COVID-19 Update: The Pause in Oregon and More

Updated November 23rd, 2020:

As of November 16th, 2020:

Oregon Restrictions
November 18 - December 2

Social get-togethers (indoors and outdoors) must be limited to no more than six people, total, from no more than two households — that is, yours and one other.

Outdoor recreational facilities are to be closed, along with many other facility-types. Social gatherings are limited to six people from no more than two households.

California Restrictions
Restrictions Vary by County

California has a blueprint for reducing COVID-19 in the state with revised criteria for loosening and tightening restrictions on activities.

Every county in California is assigned to a tier based on its test positivity and adjusted case rate for tier assignment.

from the Oregon COVID-19 Resources
from the California Department of Health

Impact on Units

California Units
Scouting programs may meet in stable cohorts of no more than 16. 
A Cohort is a small group of around 10 people that must participate in all Scouting activities together. For example, it could be a patrol of up to 10 Scouts plus 2-3 leaders, It could be a den of similar size. An example of a cohort is a couple of families that choose to Scout together. A troop or pack with a meeting space large enough could have 3-5 cohorts (depending on the phase), but these cohorts must act independently.
In the event of an exposure, we can identify those that are potentially exposed and we limit the number of people affected.
  • The maximum cohort size applies to all children and youth in the cohort, even when all children are not participating at the same time. For example:
    • A cohort may not include 6 children or youth who attend a meeting/event full‐time, 6 children on Mon/Wed/Fri, and 6 children on Tue/Thu (total of 18).  
    • A cohort may not include 8 children or youth who attend an event for an entire day, 4 who attend mornings only, and 4 who attend afternoons only (total of 16).  
  • Cohort Mixing is Not Allowed
    • Prevent interactions between cohorts, including interactions between staff assigned to different cohorts.
      • Assign children and youth who live together or carpool together to the same cohort, if possible.
      • Avoid moving children and youth from one cohort to another, unless needed for a child’s overall safety and wellness.
      • Cohorts must be kept separate from one another for special activities such as art, music, and exercise. Stagger playground time and other activities so that no two cohorts are in the same place at the same time. 
Oregon Units
Units are encouraged to comply with the Governor’s Orders by canceling all in-person meetings and activities. Please consider holding meetings online.
Outdoor recreational facilities are to be closed, along with many other facility-types.
All council in-person activities are canceled, and all camping facilities will be closed to all visitors from November 18 through December 2.
Reservation holders will be contacted and encouraged to reschedule; those who cannot reschedule will be provided a refund of fees paid.
The Crater Lake Council Scout Shops in Bend and Central Point will be open for door front pick up or delivery.
  • For the Bend Scout Shop: If pickup is needed, please place your order ahead of time and we will have it prepared and in the conference room for pickup.
  • For the Central Point Scout Shop: We will have the order ready in the lobby for your pick up.
If planning to pick up at either location, please call ahead of time so we are prepared to greet you.

Travel Restrictions

The governors of Oregon, Washington and California have jointly announced new travel advisories for their states, which include a recommended 14-day quarantine after travel out of each state. The advisories are encouraging “against non-essential out-of-state travel, ask people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourage residents to stay local.”

The advisories are encouraging “against non-essential out-of-state travel.” They are also asking for “people to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving from another state or country, and encourage residents to stay local.”
For more details:
CLC recommendations for packs, troops, and other units:
Units with plans for travel out-of-state must reconsider, as Scouting activities are not deemed ‘essential.’
During this pandemic, we have all had to make sacrifices. The challenge with participating in any social activity is not just the danger you place yourself but also your ability to place others in danger.  You should have come to grips with the fact that any social activity outside your family puts you and your family at risk of infection. Those who are at-risk or have fragile persons in their home should carefully weigh the risks of socializing outside the home. Most should not feel they need to wait out this pandemic in a cave. There are several things you can do within the guidelines of your state and county that could allow for in person Scouting can happen.
We are working hard to bring you the latest COVID updates as we receive them.
Graphic provided from the Cascade Pacific Council

Updated November 18th: included link to local CLC COVID update post.

Updated November 19th: Included guidelines for Units in California and Oregon; clarification on travel restrictions; added OHA resource link.

Updated November 20th: Inserted link to California FAQ for face shields; included updated infographic on California COVID statistics; added infographic of Oregon status by county.

Updated November 23rd: Inserted updated infographic for California statistics; removed link to outdated CLC Council COVID post.