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Young People

Guidance for young people about how your local Group may be approaching their Scouts activities.

As the rules change in the future, it will be possible for your group to start meeting face to face again.

But this all depends on a few different things:

  • If the Government restrictions in your area allow face-to-face Scouting to happen
  • The rules we have to follow when face to face activities are allowed
  • If volunteers are able to support face to face activities

Your leaders will tell you about what you need to do differently when you start going to face to face Scouts. This will include things like staying 2 metres away from each other and washing your hands. You might also be asked to wear a face covering. It’s important to follow the rules to keep everyone safe. The rules you have to follow might be different to the rules you have at school or other clubs. The rules for schools, sports and youth clubs are often different.



Support for you

It’s important to know where to go if someone’s feeling low or needs further support. For more information, take a look at our Wellbeing Champions page.

There are lots of people you can talk to if you’re ever worried about yourself or someone else:

  • Samaritans: call 116 123 or email
  • Contact your GP: your GP can provide help but there might be a longer wait.
  • Contact NHS 111 (known as NHS 24 in Scotland): 111 is available 24/7 for urgent medical care.

If you’re under 19

If you’re an adult

  • Shout: text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258.
  • Young Minds: call their parent helpline on 0808 802 5544.
  • NSPCC: call 0808 800 5000 or if you’re an adult worried about a child.

In Scotland and Northern Ireland

In a medical emergency, always call 999. Speak calmly and clearly and give the operator as much detail as you can. You can ask a trusted adult to help you do this.

Staying COVID-safe

  • Comply with social distancing requirements  
  • Ensure hygiene levels are maintained, including hand washing, as well as surface and equipment cleaning  
  • Safely manage any risk to volunteers, young people and the wider community, including a reduction in group sizes where necessary.   
  • Make sure vulnerable young people and adults can be effectively safeguarded, both in relation to COVID-19, as well as other risk factors.    
  • Volunteers, parents and young people all clearly understand what adjustments need to be made to ensure everyone’s safety, and have had a chance to inform them.