Support as we're getting back together

As restrictions lift across Scotland, there is more that we can do together face-to-face. It's essential that we all follow the guidance to keep ourselves and each other safe when we're meeting together, taking part in activities, and planning residential experiences.

We've collected the frequently asked questions that we've been getting and added them to the page below with the answers. We'll continue to add to this section as we get questions in. 

If you have a question that hasn't been covered drop us an email at

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

Useful links

Coronavirus support pages


Q. Is a Covid Risk Assessments required for all camps?

A. All the standard guidelines for nights away apply. Remember that a Nights Away Permit Holder (at the right level for the event) must be present, and the Nights Away Notification form needs to be submitted to your District Commissioner. This includes approval of the event risk assessment.

The COVID-safe processes for each nights away event need to be built into the risk assessment provided with the Nights Away Notification (these do not require a COVID risk assessment to be approved through the smartsheet approval process).

Risks are very specific to each event so your approval process for restarting nights away will be on an event by event basis rather than via a generic camping risk assessment. Standard parental consent for the nights away event will indicate acceptance of the COVID-safe processes and permission for the child to attend.


Q. Are lateral flow tests compulsory as the Scouts UK website suggests?

A. In Scotland these are not compulsory but they are highly recommended for anyone over 12 years of age. You should not stop someone attending a camp if they are unwilling to carry these out, but try to explain that doing tests will increase the confidence of young people and parents that we take their personal safety seriously.