National  Updates    as of January 14, 2021

National Statement on COVID-19

As always, the safety of our Scouts, volunteers, employees and communities is our top priority. 

Our response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be informed by expertise from agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

We expect that everyone in Scouting will follow the guidelines listed below, which are based on the CDC’s guidance. In addition, we have instructed local councils to consult with their local and state health departments, as well as local chartered partners, in order to implement appropriate protocols to help keep members, volunteers, and employees safe.

  • Isolate if you are sick, and do not attend any activity/meeting/event if you, anyone you live with, or anyone you have recently been around feels unwell.
  • Stay at least 6 feet apart from people who do not live with you. (properly executed Scouting cohorts at council camps may be an exception).
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Avoid poorly ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Meet outside if you can.
  • Wear a face covering or mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect yourself and others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid international travel if possible.
  • Do not attend any activity/meeting/event if you or anyone you live with has been tested for COVID-19 or another illness and do not have the results back yet.

Units should look to their council regarding whether/how to conduct in-person meetings and activities. If in-person gatherings are permitted, be sure to follow all applicable guidelines and use your council’s version of the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist before attending.  

We are taking similar steps as a national organization as we continue to evaluate and adapt to the current environment with the best interests of our members, volunteers, and employees in mind. 

Thank you for doing your part to ensure that young people continue to benefit from Scouting while protecting the health and safety of our families, friends, and communities.


Council Camp properties are available to ORVC units or other ORVC scouting groups, on a limited basis and with restrictions, starting July 15, 2020, until further notice. Prior registration is required for any use of Sandscrest or Fort Steuben properties. Campsites, pavilions, shelters, latrines, shower and restroom facilities will remain open and available.
Effective October 20, 2020 – Buildings will be open for Council/District meetings or program only. Sleeping overnight in buildings is prohibited.

All reservations and requests for use of FSSR or Sandscrest must come to the office by phone (304) 277-2660 or via email, cecilia.einloth@scouting.org or lori.abraham@scouting.org.  Any use of an ORVC property by a unit, group of scouts and scouters, or individuals REQUIRES a formal request.

Reservations for use of a campsite or other area must be paid at least two weeks in advance or you will be notified the reservation has been cancelled. If a payment is made and the reservation is cancelled two weeks before, a refund to the unit account will be made. Facilities are on a first come, first serve basis.

Requests to come to the property for the purpose of an organized work day must be made by contacting FSSR Ranger, Rob Sparks (304) 639-4513 directly or for SSR by contacting Cecilia at the Scout Office (304) 277-2660 at least 3 days in advance. 

The ORVC reserves the right to cancel any reservation or request for use with advance notice and full refund.

View Visitor Expectations:  FSSR | Sandscrest          

Required Waivers:  Youth Member  |  Adult Member  |  Adult Volunteer

Contains steps that scouts, leaders, other volunteers and families are advised or required to take to Restart Scouting.
Recommendations by BSA & information from the CDC. Contains the Restart Scouting Checklist and Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist. 
Contains required forms for registered youth & adults, and non-member volunteers.  Includes Restart Scouting Unit Checklist, waivers, and medical forms. 

Contains an Incident Reporting Flow Chart and Incident Reporting forms.