Given the Government’s guidance, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events have been suspended from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults, and will be until further notice.
We will continue to follow official guidance. The safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making.
We will keep this page up to date with guidance, support and funding opportunities for Groups, Districts and Regions in Scotland.
For the latest advice on coronavirus visit the websites listed in our useful links.
I can't say enough how proud I am of all our members. These are incredibly challenging times and it is essential that we pull together, follow advice, and keep ourselves and our young people safe. As we pull through this crisis, I know that Scouts will be vital to rebuilding our society, bringing together communities, and supporting young people from all backgrounds to connect and develop skills that will help them to succeed.
Andrew Sharkey, Chief Commissioner of Scotland
What support is available during this crisis?
Support from Scouts Scotland
We’re still here to support you. Our offices are closed and like many charities and organisations during this challenging time, a significant number of our staff are being furloughed. However, you can still reach us through email@example.com or find contacts for us individually on our who’s who page. It might take us a bit longer to get back to you, but please bear with us.
Support from Scouts UK
UK headquarters are also operating with a reduced staff team, but are continuing to offer key services including the Scout Information Centre (web-chat and email only), Scout Stores (online orders only), and Safeguarding.
For full information on support available from UK headquarters, head to the Coronavirus guidance and FAQs webpage.
We know that this will be an incredibly challenging time financially for many groups. We have created a page with potential funding for Scouting in Scotland. We’ll keep this up to date with any relevant funding that we find, so keep checking back if you’re looking for funding opportunities.
Staying safe online
Even though we’re not meeting face-to-face, it’s important that we make sure we all continue to follow the Code of Behaviour set out in the Yellow Card when connecting with young people online.
For more advice on staying safe online visit the Taking Scouts Online webpage.
Scouting at home
It won’t surprise you to hear that as soon as it was announced that face-to-face Scouting had to be suspended, members across the country sprang into action to figure out how Scouting could continue online from the safety of our homes.
We completely understand that not everyone can continue to Scout during this difficult time, but for those who can check out our Scouting from home page and Scouts UK Scouts from home page for loads of ideas and advice.
The Great Indoors
While we normally love the great outdoors, there are some fantastic indoor activity ideas to keep kids entertained while schools are closed due to coronavirus. These activities will keep your kids learning new skills and having fun all in #TheGreatIndoors.
The activities are free and great for all children – not just Scouts! Check out the Great Indoors webpage.
Training is essential for being an adult Leader, and it is so important that we make sure our training is up to date to make sure that we provide the best possible experiences for our young people.
We have created a page on our website with everything you need to catch up with training. It’s all easy to complete online from home. If you’re able to, please do spend some time making sure that your training is up to date, so we can hit the ground running when face-to-face Scouting is back in action.
Check out our ScoutIn page.
Support for you
For many of us this is an incredibly difficult and worrying time. It’s important that we look after our mental and physical health and stay safe. Staying connected through Scouts at home is a great way to do this. Our members have told us that carrying on Scouting has given them focus, purpose, and a much needed distraction.
There is also lots of other support out there for those who need it. We’ve pulled together some links that we think will be helpful for both adults and young people who may be looking for more information, struggling or facing difficult situations.