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COVID-19 Update: Under government guidelines in March all Scouting Activities were suspended until further notice. We are now beginning our plans for a phased restart. Find all the latest updates here.
Meanwhile, we have just launched our 110th Anniversary badge competition that you can complete at home! Find out more details here.

Re-Start News – For Leaders

This is a unlisted page for the nominated Re-Start Champions and their Group Scout Leaders.

The District will be working closely with County and The Scout Association (TSA) to gather the relevant information and procedures about re-starting scouting. Simon Clark (District Commissioner) and Ed Hewes (District Re-Start Champion & Youth Commissioner) will then share relevant information with this group of Re-Start Champions and GSLs.

What do we know at present?

AMBER (2) Phase Information (10.09.20)

Despite the recent change to social gathering restrictions in England (9 September 2020), the government has confirmed that as an essential service, youth sector activity can continue unchanged where groups and units follow Scouts restart guidance, which is in line with COVID secure NYA guidance standards.

We can confirm the following [recent] changes to the rules for Amber readiness in England:

  • Indoor activities are now allowed, but outdoor activities are preferred and should be encouraged
  • Numbers change to 15 young people and up to five leaders (carers can be in addition and will not be counted in these numbers) – this applies both indoors and outdoors. Leaders can also include Young Leaders.
  • Young people must stay in their limited group size but adults will now be able to move between these groups, i.e. across the 25m spacing if outdoors or to a section meeting at a different time on the same day.
  • Leaders don’t need to wear a face covering when delivering activities – however, it’s recommended to wear one in all other circumstances while indoors.
  • Scouts and Explorers must now wear face coverings indoors. Exceptions as per national guidelines are permitted.

For now, all young people in all sections must continue to social distance by 2m from each other where possible and from adult volunteers at all times.

For anyone who has already had a risk assessment accepted, you will not need to start again, but simply amend the risk assessment. If you need help to understand these possible changes, please contact your local management team.” 


  • No face to face activity can take place until you have done all the preparations to ensure a safe return, and these written risk assessments and plans have been approved locally by the District Commissioner (Simon Clark) and the District Executive Committee.
  • Residential activities and international trips are not currently permitted.
  • Read all the guidance and steps that need to be taken before any face to face activity can resume.

The following flow-chart outlines the re-start process:

Processing Disclosures:

In supporting you to return to face-to-face activities locally, TSA are processing DBS applications again from Monday 6th July. You can read the guidance on this which includes temporary adaptations to the ID checking process.

It’s time to share this with your teams:

Please share these updates with your teams and start to make your plans for a safe return. There is no expectation of when you should hold your first meeting and there is no rush. Every Section and Group will have different circumstances and will know what is right for them. Plans must be carefully considered and safety is the priority. If you are unsure if you can stick to the guidance set out, you should not go ahead with any face-to-face activity.

Shared File Storage – DropBox

Our Shared DropBox (linked below) is a space where District will share key files relating to the re-start of Scouting. This is a password-protected file storage area. To access, please click the icon below and enter the password shared via email (please do not share the password with anyone):

Current Information From TSA:

For the latest information from The Scout Association as restrictions begin to ease, please follow the link below: