be aware that within the Occoneechee Council the following policy is in effect until April 30, 2020:
- No face to face meetings in the Occoneechee Council through April 30th
- All in-person Scouting activities are canceled effective immediately through April 30th. This includes unit meetings (Troop, Pack, Crew, Patrol and Den meetings), campouts, activities, trips, Pinewood Derbies, Blue and Gold Dinners, in-person fundraisers, service projects, Court of Honors (including for Eagle Scouts), etc. There are no exceptions to this rule. Please continue to work with your Scouts via digital and electronic methods.
- All in-person council-level and district-level events and meetings are canceled through April 30th. This includes Roundtables, district board and commissioner staff meeting, activities and training events, etc. There are no exceptions to this rule. Please continue to work with your Scouts via digital and electronic methods.
- The Council Service Center and both the Raleigh and Fayetteville Scout Shops are closed through April 30th. Our staff will be working remotely and responding to all calls, emails and postal mail.
- All Council Camps are closed through April 30th.
Below are some resources from ‘Bryan on Scouting’ to help you continue Scouting at home:
Scouting Magazine’s Bryan on Scouting blog explores how some units across the country are using technology to meet and offers a few merit badges to consider working on.
Even though units can’t meet in person now, that doesn’t mean advancement has to stop. Here are tips on conducting a Board of Review using teleconference online.
Thank you for your understanding. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops. We appreciate your partnership in helping us keep our youth, volunteers, staff and community safe.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
Hello Scout Leaders:
We know that during this trying time, your priorities have shifted from the everyday issues and tasks. Since all Scouts are out of school and looking for something to keep them occupied (and possibly the parents, too), they may be turning to Scouting for activities. Camp cards are still currently on sale, and given the unique circumstances in which we find ourselves, we want to share some guidance and suggestions on how best to sell while maintaining the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendations:
As a first step to address the changes brought on by the current situation, the Council has decided to move the turn in date for camp card sales to Friday, May 29th. We will continue to update our policy as more information becomes available and decisions are made.
Here are some ideas for alternate ways to sell:
- Scouts should consider selling cards to their immediate and extended families.
- While person to person sales are not currently recommended, Scouts may consider selling camp cards online or via social media and deliver via mail.
Recent studies have shown that the new coronavirus (COVID-19) may be able to survive on plastic for up to 72 hours. A recommendation is that each camp card sold be placed in a sealed envelope at least 3 days (72 hours) prior to mailing. (Source: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/new-coronavirus-stable-hours-surfaces)
Remind customers that cards can also be wiped with a disinfectant wipe (such as a Clorox wipe) as an additional safety precaution.
Yours in Scouting,
Alicia Embrey | Office Assistant
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 evening update
All Scout shops will be closed through March 31, 2020. They are tentatively re-opening on April 1st at 9 am.
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Dear Occoneechee Council Scouting Family,
There is no higher priority to me than the safety of our Scouts, Scouting families, volunteers and staff.
With the Executive Order announcement from Governor Cooper today and the rapidly escalating health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the following is in effect beginning Tuesday, March 17th:
- We will be offering reduced service at the Council Service Center through Monday, March 30. A small crew of our professional staff will continue to report to the Service Center while all others work remotely. Note: All will be available for our Scouting Family via telephone, video conferencing, or email. Also, the Scout Shops will remain open until further notice.
- Additionally, all district and council activities and events (indoor and outdoor) between now and March 30th are either cancelled, postponed, or will be conducted virtually. Please check with the respective event leadership for further guidance.
These decisions (to offer reduced services and to cancel or postpone our events) were not made lightly. We are doing our part to try to limit the spread of the virus.
With regards to unit level activities (including meetings, outings, and other events), at this time the Occoneechee Council offers the following guidance: If over 100 people anticipated to attend, cancel the event. While individual Scouting units and chartering organizations have the ability to determine whether or not their regular meetings and activities should continue, safety should be the number one priority. Please utilize guidance provided by your local authorities, school districts, and chartering organizations in determining whether to cancel your event or not.
Remember to refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) .
Thank you for your vigilance and understanding. We will continue to keep you updated as the situation develops. We appreciate your partnership in helping us keep our youth, volunteers and staff safe.
Bill Davis, Council President
Nick Long, Council Commissioner
Charles Flowers, Scout Executive