Dear Scouting family,
First and foremost, we hope this email finds you and your family well. It goes without saying that we are living through an unprecedented and concerning time.
As always, your safety and the safety of all our members, volunteers, and employees is the Boy Scouts of America’s top priority. As such, we have taken a careful and informed approach in evaluating whether to run summer camp this year. Since the spread of this pandemic, we have been continually monitoring the situation, and consulting with health experts, government officials and other camp professionals.
It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that, after a thorough review, the Coronado Area Council has decided to suspend our resident camp programs at Camp Hansen and Brown for the 2020 summer season. We know camp is an important part of every Scout’s summer, and this decision was not made lightly.
Our council and staff are saddened that we are not able to serve you at camp this summer. This is an extraordinarily challenging time; unlike anything we have experienced. Our hope is we all emerge from this challenging moment stronger than before.
If you have already signed up for camp, you will be given a full refund of all fees and deposits. This will happen automatically, you don’t need to fill out anything or make a direct request. If you do have questions about your refund, please contact Barb Clark preferably by email at Barbara.Clark@Scouting.org.
If you are looking for Scouting programming throughout the summer, the Coronado Area Council will provide virtual and other alternative opportunities. Please watch the council Facebook page for additional details. Most importantly, we look forward to providing the full range of Scouting programs, including outdoor adventures, as soon as we can and as the situation allows.
Currently for Cub Scouts we are planning to open Camp Brown to families who would like to come out and camp for the weekend or on a weekday. We are also looking into other ways to provide the advancement, outdoor skills and crafts Scouts would have participated in at Day Camp or Resident Camp. Stay tuned for these details!
For Scouts BSA we are working on securing merit badge counselors to provide instruction. We have tentatively received interest from approximately 15 different merit badge counselors who normally assist with Kansas State Merit Badge Conference willing to assist with summer programming, likely virtually. Mike Gross our Camp Director is contacting our camp staff to see what other merit badges we can provide. For some merit badges there will be a blended instruction method where as much as can be taught virtually will be. For requirements needing hands on instruction, we will open Camp Hansen to finish off those merit badges.
We have arranged with the Jayhawk Area Council for you to potentially attend their Cub and Webelos Resident or Scouts BSA Resident camp if desired. To give you an idea on cost for their camp see below.
Cub & Webelos Resident Camp
Siblings under 5 are free
Scouts BSA Resident Camp
First Year Campers $200
First Two Leaders are Free all leaders after are $140.
If you are interested in these opportunities, please contact the Jayhawk Area Council directly at (785) 354-8541.
We hope all our Scouting families stay healthy and positive in our current environment and join us in preparing for future great summer camp experiences at Camp Brown and Camp Hansen.
If you have any questions on summer programming, you can reach us at (785) 827-4461.