Getting everyone back together safely
As lockdown measures start to ease we are working with UK headquarters, youth sector partners and governing bodies to understand what a safe return to face to face Scouts may look like when the time comes.
From 10 September 2020 Scouting in Scotland is now in Yellow Phase. Find out more here.
Please note there are currently local restrictions in Scotland - you can find the readiness level in your area here.
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
Getting everyone back together safely
As lockdown measures start to ease we have been working with UK Headquarters, Youthlink Scotland and Public Health Scotland alongside the Scottish Government guidance to understand what a safe return to face-to-face activities may look like when the readiness level reduces from red.
From 10 September 2020 we are moving to the Yellow readiness level in Scotland.
This means for most Scouts in Scotland you can now organise COVID-19 safe face-to-face activities outdoors as well as indoors with a maximum group size of 30, including Leaders and ensuring social distancing.
Make sure you read all of the guidance and steps that must be taken before any face-to-face activity can begin.
Please note that there are currently local restrictions in Scotland - you can find the readiness level in your area here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.