Troop 171 COVID-19 Safety Policy
Effective January 24, 2022
Link to current policy letter
When we created the following policy, we have taken into account current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National and District Scouts BSA, state and local governments, Boulder Valley School District (BVSD), and other youth organizations.
We are guided by something we hope all can appreciate: we should do all we can to keep Troop 171B and Troop 171G Scouts and adults safe. For that reason, we have adopted the following policies.
Vaccination: To the highest degree, we strongly encourage everyone who is eligible to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19 (defined below) and, given the recent CDC reports, we strongly encourage everyone to get a booster dose.
Many organizations across the country are requiring individuals to be fully vaccinated. We may consider putting in place this requirement in the future depending on the rate of COVID-19 infections and the CDC recommendations.
Please consult the current guidance from the CDC website to determine what needs to be done to be considered fully vaccinated: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/different-vaccines.html
Fully vaccinated: Fully vaccinated according to the CDC guidelines updated on January 7, 2022 is two primary doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one primary dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine.
Booster doses: The CDC guidelines updated on January 7, 2022 states individuals SHOULD get a booster dose based on (1) the vaccine brand received as their initial vaccine and (2) their age. As stated above, we strongly encourage everyone to get a booster dose.
Note: Certain long distance or remote trips such as Spring Break Adventures, Flaming Gorge Summer Camp, and High Adventures may require Scouts and adults to be fully vaccinated. This will be determined by the severity of COVID-19 prior to the trip and the medical resources available at the trip’s destination. For these trips, if full vaccinations are required, booster doses will be strongly encouraged.
Masks: When masks are required, surgical masks, N-95 masks, or KN-95 masks are now strongly encouraged to be worn by everyone, because they have been shown to be much more effective in preventing COVID-19 than other masks.
For extended and remote trips, pre-trip tests will be required based on the protocols developed by Philmont Scout Ranch <https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/covid-19-mitigation/>.
To keep everyone safe, we will adhere to the following safe practices.
Scouts and adults will:
Tent individually in their own tent, bivvy, or hammock; or
Tent with one other Scout who is fully vaccinated; or
Tent with a family member; or
Sleep under the stars, weather permitting.
Driving or riding in vehicles
When riding with people outside of their family, the driver and all passengers are not expected to wear masks if everyone in the vehicle is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 according to the current CDC guidelines.
Unvaccinated Scouts or adults will be required to provide their own transportation to and from a long distance event.
When traveling to local events, when riding with people outside of their family, if one or more in the vehicle are not fully vaccinated according to the current CDC guidance, the driver and all passengers will wear masks and windows will be cracked open for airflow.
Meetings and activities
Whenever possible, we will hold our troop meetings and activities outside.
When we meet indoors, everyone will be required to wear a well fitted mask that covers their nose regardless of their vaccination status.
We appreciate your cooperation with our COVID-19 policy. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, and we will modify the policy based on new information. We will continue to review the CDC and Boulder County Health Department guidelines. These protocols are subject to revision based on the latest CDC and Boulder County Health Department guidelines. Because these are very challenging times, our goals are to keep our Scouts, adult leaders, and families safe and to always “Be Prepared”.
If you have questions about the Troop 171 COVID-19 policy, please contact the Adult Committee Chairperson, the Troop 171G Scoutmaster, or the Troop 171B Scoutmaster.