Covid Response – Plan for getting back together
Every Group is in a different place as a result of COVID-19. There is no right or wrong way to restart the Group but it is important that Groups identify and overcome the challenges of getting back together safely.
A large part of responding to the challenges faced as a result COVID-19 is getting back together safely when it is permissible to do so. There are a number of challenges you may face when trying to restart face-to-face Scouting but it is important to identify and overcome these as soon as possible.
- Get ready in preparation for restarting face-to-face activities now. Ensure all relevant training is done and risk assessments are signed off in advance. If you've already had your relevant COVID risk assessment approved, review it to make sure it's current. If nothing significant has changed or there are only changes to your numbers, then this does not need to be re-approved ahead of you restarting.
- Be ready to move between different readiness levels.
- Districts or Counties should highlight where support is available for groups to complete their risk assessments. Make use of local knowledge and sharing best practice.
- Districts to have good processes in place to ensure joined-up thinking and speedy approvals of risk assessments.
- Don’t be nervous to allow Explorers to come back to face-to-face Scouting as long as they have a good risk assessment in place.
- Districts and Counties must avoid unhelpful local rules.
- Ensure that everyone is aware of the steps and precautions being taken at face-to-face meetings.
- Use COVID-safe materials from the brand centre.
- Remind members, volunteers and families that being outdoors is safer as transmission rates are significantly lower.
If you're unable to meet in the venue you used to meet in pre-COVID, there are a number of ways you can still return to face-to-face.
- Try finding temporary venues or spaces to meet.
- Use suitable outside space (Districts or Counties could make campsite space available for groups to run sessions).
- Source new permanent venues. You could try asking your local authority.
- Explore using space at other Scout venues. You could try meeting on weekends.
Remember that everyone is in a different place as a result of COVID-19. There is no right or wrong way to restart but it is important that you identify and overcome the challenges of getting back together safely. Work together and support others where possible.