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Nova Scotia Covid-19 Update - October 6, 2021

Return to Scouting Stages

Entire Province - Modified Stage 5


NS Specific Modified Stage 5 Standards

Physical Distancing: There are no physical distancing requirements at this time. However, it’s still worthwhile keeping a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about. This helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

Screening: Proof of Vaccination is required for participation in any in-person Scouting activity

Masking: Masking requirements remain in place for indoor public places. They are no longer required for outdoor meetings or events however they are still highly recommended—please help maintain a culture of safety and respect by encouraging personal discretion.

Cleaning: Viruses can live on surfaces for several days. Reduce the number of germs and your risk of infection by cleaning and disinfecting every day. 

Camping: Overnight camping is permitted.

Covid-19 Update Log

We are pleased to inform you that Nova Scotia Council will be moving to Stage 5 of the Re-Opening process effective Monday, October 4Please review the Stage 5 Standards by clicking the link below:

https://www.scouts.ca/resources/bpp/policies/pandemic-program-and-activity-modifications-stage-5.html

 

Please Note:

As per the Stage 5 Activity Modifications, we are to follow Provincial guidelines for the majority of the restrictions. Our Provincial (modified Stage 5) re-opening plan requires the following:

 

Physical Distancing: There are no physical distancing requirements at this time. However, it’s still worthwhile keeping a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about. This helps reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the community.

Screening: Proof of Vaccination is required for participation in any in-person Scouting activity

Masking: Masking requirements remain in place for indoor public places. They are no longer required for outdoor meetings or events however they are still highly recommended—please help maintain a culture of safety and respect by encouraging personal discretion.

Cleaning: Viruses can live on surfaces for several days. Reduce the number of germs and your risk of infection by cleaning and disinfecting every day.

Camping: Overnight camping is permitted.

Wash your Hands: Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after being in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. Use hand sanitizer when you can’t use soap and water and follow hand washing guidelines. 

Stay home if you feel sick: If you feel sick, stay home and watch for COVID-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms, you need to self-isolate and book a COVID-19 test. By getting a test, you help keep your community safe.

 

Please read through the stage 5 re-opening plans for both Scouts Canada (https://www.scouts.ca/resources/bpp/policies/pandemic-program-and-activity-modifications-stage-5.html) and for the Province of Nova Scotia (https://novascotia.ca/reopening-plan/phase-five/

Please note that some meeting spaces and Sponsors may have more stringent restrictions, and they must be followed in order to use the space.

 

As always, for the most up-to-date version of Provincial restrictions, please keep an eye on: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restrictions-and-guidance/ and continue to follow all Provincial guidelines.  

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Commissioner or your Relationship Manager and we will be happy to support you.

 

Thank you, and Happy Scouting!!

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Kate Larkin - Council Relationship Manager 

Friends in Scouting, 

 

We wanted to provide an update to you after Wednesday's Phase 4 Provincial COVID-19 update. We are happy to announce we can again increase our meeting limits. We will remain in a modified Stage 4 of the Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' COVID-19 Stages and Standards. 

 

These took effect as of July 14th, 2021 and include: 

  • Section meetings can have up to 50% of the venue's capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 250 people outdoors WITH physical distancing and masking.
 
  • Special Events (such as Rallies, in-person fundraisers, etc) can have up to 50% of the venue's capacity up to 150 people indoors and up to 250 people outdoors WITH physical distancing and masking.
 
  • Informal social gathering limit indoors is no more than your household (the people you live with) plus 25 people without social distancing.
 
  • Informal social gathering limit outdoors remains up to 50 people without social distancing.
 
  • Overnight camping (indoor and outdoor) can operate with up to 30 people (including volunteers, parents / guardians, youth) in each individual camp group without social distancing. There can be multiple groups of 30 people each with a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) between each group of 30
  • *Physically distant sleeping arrangements continue to be necessary at this time (individual beds indoors with a physical barrier between each or 2 metres (6 feet) between each personor individual tents outdoors) so masks can be removed while sleeping.  
  • ** When tenting outdoors those that live in the same household can share a tent (This includes siblings, parents / guardians and their children).
 

As a reminder:

·        We continue to encourage sections to use the Patrol system. 

·        Masks continue to be mandatory within indoor spaces. 

·        Masks are mandatory outdoors if you choose not to be physically distant.

·        We continue to recommend masks outdoors even if you choose to be physically distant but can’t maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others.

·        Continue to sanitize high touch areas and wash or sanitize your hands regularly. 

 

We've included a link to the Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' COVID - 19 Stages and Standards HERE: https://www.scouts.ca/news-and-events/covid-19/covid-19-latest-updates.html

 

Yours in Scouting, 

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager 

Friends in Scouting,

We wanted to provide an update to you after yesterday's Phase 3 Provincial COVID-19 update. We are happy to announce we can again increase our meeting limits. We will remain in a modified Stage 4 of the Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' COVID-19 Stages and Standards. 
These will take effect as of today, June 30th, 2021 and include: 
  • Section meetings can have up to 50% of the venue's capacity up to 100 people indoors and up to 150 people outdoors WITH physical distancing and masking.
  • Special Events (such as Rallies, in-person fundraisers, etc) can have up to 50% of the venue's capacity up to 100 people indoors and up to 150 people outdoors WITH physical distancing and masking.
  • Informal social gathering limit indoors is no more than your household (the people you live with) plus 10 people without social distancing.
  • Informal social gathering limit outdoors remains up to 25 people without social distancing.
  • Overnight camping (indoor and outdoor) can operate with up to 15 people (including volunteers, parents / guardians, youth) in each individual camp group without social distancing. There can be multiple groups of 15 people each with a minimum of 2 metres (6 feet) between each group of 15. 
    • *Physically distant sleeping arrangements are necessary at this time (individual beds indoors with 2 metres (6 feet) between each person, or individual tents outdoors) so masks can be removed while sleeping. 
    • ** When tenting outdoors those that live in the same household can share a tent (This includes sibilings, parents / guardians and their children).
 
