Coronavirus (COVID-19)

While the risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is low, preventing it and other diseases, such as Measles, Whooping Cough, Tuberculosis, Norovirus, Influenza, and Lyme disease, is a key part of camp and unit safety.  Please review the Prevention of Communicable Diseases: The Key to Successful Control of Infectious Diseases pdf.  We also encourage all units who have planned activities during flu season to use the BSA Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist pdf as a precaution.  Regarding the current COVID -19, we will keep you abreast of  aligning Scouting with local health authorities recommendations.

   Download:  Prevention of Communicable Diseases

   Download:  BSA Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist




The health and safety of all Scouting participants is always a top priority in our council.  Given the rapidly evolving and fluid developments with the COVID-19 virus, and in particular, the directive given this past Friday afternoon by the Florida Department of Education that all public schools in the state of Florida will remain closed until March 27, 2020, the SWFL Council is now suspending all camp  property operations until at least April 6, 2020.  All unit reservations, district and council camp activities, after April 6, 2020, are also now tentative, pending further guidance by local, state and federal authorities and council guidance on reopening.  Please see below further guidance on Scouting activities.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we carefully monitor the latest updates and move forward in addressing this health and safety issue.


Camp Cancellations

  • All unit camp reservations between March 16 –April 6. 
  • All district and council activities between March 16 –April 6.
  • All outside group activities between March 16 –April 6.
  • Cub Family Wild Wild West Week-end scheduled for April 3-5 has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
  • Wood Badge Weekend II (Sat.- Sun) will be rescheduled - Date-T.B.A.
  • C.O.P.E. Instructor Training Week-end II will be rescheduled - Date T.B.A. 
  • BB & Archery Training will be rescheduled – Date T.B.A. 
  • CFE Work Day will be rescheduled - Date T.B.A.
  • Wilderness First Aid Trainings will be rescheduled - Date T.B.A.

(Refunds for activities not yet begun will be given).


Non-Camp District and Council Activities

  • All Non-Camp District and Council Youth Activities are now suspended beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 and will remain so until at least April 6, 2020.
  • Small adult group district and council meetings will be at the discretion of the respective committee/event chairman and staff advisor.

Scout Service Center and Scout Shop

  • Will continue normal operations at this time.
  • While visitors are welcome, email and telephone access to service center staff is now preferred and encouraged at this time.  Please visit for a staff directory and contact information.
  • Sanitizing and extra cleaning of restrooms and office spaces is currently underway.
  • SWFL Council Professional and Support Services Staff continue normal operations.


Regular weekly Unit Meetings

  • The SWFL Council, BSA recommends that weekly unit meetings and activities be suspended and postponed until at least April  1, 2020.

        •     The decision to suspend weekly unit meetings is the responsibility of the unit’s charter organization.


The SWFL Council highly recommends units use the below BSA Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist for unit youth-parent activities and prior to departing for unit overnight campouts if activities are scheduled during this period.


BSA Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist

       Has the participant had any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours?

  • Fever (100.4 F or greater)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If the participant has fever, vomiting, OR diarrhea—he or she should stay home.


Has the participant had any of the following symptoms in the last 24 hours?

  • Unexplained extreme fatigue or muscle aches
  • Rash
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Open sore


If the participant has any two (or more) of these symptoms—he or she should stay home. If the participant has one of these symptoms, discuss any limitations and restrictions and consider having him or her stay home. Participants who become ill should not return to the activity until they are cleared by a health-care provider.



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