Laurel Highlands Council

Communicable Diseases

Virus Protection

Communicable Diseases

Updates

[June 8, 2020] Following Allegheny County and CDC guidelines, our council offices will move into the green phase. All offices will be open on limited hours, please check the About Us section for further opening and closing times.

[May 14, 2020] Heritage Reservation’s Beaver Weekend May 29-31 has been cancelled. We are keeping our camps closed for camping until at least May 31 pending further state guidance about group camping.

[May 4, 2020] We are continuing to follow state health offical guidelines.

[April 17, 2020] All Laurel Highlands Council Camps will be closed through May 4, 2020. Information regarding camp closures will continue to be updated. Please review the Camp FAQ for further details. 

[April 3, 2020] All Laurel Highlands Council offices will be closed through April 30th. The staff is operating on limited service until then.

[March 31, 2020] All camps will remain closed through April 30th. More details can be found on the FAQ  page. 

[March 30, 2020] Camping Update

  • LHC camp facilities will remain closed until at least April 12, likely longer. Any groups with reservations through April 12 have been contacted about rescheduling, pending availability, or receiving a refund.
  • For both day and resident camp, the early bird pay in full deadline has been postponed again to May 1.
  • For Scouts, BSA resident camp, merit badge and activity sign-up has been postponed again to May 15. Individuals must be paid in full before being able to sign-up for merit badge classes or activities.
  • Yes, should camp be cancelled, full refunds will be issued. Please see the FAQ for other questions related to refunds. FAQ 

[March 24, 2020] All offices and Scout Centers pushed back reopening until Monday, April 6. Please reach out if you have further questions.

[March 20, 2020] The National Council Statement on COVID-19 can be found at https://www.scouting.org/coronavirus/.

[March 16, 2020] At this time, all of our camping facilities will be closing for activities and reservations for the remainder the month of March. As you have a reservation during the closure period you may request to have your reservation moved to a different date, subject to facility availability, or you may request in writing for a full refund. Requests to have your date moved or your reservation canceled must be directed to Amanda Erickson at Amanda.Erickson@scouting.org and be sure to include your reservation number so we are able to quickly locate your reservation.

[March 15, 2020] Flag Plaza and the Pittsburgh Scout Shop will be closed begining Monday, March 16 and scheduled to reopen Monday, March 30.

[March 11, 2020] We will do are best to deliver district and council events as planned or we will reschedule them.  Refunds will be given for any council or district activity that is cancelled by the council.


There are a number of steps listed below that Scouts and leaders can do to reduce the transmission of viruses. These are good ideas to use at all times for flu and common cold prevention.

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) active at this time, leaders are encouraged to be extra-vigilant. Our number one priority is to keep members healthy, safe, and well-informed while doing what we can to help minimize the potential spread of coronavirus and other illnesses.

The Basics

On outings and at meetings and events, Scouting leaders are encouraged to educate and remind Scouts to:

Wash Hands – before each meal, after using the restroom, and whenever else possible. Handwashing with soap and water is considered to be the most effective tactic in the prevention of virus transmission.

Shake Hands Less – consider fist-bumps or elbow-bumps instead of handshakes.

Cover Your Cough – cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then discard; or use a vampire pose, sneezing into your elbow if a tissue is not available. These methods lessen the disbursement of airborne particles.

Stay Home – Any Scout or leader who isn’t feeling well or who has been ill in the previous three days should stay home rather than possibly spread a virus. Often Scouts are eager to participate in events, but leaders must prevent persons who are ill from attending.

Persons having an impaired immune system are encouraged to give their participation extra scrutiny and may wish to consult with their physician before participating.

Meet on Skype? – Consider planning meetings online rather than in-person.

Safety Moment – Leaders, please consider using the well-written Safety Moment on Communicable Disease Prevention found at the National BSA website at your next meeting. 

Be Prepared

Leaders can prepare for unit meetings, outings, and events by ensuring that hand soap, sanitizer, and cleaning supplies are readily available, and by teaching Scouts ahead of time how to use these things properly.

During unit gatherings, leaders should ensure that:

  • All participants are feeling well before departure and have not been ill within the previous three days (and have not been in close contact with anyone who has been ill recently).
  • Persons having an impaired immune system are encouraged to give their participation extra scrutiny and may wish to consult with their physician before participating.
  • Everyone washes their hands regularly with soap and water.

Commonly-used surfaces such as tables, food-prep surfaces, restroom surfaces, and door handles are being sanitized regularly with a 1,000ppm bleach solution (1/3 cup bleach per gallon of water).

Summer Camp

As we prepare for summer camp, we are monitoring the coronavirus situation and reinforcing our precautionary health procedures. It is too early to speculate what might happen, so we continue to work hard preparing for summer camp as planned. We encourage Scouting leaders to look forward to a fun, safe, and healthy summer camp experience.

At this time, all programs, district and council activities will continue as scheduled. Should there be any change to our position, we will update all parties involved immediately. 

The council also has medical procedures in place that were developed by Dr. Richard Daffner, MD, our council Health Supervisor and member of the council’s Risk Management Committee.  He is recently retired from Allegheny General Hospital and is a long time Scouter and served as a Laurel Highlands Council Board Member.  These procedures are in place for summer camp, resident camp, STEM camp, and day camps.

Camp FAQ

Reference Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Allegheny County Health Department

Prevention of Communicable Diseases in Scouting

HR Guidebook Medical Services Information

National Statement on COVID-19

National FAQ COVID-19


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