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

Updated 3-19-2021 Follow the guidelines to make your Unit’s in-person Scouting safer during the COVID-19 pandemic. In-person Scouting activities are...

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Unit Restart Guide

This PDF booklet is a guideline for Units as they plan activities that are compliant with safety guidelines.

Updated 4-16-2021

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.


BSA's guidance on in-person activities, temporary advancement adjustments, and more. Updated regularly.

State of NJ Updates

Use of Camps

The following is offered for units to use in their planning, and is intended to be used in conjunction with any current restrictions set by the Governor of New Jersey.

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 the Knapsack weekly email newsletter.

When attending any in-person activity hosted by Council or a Council-related group, participants are subject to Garden State Council’s Participant Waiver

To book a day-time visit or unit-based camping at a Council camping property, please contact reservations@gardenstatescouting.org.

Since New Jersey entered Stage-2 back in June, 2020, a common question has been, “When can we go camping overnight?”

Here’s a recap on that topic as of March 11, 2021:

The state of New Jersey has allowed youth camps to reopen for overnight adventures and the Garden State Council is excited to work with you to ensure our youth members get outside and camping again.
Here are 5 updates to the outdoor Scouting in the Garden State Council.
  1. Our properties are open once again for weekend camping. Learn more: https://campreservation.com/690/Home
  2. Cub Scout Day Camp this summer will be in-person with four locations to choose from. We also offer a virtual option. Learn more: https://www.gardenstatescouting.org/camping/day-camp/
  3. Scouts BSA Camp Connected Summer Camp is adding weekend camping for Troops. Learn more: https://www.gardenstatescouting.org/camp-roosevelt/
  4. Pools at Pine Hill and Roosevelt will be open this summer. More information to come
  5. Units can also camp at our properties during Spring Break and summer weeks that are available. Learn more here: https://campreservation.com/690/Home
Safety remains our top priority and we will need to work together to ensure state guidelines are met. Find COVID-related checklists and protocol guides on our Council’s COVID Resources website.
    • All participants will be tested for fever and other signs of COVID-19 illness upon entry.
    • Anyone feeling sick is to stay home.
    • Social distancing and mask use are required
    • Units that attend camp are to remain together during their stay as a cohort.
    • Programming will be unit/patrol/den based.
    • Cooking/eating is unit/patrol/den based in assigned locations. 
  • 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.
  • Lastly, as a reminder, here is the Council’s Road Back to In-Person Scouting.