In light of the COVID-19 outbreak we at Yawgoog would like to give you the following updates:
The April 20th deadline for the hat incentive has been extended until May 20th. We understand that it is difficult to collect deposits and payments for camp when Troops are not meeting and perhaps parents are temporarily out of work. In the event you deposit for more hats than you have Scouts attending, we will not penalize troops for doing so. The deadline to add scouts to your order will also be extended to June 10th.
In the event Yawgoog does not open or has a shortened season due to COVID-19 and your Troop is unable to attend, any monies paid for camp fees will be refunded. Those units that took part in the hat incentive program will still receive that hats.
At Camp, our Rangers are still working hard to get camp ready for the summer season. Water is being turned on, buildings are being stained, campsites are being repaired along with all the routine maintenance that is done every spring. We are rebuilding two latrines, modeling from the latrine we completed last year, to single use. Our plan is to eventually repurpose all our latrines in this way. Our new dining hall is coming along on schedule. Hopefully you have seen the photos we have posted on Facebook and Instagram.
Our Camp Directors have been working hard and continue to hire the very best staff available to provide the outstanding program that Yawgoog has offered for the past 104 years. We are not slowing down when it comes to getting ready for summer camp.
For many years we have had many policies in place to minimize the possibility of a communicable disease like this from spreading through camp. Because each new threat is different from the last, we continuously update those policies and procedures. As camp gets closer and we can put COVID-19 behind us we will review those policies and procedures. This may entail help from units even before you arrive at camp.
Please keep a close eye on our website as this is the best avenue for us to give you the very latest in updates to Yawgoog and Summer camp.
In the meantime, we bid you good health and stay well.
Yours in Scouting
Yawgoog Scout Reservation
Scouting Continues in Narragansett Council!
Narragansett Council is taking actions to ensure that we can continue to support our Scouts, and protect the health of our team and our communities. Stay up to date at www.ncbsa.org/coronavirus and at www.facebook.com/ncbsa.
In the coming weeks, the Council team will be working remotely, continuing to provide support to you and our Scouts while minimizing the potential spread of the virus. Most or all staff will be working from home, available via phone and email, but not in the office.
In fact, many functions of the Council will continue as before:
- Though the council office will be closed to visitors, staff will continue to process charters, Eagle Scout applications, registration, donations, payables, and more;
- Meetings and presentations will be changed or held via online platforms or phone;
- Our Adventure Base Camp staff are working on innovative program options to earn badges that Scouts can participate in remotely;
- Rangers continue to work on the many projects at our camps while getting ready for a great summer camp season;
- Our camps (Yawgoog, Norse, Champlin and Aquapaug) are still hiring summer camp staff and rescheduling promotion presentations while continuing to prepare for wicked awesome summer camp experiences;
- District executives and unit support staff are still working with units remotely via phone and email;
- For our Life Scouts, our national office is working on steps to insure that all eligible Life Scouts attain the rank of Eagle despite the disruption;
- Have an Eagle Scout application or packet? Mail it to us at Narragansett Council, PO Box 14777, East Providence, RI 02914. Eagle candidates will NOT be penalized due to timing issues!
Changes in effect:
- All council and district activities through March 31 are cancelled or postponed;
- Camps will remain closed through March 31;
- Units are asked to suspend all unit meetings and activities while schools are out; states are asking for no gatherings of 10 or more;
- Our Scout stores in Warwick and Swansea will be closed until at least March 23. We are working on options for emailing or phone calling in orders for shipment;
- The council office will be closed to visitors, most staff will work from home.
Too many emails! We agree! We will keep emails to a minimum at this time (sorry for this one!) Watch for updates at www.ncbsa.org/coronavirus and at www.facebook.com/ncbsa. We will have a program announcement email coming in a few day to let you know about virtual programs to be offered.
How can Scouts and leaders help our communities?
- Run errands for elderly neighbors
- Donate blood to the Rhode Island Blood Center or the American Red Cross (Massachusetts). There is an urgent need for blood donors! Must be at least 16 years old.
- Let us know how your Scouts are stepping up to help other people! Send photos and stories to email@example.com.
For more information on coronavirus, please visit the department of health website:
- Rhode Island
- CDC website for excellent guidelines.
- The Boston Globe shared these 9 tips on speaking with young children about their concerns about Coronavirus.
The team at the Narragansett Council is committed to continuing to provide a program in the coming weeks that our Scouts will remember as an example of preparedness, adaptability and resilience for the rest of their lives.
Thank you for your continued patience as we plan ahead to make Scouting in the Narragansett Council thrive!