We’re so excited to let you know that we’re now able to re-start running face-to-face activities in SW Notts District.
Across England on July 6th, The Scout Association moved to Amber Phase, meaning small groups of up to 15 young people (and 5 adults) can meet indoors and outdoors for socially-distanced activities.
Despite the recent announcements in England (22 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. Our young people need the activities we deliver now more than ever before.
The re-start is being done at local level, with Section Leaders, Group Scout Leaders and Executive Committees. Each group’s re-start planning and implementation is overseen by SW Notts District, which, in turn, is supported by senior leaders at Nottinghamshire County Scouts.
The following image outlines our current readiness level and lists the scope of permitted activity:
Given the fact that we’re still recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, there’ll be some restrictions on what we do and how we can do it. We’ve listed some of our collective measures below, however our groups will be in touch soon to outline the additional steps they are taking to ensure we keep everyone safe.
Firstly, anyone with COVID-19 symptoms shouldn’t come to any face-to-face activities, and should follow government guidelines on self-isolation and testing.
Secondly, young people who are shielding or are in another vulnerable group might not be able to return to face-to-face activities at this stage. If your child’s shielding or in another vulnerable group, please contact your Group Scout Leader directly so they can chat through some options.
We’re also aware some young people, including young people with additional needs, might need new or different reasonable adjustments putting in place to support a return to face-to-face Scouts – again, our Group Scout Leaders are happy to discuss this with you.
Moreover, there’ll be changes to the usual meeting arrangements to ensure outdoor activities will be COVID-19 safe. These will include:
- Different arrival and departure arrangements for some groups;
- Use of hand sanitisation and other hygiene matters;
- Social distancing in line with government guidelines;
- Mandatory and explicit consent required from a young person’s parent/carer to attend sessions.
Finally, Groups are required to keep a register of those attending to help with the track and trace process. For indoor meetings, everyone 16+ will be asked to scan the NHS Test & Trace QR code displayed in our buildings.
We’re all looking forward to getting activities back up and running again, so we can gain more skills and have more fun together. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Group Scout Leader or the District Team if you have any questions or concerns.
Section Leaders also plan to chat with young people themselves about this too, and will soon be releasing comms targeted at their young people, as necessary.
We look forward to getting SW Notts Scouts back together soon!