We are very excited to be returning to face to face Scouting, but we want to make sure our activities consider the ongoing risks from COVID-19 and that all the young people and volunteers who take part are safe at all times. We have put in place the following measures to ensure the wellbeing of everyone involved, and we ask for your support in making sure these are adhered to:
What we expect everyone to do (click the + for more details):
Not come to Scouts if you have any symptoms or are just feeling unwell
This is something we would expect at the best of times, but at the current time we want you to be extra vigilant of any periods of being unwell or any symptoms – no matter how mild – and simply not come along to Scouts that week. A text, email or quick call to your leader to let them know would be appreciated just so we can plan accordingly.
Wear a mask unless you are exempt
We know that a lot of our young people will be exempt and that is understandable, but if you can wear a mask, we would ask you to do so. All our volunteers (unless exempt) will be wearing masks. We appreciate this has an impact on communication, but we think it is a common sense measure for the first few weeks. We intend to review the use of masks at the same point as the Scottish Government reconsiders their use in secondary schools and we’ll let you know the outcome of any review.
Practice good hand hygiene
We will sanitise everyone’s hands as they arrive in the hall, at regular periods throughout the meeting and as everyone leaves the hall. We will have hand sanitiser available for this purpose.
Maintain some degree of social distancing
The guidance specifically allows for carers to support young people one to one, and this will continue to be the case with our Group as before. However as much as possible we will try to maintain a bit more distance from other young people and volunteers throughout the night, without taking away from the experience of being back at Scouts. We would ask parents/carers to be mindful of this when dropping off / picking up young people from the halls to avoid congregating unnecessarily.
What we are also asking our volunteers to do:
- Have both doses of the vaccine if at all possible;
- Wear a mask at all times unless exempt;
- Make use of regular lateral flow testing at home before volunteering.
We will also have in place:
- A track and trace process within each meeting place;
- As much ventilation in each hall as possible while maintaining an appropriate temperature for meetings;
- Risk assessments for each meeting place;
- Risk assessments for any young people with particular needs, such as those who have been shielding at any point during the last 18 months;
- A programme of activities that has an element of social distancing built in while maintaining the activities we know are enjoyable for young people.
If you have any questions at all about any of the above please contact your Section Leader or Michael Shanks, Group Scout Leader, directly.