Coronavirus Update

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:

Bryan on Scouting: Scouting Remotely

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.

Click Here!

Bryan on Scouting: Conducting Virtual Boards of Review 

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.

Click Here!

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.

Charles Flowers
Scout Executive

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:

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

Thursday, March 12, 2020
The health and well-being of our Scouts, volunteer leaders, families, and staff continues to remain our number-one priority. As COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its impact continues to persist, we know we must maintain constant communication with you to address the growing concern by many in our communities.
As we all know, the information coming to us from state and national public health officials is fluid. So, we are discussing frequently all of our options. As the emphasis is currently on prevention strategies and protecting the overall public health of our communities, we have decided to change all council and district meetings from in person to conference call and/or video conference call. For example, in an effort to lead by example, our Council’s March Executive Board meeting has changed to this format. Additionally, all other indoor Council events and activities will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date and time effective tomorrow (Friday, 3/13/20).  Outdoor District and Council events, such as OA Spring Pow Wow, OA Webelos Day, and District Camporees in March are still taking place, at this time.
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.
Also, it’s important to note that additional information will be forthcoming to address future events and activities for our council and districts. We will be doing so based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation to reconsider hosting public events that could put our communities at risk.
We are cognizant of the effect this causes for those involved in these events. We appreciate your partnership in helping to address and mitigate this outbreak for all.
Bill Davis, Council President
Nick Long, Council Commissioner
Charles Flowers, Scout Executive