May 18 Crater Lake Council Program Update

Summer Camp 2020 is Cancelled, but New Outdoor Opportunities Available Summer 2020

The BSA outdoor program is the canvas to an essential experience that engages character development in our Scouts.   Our youth, families, and mentors look forward to the adventures our summer camp programs offer. It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of our existing summer camping program during the summer of 2020. 

For the past month,  a special volunteer task group from the council camping committee, camp staff, properties committee, camp medical advisor, and executive committee have evaluated data from the health industry. Sources include the Center for Disease Control, American Camping Association, the American Association of Camp Nurses, and our National BSA Support. This task force unanimously concluded that the COVID-19 risks and resulting guidelines make camp safety incompatible with a quality and impactful experience for our Scouts. 

We know we cannot offer the camp any of us expected. We will use our expert volunteer and professional teams to work out what we can do within the newly released guidelines and high safety standards of the BSA. The task force is reviewing other programming at this time for small groups and families to still experience the outdoors and influence of our great Scouting program.

Scout Shop and Office

The Crater Lake Scout Shops will be opening soon.  Until that time you can call 541-644-1444 or email clcscoutshop@scouting.org to place an order.  We will either mail it to you or set up a time to pick it up at the council office in Central Point

The Central Point office will be open to drop off paperwork from 10 am – 4 pm Monday – Friday.   You can reach the Crater Lake Council staff via email or phone.   Contact List of Crater Lake Council Staff

Summer Camp Q/A

Please join on June  4 at 4:30 PM where we will share the program opportunities for the rest of the summer and answer any questions you have.

Restarting Unit Activities

While we are all anxious and excited to re-start Scouting as we know it, we must take specific precautions to mitigate risk. View the blog post below for recommendations for restarting activities in your unit.

Discussing Disappointment

We understand that not having summer camp can be a huge disappointment to our Scouts. Here are some tips on discussing disappointment from Dr. Audra Kaplan of Camp Ramah Darom’s Mental Health Support Team.

  • Scouts BSA Camp at Camp McLoughlin
  • Cub Scout Resident Camp at Camp McLoughlin
  • National Youth Leadership Training NYLT
  • The State of Oregon not allowing overnight camps to open as of May 15.
  • The center of prevention of COVID-19 transmission is the social distancing of at least six feet at all times.
    • Fundamental actions like transportation, sleeping, feeding, and group meetings are very difficult to do while maintaining six feet of distance.
    • Climbing, swimming, shooting, rafting, sea kayaking, and even knot tying are nearly impossible to accomplish at a distance.
    • Specific social distancing guidelines for camps will likely include small groups of 10 Scouts who must remain together the entire session AND six feet apart during their stay to allow contact tracing. 
    • What may seem possible to accomplish is so far distant from what we consider an adventurous program, it would have little interest or impact on our Scouts.
  • PPE, medical supplies, and sanitizer remain in short supply and needed elsewhere. 
  • Required training and certification classes for many key camp staff (aquatics, climbing, shooting sports…) have been canceled or rescheduled.

Although pack and troop summer camping programs are cancelled, we are blessed to have an energetic and creative program team and camp staff who are currently developing virtual and possible camping opportunities for our Scouting family. Information on these opportunities will be forthcoming.  Please join us on June 4 at 4:30 via zoom as we discuss these opportunities.

Crater Lake Council sees our summer camping program as a partnership between the programs we offer and the leaders and families we serve so that, together, we can positively influence the lives of our precious Scouts. We know this time has been harder on some families than others. We hope that those who can help us maintain our programs will help.  Please continue to camp with the Crater Lake Council and consider a donation to Friends of Scouting or our scholarship funds.

The Crater Lake Council will be in contact with each unit the week of May 18.  Units will have the options of

  • Rolling deposits and camp funds to the 2021 camping year.
  • Donating all/part of the unit fees to the Friends of Scouting or Campership fund of the Crater Lake Council
  • Receiving a refund check 
  • Having the refund for camp deposited in your unit account.
  • If you paid with a credit card, the refund can be issued back to the same card

Our summer camping program pays for the year-round operations of our camps. This includes our rangers, maintenance, permits, training, fuel, utilities, and customer service programs for camps. Without camp we still have many of these expenses, but are losing the fees that support them. Your help will go a long way to preserve our great camps. All funds donated will only be used to support our camps. 

We are committed to providing Scouts outstanding summer camping programs on our properties. Our camps have year-round expenses for maintenance, staff, electricity, and more. You should expect to see appeals to help fund those expenses in the coming months to preserve the quality of our facilities. We look forward to providing the full range of Scouting programs, including outdoor adventures, as soon as the situation allows.

We value the partnership of all our Scouting units and families. We understand that there are many questions you may have as a result of these cancelations and have provided some information below that may be helpful. If you have any questions not answered by this information please contact us at james.westfall@scouting.org

  • Daily Research by our camp team and volunteer leadership
  • Expert advice:
    • Center of Disease Control
    • Oregon Health Authority, Statutes for Organized Camps
    • US Forest Service
    • Local County Environmental Health Departments
    • American Camp Association
    • National Association of Camp Nurses
    • National BSA Support.
    • Council COVID Task Force
    • Council Camping and Properties Committee
    • Our Council Executive Committee
  • Listening to you, the leaders and families of Scouting

We will be firming up 2021 Summer Camp Dates and will open up camp registrations by July 1st.