At my direction, effective noon today, Goshen Scout Reservation has beenclosed and will remain so until further notice. Earlier today, the NationalCapital Area Council (NCAC), BSA was made aware of three additional Scoutsshowing symptomatic signs of E. coli bacteria infection. The affected Scoutswere at Goshen Scout Reservation during week 5 (July 28 - August 2). As oftoday, the source of the bacteria remains unconfirmed. There were 1,310Scouts, adult leaders and staff attending Goshen during week 5. Our Councilimmediately decided that closing Goshen Scout Reservation was in the bestinterest of the Scouts, adult leaders and our camp staff. We have alerted theVirginia Department of Health (VDH) of this decision and continue to cooperatefully with VDH officials.
All Scouts, adult leaders and camp staff arriving for week 6 (Aug. 3 -Aug. 9) are being notified of this decision and our Council leadership iscontacting the unit leader of record from every unit in camp during week 5 andnotifying them of the situation.
Safety is the number one priority at Goshen Scout Reservation - for theScouts, adult leaders and our staff.
A press conference to address this decision is being planned for Monday,August 4. Details forthcoming.NCAC Scout Executive Alan Lambert to Hold Press Conference at NCAC Headquarters in Bethesda Event: Press conference to be held to address NCAC's decision to temporarily close Goshen Scout Reservation. Participants: National Capital Area Council (NCAC), BSA Scout Executive Al Lambert When: Monday, August 4, 2008 11:00 AM (EDT) Where: National Capital Area Council, BSA Offices 9190 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 530-9360 Details: Goshen is the National Capital Area Council's long-term resident summer camp located on 4,000+ acres in the mountains of southwestern Virginia. There are six separate camps on the shores of 450-acre Lake Merriweather. The Boy Scouts use three of the camps for troop camping, the Webelos Scouts use two of the camps for their activities, and the High Adventure crews, hiking in the back country, depart from the sixth camp. Contacts: Don Reinhardt (301) 214-9117 Jeff Agnew (703) 203-8720 Statement by Alan Lambert, Scout Executive, National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America (NCAC) Concerning Closure of Goshen Scout Reservation August 3, 2008
SOURCE National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America