Coronavirus (Covid-19) support page

Key Information for Volunteers and Parents

Before reading the information below, please ensure you’re up to date with the guidance available at scouts.org.uk/coronavirus and gov.uk/coronavirus.

In Gloucestershire, we want to provide guidance and support during these unprecedented times and while we plan to return to Face to Face Scouting. Check this page regularly, as it is being continuously updated with new information, ideas and content.

Last updated: 12/04/2021 13:45

  • Update to AMBER (Indoors)

If you were hoping to see / hear previous videos from our Youth Commissioners, the County Commissioner and team… 

Please always check this website for the latest guidance on re-starting Scouting safely. There is lots of guidance on programme, protecting ourselves & others and premises.

From 00:01 on 29/03/2021 The current Scout Association Readiness level in Gloucestershire is: AMBER which means • Face to face Scouting can take place outdoors and indoors groups of young people and upto 5 Adults.

There is no limit on numbers of Young People, however safety and ratios should be considered. 

Please note: You must have your DCs approval before planning your activity.

If you have previoulsy submitted and had approved a Covid-19 Risk Assessment and the only thing that is changing is the numbers of Young People, you do not need to re-submit for approval provided the risks can be mitigated in the same manner. 

Face coverings*

  • Are to be worn by Scouts & Explorers when indoors (even if only going to toilets)
  • Are to be worn by adults who are not instructing.
  • Are to be worn by Scouts, Explorers and Adults outdoors where social distancing (2m) can not be observed.

*Unless exempt

Read the Guidance for Leaders.

You can read this one page guide.

 

Also:

  • You can continue to deliver programme digitally.
  • No residential or overnight activities can be carried out.
  • There is no requirement to return to Face to Face Scouting if you feel your section / unit / group are not ready but please do check out our County Virtual Section Meetings so that your young people may still receive programme. 

Please contact your District Commissioner if you have questions

Useful links:

County virtual section meetings

We are very pleased to be able to announce that as a County we will shortly be running virtual section meetings for all young people, regardless of group or district that do not currently have access to regular remote Scouting.

To find out more, please visit this webpage

 

The Great Indoors

over 100 activities that young people can do with their parents / carers.

 

 

WOSM Activity

The teams at World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and UK Scout Headquarters are in the process of creating Programme ideas to support Scouts at home. Check here; scouts.org.uk and scout.org regularly.

 

County activities during lock down

Shirehike – 5th Dec – 14th March 2021

We have joined with Hereford and Worcester to bring Shirehike to our county. This Virtual walking festival gives you the opportunity to get into the great outdoors by taking part in local hikes. Anyone can get involved and you can earn badges for the hikes that you do.

Find out more here

You can see some of our previous activities here:

 

Other ideas 

On the right / below you will see other ideas that have been shared by you!

We want more of your ideas, if you have some please email

Scouting guidance has now been updated in this framework.

This means as of today, adults can meet together in groups in line with Government guidelines.

  • Socially distance (2m where possible, otherwise 1m+) If this is not possible a face to face meeting should NOT take place.
  • If experiencing Coronavirus symptoms, stay at home and advise all others that they should stay at home.

You can

  • Meet outdoors in groups of up to 6.
  • Meet indoors with people from upto 2 households

The safety and welfare of all members should be considered when deciding whether Any face to face meeting is necessary.

 

Tools

Where needing to meet with groups of more than six people, you can still meet using digital tools. 

We as a County Team have been and will continue to use Zoom for video conference calls and WhatsApp to chat and share short messages.

This webinar is great and shows how you can deliver engaging online sessions to young people

If running online meetings with young people, you must read and follow this guidance

Which platform should I use? – Read here for guidance.

This is a great webinar showing you how you can run engaging virtual meetings.

Questions

  • Can I have Executive meetings via Conference Call / Video call? – Yes – the Charity commission states that business may be conducted remotely. More information.
  • Can I validate learning with my TA via Video call? – Yes, we will be working with TAs to help them with this, in the coming weeks.
  • Can we have an face to face appointments panel meeting? Yes – as long as outdoors and the total number of people any adult may come in contact with is no more than six.
  • Can we have a face to face validation session? Yes,  – if indoors (from the 4th July) meet only one person in a day. If outdoors, do not meet more than 5 others in one day.

Scouts, first and foremost is about developing young people to become a positive influence on our communities.

Why not get involved in Care for Care homes where we can really make a difference to thousands of people across the UK.

Find out more here

Watch this introductory video from Ed Stafford

If you do take part don’t forget to record your action

All face to face training between now and the end of July has been cancelled or postponed.

 

New

We are now offering online classroom versions of the following courses:

  • Safeguarding
  • Module 7 – Scouting for all
  • Module 11 – Administration
  • Module 12A – Delivering the quality programme

Please visit the training calendar for Wood Badge courses or Safeguarding training.

 
Mandatory training
  • Safeguarding training can still be completed via elearning.
  • Safety training can also be completed by elearning.
  • GDPR Training can be completed by elearning.

With these please send a copy of your completion certificate to your TA or LTM / LTA to update your training records.

