Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced that the stay at home advisory has been rescinded as of January 25th. Effective Friday, February 5, 2021, Heart of New England Council will be reopening Camp Wanocksett and Treasure Valley Scout Reservation to overnight camping.
Cabins and tents sites are available for rental. Please review the COVID-19 Camping Guidance before booking your accommodations. Units must bring a printed and signed copy of the agreement to check-in, along with a signed individual waiver for each person, and completed unit roster.
The following size limits for gatherings are in effect:
Indoor Gatherings – Limited to 10 people, including a 2 adult minimum
Outdoor Day Gatherings – Limited to 25 people, including a 2 adult minimum
Overnight Camping – Limited to cohort patrols of 12 people, including a 2 adult minimum
Campsites have a limit to the number of cohort patrols they can hold. Units may bring multiple cohort patrols but MUST operate independently of one another and can not cross pollinate.
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.
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.