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Minsi Trails Council Operational Status & Information Important to Scouting Units & Families. 

Minsi Trails Council Operations:

Per guidance provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Minsi Trails Council Service Center and Scout Shop, Camp Minsi and Trexler Scout Reservation will be closed to the public beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. 

  • As per the The Governor Of Pennsylvania directive "shelter in place" for Lehigh County, the Minsi Trails Council Service Center and Scout Shop will remain closed until further notice. 
     
  • As always, the safety of our Scouts, their families and adult leaders is a top priority of the Minsi Trails Council. To that end, with a growing number of cases being reported, the Minsi Trails staff has been in contact with our Council Physician and continues to monitor the situation closely both here in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
     
  • Within our council territory, schools are closed, and non-essential businesses have been urged to cease normal operations to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
     
  • The Minsi Trails Council is taking this action in accordance with local and state authorities as well as the Scout Oath and Law. The safety of our Scouting family is our highest priority. 
     
  • The council is committed to continue business operations remotely so we can fulfill our mission. 

Contacting a Minsi Trails Council Professional or Support Staff - As of March 17, 2020

  • If you have a time-sensitive issue, please contact your local professional via email or call their direct phone number.
     
  • For the Minsi Trails Council front help desk, please call (610) 264-8551.  You may need to leave a message, as this line will be monitored on a limited basis moving forward.
     
  • A full list of contacts is available at Minsitrails.org/staff  

Contacting the Minsi Trails Scout Shop - As of March 17, 2020

Council and District Meetings:

Status of Face to Face Council / District meetings - As of March 17, 2020

  • As of Tuesday March 17, Council and District meetings will be as tele- or video conferences until further notice.
     
  • Please check the council calendar at  Minsitrails.org/event/calendar for details.  Recognize, the calendar will be updated periodically. 
     
  • Please work with your District Executive or Field Staff Adviser to coordinate - schedule - or communicate out. 

Info for Cub Packs, Scouts, BSA Troops & Venturing Crews:

Scouting units - As of March 17, 2020

  • Leaders, be in contact with your Charter Partner as restrictions maybe in place regarding the facility you partner with. 
     
  • All Scouting Units are strongly encouraged  NOT TO HOLD FACE TO FACE MEETINGS  as the CDC and or local / state guidelines suggest social distancing.  
  • Unit Committee's and Unit Leaders, continue to evaluate upcoming schedules and plan accordingly by referencing the guidelines through your local and state authorities and the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  
     
  • As always, participation in Scouting activities is up to the discretion of parents and guardians and unit leaders. For the protection of the community, please follow CDC guidance and ensure that Scouts and adults stay home when sick and do not attend Scouting or other activities.
     
  • Units are encouraged to have virtual meetings while we practice social distancing. Scouting can play an important role for youth and families during these trying times—the lessons of the Scout Oath and Law are as important now as they ever have been.  
     
  • 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. 

Rank Advancements:

Cub Scouting/Scouts BSA/Venturing/Rank Advancement and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) - As of March 27,2020

Trash for Cash - Iron Pigs Update - As of March 20, 2020

Scouting Families - As of March 17, 2020

Camp Minsi & Trexler Scout Reservation:

Weekend Camping Reservations at Trexler Scout Reservation and Camp Minsi - As of March 17, 2020 

  • As of Tuesday March 17, our properties are closed until further notice.
     
  • If a decision is made to cancel the reservation under the required 30-day notice. A non-refundable credit will be issued, and the unit can transfer the credit to another reservation scheduled later in 2020.  Note - restricted dates may apply.
     
  • Currently, we fully expect our summer residence camp programs to be unaffected and our camps will operate as normal with the normal refund policies already established.
     
  • If you have any questions regarding weekend rental camping, reach out to our Camping Coordinator Bonnie Keller bonnie.keller@scouting.org or Director of Support Services Diane Lariar diane.lariar@scouting.org

Additional Information:

References - As of March 17, 2020

 

 

MINSI TRAILS COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

991 Postal Road
Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 264-8551
Fax: (610) 465-4500

HOURS OF OPERATION:
9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon.,Wed.,Thur.,Fri.)
10:00am - 5:00pm(Tues)

 

MINSI TRAILS SCOUT SHOP

991 Postal Road
Allentown, PA 18109

Phone: (610) 266-7770
Fax: (610) 266-7798

HOURS OF OPERATION:
9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon.,Wed.,Fri.)
10:00am - 7:00pm (Tues)
9:00am - 7:00pm (Thur)
9:00am - 3:00pm (Sat.)