October 23, 2020

Dear Middle Tennessee Council leaders and families:

We hope you and your families are doing well and continue staying safe!

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 virus in Tennessee and this week we have seen a significant increase in cases throughout our state. We wanted to remind each of you of our recommendations as we continue to provide Scouting in the Middle Tennessee Council.

Like you, we want Scouts to meet and enjoy the program in a safe environment. We recommend the following:

  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet when possible.
  • The wearing of masks at all Scouting activities and programs. 
  • Washing hands frequently.
  • Staying home if you are feeling sick or if a family member has been diagnosed with COVID.
  • All Scouting units consult their Charter Organization about meetings and outings, whether you are using the Charter Organization’s meeting space or not.

On September 29, 2020 the Governor released Executive Order No. 63. The Order states each person is urged to wear a cloth face covering in places where in close proximity to others and adhere to local decision-making concerning face covering requirements. Wearing a mask supports the ideals of the Scout Law, by wearing a mask you are being Helpful in minimizing the spread, Courteous to others by covering your face, Kind in your actions because you are wearing a mask and Obedient in following the guidelines. Additionally, Executive Order 63 urges social distancing and properly exercise good faith judgement on social distancing at indoor and outdoor venues, appropriate social distancing is six feet or more.

All units need to continue to follow the safety protocols of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), their Charter Organization and local and state guidelines where the unit meets. COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions updated by the CDC can be found here.

The Middle Tennessee Council team of staff and volunteers are here to support and assist you in any way possible. Together we will get through this and continue to offer what we consider are the best Scouting programs, led by the best volunteer leaders in the country.

Thank you,

Dr. John Bright Cage
Council Board President

Karen Bengtson
Council Commissioner

Larry Brown
Scout Executive