We’re so excited to let you know that we’re now able to re-start running face-to-face outdoor activities in SW Notts District.
Across England on July 6th, The Scout Association moved to Amber Phase, meaning small groups of up to 15 people (consisting of 12 young people and 3 adults) can meet outside for socially-distanced activities.
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 table outlines our readiness level, where we are now and which activities will be permitted as we move forward:
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.
We’re all looking forward to getting outdoor 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!