COVID Updates

Council News Posts

Restart Cub Scouting Safely

The Boy Scouts of America released a series of webinars designed to help unit leaders continue Scouting while facing the...

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Unit Restart Guide Available

Follow the guidelines to make your Unit's in-person Scouting safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person Scouting activities are possible, and...

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Resources

Safe Restart Checklist

The BSA offers this PDF as a guideline for Units considering a return to in-person Scouting.

State of NJ Resources

The State of NJ has a resource hub for COVID-related information.

Health Screening Checklist

Use this screening checklist before each in-person event.

Use of Camps

A Scout enjoys canoing on an ad that reads Put the Outing in Scouting

With the new school year upon us, units are building a calendar filled with fun.

With COVID-restrictions now part of life, Scouts are finding positive and healthy ways to meet, in-person and online, and execute activities, outside and virtually.

A hybrid model makes sense in the current environment and the Garden State Council is here to support your unit’s programming.

For the latest on virtual and in-person Council activities, keep an eye on https://www.facebook.com/gardenstatebsa and www.gardenstatescouting.org

To book a day-time visit to a Council camping property, please contact reservations@gardenstatescouting.org.

Since New Jersey entered Stage-2 back in June, a common question has been, “When can we go camping overnight?”

Here’s a recap on that topic as of September 4, 2020:

  • The Council continues to recommend that units do not camp overnight.
  • The latest on camping from New Jersey states that family camping is allowed in certain designated state parks. Group camping sites are closed.
  • Other states may have different rules, so units considering traveling out-of-state should follow those state’s guidelines, in consultation with their charter partner.
  • As always, units are expected to follow the Guide to Safe Scouting.
  • As units return to action, volunteers are encouraged to utilize the BSA Safe Scouting Checklist.
  • Council properties are open for day visitors, but not for overnight camping. The Council expects to open for overnight camping once NJ reaches Stage-3.
  • Lastly, as a reminder, here is the Council’s Road Back to In-Person Scouting.