COVID-19 Information (as of 5/8/2020)
There is no higher priority to the Chickasaw Council than the safety of our Scouts, Scouting families, and volunteers. Because the COVID-19 virus has been identified as a global pandemic by the World Health Organization and the situation has been declared a national emergency in the United States, the Chickasaw Council is taking steps to ensure the health and safety of all of our stakeholders. In this spirit, please note the following:
- The Memphis Scout Shop is closed until further notice, but will begin to reopen during the week of May 11. Please look for an announcement here or call the Chickasaw Council Dunavant Scout Service Center for more information.
- The Dunavant Scout Service Center is open by appointment. Please call the office, at 901-327-4193, or e-mail the staff member you need to contact, if we can assist with anything.
- View the Boy Scouts of America's page with COVID-19-related frequently-asked questions
- Many events and meetings through the middle of April have been canceled or postponed. Please review the Chickasaw Council calendar for information about all postponed or canceled district and council events, and please call the council office, at 901-327-4193, if you have any questions or concerns.
- Please note that some events, trainings, and activities have not yet been canceled or postponed, as of this writing. This includes all Cub and Scouts BSA summer camp programs.
- Camp Currier and Kia Kima Scout Reservation are closed until further notice. Kia Kima summer camp programs are not affected at this time.
- The council staff is actively monitoring this situation and will continually update program and meeting information as decisions are made.
- For any postponed events, the council will honor previously-paid registrations; if you or your Scout(s) are not able to attend a rescheduled event, your fee will be refunded.
While individual Scouting units and chartering organizations can determine whether their regular meetings and activities should continue, safety should be the top priority, and units should operate within the guidelines of local authorities, school districts, and chartering organizations. Unit activities should take the following precautions:
- We recommend postponing all in-person activities until further notice. Many Scouting activities and meetings can continue remotely, via Skype, FaceTime, Zoom, or similar services.
- Individuals who have visited high-alert areas should wait fourteen days before participating in any Scouting or other group event.
- Place special emphasis on hand washing and general hygiene. Bring an extra supply of soap and hand sanitizer to any activity.
- Review with Scouts, leaders, and parents good hygiene, food safety, and transmission prevention practices. Look for ways to minimize exposure and transmission.
For additional information about the COVID-19 situation, including tips for successful social distancing, safety measures in multiple settings, and other helpful guidelines, we suggest the following resources:
- Guidance on events and gatherings from the Centers for Disease Control (C.D.C.)
- Workplace and home guidance from the C.D.C.
- What to do when sick
- Visit the C.D.C. website for additional information and updates