Project Description

Useful documents:

Unit Meeting Guidance

Pre-Event Medical Checklist

Prevention of Communicable Diseases in Scouting: Recommendations for Unit and Council Event Leaders

Q&A Rank Advancement and the Coronavirus

Program Resources:

Leaders and Parents: Be Prepared

Other Youth Resources

Looking for other free resources for youth? Here are just a few: 

Khan Academy
Especially good for math and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system, but it’s mostly common material. 

Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (accounts require users to be at least 14, but younger learners can use with a parent). 

Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University, but everyone can access it. Developed primarily for adults, but some courses, e.g., nature and environment, could well be of interest to young people. 

Learn computer programming skills – fun and free. 

Creative computer programming 

Ted Ed
All sorts of engaging educational videos 

National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids 

Learn languages for free 

Mystery Science
Free science lessons 

The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos 

Crash Course
YouTube videos on many subjects 

Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience 

Crest Awards
Science awards you can complete from home 

All kinds of making 

Prodigy Math
Good for elementary school ages 

Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age, multi-disciplinary activities 

Geography Games
Geography gaming! 

STEM Simulators 

Learn Computer Science 

The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities linked to from this Facebook page 

Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones 

The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest 

Toy Theater
Educational online games 

June 12 Camp Update

June 8 Update

On Monday, June 8th the Northeast Iowa Council unit-level meetings and activities are permitted to resume in-person if meetings and activities can follow local government and Scouting regulations.  At this time District or Council level meetings and activities are not permitted to resume in-person. Updates regarding District Day Camp and Camp C.S. Klaus availability will go out separately by June 15th.

These recommendations are designed to mitigate risk, but all participants need to be aware that any activity puts them at risk of exposure.  Please remember that exposure to coronavirus could be asymptomatic.  If a person becomes infected, they may become asymptomatic carriers and would then most likely infect other people unknowingly.  Unit Leaders are responsible for ensuring all participants follow the following regulations for Scouting activities and meetings:

  • All local, state, and federal safety guidelines must be followed. Unit Leaders are responsible for reviewing and enforcing guidelines for not only your unit’s meeting location, but the location of any activity destination.  Local, state, and federal safety guidelines must be followed.
  • Gain permission from your Charter Partner before resuming any meetings or activities. Some charter partners are not encouraging their members to meet in-person yet, are not opening their facilities for meetings or have imposed additional restrictions.  Rules or guidance from your charter partner must be followed.
  • Ensure all BSA Youth Protection and Guide to Safe Scouting practices are adhered to.

In order to mitigate the health risk of spreading Coronavirus to our volunteers and Scouts, the Northeast Iowa Council is providing the following recommendations:

  • Individuals at higher risk of severe illness (older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions) should consult their physician prior to participation in any in-person Scouting activities.
  • All participants should review their current health prior to participating in any Scouting activity. Individuals with temperatures and other symptoms of COVID-19 should not participate.
  • If Leaders are considering resuming in-person meetings or activities, it is recommended to slowly phase back. This may include starting with shorter day-activities in a large indoor or outdoor environment for smaller groups (dens/patrols) vs. an overnight camping experience for a pack or troop.
  • Leaders should consider the age of the youth invited and who is all invited to attend when determining if social distancing can be accomplished.
  • All units should keep a detailed roster of participants for all meetings and activities, so they are prepared in the event that contact tracing is required.
  • All individuals who believe they may have been exposed to Coronavirus should quarantine for 14-days prior to participation in any Scouting activity.
  • Transportation to and from activities should be made within family units. Carpooling should be discouraged.
  • Enhanced hygiene supplies should be provided as well as frequent reminders of use at the beginning, middle, and end of any meeting or activity. Each Scout and adult should wear a mask.
  • No in-person Scouting event should be mandatory. As regulations begin to loosen individuals within your unit may have varying levels of comfort or anxiety.
  • As plans are being discussed, leaders should ask themselves “Is it legal? Can we do it safely while following all the regulations?  Does it follow BSA programming and safety policies?”  If there is any doubt that that can’t be accomplished, the Northeast Iowa Council recommends not holding the event or activity.

