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Troop 506B Plans for COVID-19 Safety

This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Image source: https://www.cdc.gov/media/subtopic/images.htm, retrieved July 12, 2021.

Troop 506B Patrol Leaders Council

Troop 506B’s PLC met in person on July 12 at our Charter Organization, La Jolla United Methodist Church. Getting prepared for in-person group activities, the PLC hosted the meeting live on location while the rest of Troop 506B attended remotely on Zoom.

During the meeting, in addition to covering the scheduled topic of camping, the PLC demonstrated how in-person troop meetings would be conducted. Senior Patrol Leader, Zack Foster, described the meeting as a “soft launch of the troop’s in-person meetings. Our next troop meeting will be completely in-person and will be at the end of July.”

Safe Scouting Committee

Additionally, Assistant Scoutmaster Dr. Tom Kozak led parents in a Safe Scouting Subcommittee on July 14. The Safe Scouting Committee serves as an ongoing sub-committee of Troop 506’s Parent Committee and will remain open to participation by all troop parents. Meetings will provide an open forum for dialogue, listening and collaboration to make recommendations to Troops 506B and 506G on topics like carpooling, appropriate use of masks and cooking in groups.

Dr. Kozak recently shared in an email to troop parents, “As all of you know COVID-19 is an ongoing evolving challenge and the presence of the Delta variant in our community creates some increased concern as it has been estimated to be significantly more contagious (likely at least two times more contagious than the original Wuhan version of the virus).  This new COVID variant, unfortunately, increases the risks for a significant infection in the unvaccinated.  Fortunately, we are not seeing a significant increase in severe disease in the pediatric population.”

For the first Safe Scouting Committee meeting, infectious disease expert Dr. Andrew Catanzaro, brother of Troop 506B’s Scoutmaster, Brian Catanzaro, is participating as a resource to answer questions about COVID-19 that are being gathered in advance of the meeting.

BSA National Statement on COVID-19

For more information about BSA’s official guidelines, please see the BSA’s National Statement on COVID-19.

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