The gradual return to face-to-face Scouting – from Matthew, the County Commissioner
The Scouts have shared an overview of the steps and process to start returning to some face-to-face Scouting. The details of that process have been shared on Scouts.org.uk
Some of you will be very keen to get on with planning how your group or section can return but please be mindful of the following:
We’re all in this together – everyone has received the same information today, please be respectful of Group Scout Leaders, District and County colleagues who need to read and understand the material before they can support others.
We could go backward before we move forwards – no one wants to see a ‘second spike’ of Covid-19 nationally or locally but we must be prepared to manage disappointment.
Some people are very scared of Covid-19 – treat them with sensitivity and empathy. Find a way they can help that still lets them feel safe.
Some people are very tired or stretched – work at a pace that avoids mistakes and upset.
This starts at grassroots – Groups and Units to start first, with engaging parents, carers and young people. Don’t over promise, get a good feel of how people are feeling in your patch.
We will start when we’re ready – it’s not a race, some groups will start before others, we’ll all be champions when we’ve pulled this off.
Be honest – if you don’t know, call it out. Do not make it up.
Be cautious – if it doesn’t feel safe or right, stop and ask for help.