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Camp Shands update from North Florida Council

Camp Update #1 4/2/2020

Summer Camp Operations Update Regarding Summer of 2020

As you are aware, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a significant health concern, one that the BSA takes very seriously. The North Florida Council and the Boy Scouts of America are committed to providing a safe and high-quality program for our young people who are planning to attend our summer camp programs at our properties: St Johns River Base and Camp Shands.

State and local authorities have closed schools, public parks, libraries and public gatherings at government venues.  Given these recent developments and the directive by the Florida Department of Education that all public schools in the state of Florida remain closed until May 1, 2020, Scouting operations in the North Florida Council are now suspended until at least May 11, 2020.

How is this affecting Summer Camps?

Our Summer Camp operations and plans have not been affected. Our intent is to have a quality summer camp program at both our properties for the Summer of 2020. We are currently hiring staff and ordering supplies to welcome units and participants at our camps this summer.

What about Summer Camp Fees?

We understand the hardship this situation has created to units and Scouts’ fundraising efforts for camp; because of this we will extend our Early Bird Pricing for Day Camp, Aquatics Camp and Camp Shands for the duration of the 2020 season. No Late fees will be charged for not paying your fees on time.

As this situation is a fluid one and new updates are issued daily, our Enterprise Risk Management Committee is meeting on a weekly basis to assess the situation and provide guidance to our Council’s leadership. We will issue updates on April 15th, April 30 and May 11th – for more information please visit and our Council website

Yours in Scouting,

Eli Rivera | Camping Director
North Florida Council
521 Edgewood Ave. S
Jacksonville, FL 32205
Toll Free 800-232-0845
Cell 352-484-7681

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