The coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to help.
The Scout Association have pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas. Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.Take me to the activity finder
One stop scouting have released a range of clothing and badges for the Camp@Home initiative, which can be found here
These are extraordinary times for both the country and the Scout movement. Following our all-members' call on 29 April, Chief Executive Matt Hyde and UK Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd reflect openly and honestly on some of the major challenges we're currently facing and how we're addressing these together.
In their blog, Matt and Tim discuss these increased pressures, locally and nationally, and the actions we're taking to alleviate these. In particular, they look at why we need to prioritise support for Scouts in communities most affected.
It's at times like these when our great Scout spirit of courage and kindness matters most, as well as our practicality and realism. We're confronting these challenges in a spirit of transparency, collaboration and empathy, taking decisions for the long-term benefit of the movement, guided by our values for the good of Scouts as a whole and for the good of our young people. These are tough times, and Scouts is needed now more than ever.
Thanks to you and Scout astronauts like you across the UK, we’ve more than hit our fundraising target. We’re now only 6,000 miles away from completing the mammoth 477,710 mile journey to the Moon and back! If you’ve got any miles left to record, please add them here: scouts.org.uk/hiketothemoon. You can make your donation here.
So far, we’ve raised an incredible £328,000, which will provide vital support to people and communities affected by COVID-19. Every single penny we’ve raised, including funds from the sale of Hike to the Moon badges, will be match-funded by the government. This means we’ll ultimately contribute over £650,000 for BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief.
While we may not be meeting face-to-face at the moment, we’re still making the safety of all young people and members our number one priority. We’ve been constantly reviewing and updating our safety resources to make them more accessible. You can make sure you’re up to date with the latest resources by viewing them here.
Keeping young people and volunteers safe is the number one concern for all of us at Scouts. That’s why we all need to continue to follow the Code of Behaviour set out in the Yellow Card when connecting with young people online.
Online as much as in the real world, a young person should never be in a one-to-one situation with an adult. For more information, including safeguarding measures relating to different online activities, take a look at our guidance about staying safe online.
There are various platforms you can use to communicate with young people and families online. They’re all slightly different with different features, and most importantly, different levels of security and privacy. Be sure to check the minimum age requirements.
Any leader or committee member can utilise Google Meet with their G-Suite login, which is compliant with all the guidelines.
To help you decide on any programme changes so that young people can keep learning and stay safe, we’ve developed some new guidance. Take a look here for details about nights away at home, badges, the Duke of Edinburgh's award, Top Awards and more...
Sport may be suspended, but it doesn’t mean you can’t catch your football fix in this fantastic competition. Get your young people to try this boredom buster by designing a football shirt, where the best design could win a signed football shirt.
You can find out more about the competition here, and if you keep checking weekly you may find activities to keep you active at home.
Scouts have stopped processing disclosures at this time because it’s difficult to effectively do identity checks. They’re also following the advice of the disclosure bodies who are understandably prioritising people directly dealing with the coronavirus situation, who need disclosures more urgently.
No-one will be suspended because they don’t have a valid disclosure during the coronavirus situation. Current volunteers whose disclosures expire can continue to meet digitally, following the advice and guidance issued on holding virtual meetings to make sure we keep everyone safe.
Current volunteers who require a re-check will be given a 90-day extension from when the suspension on face-to-face Scout meetings ends to get a valid disclosure. They’ll still be able to take part in face-to-face Scout activities during this extension period.
Please don’t send out 90/60/30 days reminders until the suspension on face-to-face Scout meetings ends. However, keeping everyone safe is obviously a priority, so volunteers who do need new disclosures should try to get these as soon as possible once things are back and running. Thanks for your support during this challenging time.
Throughout our history, Scouts have helped other people and supported their communities in times of crisis. Find out how you can play your part by supporting young people and the community during the coronavirus crisis.
When we asked our young people what the most important thing for them to take action on was over the next two weeks, ‘peer support’ ranked top of the list. That’s why we’re asking young people to share Three for 3 – three things they’re doing to look after their mental wellbeing, sharing their ideas with three other people. Please encourage your young people to get involved here.
Like many charities and organisations during this challenging time, a significant number of our staff are being furloughed. You can find an update on how this affects our services on this page. It might take us a little longer to respond to your queries, so thanks in advance for your patience.