COVID-19 News and Resources

As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, is affecting the Scouting Program. 

Below you will find Rainbow Council’s current guidelines to operating during the pandemic, as well as links to resources you can use. These links are what we use to create our guidelines.  

Center for disease Control:  https://www.cdc.gov/

Will County Health Dept:  https://willcountyhealth.org/coronavirus-information/

Kankakee County Health Dept:  https://www.kankakeehealth.org/infectious-disease/covid-19-response-and-recovery/

Grundy County Health Dept:  https://www.grundyco.org/health/

 

Additionally, National has published their list of guidelines: https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/

UPDATED 11/12/2020

Scouters, 

As of Monday 11/16/20 with the new IDPH restrictions, Rainbow Council is advising you to halt all in person scout meetings and events. The camp will also be closed as of 11/16/20 – for the next 3 weeks at least.  The restriction was implemented on 11/11/20 , we wanted to give you a few days to get your unit sorted out. Let’s all do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Rainbow Council!

https://www.dph.illinois.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19/COVID-19_SocialDistancingOption2.pdf

UPDATED 10/2/2020

Camping Update

1. The Chartered Organization must send an e-mail stating that they authorize the unit to begin overnight camping. Send the email to the Council Commissioner at [email protected]

2. All camping participants must have a current Medical Part A&B on file with the unit.

3. All campers will have individual tents, spaced at least 6 feet apart. Families can share a tent if desired.

4. All food preparation and dining must be separate, adhering to social distancing guidelines of 6 feet of separation. There is no sharing of utensils, cookware, food, etc. The only exception to this is families, families may share.

5. When eating, adhere to social distancing guidelines.

6. Masks should be worn at all times, unless eating or in your tent.

7. Restroom facilities will be sanitized regularly.

8. Unit Leadership should be sure there is soap for handwashing and disposable paper towels for drying. Hand sanitizer can also be made available.

9. Camping participants will have their temperatures taken and logged in the AM and PM for each day of the outing. Unit leadership will retain the log.

-D. Kloepfer

UPDATED 9/5/2020

Before You Begin Meeting:

  1. Your chartering organization must approve your plans for in-person meetings.
  2. The organization that provides your meeting location (if different from your chartering organization) must approve your plans for in-person meetings.
  3. If you intend to meet indoors with your unit, you must develop and maintain a record system for cleaning and sanitizing your meeting space before and after each meeting.
  4. You must clean and sanitize the space before and after each meeting. You must notify your District Executive and District Commissioner of your intention to resume unit meetings.

For Meeting:

  1. You must always maintain youth protection guidelines at all times when meeting either in person OR virtually.
  2. You must provide appropriate Adult Supervision with two registered adult leaders holding valid Youth Protection Training.
  3. Indoor AND outdoor gatherings are limited to no more than 50 individuals, including parents, guests, and adult leadership.
  4. You must take the temperature of all participants before joining the meeting. See https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-057.pdf . Individuals with fevers of 100.4°F or potential exposure to COVID should not participate in scouting activities.
  5. You must maintain a dated attendance list for all unit meetings and scouting events for the purpose of contact tracing in the event that someone contracts COVID-19.
  6. You must clean and sanitize the space before and after each meeting and keep records of the cleaning.
  7. You must maintain current Part A & B medical forms for all participants.
  8. Scouts, registered leaders, and guests must wear a mask over the nose and mouth for all scouting activities.
  9. Social distancing must be maintained.
  10. Whenever possible, meetings should be held outdoors.
  11. Youth are currently limited to day activities. There is no unit or patrol camping at this time.
  12. Scouts should come to youth activities that extend over a mealtime with a packed meal from home. There is no communal cooking or dishwashing at this time.
  13. Parents of the Scout will determine the best and safest way for their child to be transported to and from Scouting events. Carpooling may only be done with parent permission.