As a reminder:
  • We continue to encourage sections to use the Patrol system. 
  • Masks continue to be mandatory within indoor spaces. 
  • Masks are mandatory outdoors if you choose not to be physically distant.
  • We continue to recommend masks outdoors even if you choose to be physically distant but can’t maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others.
  • Continue to sanitize high touch areas and wash or sanitize your hands regularly. 
 
I've included a link to the Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' COVID - 19 Stages and Standards HERE.
 

Yours in Scouting, 

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager

Friends in Scouting,
 
We must apologize for sending out an additional update but after today's Provincial COVID-19 update we are happy to announce they have again increased our meeting limits. Our new modified standards that will take effect as of tomorrow, June 16th at 8:00am include: 
  • Meetings and events can have up to 25% of the venue's capacity up to 50 people indoors and up to 75 people outdoors WITH physical distancing.
  • Meetings and events can have 10 people maximum indoors and up to 25 people maximum outdoors​​WITHOUT physical distancing.
  • Overnight camping is not allowed at this time. 
Additionally:
  • We continue to encourage sections to use the Patrol system. 
  • Masks continue to be mandatory within indoor spaces. 
  • Masks will be mandatory outdoors if you choose not to be physically distant.
  • We continue to recommend masks outdoors even if you choose to be physically distant but can’t maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others.
I've included a link to the Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' COVID - 19 Stages and Standards HERE: https://www.scouts.ca/news-and-events/covid-19/covid-19-latest-updates.html

 

Yours in Scouting, 

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager

 

 

Friends in Scouting,

We wanted to take this opportunity to connect prior to the start of Phase 2 of the 'Nova Scotia Reopening Plan' that is scheduled to take effect on June 16th, 2021. I've included a link to the plan HERE: https://novascotia.ca/reopening-plan/phase-two/ 
 
As we move forward our Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' COVID-19 Stages and Standards will closely align with the Province. In saying this we will return to Stage 4 with the following modifications to our standards in alignment with the reopening plan:
  • Section meetings have a cap of 10 people maximum indoors and 25 people maximum outdoors (this includes parents or guardians, parent-helpers, scouters, and youth).
  • Events are limited to 10 people maximum indoors and 25 people maximum outdoors.
  • Overnight camping is not allowed at this time. 
Additionally:
  • We continue to encourage sections to use the Patrol system. 
  • Masks continue to be mandatory within indoor spaces and recommended outdoors when you can’t maintain a minimum physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from others.
I've included a link to the Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' COVID - 19 Stages and Standards HERE: https://www.scouts.ca/news-and-events/covid-19/covid-19-latest-updates.html
 
Lastly, we are optimistic as we move through Phase 2 that we can look forward to returning to overnight camping with an anticipated Phase 3 start date on June 30th, 2021. As we get closer to this date, we will send out a confirmation email with guidelines on how we will safely return to overnight camping. 
 
We hope that as we return to in-person scouting that groups can take advantage of the outdoors and the great weather that we have been having. We look forward to hearing about your scouting adventures!
 

Yours in Scouting, 

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager

Friends in Scouting,
 
On Friday, May 28th Dr. Strang and Premier Rankin unveiled their 5 Phase reopening plan, with Phase 1 commencing on June 2nd. Scouts Canada has been categorized by the Province as a club (which also includes organizations such as Girl Guides, 4-H, Cadets, etc.) and because of this we are not able to resume in-person meetings until Phase 2. All groups in Nova Scotia Council will remain in Stage 1 of the Scouts Canada “Return to Scouting’ COVID-19 Standards.
 
We understand that this does not come as welcome news for groups, however, as we said in our last communication, we must all remain vigilant and continue to follow public health measures that are in place to keep everyone safe.
 
Again, please follow all public health guidelines within your areas. For the full breakdown of the restrictions please visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/county-restrictions/
 
We hope that as a province we will get back to in-person Scouting soon.
 
Thank you for everything that you continue to do and please do not hesitate to connect if you have any questions.
 

Yours in Scouting, 

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager

Friends in Scouting,

As the COVID-19 situation in Nova Scotia continues to evolve, we have been monitoring the updates from the Premier and Dr. Strang. Given the restrictions that were put in place across the province, during the briefings over the past few days, effective today, Wednesday, April 28th, all groups in Nova Scotia Council will return to Stage 1 of the Scouts Canada “Return to Scouting’ COVID-19 Standards.

This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution and to help slow the spread of the virus. We understand that this does not come as welcome news for groups, however, as we said in our last communication, we must all remain vigilant and continue to follow public health measures that are in place to keep everyone safe.

Again, please follow all public health guidelines within your areas. For the full breakdown of the restrictions, by county, please visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/county-restrictions/

We hope that we as a province can quickly overcome this latest COVID surge and get back to in-person Scouting before too long.