 

 
Getting started

Getting started training can still be completed

  • Module 1 can be completed on line here.
  • Module 1 for Executives can be completed here.

Please send the certificate to your TA and arrange to validate your learning through conversation.

 

We are working to develop solutions that will allow us to deliver more of the Core Modules and Young Leader training, remotely – Watch this space.

In these uncertain times it can be really easy to feel distant from those that we form great friendships with throughout Scouting. Being apart from our Scouting family can feel like a bereavement.

With a huge diversity of members across our County, some will stay in touch and connected via Social Media, some reliant on email and there will be some that do not use technology in the same way.

How can you keep in touch with each other to help them feel connected? Please think of those that have less confidence with technology.

At this time, it can be easy to let your own health and wellbeing slip. This is as important as the wellbeing of those we support. 

Guides and to support you and others

Bereavement

At this time, it is possible that we may experience the loss of friends, family, colleagues or others that we support in Safeguarding. 

There is some really useful support on the Scouts Website, please take some time to read this page on Bereavement support

Conducting meetings

The NCVO has published some useful guidance to help Executive Committees consider how they can best support Scouts locally during this time.

Also published this week is guidance for charities from the Charity Commission.

The Scout Association has approved an amendment to the standard constitutions in POR which allows meetings to be held remotely. It also allows decisions to be made electronically. This is valid immediately and will be updated in the next update to POR, in early April. The wording is as follows:

  • Electronic voting (such as email) is allowed for decision making of the County/District/Group Executive Committee and its sub-Committees when deemed appropriate by the Chair. In such instances at least 75% of committee members must approve the decision.
  • The County/District/Group Executive Committee & its sub-Committees can meet by telephone conference, video conference as well as face to face in order to discharge its responsibilities when agreed by the appropriate Chair.
It is recommended that all executives / sub-committees choose an appropriate tool that will enable you and your committees to meet. See the above tab for some examples.
 
AGMs
Please see this guidance for AGMs
 
 
Managing premises
For those of us that own property you may be wondering how insurance is impacted. This page from Unity Insurance gives lots of clear guidance. 
 
There may be rate relief available for Scout premises, please contact your local authority for details.
 
 

NEW £16.5m Youth COVID-19 Support Fund – to help groups and units with expenditure between November 2020 and March 2021. Find out more and apply here.

Every so often we get sent information about how Scouting can apply for funds or grants. We will list them here for you to consider if they are appropriate or applicable to your section / unit / group or district.

 

Screwfix Foundation – willing to support charities with funds and resources to enable building and decorating projects. Complete this form.

Paypal Giving Fund (via eBay)– Get a proportion from sales made via eBay. Read more here

Cranham Scout centre is currently closed. As soon as they re-open you can use this amazing resource for great Scouting experiences.

Find out more at the Cranham Scout Centre website

They have been given a “We’re good to go” mark which is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

If you have a bookings or questions please contact the management team on

The County admin team are being furloughed for 3 weeks, returning for 1 week – if you attempt to contact us via phone, your call will not be answered. 

Please contact us via email at:

Whilst Face to Face Scouting has been suspended, managers and commissioners could not try to complete new DBS Applications.

As of the 6th July DBS applications can now be completed. 

Guidance on doing so can be found here. A summary of key points:

  • Copies of ID must be scanned / photographed and emailed to the person checking ID. ID verifier must confirm receipt.
  • The person checking ID must see the person via video call or face to face (following Government guidance). You must see the person you are verifying.
  • Checks are carried out and you must be assured the ID is that of the person you are speaking to. If in doubt DO NOT PROCEED.
  • Once verified, you must delete all copies of the ID and relevant data that you held and confirm this to the volunteer. 

Any members whose DBS expired whilst Face to Face Scouting will have 90 days from the 7th July to renew their DBS.

Managers should now act on expiry dates and work through their expired DBS as fast as possible.

Members whose DBS has expired may continue to meet digitally during this period. All members must follow this advice when meeting with young people online.

 

If you have any questions please speak to your line manager.

County update

Watch our latest update below. Subtitles are enabled.

Running programmes

Whether meeting remotely, indoors or outdoors we have got some ideas for you.
 
Start here by reading the Guidance for planning a safe and enjoyable programme. When you are ready you can start building your programme and there are loads of great ideas for all ages here:

 

As always there is information to help you consider how you can adapt your consider those that are vulnerable at this time.

Remote programme ideas

Here are ideas that have been shared by others.

