Summit Bechtel Reserve COVID-19 Update
There has been a growing concern about the propagation of COVID-19 (coronavirus) throughout the nation, and we want to share the ways in which this affects the Summit, and our operation. The safety and well-being of our guests, volunteers, and staff is and always has been our number one priority. We are constantly keeping track of any developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak from the West Virginia Health and Human Resources Department, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many members of our Scouting family have expressed concern about the COVID-19 virus’ impact on their summer high adventure or summer camp reservations at the Summit. As a result, we want to share with you what we are doing in preparation for the summer.
Currently, our plans to operate this summer have not changed. We will open the second week of June for high adventure, Scout Camp, and training programs. We continue to plan and make preparations to that end. While we cannot predict what will happen, we are hopeful that the current precautions in place across the United States will stem the tide of the virus in time for summer programs to go forward as planned.
The Summit is following the guidance provided by the National Council and by our local health department, including:
- Canceling and/or rescheduling to a later date all meetings and conferences in March and April.
- Allowing employees to work virtually if desired.
- Restricting access to the Summit site to approved personnel.
- Focusing on good hygiene and sanitation, especially in public areas.
- Closing the Ruby Welcome Center on Highway 19 to the public.
Additionally, we know that troops and crews will not be able to meet for several weeks and that many families will experience adverse economic impacts as a result of the steps taken to stem the spread of COVID-19. This may impact the ability of your troop or crew to make final payments for your summer program by the published date. If making your final payment by the published date will be a problem, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our reservations team will work with your troop or crew’s circumstances to find a solution.
In addition, we do ask for your compliance in helping us take every preventive measure. When the time comes for you to depart your home for the Summit, if you or someone in your household has experienced a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea, we ask that you do not travel.
How to Protect Yourself
It’s crucial that every one of us do our part in preventing the further propagation of this disease. Everyone should be taking measures to avoid contracting and/or spreading COVID-19, and everyone at the Summit is expected to do so as well. Here are some helpful recommendations from the CDC:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
You can keep track of the reported COVID-19 cases in West Virginia (West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources) here.
To stay up-to-date on the developments of COVID-19, you can visit the CDC Situation Summary here.
If any changes or new information surface, we will keep you updated.
We look forward to serving you at the Summit this summer. Until then, be safe.