COVID-19 Update (29th March 2021): Following the relaxing of current government guidance, our groups are now able to start meeting back face-to-face. Safety is our number one priority - please speak to your group's volunteers if you want to know more about what we are doing to keep everyone safe. Looking to join the adventure? Get in touch with your local group today using the group finder above.
Following changes in Government and National Youth Agency guidelines and discussions between these two bodies and the Scout Association, we have been informed that we can now re-start face-to-face meetings with our young members.
Initially, these meetings must take place ‘outdoors’ but we are expecting an announcment in the next few days which will hopefully enable small groups of young people to meet indoors again later in the month. We are keeping our fingers tightly crossed!
If you have a young person in your family who is a Beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer Scout and have not yet heard from a member of the leadership team we encourage you to check with your Group/Unit contact to ascertain what is planned for the next few weeks. Some Groups have already held some outdoor ‘taster’ meetings. Others are not anticipating re-starting meetings until the new school term begins.
All actiivities will takeplace within a COVID-19 risk-assessed environment as we strive to ensure all our members, both young and not so young, stay safe and well.
2020 has been a challenging year for Scouting . We have had to adopt new ways of delivering activities for our youth membership which comply with Government and Scout Association guidelines. These currently allow us to offer COVID-Secure indoor and outdoor activities for ‘bubbles’ of up to 15 young people plus up to 5 leaders per ‘bubble’.
We are aware that many families are keen for their children to join our youth sections. To make this possible we need to appoint additional adult volunteers so we that can maintain the correct ratios of adults to young people at our meetings.
Can you help?
You might be a former Beaver, Cub, Scout or Explorer Scout who would consider helping our current youth membership enjoy Scouting in the same way you did.
Alternatively you might have expertise in fund-raising, or administration and can offer to help in this aspect of Scouting, enabling our existing section leaders focus their attention on providing the exciting and challenging activities that Scouting offers week-by-week.
If you would like to help us, please follow the approriate link below:
Around the world in 5 hours? At the end of November, Pioneer ESU took part in a Virtual Monopoly Challenge 2020, hosted by the Hertfordshire Scouts in place of their regular London event. Teams of Scouts, Explorers, Network and Leaders had 5 hours to visit 22 virtual locations, meet local scouts, complete challenges and earn points.
There was a volcanic eruption in Iceland, music in Eswatini, dancing in Sao Paulo, a tea-party in Boston, and a lot of warm winter layers in Ottowa (pictured below).
Success required teamwork, creativity and a healthy sense of fun. Pioneer finished a proud 15th out of 68 overall, making them the 4th placed Explorer team.
Thanks to all the leaders, participants and parents who made this brilliant event possible.
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