Getting back together safely

The readiness levels

The UK Scouting framework for operating during the pandemic is as follows:

REDNo face-to-face activities, all activities take place online
AMBERGroups of up to 30 people (in Wales) can meet outdoors
YELLOWGroups can meet inside, with some restrictions
GREENActivities and Nights Away can resume as normal

Restarting Scouting after lockdown.

As you can see, we are preparing to move from the Red readiness level to the Amber level.

We are so excited to see all of our young people, and get stuck into the fun, adventures and skills we all love and have missed. Please take the time to read all of this information carefully as it is critical to keeping everyone (young people, leaders and parents) safe as we start to meet together again.

Scouting will be a little bit different to what we were used to, and all of these new expectations will be carefully explained to the young people on their first meeting back with us.

Access to the Scout Hall:

  • Parents won’t be permitted to enter the Scout Hall premises, and will drop off and collect their young person at the gate.
  • If you need to speak to a Leader, please arrange this before the meeting.
  • We won’t be using inside the hall until further notice, but the toilets are available to use (one person inside at once).
  • Please arrive on time and allow any young people ahead of you to be dropped off before bringing your child to the gate.

When will we be back?

  • Beavers and Cubs will continue to meet on a Friday at their usual times.
  • Beaver parents should be prompt in collecting their child in order to allow for the arrival of Cubs 15 minutes later.
  • Scouts will be alternating between a Thursday evening and a Saturday morning to allow them more daylight to undertake their activities.
  • The exact dates and times for restarting will be communicated by your child’s Section Leader via email.

Hygiene and restrictions:

  • Any young person showing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, high temperature, change in taste or smell) should not enter the premises.
  • All entering the site will be expected to wash their hands on arrival, as well as before and after handling any equipment that is shared.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is not required, though if First Aid needs to be administered, the Leaders will be required to wear a face-mask, gloves and an apron.
  • The attendance register will be kept as usual, but this will also be used for COVID-19 contact tracing, should this be required by the Local Authority. Please ensure that if any of your contact details change, you let us know.

Being together and social distancing:

  • The Welsh Government have announced that children aged 11 and under are not required to social distance from each other. Therefore, Beavers and Cubs will be able to move freely between each other when they meet together.
  • Scouts are required, and are expected, to keep a 2m distance from everyone else.

Practicalities for meeting outdoors:

  • Young people should wear their uniform, as usual.
  • A waterproof coat and decent sturdy footwear to be brought to each meeting.
  • If your child is likely to get thirsty during the meeting, they will need to bring their own water bottle.
  • We have good outside lights at the hall, though it may be worth considering a head torch for the darker evenings.
  • We will provide shelter where needed. In extreme weather, we will have the contingency to meet online in place of the face-to-face meeting.

Anything else I should know?

  • In order to be fully transparent on how we operate, we will be sharing our risk assessments with you before your young people come back to Scouting.
  • If you have any concerns or questions, please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s Leader.