Links to ideas 

Ideas to download

Alphabet-Quiz-Answers.docx
Alphabet-Quiz.docx
Beaver-Scouts-Global-Issues-Recycling.pdf
Beaver-St.-George.pdf
Beavers-Book-Reader-cover-design.pdf
Beavers-Book-Reader.pdf
Beavers-Communicator-Badge-Phone-and-Email-not-personalised.pdf
Beavers-Global-Issues-badge.pdf
Beavers-Global-Issues-endangered-animals-1.pdf
Eye-Spy-Part-2-5-of.pdf
Morse-Code-Challenge.docx
Points-game.jpg
Scouting-Quiz.pdf
Spaghetti-challenge.jpg
Station-Game.jpg
Thank-you-Colouring.jpg
Time-capsule.jpg
Tongue-twisters.pdf
Virtual-beaver-sleepover-.pdf
Virtual-beavers-Pirate-theme.pdf
Virtual-beavers-animal-Supporting.docx
Virtual-beavers-animal-themed-evening.pptx
Alphabet-Quiz-Answers.docx
Alphabet-Quiz.docx
Beaver-Scouts-Global-Issues-Recycling.pdf
Beaver-St.-George.pdf
Beavers-Book-Reader-cover-design.pdf
Beavers-Book-Reader.pdf
Beavers-Communicator-Badge-Phone-and-Email-not-personalised.pdf
Beavers-Global-Issues-badge.pdf
Beavers-Global-Issues-endangered-animals-1.pdf
Eye-Spy-Part-2-5-of.pdf
Morse-Code-Challenge.docx
Points-game.jpg
Scouting-Quiz.pdf
Spaghetti-challenge.jpg
Station-Game.jpg
Thank-you-Colouring.jpg
Time-capsule.jpg
Tongue-twisters.pdf
Virtual-beaver-sleepover-.pdf
Virtual-beavers-Pirate-theme.pdf
Virtual-beavers-animal-Supporting.docx
Virtual-beavers-animal-themed-evening.pptx
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Links to great ideas:

Download these ideas:

Alphabet-Quiz-Answers.docx
Alphabet-Quiz.docx
Badges-from-Home.pdf
Carry-on-Scouting-Requirements.pdf
Cartoon-Animal-Color-Sheet.pdf
Cubs-Badge-Pack-non-group-specific.pdf
Cubs-st-georges-day.pdf
Dyson-challenge-cards.pdf
Eye-Spy-Part-2-5-of.pdf
Indoor-Scavenger-hunt.pdf
Points-game.jpg
Scouting-Quiz.pdf
Selfie_Scavenger_Hunt_FaffyTea_Lg-scaled.jpg
Spaghetti-challenge.jpg
Station-Game.jpg
Thank-you-Colouring.jpg
The-superheros-game.pptx
Time-capsule.jpg
iSpy.pdf
Alphabet-Quiz-Answers.docx
Alphabet-Quiz.docx
Badges-from-Home.pdf
Carry-on-Scouting-Requirements.pdf
Cartoon-Animal-Color-Sheet.pdf
Cubs-Badge-Pack-non-group-specific.pdf
Cubs-st-georges-day.pdf
Dyson-challenge-cards.pdf
Eye-Spy-Part-2-5-of.pdf
Indoor-Scavenger-hunt.pdf
Points-game.jpg
Scouting-Quiz.pdf
Selfie_Scavenger_Hunt_FaffyTea_Lg-scaled.jpg
Spaghetti-challenge.jpg
Station-Game.jpg
Thank-you-Colouring.jpg
The-superheros-game.pptx
Time-capsule.jpg
iSpy.pdf
Name

Links to some ideas:

Or download these ideas:

Dyson-challenge-cards.pdf
Lost-At-Sea-Task.pdf
Moon-Landing-task.pdf
Points-game.jpg
Scouting-Quiz.pdf
Scouts-Badge-Pack-non-group-specific.pdf
Selfie_Scavenger_Hunt_FaffyTea_Lg-scaled.jpg
Spaghetti-challenge.jpg
Station-Game.jpg
Thank-you-Colouring.jpg
The-superheros-game.pptx
Time-capsule.jpg
Tongue-twisters.pdf
Would-you-rather-50-Questions.pdf
map-reading.pdf
Dyson-challenge-cards.pdf
Lost-At-Sea-Task.pdf
Moon-Landing-task.pdf
Points-game.jpg
Scouting-Quiz.pdf
Scouts-Badge-Pack-non-group-specific.pdf
Selfie_Scavenger_Hunt_FaffyTea_Lg-scaled.jpg
Spaghetti-challenge.jpg
Station-Game.jpg
Thank-you-Colouring.jpg
The-superheros-game.pptx
Time-capsule.jpg
Tongue-twisters.pdf
Would-you-rather-50-Questions.pdf
map-reading.pdf
Name

Also see these brilliant videos by “Steve the Scout” from Gloucester District:

Links to ideas for Explorers:

Or download some of these ideas:

Dyson-challenge-cards.pdf
Lost-At-Sea-Task.pdf
Moon-Landing-task.pdf
Scouting-Quiz.pdf
Time-capsule.jpg
Tongue-twisters.pdf
Would-you-rather-50-Questions.pdf
map-reading.pdf
Dyson-challenge-cards.pdf
Lost-At-Sea-Task.pdf
Moon-Landing-task.pdf
Scouting-Quiz.pdf
Time-capsule.jpg
Tongue-twisters.pdf
Would-you-rather-50-Questions.pdf
map-reading.pdf
Name

Also see these brilliant videos by “Steve the Scout” from Gloucester District: