COVID-19 Camp Communication

As you are most likely aware by now, we assembled a taskforce of volunteers and staff to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our summer camping programs. This taskforce has been meeting for several weeks now, collaborating with BSA National and other local BSA Councils, reviewing guidelines and information put out by the CDC, White House, and local government, along with engaging in conversations with other local youth-serving non-profits.  During our May 15th Camp Communication, we committed to you that our next update would be by June 15th.

  • We have decided to cancel the remaining Council and District Events for the summer. This includes:
    • District Day Camp
    • Fishing Derby and Family Camping Event
  • We have decided to keep Camp Klaus open during the day for families to utilize for fishing & hiking. However, Camp Klaus is not open for family or unit overnight camping.
    • 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 bottom of the hill will be locked.  No boating on John Deere Lake.
  • OA Fall Fellowship schedule for August 21-23 has not been cancelled or postponed.

Please see the June 8th announcement for specific requirements and recommendations regarding unit-level meetings and activities. The 6/10 Iowa Governor’s Proclamation has guidance on Mass Gatherings in effect through June 25, 2020.  If you have additional questions, a detailed FAQ can be located below.

Looking ahead:

  • Cub Scouts– Staying safe at home doesn’t have to be boring- Stay Camp 2020 is coming to a living room near you. Scouts can sign up for an exciting week-long session each week in June.
  • Scouts BSA members are invited to participate in Merit Badge Mondays– a virtual experience to work on some of your favorite merit badges.
  • Join the Scout Me In Challenge! Scouting families and future Scouting families are invited to take part in the FREE Scout Me In Challenge.  There are 25 activities for June, July, and August centered around Nature, STEM, family, community service, and more!
  • Interested in attending the 2021 National Scout Jamboree? Learn more HERE.

Camp Impact FAQ’s

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

Any paid registrations will be refunded.

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.

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?

Please see the June 8th announcement at http://www.scoutsiowa.org/articles/covid-19-updates/.

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.

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

Please see the June 8th announcement at http://www.scoutsiowa.org/articles/covid-19-updates/.

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.