64th Brandywine BPSA COVID-19 Information

Update: Scout activities and events postponed indefinitely

POSTED 04/09/2020 1:30p

The state of Pennsylvania has closed all non-life-sustaining businesses and continues to enforce a stay-at-home order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Today we learned that the Governor has extended the school closures until the end of the academic year. 

The 64th Brandywine will continue to postpone all in-person scouting activities until further notice. Leaders will monitor the news and government sources to evaluate when it will be safe to resume our group meetings and adventures.

Please watch your email and social media for some enrichment activities for your scouts to enjoy at home. Leaders have been making videos for YouTube, and may try to schedule some online meetings. We are available via email, phone, and text, and will continue to award badges and recognize your scout’s achievements for their skills.

The BPSA-US has a special group called the 1st Lone Scouts, who are independent individual scouts who do not have enough members nearby geographically to support a full group. This pandemic has made us all into Lone Scouts! 


Update: In-person scouting activities cancelled through April 19

POSTED 03/25/2020 11:30a

As Governor Wolf has extended mandatory school shutdowns, and the local school districts have adjusted their schedules, the 64th Brandywine will be extending our cancellations as well. All in-person scouting activities will now be cancelled until at least April 19, 2020. 

Unfortunately, this includes our previously scheduled spring campout on April 17-19. Leaders are working to organize some sort of virtual activity for your scouts. Watch your email and social media for details.

We hope you are spending some time outdoors. We can still use local trails and walk/bike throughout our own neighborhoods while we maintain a social distance from others to prevent transmission of COVID-19.  

If you have any questions, or you or your scouts just want to chat, please give me a call or text. Our leaders are happy to evaluate scouts on their skills for badges via audio or video calls; so if the kids are restless, look to your scouts’ handbooks for inspiration.

Thank you for your patience and encouragement. I know many of us are feeling overwhelmed and discouraged, but I also know that we will see each other again in person sometime soon.


COVID-19 Update: Scouting activities suspended

POSTED 03/13/2020 4:30p

The 64th Brandywine has been carefully monitoring the fast-moving COVID-19 updates from our constituent school districts. Several districts moved to cancel all extracurricular activities last night, and then today we learned that ALL Pennsylvania schools will be closing for a period of two weeks beginning on Monday. 

Thus, in accordance with our own COVID-19 Action Plan, and as recommended by the BPSA-US Chief Commissioner, 64th Brandywine will be suspending all in-person scouting activities for a period of AT LEAST 14 days. This includes all meetings, campouts, and other activities. This shifts us into the highest phase of our emergency response plan. 

It is a difficult decision, but it is essential for public safety that we follow the guidelines provided by the county health department. 

Please watch your email from updates from me and your section leaders. We will also be posting updates on our website and Facebook page. We are hoping to offer some creative ideas for your scouts to continue to work on their skills and to keep them busy while we are safely at home.

I am sure you have all seen the reminders about washing your hands and social distancing. So I will share a few articles Scoutmaster Jeff found about how to reassure your children during this difficult time. 

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html

Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/


COVID-19 Action Plan

POSTED 03/12/2020 11:30a

64th Brandywine leaders have recently discussed our group’s plan for COVID-19 preparedness. The health and safety of our scouts and families is our highest priority.

The 64th Brandywine has developed a plan that adapts the 4-Phase Action Plan that you have probably received from your own school districts. These plans were developed with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, PA Department of Health, and the Chester County Health Department. We have added our own COVID-19 policy to the steps below.

Phase 1: No confirmed case in PA
Schools open
64th Brandywine: Activities/meetings as usual

Phase 2: Confirmed case(s) in PA (CURRENT STATUS)
Schools open, some activities limited
64th Brandywine: Activities/meetings as usual, additional instruction on personal hygiene in meetings

Phase 3: Confirmed case(s) in Chester County
Schools open, all other extracurricular activities cancelled
64th Brandywine: Indoor activities cancelled, outdoor activities continue

Phase 4: Confirmed widespread case(s) in county, or confirmed case(s) in school district
Schools closed, transition to distance learning/online instruction
64th Brandywine: In-person activities cancelled, leaders transition to online and independent scouting activities

The 64th Brandywine leadership will monitor the status of ALL of our constituent school districts: Oxford Area, Octorara, Avon Grove, Unionville/Chadds Ford, and Kennett Consolidated. To be cautious, if any ONE of our school districts moves to a new phase, the 64th Brandywine plan will shift immediately to that new heightened status as well.

Leaders will be in contact with you via email to let you know when we have shifted to a new phase. You may also receive a recorded telephone call if immediate events/activities are affected. We will continue to update social media and our website, 64thbrandywine.org

Please continue to monitor your own local school’s information, as well as the information that can be found at the following sources.

Chester County Health Department
https://www.chesco.org/4376/Coronavirus-COVID-19

Pennsylvania Department of Health 
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Group Scoutmaster directly or your section leader.