Bringing everyone back together safely – starting to prepare.

The Scouts”, working closely with the National Youth Agency government body, have published a framework document and related guidance to enable preparations for the safe return to face to face scouting.

On 3 September 2020, “The Scouts” confirmed some changes to what Scouts can do face-to-face while still in the Amber readiness level in England, namely:

  • Indoor activities are now allowed, but outdoor activities are preferred and should be encouraged.
  • Numbers change to 15 young people and up to five leaders (carers can be in addition and will not be counted in these numbers) – this applies both indoors and outdoors. Leaders can also include Young Leaders.
  • Young people must stay in their limited group size but adults will now be able to move between these groups, i.e. across the 25m spacing if outdoors or to a section meeting at a different time on the same day.
  • Leaders don’t need to wear a face covering when delivering activities – however, it’s recommended to wear one in all other circumstances.
  • Scouts and Explorers must now wear face coverings indoors. Exceptions as per national guidelines are permitted.

For now, all young people in all sections must continue to social distance by 2m from each other where possible and from adult volunteers at all times.

We still don’t meet the criteria to move to Yellow, therefore these welcome changes only apply within Amber and should give leaders more flexibility over the coming months.

The full text of The Scouts (03 Sept 2020) announcement can be viewed here. “Key HQ guidance” was updated on 3 September 2020 – see link below


  • It’s not a race to restart.
  • Keep your plans simple
  • Open air activities only, nothing indoors
  • You can team up with another Section
  • Plan for a mix of outdoor and online programmes, in case of inclement weather, so all young people have the chance to join in.
  • Your Risk assessment must be approved by District (County for District activities) before any face to face activities take place.

Welcome back to those sections who have firmed up their plans to return to face-to-face scouting:

  • Updated 25 August 2020 – 24 Sections approved to return to f2f scouting:
  • Cambridge 19 Sections – 13th Cambridge Beavers & Cubs, 11th/9th Cambridge Cubs, Scouts (Amazons) & Scouts (Spartans), 12th Cambridge Scouts (Raptors) & Scouts (Spartans), 50th Cambridge Scouts, 18th Cambridge Scouts, 16th Cambridge Scouts, 27th Cambridge Cubs & Scouts, Phoenix ESU, 1st Cambridge Beavers, 29th Cambridge Cubs & Scouts, 1st Whittlesford & Duxford Beavers (Forest), 1st Whittlesford & Duxford Beavers (Wildwood) and Cubs (Javelins)
  • Crafts Hill 1 Section – 6th/17th Scouts
  • Cromwell 7 (+1 adult) Sections- ASU Picnic, 2nd St Ives (all sections), 1st EBC (all sections) and 1st Needingworth Scouts Kayaking
  • Hinchingbrooke 2 Sections – 1st Eaton Socon Cubs and 1st Eaton Socon Beavers
  • Newmarket 2 Sections – 1st Swaffham Prior Beavers and 1st Fordham Beavers
  • Peterborough 3 – Valour Explorers, Vulcan Explorers and 17th Nene Cubs

County Co-ordinating Team – return to face to face Scouting

Led by David Briston, the team’s focus is to support the districts and to co-ordinate county activities as we return to face-to-face scouting. For support and advice, please email:

The team’s role also includes the review of Risk Assessments submitted for District Events.

The buttons below are to information from the Scout Association and from GOV.UK.   
Please refer to these sites for the facts and do not rely on everything you read on social media.

Current level: Amber

Key Headquarters Guidance

Approvers’ Guidance


Executive Committee Guidance

CC’s Message

FAQs – HQ Guidance

Key HQ messages

Recruiting from a Distance


Executives – Local funding support

HQ Webinars

Socially Distanced activity Ideas for:

In Cambridgeshire, we’re looking at a number of ways we can to support local sections and groups within each of the Districts during this unusual time, by providing access to more options for activities you may wish to try out.

Check this page regularly as it is being continuously updated with new information.

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