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.
Read our Quick Guide to Scouting and Scottish Government Tiers for guidance on what you can do in each Tier.
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 make sure that we can all deliver a safe programme within the current restrictions.
The Scottish Government introduced a Tier system across Scotland, with different restrictions for each Tier. We have created a Quick Guide to Scouting and the Scottish Government Tiers, which will give details on what is permitted in each Tier.
Find out what Tier your areas is in using the Scottish Government Postcode Checker.
Support for Scouting
Support from Scouts Scotland
Support from Scouts UK
UK headquarters are 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.
It can be difficult coming up with new programme ideas each week within the current restrictions. Whether you're Scouting online or meeting face-to-face inside or outside, there's still plenty that you can do. Check out the COVID-19 safe programme ideas for how to make sure the activities you're doing are safe, and have a look at the Activities database for stacks of customisable ideas. You can take a look at our video for how to use the Activities database if you're not sure how it works.
Staying safe online
Although we can currently meet face-to-face once we have our risk assessments approved, many of us will still be meeting online for all or part of our programme. 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. 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.
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.
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.