Temporary Camp Closure

On Tuesday, November 17th, the Executive Committee of the Heart of New England Council met to discuss, among other topics, the on-going global pandemic and our responsibility as an organization. In an effort to do our part in mitigating the spread of this virus, the committee voted unanimously to suspend all camping and program at Council properties including Camp Split Rock, Treasure Valley Scout Reservation, and Camp Wanocksett.

The Council Service Center and National Scout Shop will remain open for normal business but will not host meetings or trainings at the site.

No date to re-open camp or program has been identified, however, the committee will revisit the decision in the beginning of 2021.

Units may continue meeting and holding activities at sites where they are permitted while continuing to follow the orders and guidance of local, state, and federal authorities. The BSA has also created a Restart Scouting Checklist, which is helpful for individual units to determine their path to continuing the Scouting program.

We understand the frustration this and other decisions may cause. Together we will get through this challenging period. Your continued patience, kindness, and understanding are appreciated and your ability to continually find new and creative methods to keep Scouting active in your community is admirable.

Please contact us with any questions at hne@scouting.org.

Updated COVID-19 Camping Guidelines

Due to COVID-19 guidelines in the state of MA, the number of patrols of 12 per campsite will vary depending on the size of the campsite. See new COVID-19 campsite capacities by clicking the link below. Please choose the campsite that best fits the number of Scouts and adults on your roster.

Packs, Troops, Crews, and Posts may go short-term camping in Massachusetts while following COVID-19 and BSA policies. Camping in other states will require that units follow all guidelines of any state traveled through including entry/re-entry. Chartering organizations must also approve any in-person gatherings including overnight camping. Social distancing policies are always to be followed including, but not limited to, wearing a face covering and social distancing with at least six feet of separation. Units must be grouped into patrols of 12. In addition to following our youth protection guidelines, sleeping arrangements must keep individual households separate; in many situations this will require a tent for each individual.