Thank you for everything that you continue to do and please do not hesitate to connect if you have any questions.

Yours in Scouting, 

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager

 

Friends in Scouting,
 
On Thursday, April 22nd, the Premier and Dr. Strang announced increased restrictions for a variety of counties in an effort to stem the recent surge in COVID-19 cases. This is a swift change that hopefully will help stop the spread of the virus before the situation has a chance to get much worse. Effective today, Friday, April 23rd, the counties that will have additional restrictions are: Halifax County, Lunenburg County, Hants County and Guysborough County. The specific locations within these counties include: 
 
Halifax County locations: Armdale • Beaver Bank • Bedford • Cherry Brook • Clayton Park (to Kearney Lake) • Cole Harbour • Dartmouth • Duncans Cove • East Lawrencetown • East Preston • East Uniacke • Eastern Passage • Elmsdale • Enfield • Fairview • Fall River • Halifax • Hammonds Plains • Hatchet Lake • Herring Cove • Hubbards • Hubley • Lake Echo • Lantz • Lawrencetown • Lower Sackville • Middle Porters Lake • Middle Sackville • Mount Uniacke • North Preston • Peggys Cove • Porters Lake • Preston • Prospect • Queensland • Sambro • Spryfield • St Margarets Bay • Stillwater Lake • Tantallon • Timberlea • Upper Lawrencetown • Upper Sackville • Waverly • Wellington • West Lawrencetown • West Porters Lake • Westphal Hants County locations: Elmsdale • Enfield • Lantz • Milford • Mount Uniacke • South Uniacke Lunenburg County locations: Hubbards Guysborough County locations: Ecum Secum • Trafalgar
 
For all of the above listed locations/counties, effective today, April 23rd, Scouting will return to Stage 1 of the Scouts Canada ‘ Return to Scouting’ COVID-19 Standards. For all other locations within Nova Scotia, Scouting will remain in a modified Stage 4.
 
Additionally, for groups located outside the above listed locations, please note, as part of these restrictions you are to avoid non-essential travel to and from the Halifax, Hants, Lunenburg and Guysborough County locations that have additional restrictions and protective measures in place. 
 
For the full breakdown of the latest restrictions, please visit: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/county-restrictions/
 
We understand that this does not come as welcome news for groups within the affected areas, however, we must all remain vigilant and continue to follow public health measures that are in place to keep everyone safe. Nova Scotia remains one of the safest places in the world right now and that is due in large part to the effort of everyone, and the willingness to follow the public health guidelines.
 
Though this latest group of restrictions have been put in place for 4 weeks, we are hopeful that with diligence, we as a province may be able to shorten that timeline.
 
Thank you for everything that you continue to do and please do not hesitate to connect if you have any questions. 
 
Yours in Scouting,
Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner
Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner
Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager

Friends in Scouting,

We have some good news to share with you. As per the Provincial Update this past Friday, starting on Saturday, March 20th, 2021 we are able to make some changes to our Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' Stage 4 modifications. These include:

-Halifax County locations, Hants County locations, and Lunenburg County locations may resume indoor and outdoor meetings, with caps of up to 50 people in total. This includes youth, parents, parent-helpers, and scouters.

-Events are now permitted which includes in-person fundraising, Beaver Buggy / Kub Kar rallies, bottle drives, etc

ALL GROUPS PLEASE REMEMBER:

-Please continue to utilize the patrol system with a maximum of 15 people per patrol both indoors and outdoors (no more than 8 youth, and the remaining 7 can be scouters/parent helpers) as per the provincial 'Return to Day Camp Guidelines' : https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/COVID-19-return-to-Day-Camp-Guidelines.pdf
-Indoor and outdoor overnight camping is prohibited throughout the province.
-Indoor food and drink must be consumed in a designated area with individuals physically distanced before removing masks.
-Masks must also be worn outside if physical distancing cannot be maintained.

We hope that these changes will now allow you to enjoy even more activities with your groups and look forward to hearing about your scouting adventures!

Yours in Scouting,
Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner
Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner
Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager

Friends in Scouting,
 
On Friday March 5th, the Premier and Dr. Strang announced easing some of the restrictions put in place in Halifax County, Lunenburg County, and Hants County due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the province. Locations include: 
 
Halifax County locations: Armdale • Beaver Bank • Bedford • Cherry Brook • Clayton Park (to Kearney Lake) • Cole Harbour • Dartmouth • Duncans Cove • East Lawrencetown • East Preston • East Uniacke • Eastern Passage • Elmsdale • Enfield • Fairview • Fall River • Halifax • Hammonds Plains • Hatchet Lake • Herring Cove • Hubbards • Hubley • Lake Echo • Lantz • Lawrencetown • Lower Sackville • Middle Porters Lake • Middle Sackville • Mount Uniacke • North Preston • Peggys Cove • Porters Lake • Preston • Prospect • Queensland • Sambro • Spryfield • St Margarets Bay • Stillwater Lake • Tantallon • Timberlea • Upper Lawrencetown • Upper Sackville • Waverly • Wellington • West Lawrencetown • West Porters Lake • Westphal Hants County locations: Elmsdale • Enfield • Lantz • Mount Uniacke Lunenburg County locations: Hubbards
 
Nova Scotia Council will remain in Stage 4 of the Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' COVID-19 Standards.
 
