Governor Abbott New Executive Order, Effective Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Governor Abbott’s new executive order is effective, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, lifting previous restrictions requiring individuals to wear face coverings in public and certain businesses to operate at a reduced capacity.
The Medical Advisory Committee and the leadership of the Alamo Area BSA has taken time to carefully consider the new executive orders and guidelines from state, county, and city officials. Ultimately, the health & safety of our Scouting members and staff is our biggest concern. This includes the immunocompromised and older adults, who are at greatest risk. In addition, not everyone has had the opportunity and/or access to a vaccination.
Please be aware that we will continue utilizing the current safety measures until further notice. This includes the use of a face mask upon entering our offices and the Musselman Scout Shop by both staff and our Scouting community. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Below is the last Response to COVID:
The Medical Advisory Committee and the leadership of the Alamo Area BSA are currently reviewing the new executive orders and guidelines from state, county, and city officials. We will provide an update to our volunteers and member families as soon as possible.
The Medical Advisory Committee of the Alamo Area BSA has previously determined, in concert with State regulations and local guidelines, that beginning Friday, February 26, 2021, all units are allowed to meet indoors, as necessary. If the opportunity to hold the unit meeting outdoors is available then we encourage and prefer for the unit to be outdoors.
Camping is also permitted at the unit level.
In both environments (indoor and outdoor), the following guidelines are to be adhered to:
- Pre-outing screenings, including temperature checks, will be conducted on all participants
- Frequent hand washing
- Social distancing of at least 6 feet
- Masks are to be worn. You may create a safe location that is away from everyone that scouts can use to remove their mask and catch a breath, if needed.
- Continue to follow the Tenting, Food Preparation and Transportation guidelines laid out in the AAC Unit Restart Guidebook previously distributed.
A reminder that attending any in person event or using any of our council facilities or properties will require the signing of a waiver form. This form can be downloaded here
The MAC continues to monitor the situation for any changes necessary in the future. For the most updated statement, please visit the Alamo Area BSA’s Response to COVID page at www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/COVID19.
Yours in Scouting,
Angel Martinez III, PR Director
UPDATE: Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order 29 requiring all Texans to wear a face-covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces, with few exceptions, in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. Open Texas checklists are now updated consistent with this order. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10.~ Executive Order No. GA-29, July 2, 2020, https://open.texas.gov/
Dear Scouting family,
Under the updated developments regarding COVID-19 through the State of Texas Governor’s Office, Bexar County in coordination with San Antonio Mayor Nirenberg’s Emergency Declaration and Orders, and nationally through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Alamo Area Council strives to safely and strategically support local Scouting activities in our 13-county service area.
Scouting Adventure is a balance of Scouting at Home, Family Camp, and safe in-person meetings and activities.
With safety protocols that include social distancing and with required face masks, the Alamo Area Council Service Center has the following in person business hours –
THE COUNCIL OFFICE IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY 9 AM – 5 PM. The Musselman Scout Shop is open 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am – 2 pm on Saturdays.
Council staff is available for support by phone, email, or website chat from Monday through Friday 8:30 am – 6 pm.
All units can have in-person meetings and any Scouting activity, provided they follow all guidelines as set forth using the ReStart Scouting Checklist AND by The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas and your local authorities.
If indoors, meetings and activities must be in groups of ten or less, cloth face coverings must be worn and all individuals must maintain social distancing of six feet or more. People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay home as much as possible.
Outdoor meetings and activities must follow the Governor’s “Open Texas” Checklists which set minimum standard health protocols for Youth Clubs and Youth Club Participants (revised June 3, 2020):
Please check with your sponsoring organization’s guidance if you plan on utilizing their meeting spaces. Unit meeting facility rental opportunities within Alamo Area Council properties are available.
Patrol meetings over the phone or video conferencing, merit badges delivered online, webinar training for leaders, and virtual Roundtables and District meetings continue to be an effective and encouraged part of Scouting.
Scouting at Home www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/ScoutingatHome will continue successful programming and Scout TV News will grow as a resource – www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/ScoutTV.
A complete listing of event changes will be published on our Council calendar, within our Digital Adventure Guide magazine, and posted to our social media platforms – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Youtube.
Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your local district executive or email the Council Leadership team at Safety@AlamoAreaBSA.org or the Outdoor Adventure department at Adventure@AlamoAreaBSA.org.
We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us to evaluate the situation and make decisions in the best interest of our members, volunteers, and employees. With safety in mind, we are happy to encourage you and your Scouting family to SCOUT ON!
Please check back on our website www.AlamoAreaBSA.org for the latest guidelines as this is an evolving situation and any of these guidelines are subject to change. We will take additional steps as needed.
Our most updated Council response to Coronavirus COVID-19 can be found online at www.AlamoAreaBSA.org/Covid19.
Yours in Scouting,
Angel Martinez, PR Director
Boy Scouts of America, Alamo Area Council