Whilst scouting has had to adapt very quickly to the realities of a global pandemic there are lots of great resources available. Some are about virtual or remote opportunities, whilst others are about COVID secure face to face when circumstances permit. Why not take a look….

We are changing young peoples lives at a time when they need us most, and have an opportunity to grow numbers even more as restrictions are eased in the months ahead. It is exciting to hear of the planning taking place for returning to socially distanced face to face scouting, when leadership teams are ready to do so, and especially to think longer term about being able to return to the outdoors activities and nights away that we have all no doubt missed so much.

The following provide a range of virtual and face to face inspiration as we move forward, and for many a “mix and match” will be needed for some time.

Initially social distancing and number limits may need even more creative thinking for face to face scouting so here’s some ideas based on what people tried last time it was possible:

  • for larger sections split them up and :
    • run back to back sessions (with a gap to avoid cross over) over the course of a morning or afternoon at a weekend, using the same programme
    • rotate small groups over regular meeting times over a period of weeks. For example in week 1 Group A enjoy some virtual cooking at home, Group B meet face to face for individual fire making in a local campsite whilst Group C enjoy a scavenger hunt in a local nature reserve or park. Repeat and rotate until all 3 groups have completed all 3 activities
  • Groups / Units with suitable outside space might not need them every evening and weekend. Using the support of Active Support Units and other volunteers perhaps some backwoods skills sessions, spread out on site, could see small groups of other young people using fire pits / cooking stoves or learning knife skills.
  • Schools, and other normal meeting places, might not (yet) be available. Think outside the box and use village greens,  seek permission to use a field owned by a friendly farmer or other landowner or approach local sports groups etc. If asked for Public Liability insurance and / or to sign anything you will need to contact Unity Insurance – who can check things through for you. Worried about the weather and don’t think waterproofs will solve the problem due to the activity? Use suitable marquees / shelters etc – or use those scouting skills to construct something suitable.

Spring Into Scouting

Launched on the 1st March and running for 6 weeks is an exciting challenge brought to you by the East Of England region, with “out of the box” ideas as well as a programme hub where you can pick and mix to form your own plans.

Challenge 21

On St George’s Day (23rd April) we will be launching your new County Commissioners Challenge – but as that is a bit of a mouthful it will be known as “Challenge 21” ! Now we need your help, as what would Challenge 21 be if we didn’t have a badge to go with it? The badge design competition for the new County Commissioner’s Challenge (flyer with competition details is on that page too) is open to ALL members of Cambridgeshire Scouts and the closing date is 31st March.

Programme page and Active Support Units

Outside the pandemic don’t forget this programme page has lots of useful links, including the multiple Scout Active Support Units that cover the county. So as you start to plan ahead, and face to face restrictions gradually ease, have a rummage to see what opportunities might appeal to your young people. You can also reach out the the Active Support Units for advice – from gaining your own activity permits to running activities. There is also a separate page with information about the Queen’s Scout Award.

COVID -19 Safe Programme ideas

Sticking at it online. Giving it a go outside. Asking the big questions indoors.  We’re Scouts and even during a pandemic we have a plan B (and C) up our sleeve. We’ve put together some ideas to keep you going, whoever you are, and wherever your meetings, activities, and adventures are happening – content for all sections.

Press-play-and-go!

Delivering the programme over Zoom can be hard work, so The Scouts have put together videos to help you – covering a range of activities.

National Facebook Groups

The closed 1st Virtual Facebook Group was set up at the beginning of the covid-19 crisis to allow scouting to continue without face to face meetings. Once you have joined you can easily search for topics, and can search the files for a theme – there are activities, entire meeting plans through to everything you need for a virtual camp or sleepover.
All the other relevant closed Facebook Groups remain too , and again have some great ideas (although not limited to the virtual world) – Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network and 1st Facebook Scout Group

The Great Indoors

While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.

Plus, take a look at how to earn a new Great Indoors staged badge!

Scout-A-Delic

Looking for some more ideas of activities to take part in at home? Scout-A-Delic publishes regular #ScoutingAtHome videos containing fun activities that anyone can take part in.

Scout Radio

With a mix of music, scouting news, activity ideas and entertainment, Scout Radio provides regular programming that can keep you entertained while you’re scouting from home. You can listen live when they are on air, and playback Scoutcast when they are not.

Online Scout Manager

For those who use this software there are a huge number of suitable activities, whether virtual or COVID secure all ready for you to select and add to your programme.

So, what have you been up to?

We want to see what you’re getting up to with your scouting at home, or as you return to face to face. Why don’t you (or a parent/guardian if you’re not quite old enough just yet) show us on social media (tag us on Facebook and Twitter at @CambsScouts) or submit a news story. We’re looking forward to seeing all the pictures of the amazing scouting you’re getting up to!

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