The restrictions for Halifax County locations, Hants County locations, and the Lunenburg County locations, that affect Scouting, were not lifted in the announcement so modifications will remain in place which include: 
 
-A cap of 25 persons total for both indoor and outdoor section meetings. This includes youth, scouters, and/or parent - helpers.
-In-person events are not permitted. This includes fundraisers, beaver buggy / kub kar rallies, community clean-ups, etc.
 
***School facilities within the Halifax Regional Centre for Education have reopened. 
 
Remaining County locations: If your group is not within one of the affected county locations, you will continue to follow the Stage 4 Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' COVID-19 Standards without additional modifications.
 
ALL GROUPS PLEASE REMEMBER:
 
-Please continue to utilize the patrol system with a maximum of 15 people per patrol both indoors and outdoors (no more than 8 youth, and the remaining 7 can be scouters/parent helpers) as per the provincial 'Return to Day Camp Guidelines' : https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/COVID-19-return-to-Day-Camp-Guidelines.pdf  
-Indoor and outdoor overnight camping is prohibited throughout the province.
-Indoor food and drink must be consumed in a designated area with individuals physically distanced before removing masks.
-Masks must also be worn outside if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
 
Thank you for everything that you continue to do and please do not hesitate to connect if you have any questions. 
 

Yours in Scouting,

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager - Nova Scotia Council

Friends in Scouting, 

 

After Friday’s provincial announcement, we engaged with Public Health for clarity on the impact to Scouting and have information to share with our membership. As you may be aware as of February 27th, 2021 additional restrictions are in place for the following counties: 

 

Halifax County locations: Armdale • Beaver Bank • Bedford • Cherry Brook • Clayton Park (to Kearney Lake) • Cole Harbour • Dartmouth • Duncans Cove • East Lawrencetown • East Preston • East Uniacke • Eastern Passage • Elmsdale • Enfield • Fairview • Fall River • Halifax • Hammonds Plains • Hatchet Lake • Herring Cove • Hubbards • Hubley • Lake Echo • Lantz • Lawrencetown • Lower Sackville • Middle Porters Lake • Middle Sackville • Mount Uniacke • North Preston • Peggys Cove • Porters Lake • Preston • Prospect • Queensland • Sambro • Spryfield • St Margarets Bay • Stillwater Lake • Tantallon • Timberlea • Upper Lawrencetown • Upper Sackville • Waverly • Wellington • West Lawrencetown • West Porters Lake • Westphal

 

Hants County locations: Elmsdale • Enfield • Lantz • Mount Uniacke

 

Lunenburg County locations: Hubbards

 

Nova Scotia Council will remain in Stage 4 of the Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' COVID-19 Standards with the following modifications for the Halifax County locations, Hants County locations, and the Lunenburg County locations listed which include:

  • A reduced overall cap to 25 persons total for both indoor and outdoor section meetings. This includes youth, scouters, and/or parent - helpers.
  • In-person events are not permitted. This includes fundraisers, beaver buggy / kub kar rallies, community clean-ups, etc.
 

These restrictions will be in place until March 26th, 2021. 

 

***School facilities within the Halifax Regional Centre for Education have also paused their use with these new restrictions and we recognize the impact this will have on our groups. 

 

Remaining County locations: If your group is not within one of the affected county locations, you will continue to follow the Stage 4 Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' COVID-19 Standards without additional modifications. 

 

ALL GROUPS PLEASE REMEMBER: 

  • Please continue to utilize the patrol system with a maximum of 15 people per patrol both indoors and outdoors (no more than 8 youth, and the remaining 7 can be scouters/parent helpers) as per the provincial 'Return to Day Camp Guidelines' : https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/COVID-19-return-to-Day-Camp-Guidelines.pdf
  • Indoor and outdoor overnight camping is prohibited throughout the province. 
  • Indoor food and drink must be consumed in a designated area with individuals physically distanced before removing masks.
  • Masks must also be worn outside if physical distancing cannot be maintained.
 

As a CK3, we empathize with all of the challenges that our groups face throughout our province. 

 

We continue to encourage caution as COVID-19 cases have started to increase.

Please continue to wash your hands, wear a non-medical mask, and keep a physical distance of 6 feet / 2 meters.

 

Please do not hesitate to connect if you have any questions and we hope to see you at our Virtual Meet the Nova Scotia Council / Parent Information Night on Sunday, February 28th from 7:15pm - 8:15pm - click on the link for more information including how to connect : https://www.scouts.ca/councils/eastern/nova-scotia/council-news-and-events/2021/02/17/meet-the-ns-council-and-parent/guardian-information-night/ 

 

Yours in Scouting,

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager - Nova Scotia Council

Friends in Scouting,

 

We have some good news to share with you. As of today, Monday, February 8th we are able to make some changes to our Scouts Canada 'Return to Scouting' Stage 4 modifications. These include: 

 

-Sections may resume indoor and outdoor meetings, with caps of up to 50 people in total.  This includes youth, parents, parent-helpers, and scouters. 

-Sections must continue to use the Patrol system as outlined in the Stage 4 Standards.

**As per Public Health's directive, when it comes to patrol sizes, Scouting must abide by the NS Guidelines for Day Camp Operations.  This means a patrol can only have up to a maximum of 15 people.  Recalling that our Stage 4 Scouting Standard indicates a maximum of 8 youth in a patrol, this would mean that you may have up to 7 scouters/parent-helpers for a total of 15 individuals.

