Following today’s positive news from the National Youth Agency and information from The Scouts we can confirm that until March 29th Scouting remains at Red Readiness Level with regards to face-to-face meetings and we must all continue to run virtually as we have done for a while now.
However, from March 29th, unless things change, we will begin the phased return to face-to-face meetings.
The Scouts are still working with the Government on longer-term plans for camping and larger group sizes, but they expect these to be introduced steadily throughout the summer.
As with the Government roadmap, all target dates are subject to the vaccination programme continuing at the same rate and the rate of infections reducing across the country.
In addition, all these stages have other details on how they need to be managed, such as mask-wearing and social distancing restrictions. For full details of each stage and the requirements for each please see the full info atScouts.org.uk
Do remember that taking part in Scouts is voluntary for all leaders and young people and nobody should be pressured to return to face-to-face meetings before they are comfortable doing so.
In the meantime, once restrictions allow, don’t forget to make sure your meeting places are ready for the return… has the grass been cut? Have you checked the water is running ok? Do you need to repaint any markings made to support social distancing? Have you got your programme in place… maybe you could use some of these socially distanced games found on theThe Scouts website
As and when we get more information on restrictions being lifted we will let you all know.
Once again, THANK YOU! The light at the end of the tunnel is moving ever closer and we are nearly there. Scouting in Kent has continued to happen and thrive because of the AMAZING volunteers we have, you have all be AWESOME!