COVID-19 Protocols for In-Person Activities and Meetings

VERDUGO HILLS COUNCIL, BSA, (VHC) has adopted the Reopening Protocol for Youth Sports Leagues (LA County Protocols) described in the Order of the Health Officer, County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health (as revised 8/20/2020) with additional rules and interpretations for outdoor Scout meetings and outdoor Scouting activities in small groups (called “cohorts” in the LA County Protocol). ALL of these rules and protocols are NOT optional, and ALL protocols — both VHC protocol and County of Los Angles Youth Sport Leagues Protocol — MUST be followed.

IMPORTANT: The Chartered Organization must approve any outdoor meeting or activity by any unit they sponsor. The Chartered Organization is the legal entity that is responsible for their Scouting programs and activities.

In the document linked below, text without highlighting is from the LA County Protocol. Highlighted text represents the VHC additions or clarifications.

This policy was approved by the Verdugo Hills Council board on 09/16/2020 and revised on 4/05/2021.
This policy will be reviewed as updates and revisions are needed.

Unit should also continue to use the Guide to Safe Scouting and the Sweet Sixteen of BSA Safety to plan activities. In regards to planning under COVID-19 specifically, units should make use of the Safe Restart checklist to make sure that all activities are as safe as possible.

As outlined in the Outdoor Activities Protocol, you must notify the council of any activities you hold. Make sure to review the requirements in the protocol then report your activity.

Send your questions to or call the Council Service Center at 818-243-6282.

Need to get tested? Here’s where you can in L.A. County.

File Name Description
Leaving the COVID Cave Presentation Presentation Slides from the Forum sponsored by the Council Committee for Accessible Scouting (May 21, 2021) Download
Post-COVID Resources for Scouting Leaders and Families Links to online resources for understanding the post-COVID Scouting environment. (From the May 21, 2021 forum) Download
SAFE Restart Checklist A checklist to help your unit evaluate how to start meeting again. Using this checklist is required by the Verdugo Hills Council protocols and the checklist requires following the Verdugo Hills Council protocols. Download
Verdugo Hills Council Protocols for In-Person Outdoor Scout Meetings and Activities These are the protocols for holding in-person outdoor meetings and activities in your unit. Download
Verdugo Hills Council Protocols for In-Person Outdoor Scout Meetings and Activities FAQ These are answers to common questions about the Verdugo Hills Council protocols for outdoor meetings and activities. Download