KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE
Great news – we’ve been given the go ahead to re-start face-to-face meetings, with some changes.
A couple of weeks ago, The Scout Association announced that all groups could now re-start meetings, however this was based on a number of factors:
– Every group has to provide a detailed Risk Assessment, which has to be approved at at various levels, including externally – the Leadership team has been hard at work over the to complete this, which has now been approved.
– There are no more than 15 people (including Leaders) to any group at any time.
So, we’re good to go, for running slightly adapted meetings going forward. Yes!
However, to ensure we keep our members, Leaders, and everyone’s family’s safe, we’ll be doing things slightly different:
– Each week we require advanced notice if your Explorer is attending or not. Details on how to do this will be sent out in the week prior to that activity.
– Evenings will be split into smaller groups with a maximum of 13 Explorers, with 2 Leaders.
– Multiple groups of 15 can run the same activity, but will be separated at all times. This includes drop-off / pick up.
–Equipment will not be shared between groups, unless it has been thoroughly sanitised.
– Unit minibuses will not be used to transport Explorers. Unfortunately we will rely on parents to transport, to keep everyone separate and safe.
– Activities have to be outdoors (ideally) and will be local, to aid parents transporting.
– Any personal kit needed will be ideally brought from your home to minimise contact from equipment.
– All Explorers and Leaders will have to use hand wash upon arrival, every hour, and at departure.
– If your Explorer has a small travel hand-wash bottle, please bring this along to use as well.
– If your Explorer, or anyone in the family has shown any signs of COVID-19 in the 4 weeks prior to the programmed date, please do not attend the Unit and seek further medical advice as deemed appropriate.
– If your Explorer shows any signs of COIVD-19, AFTER attending a Unit programmed activity, please contact a Leader using the details at the bottom of this page.
The way we organise meetings will constantly change, as we find more organised way of running the Thursday nights, and as the guidance we have to follow adapts to reflect the COVID-19 situation.
As ever, we will keep you fully up to date.
See you soon!
The Prime Minister has said that everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others.
Suspension of face-to-face activities
Given this guidance, all face-to-face Unit, Young Leader and Pool Lifeguard meetings, activities and events must be suspended from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults, and will be until further notice.
We will continue to follow official guidance; the safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making.
The Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Given the latest Government guidance, we are cancelling the following events:
Peak District Walks
We asked the Government (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) for clarity about youth groups travelling abroad, as the current advice only specifies school trips. We will let you know when we receive an update.
As well as the Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website has the latest information, guidance and travel advice, along with details of any restrictions – which must be followed.
Scouting at home
We are planning to share activities for young people to do at home, and look at setting up a virtual meeting online, if families are faced with self-isolation. We will be communicating more about this soon.
A message from UK Chief Commissioner, Tim Kidd
I think we all agree that it’s in challenging times like these, that our Scout values matter most. We are talking to the Government and other community organisations to see how Scouts can support our country during this crisis. We must make sure that we do this in the safest possible way, and don’t put anyone at further risk. We will update you more on this over the coming weeks.
By checking and following the latest Government advice and by taking a calm and measured approach, we can continue to ensure that young people and adults stay safe.