-Events are now permitted which includes in-person fundraising, Beaver Buggy / Kub Kar rallies, bottle drives, etc.

-Indoor consumption of food and drink must follow the rules of the indoor venue.

 

We hope that these changes will now allow you to enjoy even more activities with your groups and look forward to hearing about your scouting adventures!

 

Yours in Scouting, 

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager 

Dear fellow Scouters,
 
As we continue to work through the ever-changing challenges associated with CV-19, we understand that this has been a difficult and confusing time for many of you. We also recognize that this confusion and uncertainty has impacted your youth and your ability to hold quality programming.
 
At this time, we would like to take this opportunity to provide you all with a bit more information related to the challenges we have faced as a CK3, the process we take when announcements are made and the rough timelines for this process. We hope that by providing you a bit more insight into this process, it will help to provide clarity on how we end up with the updates that we release.
 
First, we want to preface this by stating we are extremely proud of the job that the NS Government and Public Health has done to manage this pandemic. The data speaks for itself and we are lucky to be in a province in which case counts have remained very low for much of the last year. Although, we have been disappointed with some of the restrictions put in place (because we know they impact our youth and programming) we also will continue to promote adherence to these restrictions as they are in place to support the health of our communities and province as a whole.
 
Some of the challenges we have faced as a CK3 is due in part to the irregular cadence of press conferences and restriction changes that we have seen to date. Unfortunately, with no regularity to the changes in restrictions, it is difficult to preplan our organization’s response. Additionally, we, just like all other individuals (including other government departments), only find out what the restriction changes are at the time they are announced as part of a press conference.
 
Following these announcements, we attempt to reach out to Public Health to gain clarity on how those changes may impact our organization. Depending on when the announcement is made it can sometimes be 2-3 days before we hear back from Public Health. ​Although typically, it is within a few hours. Once we are able to have a discussion with a Public Health representative, we try to get clarity on the restriction’s impact to Scouting. In the past, we have had different Public Health reps, provide us conflicting information, and so in these situations, we ask for escalation to the next level. This inherently results in a bit longer of a delay.
 
After we have been provided clarity from the appropriate Public Health representative, we then assess what Return to Scouting Stage the restrictions would place us in. Given that the various Stages do not always match exactly with our provincial restrictions, we also then must provide modifications to the Stage Standard.
 
Finally, after all of this information is gathered, vetted and confirmed, we then present our recommended changes to the appropriate Scouts Canada individuals for final approval. Following this, we communicate those changes to our Scouters via email, post changes on our Facebook account, website and the national heat map is updated.
 
As you can see, this entire process ​takes time from when the initial press conference is held until the communication goes out to Scouters. We want to ensure you all that during this time, we as a CK3 are diligently working in the background to ensure whatever information we send out aligns with Public Health. We do not want to be in a situation in which we are operating in contradiction to Public Health and the Health Protection Act Order.
 
As we have mentioned in a previous communication to membership, we have also submitted a proposal to Public Health to have Scouting viewed as a separate entity – similar to how other sectors/businesses have submitted operations plans for their reopening. Unfortunately, this approach was not approved at this time by Public Health. 
 
Unfortunately, due to the irregular cadence of press conferences, there have been situations in which, following a press conference, we have gone through the entire process described above then made the resulting announcement to our Scouters only to have another press conference just 1-2 days later that then results in further changes. We 100% understand the confusion and frustration this causes you all, as we know you are doing your very best to adapt your programming to meet these changes and it is very challenging to have to keep tweaking your plans.
 
Again, we are sharing this information with you all, not to cast the NS Government or Public Health in a bad light in anyway shape or form. This pandemic is a fluid situation that can change almost daily, and these individuals are doing what they have to in order to keep us all safe. However, we felt we owed you a bit of clarity on our process and hopefully this has added some clarity to how we end up at the decisions we send out.
 
Additionally, to better support our members it was recommended that moving forward we have a space on our Nova Scotia Council website that will contain the COVID-19 Council updates and the current modifications to our Scouts Canada standards. This is now live and can be found here:https://www.scouts.ca/councils/eastern/nova-scotia/about-nova-scotia-council/nova-scotia-covid-19-update.html .
 
Thank you all so much for your understanding and your consistent ability and willingness to adapt to these ever-changing restrictions. We remain hopeful that as the province continues to slowly open up more and more, Scouting will soon be able to safely engage in more programming, participate in camping activities and get back to what we all love about the movement.
 
Yours in Scouting, 
Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 
Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 
Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager

Friends in Scouting,

Consultation and advocation continues with Public Health for our program, but unfortunately, we have an update that will affect our program. Following the January 25th update, members of the CK3 have continued to spend a great deal of time engaging with Public Health in order to get clarification on whether our organization/program continues to align with sports and arts & culture restrictions. Unfortunately, we have been informed by public health officials that Scouting does not align with those groups and as a result, we must reduce our cap to 10-people for the time being and section meetings facilitated in patrols. In response, we are submitting an operational plan for consideration much like that of sports and arts & culture organizations to be considered, which additionally includes considerations for camping.

We will remain in a modified Stage 4 of the Scouts Canada COVID-19 standards but as of January 28th, 2021.

We are extremely disappointed with the decision, and we continue to express the concerns to Public Health that many of our membership have expressed to us. We are hopeful that as we continue to work with Public Health our operational plan is accepted.

