Back together safely

This page is generally about Face-to-Face Scouting operating under Covid restrictions, but some links may include activities and resources for Scouting Indoors. For ideas about Scouting Indoors and running Scouting on-line see our dedicated page here

Scouting in our District has returned to red level from 20 December

This means that face-to-face Scouting is suspended until further notice.

This page will be developed with resources for Scout leaders for returning to face-to-face 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.

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

Race Round the World – and raise money for Scouting

Get together (Socially-distanced, of course ) and join with Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers in a race around the world and see which section will get to the finish line first!

COVID-19 is the biggest crisis we’ve faced in a generation. Now, over 500 Scout groups – many of them based in communities that were already made vulnerable before the virus hit – are struggling to make ends meet. If they close their doors, thousands of young people will miss out on all the life-changing skills and experiences being a Scout can bring, precisely when they need us most.

As well as a race around the world, if you are over 13 you can be sponsored too! Please register your interest with your Adult Section Leader or your Group Scout Leader or Explorer Scout Leader.

Find out more via the Scout UK website by following the link here.

If your group or unit isn’t participating, then why not join in 2nd Mortlake’s efforts? Here is a presentation about what they are doing Race Around The World (pdf) and which includes links to the  general sponsorship page and their own Group sponsorship page.

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

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).
I want the public to know how Scouting continues to open young people’s eyes to a world of extraordinary promise and possibilities.'
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