Given the Government’s guidance, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events have been suspended from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults and will be until further notice.
We will continue to follow official guidance. The safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making.
Before reading the information below, please ensure you’re up to date with the guidance available at scouts.org.uk/coronavirus and
In Wansdyke, we’re doing all we can to support our groups during this time, by providing access to systems and resources. Continue to check this page regularly for updates, as we will be continuously adding to it.
"I want to say a big thank you for everything you do for Scouts. By checking and following the latest Government advice and by taking a calm and measured approach, we can continue to ensure that young people and adults stay safe."
Tim Kidd, UK Chief Commissioner
The Scouts have started to prepare for returning to face-to-face meetings when it is safe to do so. Updates are currently being made to ensure we're ready, including the new 'Readiness Level' which dictates the risk of coronavirus transmission, and what activities can be completed as a result of this.
Remember, no face to face activities can proceed without your risk assessment being submitted and approved.
England Readiness Level – Amber
Digital programme delivery. Small group sessions can take place outdoors. No residential activities. No activites can run until your Risk Assessments have been approved.
Support from Team Wansdyke
The district team are still working to support you where you need it. Please don't hesitate to contact the relevant person with any queries.
Please bear with us if you do need support, as many of the team are currently balancing large workloads as well as their carrying out their Scouting role.
Support from Scouts UK
UK headquarters are also operating with a reduced staff team, but are continuing to offer key services including the Scout Information Centre (web-chat and email only), Scout Stores (online orders only), and Safeguarding.
For full information on support available from UK headquarters, head to the Coronavirus guidance and FAQs webpage.
Scouts UK have teamed up with Zoom to give each Scout Group and Explorer Unit a free Pro account. GSLs and ESLs will have received an email from HQ with instructions on how to register.
Remember, there is only one account available per group/unit, so ensure the person registering is happy to adminstrate the account.
Wansdyke Cloud is also available free to all volunteers. It provides email, file storage, online apps and video conferencing through Google Suite. Register here.
Scouting at home
Many resources have been created to support you in delivering an online programme.
The South West England counties have come together to produce a hub of programme ideas. You can view it on the Somerset Scouts website.
If you're not sure where to start when it comes to delivering an online programme, check out the 'Taking Scouts Online' page, with information and guidance about virtual Scouting.
Online Scout Manager has also released 'Badges at Home' and 'Programme at Home'. Check out their Vimeo channel for explainer videos.
Video Guides and Webinars
We're working to bring you interactive content to help you learn about new ways of delivering a virtual programme, and other training opportunities.
You can view the recordings of past webinars below.
Socially-distant activity ideas
For many of us this is an incredibly difficult and worrying time. It’s important that we look after our mental and physical health and stay safe. Staying connected through Scouts at home is a great way to do this. Our members have told us that carrying on Scouting has given them focus, purpose, and a much needed distraction.
There is also lots of other support out there for those who need it. We’ve pulled together some links that we think will be helpful for both adults and young people who may be looking for more information, struggling or facing difficult situations.
Following the cancellation of face-to-face meetings, many Scouting events have been postponed or have been rescheduled. If a Scouting event you are attending does not appear on the list below, please contact the event organisers for information.
The following Wansdyke events have been cancelled/postponed:
The following Avon events have been cancelled/postponed:
The following national events have been cancelled/postponed:
The following international events have been cancelled/postponed: