A Message from our Scout Executive/CEO – April 2020

Scouters and Scouting Families:

I hope you and your family members are safe and healthy. We’re following California’s and Contra Costa Counties Shelter in Place directive, as well as following other important guidelines established for public safety. Our staff is safe, healthy and learning more about Zoom, every day!!

With the most recent order to close all non-essential businesses, our Council Service Center and camps will remain closed through Sunday, May 3, 2020.  If we reopen on Monday, May 4, 2020, we will follow all prescribed safety protocols of social distancing. When our Council Service Center reopens, we anticipate our National Scouts Shops will too and I will write you again when we know more.

During our closure, our employees are working at home and being paid, and their healthcare and other benefits have continued.  We are also current with our vendors and have processed many refunds for programs already cancelled. We have been able to do this because of the generosity of many people and exceptional stewardship of council leaders.

Scouting is at its best when others are in need and it is inspiring to see so many innovative ways Scouters are delivering program through virtual meetings and other At Home Scouting methods. Popular links getting updated regularly are www.scouting.org/scoutingathome and www.mdscbsa.org. We have a great staff working hard to provide leaders as many resources as we can.

Even in these unique times, our Scout Oath stills resonates, “to help other people at all times”.  There are ways Scouting can help now and in the future. Food and blood banks are in great need, but don’t forget your neighbor who may be living with pain and loneliness and need an uplifting word or a good deed. Also, please don’t forget Mt. Diablo Silverado Council. I know many of our families have been hurt with loss of income, so if you can help us keep Scouting strong, please make a gift at https://www.mdscbsa.org/donate2020/

We need to care for our families and each other. It is going to take some new approaches to Scouting, but we are all going to learn new ways to provide Scouting to our youth. They deserve our innovation and tenacity to deliver the promise of Scouting.

Thank you for all you do for Scouting and our youth in the Mt. Diablo Silverado Council.

Yours In Scouting,
John Fenoglio, Scout Executive/CEO