Cub Scouting From a Distance
To Mask or Not to Mask
Deciding whether your pack should require everyone to wear masks or allow fully vaccinated participants to go maskless can be difficult. Here are some questions difficult and stressful. Here are some things to consider that might help you when making that decision:
State and National Guidelines
Washington currently has a mask policy stating that masks must be worn in all indoor public areas. Masks are encouraged in crowded outdoor areas, but not required. Please make sure to keep up to date with any changes to this policy.
Your Meeting Space
Does your pack meet in a school? At a church? In a park?
It is important to check with the organization that owns the property where you meet to see if they have their own requirements
If your unvaccinated scouts see adults without masks on, will they be more likely to take their masks off?
How will you communicate to the unvaccinated scouts that they still need to wear masks?
Are most of the families comfortable with vaccinated people going maskless? If you don’t require masks, are there families that won’t be comfortable attending in person meetings?
Don’t assume you know the answer, make sure to reach out to the families in your pack and get their input.
Vaccines will be essential in helping us safely put the outing back in scouting. And now that the vaccine is approved for those 12 and older, many of our scouts can get vaccinated as well! Here are some places you can go to book an appointment, and some where you don’t even need an appointment, you can walk right in:
Safe In Person Activities
COVID 19 Guidelines
As of June 30th, all of Washington is now fully open, and COVID restrictions have been lifted. The state mask guidance is still in place (see above).