You will have seen from the information provided by the TSA this week, that we have been instructed to suspend all face to face scouting activity to support the Government response to Covid-19.
With scouting activities that support us in so many ways including our mental well-being, being postponed or cancelled, and much-needed services in our communities being put under additional strain, it is time for Scouting to do as it always does, and continue to bring communities together.
But, how could this be done when we have been asked to socially distance ourselves?
‘Self-isolation’ and ‘social distancing’ can be scary terminology, especially for some of our more vulnerable members, and so can become a fearful period of time where people feel more anxious and alone.
Merseyside Scouts have brought together some ideas for how we as scouts can better support mental well-being, which can be found by clicking here.
“A Scout smiles and whistles under all circumstances”
Robert Baden Powell
Scouting helps support social cohesion and development amongst our members. But more than that, as Scouts we develop resilience and an ability to adapt – it’s important that we find ways to continue delivering high-quality programmes and Skills For Life. By continuing to do this, even if delivery methods need to change, we can help our communities to stay together, to stay calm, and most importantly – to stay connected.
With the suspension of face-to-face activities, we need to consider how best to adapt our programmes to support learning to take place outside of Section meetings, and to support our members to become independently minded.
We have created this Coronavirus support page to help answer some questions and provide additional support.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”