You are the heart of Scouting in each of your communities, and we appreciate everything that you are doing to ensure Scouting continues. We as your Council Key 3 will continue to advocate for our programming and will keep you apprised of any progress made.

Yours in Scouting, 

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager

CLARIFICATION MESSAGE:

 In follow up to our recent announcement regarding camping in NS, we would to provide a bit more clarity.  One of the most recent COVID-19 related directives put in place by the Government of NS and Public Health NS is the restriction on camping.  As per the Health Protection Act Order (HPAO) by the Medical Officer of Health:

 

“Effective January 9, 2021, gatherings for sleep over camps are cancelled for 2021 unless otherwise amended.”

We are very disappointed to see this restriction as we know it impacts the plans of many of our groups.  We also recognize that this new restriction seems to contradict other directives put in place by Public Health and continue to consult with those representatives for more clarity.  Although the directive does state that camping is cancelled for 2021, we are hopeful that this does in fact become amended in the coming months to allow for camping at some point this year.  At present, we do have to abide by this new directive, however, we will re-evaluate any changes that are made and, if permitted, will hopefully be able to resume camping activities in the near future.

 

As always, these directives are fluid and not always effectively clarified by Public Health, so we thank you for your patience as we as a CK3 work on your behalf to try make sense of restrictions so that we can carry on safely with Scouting in NS.

 ORIGINAL MESSAGE:

Friends in Scouting, 

The Nova Scotia Council is in almost daily contact with Public Health as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of our continued conversations we must amend our camping directives. 

We will remain in a modified Stage 4 of the Scouts Canada COVID-19 standards.

The following standards will be in place unless otherwise amended 

  • Gatherings for sleep over camps are cancelled for 2021. 
  • Furthermore, camping indoors would be considered a special event, which is not permitted at this time.

Please Remember: 

  • Section meetings must utilize the Patrol system. 
  • Patrols have a maximum of 8 youth and 2 Section Scouters, for a maximum total of 10-persons.
  • Patrols must remain consistent for each meeting.
  • Patrols must maintain physical distancing of 6 feet / 2 meters.
Additionally, events are prohibited for the time being which include but not limited to:
  • In-person fundraisers
  • Community Clean-ups
  • Beaver Buggy / Cub Car Rallies
  • Jamborees 
Please do not hesitate to connect with us if you have any questions, and thank you for your continued understanding.  

Yours in Scouting, 

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager

Friends in Scouting, 
 
We wanted to follow up with you after Friday's Provincial COVID-19 update with additional restrictions / guidelines to outdoor standards, and clarifications to Council's Friday COVID-19 update. 
 
Our programming falls under sport and recreation categories and therefore we are following the restrictions / guidelines that outline these gathering limits, and what we can and cannot do. I've included a link to the Nova Scotia COVID-19 Restriction Updates: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/restriction-updates/ 
 
We will remain in a modified Stage 4 of the Scouts Canada COVID-19 standards, which will come into effect at 12:01am on January 11th, 2021. I've included a link to these standards : https://www.scouts.ca/resources/bpp/policies/pandemic-program-and-activity-modifications-stage-4.html 
 
Additions to the outdoor restrictions / guideline standards:
  • 25-person cap - this includes youth, scouters, parent-helpers, and parent/guardians that are present. 
  • Camping: 10-person cap with a maximum of 8 youth per camp site. Each person must reside in their own tent or shelter and cannot share. If there are two youth that reside in the same household, they may share one tent or shelter.
 
The additions to indoor restrictions / guidelines remain in effect from the previous update from this past Friday, January 7th, 2021.We understand that many indoor venues are not allowing for groups to meet inside, and truly empathize with you as it is a challenge that many groups face across the province. As the temperature outside continues to be mild, we hope that groups are able to take advantage of this opportunity. 
 
As a reminder, please ensure that:
  • All Scouting in-person activities are to be split into smaller teams (patrols) of 8 or fewer youth per patrol.
  • Patrols must remain separate and must maintain physical distancing from another patrol for the duration of the meeting (minimum 2m).
  • Adults, and Scouters, working with an assigned patrol must maintain physical distancing of 2m.
We are all in this together and understand that everyone is trying their best to make it a great scouting year. If there is anything that we can do to support please do not hesitate to connect with us or your Relationship Manager. 
 
Yours in Scouting, 
Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 
Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 
Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager 
Friends in Scouting, 
 
Over the past week there have been Provincial updates in regards to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines. There has been some easing of restrictions coming before the original January 10th date that was set to review the restrictions put in place just before the holidays. 
 
As we move through the pandemic, we continue to put time and care into making any decision to move stages. We continue to consult directly with Public Health to ensure, as a Council, we understand the impacts of any restrictions / guidelines imposed or eased by the Province. Safety of our members is our number one priority and our approach from the beginning has been to be thoughtful and proactive rather than reactive to any changes of restrictions / guidelines.
 
As of 12:01am on January 11th, 2021 we will be moving to a modified Stage 4 of the Scouts Canada COVID-19 standards. 
 
Additional restrictions / guidelines to utilizing indoor venues
  • 25-person cap. Additionally, groups are under the restrictions that an indoor venue imposes. Members must follow any of these additional restrictions which includes any further cap on persons. IE. recreation facility versus a school versus a church. 
  • Food or Drink cannot be consumed unless it is at a designated food or drink area where people are seated, physically distanced, and can safety remove their mask. Again, members must adhere to any additional restrictions imposed by the indoor venue in regards to food or drink consumption.
Please remember for indoor venues: 
  • Masks must be worn and hand sanitization product available throughout the meeting.
  • High touch areas such as door handles, activity equipment, etc. should be sanitized before and after use. 
     

