Scouts BSA, Venturing and Sea Scouting from a Distance

To Mask or Not to Mask

Deciding whether or not your pack should require everyone to wear masks or allow fully vaccinated participants to go maskless can be .  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

Right now, both state and national guidelines state that those who are fully vaccinated can go without a mask while in public (with the exception of certain small, crowded and high risk areas such as public transportation, hospitals, and airports).  

Your Meeting Space

Does your unit 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

Your Scouts

If your unvaccinated scouts see vaccinated scouts and adults without masks on, will they be more likely to take their own masks off? 

How will you communicate to the scouts that they still need to wear masks if they are not vaccinated?

Your Families

Are most of the families comfortable with vaccinated people go 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 unit 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:

National BSA Resources

National BSA Scouting at Home for Scouts BSA
National BSA Scouting at Home for Venturing
National BSA Scouting At Home for Sea Scouts

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).

National BSA COVID 19 FAQ
What Phase are You in?
Outdoor Recreation Requirements
Phase Guidelines Overview

In Person Activity Requirements by Phase (Detailed)

*These links are managed by the national BSA and Washington state public health agencies and are subject to change

Live Virtual Activities

To volunteer to teach a virtual merit badge class, please contact Koby McInnis at

Register here to gain access to live NOVA award discussions.

Easy and safe activities for in person scouting

In Person Summer Camp 2021
Scouting For Food 2021- helping our community in a time of need
How to Build the Best Campfire
Poisonous Plants Podcast
7 Principles of Leave No Trace