Scouting Update

8 July 2020

I hope that you are all well and enjoying virtual Scouting. Following some guidance change in UK Scouting, As some of the government restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic begin to be relaxed, we’re starting to plan for how we’ll be able to return to face-to-face Scouts activities in the future.

We’re all looking forward to returning to being able to return, and I can’t wait to see you all again. However, our top priority must remain that of our members and our amazing leader team. Scouts UK has been working closely with the National Youth Agency government body to have a 4 phased approach to returning; red, amber, yellow and green. We have been at red since March which has meant a fully digital programme. As of this week our region has moved from red into amber, which means we can now prepare to run limited outdoor sessions alongside our digital programme. I had a zoom call this week with the leader team here at the 11th to discuss what as a group we are able to do.

Due to the size of our sections neither Beavers, Cubs or Scouts would be able to all meet together. We also feel that maintaining social distancing with some of our younger members will also be very difficult during outside activities. As you can imagine there is a also a mountain of paperwork that needs to be collated and signed off at group, district and county levels before we can even consider meeting. For this reason Beavers & Cubs will remain at a fully digital programme until the beginning of September at the earliest. I have already booked our next leader zoom call, along with our executive committee members for late August to reassess this. I am working closely with the Scout leader team to look at running a face to face daytime activity potentially sometime in late August, once we have some more information on this we will share it directly with you.

For young people who are due to move sections, your leaders will get in touch directly so that we can start linking you with the next section up.

I’m sure that many of our members are as keen to get back to face to face Scouting as I am, but we must do so in the right way at the right time. We are receiving really positive feedback from our virtual sessions and have some exciting evenings coming up too along with our virtual camp this weekend. It has been great still being able to see you all on our Zoom calls. If you have any ideas for anything else you would like to see on these sessions, please do let your leader team know. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my leader team as they have worked hard throughout this time to continue providing Scouting. I’d also like to thank you as parents for your understanding in the situation, especially with subs. Your understanding has meant that we have been able to continue paying our bills where many groups across the UK have not been so fortunate and are facing a very uncertain future at this time.  If you are no longer wishing to take part in Scouting please do get in touch with us and let us know, we have to continue paying for each member on our records.

Stay safe and keep Scouting! I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Jane Fraser

Group Scout Leader

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