2020 was a difficult year for all of us, but with the start of a new year, we're feeling optimistic that things are going to get better.
But, for the moment, we are in another lockdown, and having spoken with Leaders across the country we realise that it can be challenging to return Scouting to the way things were. So, to help out, we have gathered a few suggestions as to where you can find support and resources that will help you deliver a balanced programme in 2021.
You may already be aware of the Activities Database; not only does this resource offer ready-made activities for face-to-face Scouting, but it also has lots of activities that our young people can be complete over zoom meetings or at home with their parents.
You can watch an overview video on the Scouts Scotland Facebook page, and access the activity database here.
We know that not everyone has the time or resources to take part in virtual Scouting. However, if you'd like to give Zoom a go, there are still licences available for Group and District use.
You can find out more information about this here.
We've had excellent feedback that our Young Leaders can be particularly effective in planning and running virtual meetings with some support from adult Leaders, so don't hesitate to get them involved!
District and Regional Commissioners
Other Leaders in your Group may also be able to offer support and encouragement, or your District Commissioner or Regional Commissioner may be able to put you in touch with other Leaders who have experience in virtual Scouting and may be able to give you some hints and tips to get you on your way. There may also be Groups nearby who can let your members share in their virtual meetings.
Your Sectional Commissioners and their Support Teams are also available to offer you and your Group/District support to assist your return to Scouting – their contact details are listed below. They would equally be delighted to hear your success stories so they can share your achievements and inspire other Leaders! So please do share your experiences with them.
Please always be aware of the readiness level for your location and follow the UK Framework for face to face activities and all related guidance.
We are currently in Red, but hope that your plans and risk assessments for getting back together once we return to Yellow and Amber are underway. Please note that these will not need to be re-submitted if they have already been approved at a local level.
Please feel free to contact your Sectional Commissioners using the details below with your struggles and success stories.
If you are struggling, please don't hesitate to use any of the above sources of support and resources. They are there to help! Thank you for everything that you are doing to make an incredible difference in the lives of our young people. We appreciate it now more than ever.