There are no additional restrictions / guidelines to outdoor standards but please remember:

  • There is a 50-person cap (including youth, scouters and parent helpers)
  • Masks must be worn when physical distancing of 6 feet / 2 meters is not able to be maintained, but masks are encouraged throughout the meeting. 
  • Hand Sanitization product is made available and encouraged throughout the meeting.
 
To help stop the spread of COVID-19 in both indoor venues and outdoor spaces please remember: 
  • All participants must be provided a self-assessment / screening checklist to perform screening of their children or themselves before arriving at the planned Scouting activity.
  • Scouters, parents or guardians and youth must not attend the programs or other Scouting activities if they are sick (any sickness - not limited to COVID illness).
 
Please review the Scouts Canada Stage 4 COVID-19 Standards. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to connect with us or your Relationship Manager. 
 
Thank you for your continued support and inspiring resilience. 

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 

Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner

Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager

After consultation with Public Health, and to be in line with their provincial restrictions and guidelines, the Nova Scotia Council will be moving the entire province to Stage 1 of the Scouts Canada COVID-19 standards effective 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 21 to 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 10 or until there is another update from the provincial government. 
 
Links to Important Information:
Nova Scotia Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/ 
 
Scouts Canada Return to Scouting Stages: https://www.scouts.ca/news-and-events/overview.html
 
Update COVID-19 for Nova Scotians: Wednesday, December 16 YouTube Clip (Update starts at 29:45): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sffidkVm1yU 
 
Many groups across the province have already paused their programming for the holiday season and we hope that these new restrictions minimally impact groups at this time. These decisions are never taken lightly and we appreciate each and every person that continues to make Scouting happen in your community whether in-person or virtually - thank you! We also want to take a moment to acknowledge all of the time, energy, and demonstration of resiliency that has been seen from our members - it has been truly inspiring.
 
Lastly, from December 18th, 2020 until January 4th, 2021 the Nova Scotia Council office will be closed, and there will be no updates from Council over the holidays. In the new year will continue to communicate any changes through multiple channels (E-mail, Facebook, and posting on our Nova Scotia Council Website) to ensure maximum outreach to our members. 
 
If you have an urgent matter before the office reopens please contact:
 
Group Support: Groupsupport@scouts.ca   
Safe Scouting: Safety@scouts.ca 
Help Desk: Helpdesk@scouts.ca 
 
With the first snow fall upon most of us, we wish you a cozy holiday season and a happy new year. We look forward to connecting with you soon. 
 
Zach Fitzsimmons - Council Commissioner 
Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Commissioner 
Justin Dubreuil - Interim Council Relationship Manager - Nova Scotia Council / New Brunswick Council 

COVID-19 Update

Please note the guideline updates for the following Halifax County locations:

Armdale • Beaver Bank • Bedford • Cherry Brook • Clayton Park (to Kearney Lake) • Cole Harbour • Dartmouth • Duncan’s Cove • East Lawrencetown • East Preston • East Uniacke • Eastern Passage • Enfield • Fairview • Fall River • Halifax • Hammonds Plains • Hatchet Lake • Herring Cove • Hubbards • Hubley • Lake Echo • Lawrencetown • Lower Sackville • Middle Porters Lake • Middle Sackville • Mineville • Mount Uniacke • North Preston • Peggys Cove • Prospect • Queensland • Sambro • Spryfield • St Margarets Bay • Stillwater Lake • Tantallon • Timberlea • Upper Sackville • Upper Lawrencetown • Waverly • Wellington • West Lawrencetown • West Porters Lake • Westphal

According to Provincial Guidelines,

-Effective immediately, all IN-Person Scouting will be paused for at least 2 weeks, or until further notice.

-Virtual Meetings ONLY for the Groups in the mentioned locations 

-Groups in the affected zones should NOT travel outside of their location to take part in any Scouting Adventures elsewhere in the Province

Thank You for your demonstration of resiliency as we adjust to our environment by pressing pause on in-person Scouting and return to virtual meetings.

Being an example of adaptability is another way you are contributing to preparing youth for success in the world. Guiding them to navigate risk, stress and challenges will contribute to the development of resilient youth who will become resilient adults.

This is a time for continuity. Having a meeting, even if it is short is better than not having a meeting! Continue to check in with youth, providing them with the opportunity to interact with their peers outside of school through Scouting is a valuable contribution towards their mental health.

Resources for Virtual Scouting Meetings 

 

Virtual meetings can be challenging! We need to further demonstrate flexibility by combating new challenges such as virtual fatigue. Feel empowered to customize your meetings to best suit your youth. One way to do this is to have shorter meetings (about 15 minutes or so) and then issue a challenge to your youth – build a blanket fort, do a STEM project, cook a meal, etc. The youth can do their challenge at any point during the next week – encourage them to take photos or videos to share with everyone at the next meeting. At each meeting, review what everyone did for their challenge the week before and then issue the challenge for that week! 

 

For more tips and ideas on running virtual meetings, please visit this link. 