Additionally:

  1. For the safety of you and your Scouts, we recommend that you only participate in Rainbow Council or other Council-sponsored programs.
  2. Guidelines for Council-sponsored training for Adult Leaders may differ from youth programming, but also will follow strict safety protocols.
  3. All Councils are working together to ensure that local and BSA standards are enforced to ensure your health and safety. By participating in an approved program, you will also be covered by BSA insurance. For a complete list of Rainbow Council sponsored programs, please check the council website https://www.rainbowcouncil.org/calendar/.
  4. Theakiki in Kankakee and Rainbow Scout Reservation in Morris are open to units for day activities. Please register through the service center for use.
  5. Rainbow Scout Reservation is open for Family Camping. Each family will be assigned their own site. All adults and youth must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. All Scout and Camp rules and regulations will apply. We are limiting the number of people in the camp; you must register through the Scout Service Center. Plan for primitive camping; none of the buildings or program areas are open for use.

If you have additional questions or need further clarification, please contact your Unit Commissioner or District Executive.

Diane Kloepfer | Council Commissioner

Update as of 08/26/2020:

As many of you are aware, there are new restrictions in Will and Kankakee county. The Council Key 3 has determined that Scouting falls under the organized activities restrictions as opposed to the social gathering restrictions. The 50 person limit still applies. If you have questions feel free to reach out. Be sure you are keeping those temperature and attendance logs as well.

– Diane Kloepfer Council Commissioner

Update as of 08/21/2020:
The Illinois Department of Public Health currently has a limit on gatherings. Any gathering over 50 people is prohibited. We are keeping an eye on the situation due to the recent increase in positive cases in Will and Kankakee counties and will let you know of any changes as soon as we are aware. For more information see the IDPH website.

-Diane Kloepfer

Update as of 07/16/2020:

I want to thank you for all you do for Scouting and the youth of Council as we all adjust to what appears to be our new normal. For now we will continue to review the recommendations from the State and the CDC. As of today we have made some changes and/or clarifications to the Council guidelines that were issued as the state moved into phase four of the restore Illinois plan. You will find the Council guidelines, items 11-14 have been revised or added.
Before you move to face to face meetings from virtual meetings, you will need to meet the following:
  1. Your sponsoring organization must agree with your plan to start meeting in person.
  2. The facility or organization that provides your meeting location must grant permission to meet.
  3. If you meet at your sponsoring organization’s facility, you do not need to complete this step.
  4. You must always maintain youth protection guidelines and Adult Supervision.
  5. All gatherings must be limited to no more than fifty individuals indoors, and at least two must be leaders with valid Youth Protection Training.
  6. You must take the temperatures of all participants before joining the meeting and maintain a list and/or record. This list will be used for contact tracing in the event one of your members contracts Covid-19.
  7. Scouts and Scouters will be required to wear masks at all unit events.
  8. The meeting location must be cleaned and sanitized before and after each meeting. The unit leadership must maintain records of all site cleanings.
  9. Social distancing must be maintained by all participating in the unit meeting.
  10. No unit or patrol cooking, Scouts should come to one-day events with a bag lunch.
  11. The parent of the Scout will determine the best and safest way for their child to be transported to and from Scouting events.
  12. Whenever possible, meetings should be held in the outdoors, outdoor events or meetings are limited to no more than 100 people.
  13. For the safety of you and your Scouts, we recommend that you only participate in Rainbow Council or other Council-sponsored programs.
  14. All Councils are working together to ensure that local and BSA standards are enforced to ensure your health and safety. By participating in an approved program, you will also be covered by the BSA insurance. For a complete list of Council-sponsored programs, please check the council web site. If you have additional questions, contact your District Executive.
Once you have completed all the steps, and feel confident that you can safely comply, please e-mail your District Commissioner and District Executive to inform them that you intend to start meeting.
Units and Families are already taking advantage of our camp. Please remember that we are still offering the following:
Both Camps will be open for unit day activities. For June and July, we will be waiving all camp usage fees. We will be limiting the number of people in the camp; please register through the Scout Service Center.
RSR will be opened for Family Camping. Each family will be assigned their own site. All adults and youth must be registered members of the Boy Scouts of America. All Scout and Camp rules and regulations will apply. We will be limiting the number of people in the camp; please register through the Scout Service Center. This will be primitive camping, none of the buildings or program areas will be open for use.
If you have any questions, please contact me at the Scout Service Center.
Ted Karns
Rainbow Council
Scout Executive