Pittsburgh, PA (March 12, 2020) — Good Afternoon Scouting Family, The health, safety and well-being of our Scouts, Leaders, families, and staff is our number-one priority. As COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its impact continues to evolve, we are cognizant of the growing concern by many in our communities.
As we all know, the information coming to us from state and national public health officials continues to change hourly. Therefore, we are meeting daily to discuss all 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. Additionally, all indoor district events and activities will be postponed and rescheduled for a later date and 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’s) recommendation to reconsider hosting public events that could put our communities at risk.
Additional resources for our Scouting public can be found on our website.
We know the effect this causes for those involved in these events. We appreciate your partnership in helping to address and mitigate this outbreak for all. Thank you.