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Minsi Trails Council Updates and News Important to Scouting

Information is constantly fluid, The MTC Staff and supporting Council Committees will continue to update information that is important to you.  Thank you for your patience.  

As of March 2020 BSA National Council COVID-19 FAQ

As of March 2020 BSA Restructuring

As of 5/8/2020 Download Pennsylvania Phases  - As of 5/27/2020 Download New Jersey Stages 

As of 6/30/2020 MTC Unit FAQ Meetings 

As of 6/5/2020 MTC Unit FAQ Camping

As of 6/15/2020 BSA National Council Commitment to Act Against Racial Injustice  

As of 6/23/2020 BSA Re-Starting Unit Checklist

As of 8/6/2020 BSA National Council Membership Fees FAQ   BSA Membership Fee Info Graphic 

MTC Overall Operations and Program Guidance  

1.  Minsi Trails Council Service Center

  • In compliance with Pennsylvania’s recent updates to the COVID-19 guidelines, the Minsi Trails Council Service Center will be open on a limited, as needed basis until further notice. For the health and wellness of our Scout families, volunteers, and staff, we ask that you visit us only when deemed absolutely necessary.

  • If you need to come visit us for service center related business, wear you mask and follow the guidelines we have set forth when entering.  But if you can continue to take care of your Scouting business remotely, please continue to do so for now.  

    • As a reminder, we will be asking everyone to sign in, require a mask, practice 6 feet social distancing, and follow exiting protocols.
       
       

    • The Minsi Trails Council is taking this action in accordance with local and state authorities as well as the Scout Oath and Law. The safety of our Scouting family is our highest priority. 

 

2. Scout Shop 

  • Visit Minsi Trails Scout Shop page for details. 

3. Council / District Groups & Activities. 

  • Please check the council calendar at  Minsitrails.org/event/calendar for details on meetings and or activities. Recognize, the calendar will be updated periodically. 

4. Dens / Packs / Troops / Crews / Posts. 

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As of 5/8/2020 Download Pennsylvania Phases  - As of 5/27/2020 Download New Jersey Stages

  • Review the MTC Unit FAQ and Camping FAQ at the top of this page. 
     
  • Leaders, be in contact with your Charter Partner as restrictions maybe in place regarding the facility you partner with. 
     
  • All Scouting Units are strongly encouraged  NOT TO HOLD FACE TO FACE MEETINGS  as the CDC and or local / state guidelines suggest social distancing.  
     
  • Unit Committee's and Unit Leaders, continue to evaluate upcoming schedules and plan accordingly by referencing the guidelines through your local and state authorities and the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  
     
  • As always, participation in Scouting activities is up to the discretion of parents and guardians and unit leaders. For the protection of the community, please follow CDC guidance and ensure that Scouts and adults stay home when sick and do not attend Scouting or other activities.
     
  • Units are encouraged to have virtual meetings while we practice social distancing. Scouting can play an important role for youth and families during these trying times—the lessons of the Scout Oath and Law are as important now as they ever have been.  
     
  • If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events.  People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately. 

Scouting Families - As of March 17, 2020

Cub Scouting/Scouts BSA/Venturing/Rank Advancement and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updates added on April 20, 2020

 

5/1/2020 Summer Resident Camp Update: 

Minsi Trails Council has three great camps that have always been a highlight to the year in Scouting.  They are safe places where Scouts can have fun in the great outdoors, learn new skills, and develop their leadership. It is with particular sadness under unprecedented circumstances, the Professional staff and volunteer Board conclude the Council can simply not responsibly open our resident camps this summer.  It is the correct conclusion, but we are immensely sorry to have to do it.   

2020 Summer Resident Camp Season is Canceled

  • Under the current local, state, and CDC requirements concerning COVID-19 safety, we cannot provide a summer resident camp experience that would ensure a safe environment for our Scouts, volunteer leaders, or camp staff.  Based on Pennsylvania’s phased plans for reopening the state’s economy and the unknown timeline for large groups (like summer camps) to gather, there is simply too much risk to the safety of our Scouts.

  • We’ve heard similar concerns from Scout volunteers and Scout parents about the timing of the 2020 camp season and the state’s reopening timelines.  Considering all these factors has led us to the decision that, unfortunately, there will be no summer resident camp season for 2020.  Scout health and safety must always be first and foremost, and too little is known at this time to provide a safe, large-group Scout camp experience this summer.

A Way Forward to 2021 Summer Camp

  • Minsi Trails Council is working with our volunteer unit leaders on plans for the 2021 camping season.  Since there’s likely to be significant interest in camp next summer we are creating an early sign-up system with options available so your unit can reserve its spot for the 2021 summer camp season at Akelaland, Camp Minsi, or Settlers Camp.  Please contact your unit camping coordinator for more details.

  • Thank You for your understanding and support!

  • These are challenging times for everyone, including local Scouting and we appreciate your support.  Not providing a 2020 summer resident camp experience for our Scouts was a difficult decision and one that was not made lightly.  Scouting is resilient and has persevered through many challenging times and we will get through this together.  While there is no substitute for Scout summer camp, we are fortunate to have so many virtual and online Scouting resources available to keep our Scouts and their families engaged in the life changing programs Scouting offers.  More Scouting opportunities are being worked on for later this summer and fall, so please watch for future announcements.

In the meantime, please stay safe and well.  We appreciate all that you do for Scouting in Minsi Trails Council.  Thank you.

6/1/2020 Summer Day Camp Update: 

Standard Traditional Day Camp has been cancelled for all locations for the 2020 summer season.  We will however, have virtual programs. Please check the Council Calendar for Den offerings. 


Additional Information:

References - As of March 17, 2020

 

 

MINSI TRAILS COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

991 Postal Road
Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-8551
Fax: (610) 465-4500

HOURS OF OPERATION:
9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon.,Wed.,Thur.,Fri.)
10:00am - 5:00pm(Tues)

 

MINSI TRAILS SCOUT SHOP

991 Postal Road
Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 266-7770

HOURS OF OPERATION:
10:00am - 1:00pm and 1:30pm - 6:00pm (Tues., Weds., Thurs., Fri.)
10:00am - 1:00pm (Sat.)

Closed Sunday & Monday