Back together safely

Updated 14/10/20 with revised links

As lockdown measures start to ease Scouting in the UK is working with the National Youth Agency to understand what a safe return to face to face Scouts may look like. In England, the readiness level has reduced from red to amber, on a 4 level scale.  It signals that Groups can plan to return to some Scouting activities, but need to consider their individual circumstances and develop appropriate plans. At the Amber level Scouting must be outdoors, maintain social distancing and will limited to no more than 15 people at any one time including a minimum of 2 adults. Since early September, indoor Scouting has been added, but the level of readiness remains Amber.

This page will be developed with resources for Scout leaders for returning to Scouting. Like our Great Indoors page, this page will be used to provide further general information and ideas for Scouting for our groups. it will compliment a page within the Leaders area “Getting back together” which will be developed more quickly to provide the tools needed for restarting Scouting activities.

As we are starting this new page, the District website page “Scouting Indoors” will no longer be updated.

Scout website resources

As a start, the Scouts.org website gives ideas for a mixture of both on-line and small group outdoor activities. Click here.

Alternatively, click on the resources links below to find socially distances activities for specific sections:

Beavers       Go to resources

Cubs            Go to resources

Scouts         Go to resources

Explorers    Go to resources

Network     Go to resources

Knots from the RNLI

The Chiswick Lifeboat station has started a series on tying knots – via their Twitter account. Try it at home and then try it during a Scout evening at your HQ! Access via @ChiswickRNLI or via the following links:

  1. The Bowline https://twitter.com/ChiswickRNLI/status/1300388778054479873
  2. Figure of Eight/Stopper Knot https://twitter.com/i/status/1300701502059601920
  3. Clove Hitch https://twitter.com/i/status/1301077145519783936
  4. Reef Knot https://twitter.com/i/status/1301422663794143234
  5. Sheet Bend https://twitter.com/i/status/1301789127579402240
  6. Round Turn and Two Half Hitches https://twitter.com/i/status/1302197407372005376
  7. Fishermans/Anchor Bend https://twitter.com/i/status/1302526510331572225
  8. Rolling Hitch – not a knot we use but it completes the series https://twitter.com/i/status/1303275338928193536
Socially distanced games

A compendium of 36 games put together by 3rd Epsom Scout Group can be downloaded here: Socially Distance Games Database v3 (pdf)

Opportunity for DofE or CSA/QSA community – Generation Digital

Aged 16-25? Could you help older people access technology? If so, the Red Cross have a volunteering opportunity for you. Could count for DofE volunteering or DofE/QSA community section (project is 6 months, but other opportunities could provide an extension).

We are working with our services within the British Red Cross to reduce loneliness and isolation with some of our vulnerable beneficieries in our Refugee Support and Support at Home services. We are providing phones and data to these people and looking to match volunteers to beneficieries to help them set up the apps, zoom etc. (initially remotely), training will be provided. We are also asking volunteering to help co-produce some educational resources that can be accessible to many through various routes.

Explorers should discuss a proposed application with their Explorer Scout Leader. 

To find out more & apply: http://tiny.cc/GenDigital For any queries please email scouts@redcross.org.uk

NEW: JOTA/JOTI

Stands for Jamboree on the Air/Jamboree on the Internet – a change to connect with Scouts around the globe! The event will be from 16th to 18th October 2020. Click on the link for more details (pdf) here: JOTA and JOTI

NEW: UK Parliament Week

UK Parliament Week is 1st to 7th November 2020. UK Parliament Week is an annual festival that engages people from across the UK with their UK Parliament, explores what it means to them and empowers them to get involved. Last year over 1.2 million people took part in over 11,800 activities in every region and nation of the UK, and countries all over the world. For more details click on the link here.

Information for Scout Leaders about restarting face-to-face Scouting

If you a looking for information about planning to restart Scouting, click here (in the Leader’s area, but not passworded).
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