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Guidance for getting adults involved again

This guidance will help adults who are meeting in any setting that doesn't include young people under the age of 18. It is designed especially for developmental scout activities, for example Scout Network meetings and events; adult training courses where these cannot be completed through the use of digital technology; committees such as adult appointment committees and executive committees; and activity events run by or involving Scout Active Support Units (SASU). There may be other activities that will be covered by this guidance, e.g. working parties of adults only on scout campsites; or adults undertaking fundraising activities such as a District Christmas post delivery  

This guidance does not cover social activities such as end of term leader socials - these activities must follow the government guidance for social activities.  

This guidance should be read in conjunction with The Scouts’ Framework, which explains the overall process. 


For young people and their leaders, face-to-face Scouting can resume when the risk level managed by the National Youth Agency (NYA), or other relevant government agency within other jurisdictions, is Amber, Yellow or Green.  

When deciding how to meet, you should consider what the need is for the gathering and by default, if this can be done online. Digital methods should be the preferred choice for all adult gatherings. If it's not possible to meet online, and all the attendees are over-18, then outdoor meetings, in line with national guidance, will be the alternative. Meeting indoors without significant ventilation is the highest risk. Scout meetings for over 18s should only take place when online and outdoors are not possible and the activity is essential.

Things to consider   

The guidance for adults meeting varies for each nation/island jurisdiction and is changing over timeIt's the responsibility of each adult to follow government regulations in the area they live and operate in - this includes any local additional restrictions and lockdowns. We have identified in the readiness level table the numbers for both adults participating in scouting activities without young people present and Scout Network activities.  

In some cases, the Scouts have chosen to set limits on adult gatherings which is lower than the government allowance, this is so we can manage perception related issues which we know are causing challenge across the UK. Remember the key principles; 

  • Don't gather for social purpose 
  • Go virtual in the first instance 
  • Be outdoors if a face to face meeting is required 
  • Stick to the maximums outlined below 

The limits identified for each nation below and in the readiness level table will be reviewed regularly and we will advise of any changes at the soonest opportunity. Don’t forget, it is your responsibility to be following your local government advice.  

Scout Network activities must be programme activities - activities which meet the section programme objectives and take place in the normal meeting place, or one where it's clear this is organised youth work. This does not include less formal or obvious gathering such as hikes etc, for these the limits of 6 must be followed. We recommend that scout network members wear uniform, or at least their neckerchief to be visibly identifiable as Scouts.


  • Premises that have been approved as suitable for section meetings may be considered as COVID-secure  
  • Our preference remains that face to face meetings or gatherings if required, wherever possible should take place outdoors 
  • We refer to a range of different types of adult groups. For simplicity, we will refer to the organisers throughout to define those responsible for ensuring the event is conducted in a COVID-safe manner. 
  • Face coverings may be required in some premises for the duration of the activity. Check the guidance in Protecting ourselves and others’ 


First aid training - we still recommend doing 90% online and when your nation/island jurisdiction moves to green you may complete the outstanding practical activities. We know commercial courses are available but we don’t recommend leaders attend these. We will continue to review this.  

Don’t forget all Scouts activities must be risk assessed and this applies to adult activities, although not all will need to be approved through the restart process. Check with your line manager.

We've provided a training plan for those who deliver first response training to members, this will show which sessions of the syllabus can be delivered virtually whilst face to face training isn't practical and which will need to be done once this is allowed when we reach Green readiness level. Download this training plan.

We've also provided a simple sheet to help you track participants progress through first response, identifying sessions they have completed so that you can track them through to completion of the full course requirements. Only at full course completion, once practical elements have been demonstrated face to face can the Compass record be updated. Compass record can be updated.