Finally, as Scouts, it is important that we demonstrate the principles of the Scout Law.   As we move forward let’s be cheerful while showing reverence to the rules, regulations and guidance of our state, counties, cities, and Chartered Organizations.

Stay Safe and Scout On!

Iowa COVID-19 Proclamations (On May 26th Proclamation, see Page 8 for “Mass Gatherings”- Effective June 1)
Illinois COVID-19
National BSA COVID-19 FAQ
Northeast Iowa Council COVID-19

May 15 Camp Update

May 1 Camp Update

April 2 Update

With President Trump extending the call for social distancing practices through the end of April, the Northeast Iowa Council has made additional changes to our scheduled events for the health and safety of our Scouts, volunteers, community and staff. Accordingly, it has been decided that in-person Council and District events, activities, and meetings between today and May 8, 2020 will be postponed or cancelled.

Status of Council Events

The following events have been postponed:

  • Dubuque Pinewood Derby (4/18)
  • BALOO Training (4/25)
  • Cub-A-Ree (5/2)

The following events have been cancelled:

  • April and May Roundtable Meetings
  • Dellaykee District Spring Camporee (5/1-5/3)

Current registrations for both postponed and cancelled events will be automatically refunded. Those who registered online will receive an email when the refund is processed. All others will receive a refund check in the mail.

Experienced Sewers Wanted

Dubuque Mattress Factory is in need of experienced sewers, with their own sewing machine, to help make face masks for our health facilities. With help from Key City Creative Center (who is cutting the filters), they will provide all the materials for volunteers to make the masks.

Please contact Dubuque Mattress Factory at 563.582.9144 if you are able to help.

Council Support

The Council Service Center, Camp C.S. Klaus, and Camp Burton will continue to remain closed as we continue to monitor the situation. Staff will continue to monitor their email and can be contacted at the below email addresses.

Service Project Ideas – March 23 Update

Sure, we’re all confined to our homes, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do service for our communities. Check out some of the great ideas that you can do while maintaining social distance.

Inside Service

  • Make Medical Face Masks: Hospitals are running low on essential items such as protective face masks. The great news? They are easy to make and can be done at home. Here is a video showing how to create a mask. Be sure to check with the facility before dropping off – some facilities may not accept hand-made masks.
  • Make a Thank You Video for Health Care Workers. Health Care workers are on the front line and could use words of encouragement from us. Sending an electronic thank you video can do just that. Check with your local facility (making sure not to disrupt emergency personnel) on how to deliver the video.
  • Make cards for nursing homes. With lock-downs in place for nursing homes, smiles can be given by simple cards. Check with your local nursing home to see how they would like to deliver cards – they might have an option for digital delivery too!
  • Participate in neighborhood “hunts”. Decorate your window in a theme so those taking walks can spot it. Check out the Bear Hunt idea or the Window Scavenger Hunt

Outdoor Service

  • Donate food and other supplies. Many people may be in need of food and books. If you have some extra, share! Items can be given to food pantries, little libraries, or find an appropriate place for your community.
  • Add some color. Go outside and color your sidewalk. Write encouraging messages for all walkers to see. A little bit of encouragement can go a long way.

Scouting Leaders and Parents – March 19 Update

As leaders and parents of Scouts, we know that right now may be a challenging time. This can also be an opportunity to accomplish tasks that frequently fall off the radar. To support your endeavors to accomplish “off the radar” items, we’ve put together some tasks that can be completed now so you are even more prepared when we get back to Scouting as usual.

All Leaders and Parents

  • Youth Protection Training – If you took the training in 2018, you will need to update training this year. From the html icon portal, click Menu then My Dashboard from the menu list. The My Training page displays to take Youth Protection training. Go HERE for more information on how to access Youth Protection Training.
  • Complete Medical Forms.
    Cub Scout Leaders – for Scouts attending Camp in the summer, collect the medical forms found HERE (only parts A&B needed) keep a copies in binder for council and pack events.
    Scouts BSA leaders – review your medical forms – contact any Scout that needs an updated form before camp. Forms can be found HERE.

