Last updated: 23rd March 2020
Whilst all current face-to-face meetings are to be stopped, Scouting can still live on at home!
There are resources available for young people to work on badges at home, which can be awarded when meetings resume.
Beavers: Click here
Cubs: Click here
Scouts: Click here
Mark Yates, a Scout Leader, will be running online meetings suitable for all ages every Thursday at 7.00pm - 8.30pm live on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/bigmaninthewoodsuk
You can also use The Scouts' programme planning tool, which has ideas for activities that can be completed at home: https://scouts.org.uk/activities/?setting=At%20home
JOTA-JOTI is running a special edition of the event on 3rd-5th April 2020. More information can be found at jotajoti.info
Badges at Home
Online Scout Manager has recently released 'Badges at Home'.
This is a fantastic feature which allows leaders to set instructions via video or text on OSM, and members can complete the bade at home, uploading video or photo evidence to support their work.
Badges can then be awarded on return to meetings.
An introduction to 'Badges at Home' is available at: https://www.facebook.com/142368942502785/videos/1044894349200627/
Many Scout groups around the world are now making use of virtual meetings.
This could be used to set young people off on home activities (such as 'Badges at Home') or you could run an entire evening online.
Many tools are available to support you with this.
Zoom is being trialled by many Scout groups already for this purpose. You can have up to 40 minutes of free calling with Zoom, with a host of useful features. See more about Zoom here.
1st Facebook Scout Group is a hive of information about virtual scouting at the moment. You can join here.
The district communications team are on hand to support you with virtual scouting if you run into any difficulties. Get in touch via email@example.com.
All face to face meetings is to be suspended, in line with the national guidance.
There are several tools which can allow you to continue with your Executive and team meetings online.
- Google Hangouts
- Microsoft Teams
Support is available from the district for using Google Hangouts, where free premium accounts can be created for volunteers. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Following the advice to suspend all face-to-face meetings, activities and events, it's important to consider any events you may have scheduled locally.
In Wansdyke and Avon, some events have been cancelled, these will appear below.
- Avon Jamboree 2020
- District Sectional St George's Day events
The World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) has announced a special edition of Jamboree on the Internet, to take place April 3-5. Details can be found on their website.
The following National events have been cancelled:
• Day of Celebration at Windsor
• Beaver and Cub Fundays at Gilwell Park and Woodhouse Park
• Gilwell 24
If you need further support with the events unfolding, please don't hesitate to contact the relevant person(s).
- Please watch your email account for updates coming from national HQ and local commissioners
- The district team are available over phone and email to support you
- The Scouts' Info Centre is operating over email only
You should always refer to World Health Organisation, UK Government, Public Health England and NHS advice where coronavirus is involved.