COVID-19 Camp Communication

A taskforce of volunteers and staff has assembled to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our summer camping program. During our May 1st Camp Communication, we committed to you that our next update would be on May 15th.

Camp Klaus Impact

After reviewing our operations from many different lenses, we have determined for the health and safety of our Scouts, leaders, camp staff and extended community we will not hold our traditional resident camping programs this summer.  We know summer camp is an iconic experience, but the health and safety of our Scouting family is our top priority.

Up Ahead

We will continue to monitor the situation to see if there is a safe way to offer one-day or weekend experiences for families, Scouting Packs or Troops later this summer.  We’ve also partnered with the other Iowa Councils to collaborate resources and manpower to offer unique at home and digital Scout experiences.

We will monitor if we are able to open Camp Klaus facilities for Pack and Troops to rent. However, at this time we are still asking Scouting units to follow social distancing guidelines and conduct any meetings virtually.

We hope you understand that we are making this decision with health and safety as our key priority.  We plan to have our next communication regarding potential programming and facilities to you mid-June.  You can access the council’s website: scoutsiowa.org to find the latest information and FAQs.

Camp Impact FAQ’s

I am registered and paid for a resident Cub Camp experience this summer, what should I do now?

Any paid registrations will be refunded. We hope to be able to announce, mid-June, some family camping opportunities.

I’m registered for the Dubuque Day Camp, is that affected?

At this time we are still moving forward with the August 8th Dubuque Day Camp, registration can be found https://scoutingevent.com/178-34975.

Is Dellaykee District having a Day Camp?

We are working to coordinate a Day Camp Experience for Dellaykee District in August, more information will be available in mid-June.

Medical Forms: Do I still need to mail my medical form into the Council Service Center?

Please do not mail medical forms into the Council Service Center. Please bring your Annual Health Medical Record to camp with you.

Are camperships still be available?

Yes.  The Campership Form is located on www.scoutsiowa.org on the respective camping pages.  The due date will be flexible this year.  If you have a Scout who needs assistance, please complete and submit the form as soon as possible.

What about Camp Cards?

We have extended the Camp Card turn-in to June 15. Please watch for additional information to follow in early June on how your unit can safely turn in camp cards and camp card money.

Is my Pack allowed to meet and do in-person activities right now?

We are asking all Scouting units to follow the current social distancing guidelines set by  the CDC not allowing groups larger than 10.  We are strongly advising that units do not currently meet in-person, but are encouraging virtual meetings following all Scouting guidelines.

Is Camp Klaus or Camp Burton open for my Pack or my family?

We’re following the CDC recommendations regarding campgrounds and currently both camps are closed for Scouting events and camping.

Can my family visit Camp Klaus for the day to fish or hike?

Camp Klaus is available for Scouting families to utilize to fish or hike.  However, the water system has not been turned on yet for the season, and restrooms are not currently stocked with paper products or sanitation supplies.  The gate at the top of the hill will be locked.  If Scouting families do choose to utilize Klaus, please follow the social distancing guidelines put out by the CDC.

I am one of the people who is affected by the Scouts BSA Camp closures, what should I do now?

Any individual Scout paid registrations will be refunded.

My Troop paid the deposit (2 adult leader’s fees) to reserve our Campsite for Scouts BSA Camp, what are our options?

  1. Use their deposit on August 1 to reserve their 2021 campsite.
  2. Request a refund by having your Camp Coordinator email Nettie.Elliott@Scouting.org, we will process all requested refunds.

Will there be any type of Council-led camp experience in Summer 2020?

We will continue to monitor the situation to see if there is a safe way to offer one-day or weekend experiences later this summer. We plan to have our next communication regarding potential programming and facilities to you mid-June.

If there are any one-day/family activities later in the summer, are camperships still be available?

Yes.  The Campership Form is located on www.scoutsiowa.org on the respective camping pages.  The due date will be flexible this year.  If you have a Scout who needs assistance, please complete and submit the form as soon as possible.

What about Camp Cards?

We have extended the Camp Card turn-in to June 15. Please watch for additional information to follow in early June on how your unit can safely turn in camp cards and camp card money.

If the Council is able to host camp, will there be more provisional camping options? 

We know COVID-19 had an impact on many adults PTO or Vacation availability.  If we are able to host a day camp, we will be discussing if we’re able to offer more provisional options.

Is my Troop allowed to meet and do in-person activities right now?

We are asking all Scouting units to follow the current social distancing guidelines set by the CDC not allowing groups larger than 10.  We are strongly advising that units do not currently meet in-person, but are encouraging virtual meetings following all Scouting guidelines.

Is Camp Klaus or Camp Burton open for my Troop or my family?

We’re following the CDC recommendations regarding campgrounds and currently both camps are closed for Scouting events and camping.

Can my family visit Camp Klaus for the day to fish or hike?

Camp Klaus is available for Scouting families to utilize to fish or hike.  However, the water system has not been turned on yet for the season, and restrooms are not currently stocked with paper products or sanitation supplies.  The gate at the top of the hill may or will be locked.  If Scouting families do choose to utilize Klaus, please follow the social distancing guidelines put out by the CDC.