We excited to be able to share the latest updates regarding face-to-face Scouting for Thorpe Hesley Scouts.

With the National Youth Agency (NYA), UK Scouting has been in dialogue with the UK Government throughout the pandemic. This information is based on their latest discussions.

From 17 May, we move to Yellow status (Stage 3). There is very little change in the general guidance from Amber (Stage 2, which we moved to in March 2021). The main differences are that residentials can occur, but only in groups of up to six people (this is a combined total of six with young people and leaders). Our adult volunteers are now allowed to meet (non-social) for Scouting without being in a setting where young people are taking part.

We are still hoping that the restrictions are lifted again before our planned Lockerbrook residential. We will keep you informed

We expect that the changes around overnights will only be practical for older sections to complete key components of awards, such as Duke of Edinburgh. Please note that these groups (of six) cannot mix with other groups, including travelling, sharing food preparation areas or accommodation.

These dates are at the earliest based on the Government roadmap.

Keeping everyone safe

Our top priorities are the safety and wellbeing of both the young people and our volunteers. It is essential our volunteers, the young people and the parents/guardians of the young people are comfortable we are safe.

Our adult volunteers, as a minimum, undertake safety and safeguarding training. They also either hold a valid first-aid certificate or, as new volunteers, are in the process of attaining one. No event or meeting can take place without a suitable number of first aiders present.

We have COVID specific measures for our meetings and suitable protections in place. Appropriate information is sent out before face-to-face meetings, so it’s both timely and relevant.