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The below resources are related directly to returning to Scouting safely in line with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Knowing where to start

If you've not started the process of planning to return to face to face scouting you need to read the information on the Getting Back Together Safely pages, follow the 5 step process and you'll be back before you know it.   

Underpinning the restart process is a framework.

There is an approval process for restarting you'll need to follow and we've got some checklists to help too.

Always check the readiness levels page for the most up to date readiness level for your location. This will include information on what you can do at the level you are in, what numbers etc.

Read what permitted activity is allowed at each level (national variations may apply).

Planning your programme and assessing risk

There are loads of ways of managing your programme in a safe way at this time, check out our hints and tips in the Planning a safe and enjoyable programme guidance.

Planning for nights away or international travel check out our guidance. Check out the specific guidance for planning COVID-safe nights away in 2021.

As with any Scouts activity you need to risk assess, whilst COVID is still around you will need to include COVID controls within your risk assessments. Some examples are available on the Risk Assessment pages.

Protecting everyone and responding to incidents

Knowing how to protect everyone from COVID-19 is key, read our guidance on our protecting ourselves and others. This includes information on face coverings, social distancing, hygiene, PPE and specific to each nation.

Being prepared and knowing what to do if something goes wrong is also important. This explains what to do if someone is isolating or is confirmed with COVID-19.

Check out our guidance on the use of lateral flow tests within the scouts.

We've also got specific guidance on how first aid training is managed whilst COVID restrictions are in place. You can check out the FAQ's on providing first aid & first aid training during COVID-19.


Creating an action plan to respond to COVID-19

Assess your Group, District or County’s situation and create an action plan to respond to COVID-19 by reading the pages on creating an action plan.

Use the action plan template while working through the below pages:

COVID-19 safety materials

Materials to help members follow COVID-19 safety guidelines. Choose from banners, posters, floor vinyls and more from Scouts brand centre.

Access the materials >

Audience specific guidance and keeping in touch

We've got pages to support various roles and audiences, check out the content relevant to you and signpost others who may find them useful.

  • Young people - Guidance for young people about how your local Group may be approaching their Scouts activities
  • Parents - Read the measures we're taking to keep your child as safe as possible
  • Leaders  - Outlining the process and all the support you'll need to safely get your section back to face to face meetings.
  • Commissioners, Executives and Approvers - Checklists, local and national restrictions guidance and keeping buildings safe.
  • Communication - Advice on communicating with people