During these crazy times Scouts and Scouters have gotten creative about ways to make scouting happen during a pandemic. We are meeting on-line. We are camping with friends virtually. We are making videos, learning new technologies, and sending emails/phone calls/and Zoom codes.
Things sometimes get forgotten in our quest to provide awesome programming for our youth. We must still follow all protocols and guidelines.
- Two Deep Leadership and No One on One contact is always the rule. In person, on Zoom, on the phone; wherever Scouts and Scouters meet we follow the two-deep leadership policies.
- No changes to requirements except those made by National.
Some changes to requirements have been approved at the National level. https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/covid-19-faq/ No changes can be made at the Unit/MBC level.
from Byon on Scouting:
Scouting’s Barriers to Abuse
The BSA has adopted the following policies for the safety and well-being of its members. These policies primarily protect youth members; however, they also serve to protect adult leaders. Parents and youth using these safeguards outside the Scouting program further increase the safety of their youth. Those who serve in positions of leadership and supervision with youth outside the Scouting program will find these policies help protect youth in those situations as well.
- Two-deep leadership is required on all outings. A minimum of two registered adult leaders — or one registered leader and a participating Scout’s parent or another adult — is required for all trips and outings. One of these adults must be 21 years of age or older.
- One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited. In situations requiring a personal conference, such as a Scoutmaster conference, the meeting is to be conducted with the knowledge and in view of other adults and/or youth.
- The policies of two-deep leadership and no one-on-one contact between adults and youth members also apply to digital communication. Leaders may not have one-on-one private online communications or engage one-on-one in other digital activities (games, social media, etc.) with youth members. Leaders should copy a parent and another leader in digital and online communication, ensuring no one-on-one contact takes place in text, social media, or other forms of online or digital communication.