An Important Announcement from the Greenwich Council

 

March 23, 2020

Dear Greenwich Council Scouting Families, Volunteers and Employees:
 
The safety of Scouts, Volunteers, Employees and our Communities is our top priority.
 
In Scouting, we always vow to help other people. Now, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, our Scouting Community must do its part to slow the spread of the virus which will save lives and avoid overwhelming our local healthcare infrastructure. 
 
We are following recommendations of both National and State Department of Health, and local Healthcare officials and we are doing our part in trying to limit the spread of the virus.
Effective March 23, 2020, Ned Lamont, Governor of the State of Connecticut, Executive order No. 7H, do hereby order and direct:
 
1.     Restrictions on workplaces for Non- Essential Businesses. Effective on March 23, 2020 at 8:00 PM and through April 22, 2020, unless earlier modified, extended or terminated by me, all businesses and not-for-profit entities in the state shall employ, to the maximum extent possible, any telecommuting or work from home procedures that they can safely employ. Non – essential businesses or not-for-profit entities shall reduce their in-person workforce's at any workplace locations by 100% not later than March 23, 2020 at 8:00 PM. Any essential businesses or entity providing essential goods, services or functions shall not be subject to these in -person restrictions.
 
The Council Service Center, Scout Shop and Seton Scout Reservation will be closed until April 22, 2020. 
 
All camping reservations are cancelled through April 22, 2020. A credit will be issued, and the unit can transfer the credit to another reservation scheduled in 2020/2021. Please email request to Tom.Pankosky@scouting.org .
 
With safety in mind and based on the national health officials and the state of Connecticut, the Greenwich Council, BSA advises all Scouting meetings, activities and events to be suspended until April 22, 2020.
 
We will continue to evaluate the ongoing situation and prioritize the safety of the everyone involved in Scouting – youth, families, volunteers, employees and our community. 
 
Please refer to the Council website: www.greenwichscouting.org , our weekly newsletter and Facebook for current updates and notifications. 
 
Please feel free to contact Kevin O’Shea, at kevin.oshea@scouting.org if you have questions of concerns. Stay Safe! 
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Eric Lindberg
Council President
 
Wayne Plewniak
Council Commissioner
 
Kevin P. O'Shea
Scout Executive/CEO

 

March 12, 2020

Dear Greenwich Council Scouting Families & Volunteers:
 
The Greenwich Council is responding to concerns for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following recommendations of both national and state Department of Health, and local Healthcare officials and we are doing our part in trying to limit the spread of the virus. 
 
Effective immediately, March 12, 2020, we are postponing or cancelling all Greenwich Scouting activities through March 29, 2020. This includes:
 
• March 12th Roundtable
• Scouting for Food collection day 3/21
• St. Patrick's Day Parade 3/22
• Camp Seton Open House 3/28
 
We would like to support Neighbor to Neighbor during this difficult time and turn our Scouting for Food efforts to online donations. Please support #SFF2020 here.
 
We will be holding a conference call for Roundtable next week. We will notify you of the date and time.
 
In addition, the Council Service Center, Scout Shop and Seton Scout Reservation will be closed through March 29, 2020.
 
Should you need to order Scout items, visit https://www.scoutshop.org/
 
If a unit would like to postpone weekend camping at Seton Scout Reservation for April, please email a request to Tom.Pankosky@scouting.org. A credit will be issued and the unit can transfer the credit to another reservation scheduled in 2020/21.
 
Your unit should follow the guidance of your Chartering Organization. Please check directly with your Chartering Organization regarding your planned unit activities during the months of March & April.
 
As you continue your local Troop and Pack activities, it is important to follow all the steps recommended by the CDC
(see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html). The same simple steps that prevent the spread of ordinary flu viruses work against coronavirus and other illnesses:
 
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
• Cough into a tissue or your elbow (not your hand). Then throw the tissue away and wash your hands.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid contact with people who are sick. Do not attend Scouting activities when you are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick, with temperature above 100.0º F (38.7º C) or do not feel well, appear weak or ill.
• Consult your health care provider if you have special health conditions that put you at increased risk.
 
Please stay up to date with CDC & local Health Department guidelines as they may change rapidly in the future. Check back to the Greenwich Council facebook page and the Council website regularly for more information: greenwichscouting.org
 
Please be safe and we will keep you apprised of any new developments. Please feel free to contact Kevin.OShea@scouting.org if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Eric Lindberg
Council President
 
Wayne Plewniak
Council Commissioner
 
Kevin P. O'Shea
Scout Executive/CEO

 

 

February 18, 2020

Dear Scouting Community,

Today, the national organization of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to achieve two key objectives: equitably compensate victims who were harmed during their time in Scouting and continue to carry out Scouting’s mission for years to come.

I want to highlight important points that are most relevant to the Greenwich Council:

The Greenwich Council has not filed for bankruptcy. Our Council is legally separate, distinct and financially independent from the national organization.

Scouting programs will continue. This means that unit meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place as usual. In short, we expect no changes to the local Scouting experience in the Greenwich area.

Scouting is safer now than ever before. Over many years, we’ve developed some of the strongest expert-informed youth protection policies found in any youth-serving organization. I can also assure you that our volunteers and employees take youth protection extremely seriously and do their part to help keep kids safe.

Restricted donations – past, present or future – can only be used for their designated purpose. In addition, Friends of Scouting (FOS) and other annual donations made to our Council will continue to fund necessary day-to-day expenses that are critical to local Scouting programs.

While we do not anticipate the national organization’s bankruptcy filing will have any direct impact on the local Scouting experience or your involvement with our Council, I understand you may still have questions about these issues and things you will see in the news. To that end, the national organization has established a dedicated restructuring website, www.BSArestructuring.org

This site includes a helpful Resources page, where you will find a short video explaining what Chapter 11 means for Scouting, as well as a FAQ. The site’s Milestones page will be your best source for the latest updates throughout this process. 

If you have any questions about local Scouting, you can always feel free to reach out directly to me or your usual contact within our Council. 

Through your engagement and dedication to Scouting, the Greenwich Council will continue to bring adventures, values and lifelong benefits to youth and our communities for generations to come. Thank you for your trust and support as we continue this important mission.

Yours in Scouting,

Kevin P. O'Shea
Scout Executive/CEO