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Coronavirus and it's Impact on the Juniata Valley Council


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Juniata Valley Council, BSA Scouting Family UPDATE March 18, 2020

The Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America Service Center and Seven Mountains Scout Camp remain CLOSED to visitors and customers until March 30, 2020, however, we will have a staff member available to answer the Service Center phone, verify/process Eagle Scout Applications, and answer questions daily from 9am-4pm. You can also contact your District Executive: Andrew Brock (, Brennan Malenovitch ( and Josh Woods ( with any needs you have.

We will continue to share updates as they become available. For now, please stay safe and healthy.


A Letter from Council Leadership Regarding Service Center and Camp Closing (March 16, 2020)

Juniata Valley Council Scouting BSA Family,

With the health and welfare of our members, leaders, parents, community groups, supporters, and staff foremost in mind, we will be closing the Juniata Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America Service Center and Seven Mountains Scout Camp starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 through March 30, 2020.

During this time, the professional staff will be available by email or cell phone.  Please see our webpage for email addresses.

We will share updates as they become available.  For now, please stay safe and healthy.

David Eng |  Council President
Ron Forsythe |  Council Commissioner
Jim Kennedy |  Scout Executive/Executive Director


A Letter from Council Leadership Regarding the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - March 13, 2020

Juniata Valley Council BSA Scouting Family,

As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is our top priority. We know there are questions and concerns about how COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, could affect local Scouting programs in the Juniata Valley Council.   Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally, within the Commonwealth, and through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

The following information regarding events and prevention measures is based on the latest available guidance. As this is an evolving situation, this information is subject to change. We will continue to update you on relevant developments, and we appreciate your understanding of any necessary adjustments in the interest of health and safety. 

Status of Juniata Valley Council Events

  • We have postponed the Merit Badge Day scheduled for Saturday, March 21 and will announce a new date next week.
  • The Alpha Phi Omega Cook-o-ree scheduled for Saturday; March 28 is cancelled.  Refunds will be made for those registered.
  • Council Meetings for March are being moved to conference calls.
  • The Juniata Valley Council Service Center will remain open for normal business hours.
  • We are suspending Monaken Lodge Order of the Arrow’s conducting Troop Elections until April.

Unit Meetings and Activities

We strongly encourage units suspend in person regular meetings and events through March 30.  Please consider using technology to continue with normally scheduled meetings as possible. Free or low-cost options include Free Conference Call, Skype, and Google Hangouts.  However, decisions about unit meetings and activities should be made by unit leadership and chartering organizations based on the unit’s individual circumstances and current CDC and local health department guidelines.

BSA Polices to Prevent the Spread of Illness

The Boy Scouts of America continues to have policies and procedures in place that help protect participants from contracting an illness at large Scouting event. These include the Annual Health and Medical Record and the Pre-Event Medical Screening Checklist.

Everyday Preventive Measures

Even with those important policies in place, it is critical that we all take these everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Stay home when you feel sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and wash your hands before and after doing so.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve/elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Do not share personal items such as cups, water bottles, eating utensils, etc.
  • Avoid shaking hands. A Scout salute or wave will suffice.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • If you have a fever, cough, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, you should isolate and not attend any Scouting events.

People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

Should you have any questions or concerns about a specific upcoming event or activity, please reach out to your district executive. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us.

David Eng, Council President
Ron Forsythe, Council Commissioner
Jim Kennedy, Scout Executive

If you have a question, comment or suggestions, please E-mail:  Jim Kennedy

Juniata Valley Council, BSA, 9 Taylor Drive, Reedsville PA 17084  (717) 667-9236(voice)  717-667-9798 (fax)