Unit Leaders

This is a great opportunity to do what Scouts do best…let’s get prepared for Scouting as usual!

Scouting For Food: March 17 Update

With the Iowa Governor’s recent recommendations, the volunteer Scouting For Food committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the council coordinated Scouting for Food campaign.

We understand the need for food in our community is greater than ever. If units or Scouting families wish to continue, please follow the Governor and CDC recommendations and contact your local food pantry to find out how to best support them.

At Home Programming

As our communities are practicing caution and social distancing, the Northeast Iowa Council will continue to put together and share digital resources to keep your Scouts engaged.

If you have not done so, please follow our Council Facebook page to receive those resources. Resources and event updates will also be posted here:

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to keep our Scouting family healthy and safe during this difficult time.

March 16 Update

At Northeast Iowa Council, the health and safety of our Scouts, volunteers, and staff are our top priority. Accordingly, it has been decided that in-person Council and District events, activities, and meetings between today and April 18, 2020 will be postponed or cancelled. The exception to this is the Scouting for Food drive. This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution and concern for the health of our Scouts, Scouters, and their families.

Further, Northeast Iowa encourages that individual Scout units follow this policy. The final decision on continued unit activities will be the responsibility of the unit committee in consultation with their chartered organization and, in some cases, their meeting facilities until such time as new guidance is issued by the CDC.

The Council Service Center, Camp C.S. Klaus, and Camp Burton will be closed starting at 4 PM today, through at least the coming week as we continue to monitor the situation. Staff will continue to monitor their email and can be contacted at the below email addresses.

Scouting For Food
Community Food Pantries have indicated an increased need and with some practical caution, risk can be mitigated. Units, if you decide to continue Scouting for Food, please follow the below safe practices.

  • Please work with your local food pantry to make a plan for the best way to collect food and supplies with the least risk to all.
  • Dubuque units, additional information will be forth coming via email on day-of coordination.
  • Follow medical guideline for participation.
  • Please wear gloves when handling donations.
  • Utilize hand sanitizer and wash hands often.

Status of Council Events
At this time, the following events have been postponed:

  • Fearful Symmetry STEM Event (3/21)
  • Dellaykee Pinewood Derby (3/28)
  • Catholic/Christian Emblem Workday (3/29)
  • Dubuque Pinewood Derby (4/18)

At this time, the following events have been cancelled:

  • National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT)
  • April Roundtable Meetings
  • Council Executive Board Meeting (3/24)

Current registrations for both postponed and cancelled events will be automatically refunded. Those who registered online will receive an email when the refund is processed. All others will receive a refund check in the mail.

You may monitor event updates here:

We know there are many different ways units can keep Scouts and families engaged throughout this unique time period. We’d love for you to share your ideas with us so we can help pass those on to other units. Email us at

Finally, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to keep our Scouting family healthy and safe.

-Council Key 3
Matt Tompkins – Council President
Jeff Viviano – Council Commissioner
Anna Hudak – Scout Executive

March 13 Update

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 Northeast Iowa Council. Please know that we are monitoring developments regarding COVID-19 both locally with our Council Health Supervisor 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 Council Events

Currently, no council or district events or activities have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

We are implementing the following procedures for this weekends events (Wilderness First Aid, and Scouter Appreciation Dinner).

  • Please refrain from handshakes or fist bumps. Air fives, foot shakes, elbow bumps or waves are great alternatives.
  • Extra hand sanitizer will be on-site.
  • The Appreciation Dinner does have individually served.
  • If you aren’t feeling well, or have a compromised immune system, please use practical caution if you should attend.

You may monitor event updates here:

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 events. 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.
  • 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 local district executive. We will do everything we can to answer your question using the information available to us.

Yours in Scouting,
Anna Hudak
Northeast Iowa Council Scout Executive