Coronavirus

COVID-19 and Scouting in Suffolk

Suffolk Scouts have set up an action team to manage the risk regarding the COVID-19 virus, and to communicate advice and information to districts and groups in the county.

We are guided by headquarters and by Government guidelines, please see the external links for their latest advice.

Updates from Suffolk Scouts will appear below, please use the blue menu above to see all available resources.

Whilst there are many challenges for us all at the present time, Scouting is starting to learn to live with the new normal. Hopefully we will have a mild Autumn allowing us to make the best use of the great outdoors. Thank you for your continued support of Scouting in Suffolk.

Don’t forget you can follow our news and ideas at https://www.suffolkscouts.org.uk/coronovirus

Do keep up to date with national events on The Scouts website here.

Risk Assessments

If you are looking to start the process of writing your risk assessments you can access the guidance from headquarters here. 

You can access a template for completing a risk assessment here. It contains some ideas and tips for producing your own document.

Update from HQ

Headquarters have asked Groups who have their own venue to provide a printed 'QR code' so that visitors to the building over the age of 16 who have a phone that is loaded with the NHS Track and Trace App can scan the code to register their presence. We still need to keep registers of all members. You can read about this here. It is really easy to create the code and print it off. You can do this here.

I hope you have had a great summer and it’s now an exciting time for us to get back to some face to face Scouting. We are now at a stage where groups and sections in Suffolk are again able to start meeting. Whilst scouting might look a little different from what we were doing 6 months ago, there are lots of activities that we can enjoy. With your enthusiasm and ingenuity, interesting and fulfilling programmes can be created.

Don’t forget you can follow our news and ideas at https://www.suffolkscouts.org.uk/coronovirus  as well as a jam packed UK Scouts website full of useful programme ideas for face to face as well as continued Scouting at home. Links for each section below.

·        Beavers

·        Cubs

·        Scouts

·        Explorers

·        Network

The situation with Covid19 continues to change so do keep up to date with national events on The Scouts website here.

Latest Updates

Despite the recent change this week to social gathering restrictions in England, the government has confirmed that youth sector activity can continue unchanged (under the Amber readiness rules). Groups and sections must follow the restart guidance which is in line with COVID secure and National Youth Agency standards.

Thank you for all the work you are doing to support the return to scouting in Suffolk. This is a critical time to engage is communication with parents and young people in order to encourage their enthusiasm to return to a form of scouting this initially will look quite different from the way we were scouting at the beginning of the year.

Don’t forget you can follow our news and ideas at https://www.suffolkscouts.org.uk/coronovirus.  All content we post will be based on UK Government and The Scout Association guidelines.

Keeping Everyone Safe

Whilst you may find that the task of consultation with parents and other leaders tiresome, the aim of this exercise and the resultant risk assessment is to keep everyone safe. We want to maximise safety for all of our young people and our leaders. Please feel free to contact your district for support if you need some help with the process. There are guidelines and FAQs on both the Suffolk Scouts website here, and from headquarters here.

Potential Amendments to Guidance for Amber State of Readiness

Like other organisations, Scouting is responding to the ever-evolving Covid-19 controls imposed by the UK Government. Headquarters are working on a number of changes that may be allowed within the Amber state of readiness. You can read more about the potential changes on the Scout website here.  

Please remember these are currently only plans at present and not yet confirmed as definitive advice.

We are pleased to say we are ready to restart face-to-face scouting in Suffolk! If you are choosing to return to face-to-face Scouting, we hope you are making good progress in preparing yourselves to be Covid19 ready. The highlighted text below is clickable to the relevant webpages.

Readiness for return to face-to-face Scouting

Full details of the national plans can be found on The Scout Association website. Further details of our process and forms can be found on the Suffolk Scouts website

·        From 7th August leaders in charge of a section or place (e.g. campsite) can submit their Covid19 risk assessment using Smartsheet plus any other documents if you’ve been instructed to by your District

·        Make sure that your section Scouting plan and risk assessment have been agreed with the GSL and Group Chair before submitting to your District approver

·        Prior to approval, you will need to confirm that all leaders within in your section and the Group Executive have their safety and safeguarding mandatory training completed which is normally covered by the Essential Information training under Module 1 (leaders) and Module 1EX (exec members) and has been validated on Compass.

·        Confirm that Adult leaders meeting face-to-face have up-to-date DBS (or renewing within the allowed 90 days)

·        Please submit your risk assessment in a timely fashion ahead of when you plan to start (we recommend 14 days to allow for any revisions which might be required)

·        Your district teams are happy to help and advise