Members, families and volunteers of the Coastal Georgia Council:
The Coastal Georgia Council will continue to observe and abide by the directives of the Governor’s office and local authorities. At the time of this Wednesday E-Blast, the extent of Georgia’s Shelter in Place Order due to expire remains unclear so our offices, camps and activities will remain closed until further notice. For these same reasons, we are delaying our official notice regarding Cub Scout Spring Adventure and Summer Camp until next Wednesday May 6, 2020 to be communicated through this weekly E-blast, our CGC website’s COVID-19 tab and Facebook.
Our council staff and volunteer leadership are eager to open Black Creek Scout Reservation, and we will exercise great caution to keep scouts, volunteers and our staff safe and healthy. Specifically, we are utilizing a timeline that includes: CDC and John Hopkins University recommendations to be officially released this week, a careful review this weekend of those recommendations by staff and executive committee members of our board, calls to select adult leaders to obtain unit level feedback, camp facility readiness for standard operations, readiness for operations in a new environment created by COVID-19, and BSA National Camping Accreditation standards.
Overwhelmingly, the Coastal Georgia Scoutmasters we have called want Camp to open and still intend to attend. Thank you for your optimism and please know your council leadership is working tirelessly to deliver the Black Creek Scout Reservation experience. We promise to do our best to communicate clearly what we have done and are doing, what activities the CDC phase in recommendations will and will not allow us to offer, suitable alternatives and most importantly, the recommendations of unit leaders as participants.
I have talked with many volunteers and appreciate the numerous emails and calls of concerns for our staff, our council and your encouraging stories of Scouting at Home activities, advancement and community service. Each of these conversations include an anxious expectation for normal operations, and we all recognize that great patience and obedience is still required.
We continue to hope and pray that you, your family and circle of friends remain safe and healthy.
Yours in Scouting,