 

Virtual Scouting Week to Week

Here are a few resources

 

General information

Tips for Virtual Meetings

Activities for Virtual Meetings

Virtual Scouting Safety Tips

 

Beaver Colony

8 weeks of Virtual Scouting Meetings

Plan-Do-Review: How to time your virtual meeting

 

Cub Pack

8 weeks of Virtual Scouting Meetings

Plan-Do-Review: How to time your virtual meeting

 

Trail Cards for Virtual Meetings

Let’s Get Virtual

Learn Something New

What is… a virtual trivia game?

On the (Scavenger) Hunt

Get That Lingo!

Virtual Trek

 

 

Please remember we also have…

 

Scouts for Sustainability: Our Scouts for Sustainability website is launching soon! Get involved with this great program – try out some of our new Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Trail Cards, learn about the SDGs with infographics and track your sustainable actions on our interactive map! 

 

Personal Achievement Badge (PAB) Portal: Encouraging the PABs gets even easier with the new Personal Achievement Badge (PAB) Portal, coming this fall! Youth can navigate through PABs on this kid-friendly portal – with an interactive quiz to help choose a badge, countless activity ideas, and a printable auto-generated form to plan, track and present their progress to personal progression! 

 

There is always more to come.

We are on this journey together we will be continuously developing resources that contribute to building a quality program. Throughout the season, there will be even more Scouting resources launched that lend themselves well to virtual meetings!

 

Currently, these changes only affect the locations mentioned above as per Provincial guidelines. Groups outside of these locations are invited to continue following the guidelines in Stage 4, found here: https://www.scouts.ca/resources/bpp/policies/pandemic-program-and-activity-modifications-stage-4.html However, they should not travel to take part in any Scouting Activities in any of the affected locations. 

The situation is evolving quickly, and we are doing our best to stay on top of any new Provincial Guidelines. Once again, we thank you for your agility, dedication and support as we navigate this together. We will continue to communicate any changes through multiple channels (Email, Facebook and posting on our Nova Scotia Council Website) to ensure maximum outreach.

Please find the Halifax County Restrictions here: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20201124004

Please find Restriction Alerts here: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/county-restrictions/

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your Group Commissioner, or Relationship Manager, and they will be happy to help you!

 

Stay Safe,

Kate Larkin                                                              Amy Kehoe

Council Relationship Manager                                Council Youth Commissioner

Attention All Active Members,
 

 Thank you for your demonstration of resiliency as we adjust to our environment by continuing to monitor and respond to the changing situation.
 
We, as Nova Scotia Council, have committed to acting prudently and in response to available information and recommendations.
We have committed to keeping the health and safety of our members (of all ages) and their families at the forefront of our choices and our decisions throughout this complicated time.
 
We would also like to recognize all of our Scouters for doing their part in following all of our Stage 3 safety protocols.
 
We are now pleased to inform you that Nova Scotia Council will be moving to Stage 4 of the Re-Opening process effective Monday, November 9Please review the Stage 4 Standards by clicking the link below:
 
https://www.scouts.ca/resources/bpp/policies/pandemic-program-and-activity-modifications-stage-4.html
 
Camping:
- Please note that Nova Scotia is in STAGE 4 but continues to prohibit camping for Cubs and Beavers.
- We are limited to Senior Section camping only,
-Outdoors and in individual tents only at this time.
- We will advise when Junior Section camping or alternate camping will be available and permitted.
-A Maximum of 10 people per camp site (this includes Adults AND Youth) are permitted (this is to keep us under the Group Camping designation-as per Provincial guidelines
- All measures must be taken to ensure social distancing at all times, if this is not possible, Masks must be worn
 
The effective date should give you and your Group time to review the standards, and to make necessary arrangements to accommodate the changes. If you require any assistance in finding a meeting space, or working through the standards, please contact your Relationship Manager, and they will be happy to help you get ready for indoor Scouting.
 
We hope this comes as good news, we know that the nights are getting colder and getting inside will be a welcomed change, but we would also like to remind you, that this is still an active situation, which we will be monitoring closely, and we will pull back if and as soon as need be. We appreciate your adaptability and understanding with this.
 
Thank you, and Happy Scouting!!
 
Yours in Scouting,


Amy Kehoe – Council Youth Commissioner
Kate Larkin – Council Relationship Manager

Attention All Scouters!

Thank You for your demonstration of resiliency as we adjust to our environment by continuing to monitor and respond to the changing situation.

We, as Nova Scotia Council, have committed to acting prudently and in response to available information and recommendations. We've committed to keeping the health and safety of our members (of all ages) and their families at the forefront of our choices and our decisions throughout this complicated time.

We would also like to recognize all of our Scouters for doing their part in following all of our Stage 2 safety protocols.

We are now pleased to inform you that Nova Scotia Council has moved to Stage 3 of the Re-Opening process effective immediately.  There have been some modifications to the original Stage 3 standards, so please review the new standards before making any plans. You can find the new standard here:https://www.scouts.ca/resources/bpp/policies/pandemic-program-modification-standards-stage-3.html 

We are still monitoring the situation and we ask for your patience while we continue to balance our collective enthusiasm for Scouting with the imperative need to keep our Scouting families safe. This means that we are prepared to respond quickly to new situations and will pull back if need be. We will communicate these decisions to you should they be necessary. 

Again, Thank You for all that you do and have been doing to keep Scouting Alive and Well in New Brunswick. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your Group Commissioner, or Relationship Manager and we will be happy to help you!

 

Yours In Scouting,

Kate Larkin - Council Relationship Manager

Amy Kehoe - Council Youth Voting Member