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Scouting Safety Tools and COVID-19



  • Scout Law and COVID-19
  • Catching and spreading the COVID-19 virus
  • Safety Tools for COVID-19
  • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • Smoking and COVID-19

Some BSA Guideline Links

If it is not practical to meet these minimal protocols, do not restart in-person activities.” - Restart Scouting Checklist, No. 680-693 , June 2020 (BSA)

  • COVID-19 FAQ UPDATED 6/25/20 - The most recent updates are indicated by a diamond in front of the question - Needs to be updated for fall 2020.

Although using social media is not a Scouting activity, their use to connect with others interested in Scouting can be a very positive experience. But the creation and maintenance of these channels requires forethought, care, and responsibility. Read more about the BSA Social Media Guidelines here.

EXTRACT from Cub Scouting version:

A Scout is:
LOYAL. Show that you care about your family, friends, Scout leaders, school, and country.
KIND. Treat others as you want to be treated. Never harm or kill any living thing without good reason.
OBEDIENT. Follow the rules of your family, school, and pack. Obey the laws of your community and country.
CLEAN. Keep your body and mind fit. Help keep your home and community clean.

What you can do (my opinion)

  • Please start (if you can do so safely and legally) by being kind to your friends, family, pets others. MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCE, WEAR A MASK (or cloth face covering), WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY -

Catching and spreading the CODID-19 virus

Anyone can get and die from COVID-19 (my opinion)

  • This includes infants, children, youth, adults and the elderly
  • You can have and spread the virus without knowing you have the virus.
  • We do not have a tested human-safe vaccine(s) yet. We do not know if and how effective getting the virus is against getting the virus again
  • Initial public health rules had and still have the goal of managing the availability of health care resources.
    • That is slowing the spread of the virus (by avoiding crowds, wearing an approved mask and washing hands.
    • COVID-19 has not gone away or become weaker. What is being tested and/or reported in your local area may have changed.
  • We are still in medical wave 1 of the outbreak. Medical wave 2 is expected to start with the addition of the fall 2020 flu season (in August 2020?)
  • “Restart” goals are economic ones.
    • Some goals are political attempts to get reelected.

25 July 2020 Concerns (my opinion)

  • In the USA new cases and deaths are rising at too fast a rate. Hospitals and medical facilities are being (or are about to be) overloaded again.
  • People who think the virus is not real.
    • The virus is real, airborne, contagious and very dangerous to some. You can have the virus without knowing it. You feeling well does not mean you do not have the virus.
  • People need to take precautions and follow safety rules. Major places of spread appear to be:
    • Crowds with no masking or social distancing.
    • Parties with no masking or social distancing.
    • Gathering without taking safety precautions.
    • Extended family gatherings (especially indoors).
    • Multi-generation family (living in same home/room).
    • Employees taking off masks in employee break room, loading zones and parking lots.
    • 2020-07-27: White House news campaign to wear mask outdoors appear to ignore the need to slow down or stop virus exposure while indoors.
    • People with COVID-19 taking a COVID-19 test who do not self-isolate and continue to infect others while waiting for test results.

Safety Tools (my opinion)



Wearing a cloth face covering doesn’t take the place of physical distancing. It is effective when combined with keeping a 6-foot distance from others.”


FDA Expands Warning on Methanol-Tainted Hand Sanitizers “Deaths, blindness tied to toxic ingredient found in imported sanitizers”, by Peter Urban, Updated July 27, 2020 (AARP)


  • Wear gloves
  • No smoking
    • part of the scouting program since its’ founding (c. 1918)
  • Maintain a contact log
  • Myth busters , (WHO)

More Information

Your actions save lives (California)

Wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance.

How to Protect Yourself and Others (CDC)

The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

Contents: Wash your hands often - Avoid close contact - Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others - Cover coughs and sneezes - Clean and disinfect - Monitor Your Health Daily

Post revised 7/31/2020.

Child and Youth Mental Health

Is your teenager wanting to hurt their self?

  • Call 911 or
  • Call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255. for teens in crisis

Child and Youth Mental Health Resources

Smoking and COVID-19

Medical Research

Scouting History

Personal Health - merit badge 1911


To obtain a merit badge for Personal Health a scout must

  1. Write a statement on the care of the teeth.
  2. State a principle to govern in eating, and state in the order of their importance, five rules to govern the care of his health.
  3. Be able to tell the difference in effect of a cold and hot bath.
  4. Describe the effect of alcohol and tobacco on the growing boy.
  5. Tell how to care for the feet on a march.
  6. Describe a good healthful game and state its merit.
  7. Describe the effects of walking as an exercise.
  8. Tell how athletics may be overdone.

Boy Scout Handbook 1911 at Project Gutenberg-tm

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