Covid 19/Coronavirus

Date: 4th Sep 2020 Author: Sarah Hart
Autumn Term update 

Given government advice, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events were suspended from Tuesday, 17 March 2020.

As lockdown measures start to ease, we are working with youth sector partners and the National Youth Agency government body to understand what a safe return to face to face Scouting may look like when the readiness level reduces in our area.  Ultimately, we must follow the advice from The Scout Association.

There is a framework and set of guidance on how elements of face to face Scouting could take place and they are set out in four stages, Red, Amber, Yellow and Green.  We are currently at Amber (criteria are subject to change and of course so are the colour stages)

Amber Rate of infection is reducing consistently in all parts of the country

  • Digital programme delivery
  • Small group sessions can take place outdoors and indoors with social distancing
  • No residential activities

Up until 3rd September 2020, at Amber stage, we were only allowed to meet outdoors with limits of 15 people including Leaders and of course socially distanced.  This has now increased to 15 young people and up to 5 leaders indoors, but outdoors is preferred.

Taking into consideration the numbers in our Group sections, reducing light levels, unpredictable weather, programme planning and Leader availability; the Executive Committee have decided as a Group that we will not return to face to face Scouting at this time.  We will however reassess the situation just before half October term and at every end of term/half term, following The Scout Association Red, Amber, Yellow and Green stages.

Scouting at home

We will continue  to share activities for young people to do at home with their parents/carers. These are being shared with you from our parent portal (OSM). Please contact your Section Leader if we can provide any help or support for you or your children.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls