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The readiness levels across UK Scouts

The framework for face to face Scouting should be applied to whatever the readiness level is in your nation or jurisdiction. Check the readiness levels below.

Last updated: 5th June 2021

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Don't forget that ahead of restarting face-to-face activities you should review your COVID safe risk assessment and make sure it's current. If nothing significant has changed or only changes to your numbers then this does not need to be re-approved ahead of you restarting.

Until notified all jurisdictions are subject to restrictions on visits abroad and large scale events and anyone wishing to travel between jurisdictions (where allowed) must apply the stricter rules for the home and host location when planning and delivering the activities.

England

Readiness level: YELLOW

This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. Limited small group residential activities may take place.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no limit on group size but remain as only one section meeting independently of others. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): 30 people maximum.
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: Adults may meet in small groups for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. Full details in getting adults involved again guidance.
  • Residential activities: Nights away activities may take place with a maximum of 6 people within the group (including young people, volunteers and carers). COVID measures such as social distancing and good hygiene remain in place (even overnight), groups must remain independent of others and lateral flow testing must take place immediately prior to departure and every 48-72hrs throughout the trip and on return.

Note: Where small sections may struggle to be viable to operate independently they may join with another section at this time.

Note: The number of adults present should be limited to those who are required to be present to support the activity. It’s important to remember that we’re still in the middle of the pandemic and we all have the duty to make sure we’re following the letter and spirit of the guidance. 

Note: Activities (including those away from your usual meeting place) should be planned to minimise risk by limiting travel at all times. Check the guidance on planning activities in terrain zero. Trips should only take place where the outcomes can not be achieved locally and must be in a COVID safe manner.

Scotland

Readiness level: YELLOW

This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. Limited small group residential activities may take place.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: 30 people maximum.
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): 15 people maximum.
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: Adults may meet in small groups for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. Full details in getting adults involved again guidance.
  • Residential activities: Nights away activities may take place. This must use single occupancy accommodation such as tents or rooms, with a maximum of 30 people within the group (including young people, volunteers and carers) and groups of 15 maximum for groups of over 18s. COVID measures such as social distancing and good hygiene remain in place (even overnight), groups must remain independent of others and lateral flow testing must take place, further guidance in the planning a COVID-safe nights away in 2021.

Further information on what this means in the Scouts here.

Note: Physical outdoor activities are permitted but should be planned to minimise risk, by limiting travel at all times. Trips should only take place where the outcomes cannot be achieved locally and must be in a COVID safe manner.

Wales

Readiness level: YELLOW

This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. Limited small group residential activities may take place.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no limit on group size. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): 30 indoors and 50 outdoors. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: Adults may meet for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. Full details in getting adults involved again guidance, 30 indoors and 50 outdoors. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.
  • Residential activities: Nights away activities may take place for Scouts, Explorers and Scout Network members for the purposes of completing the expedition requirement of a tops award (Chief Scouts Award/Queen's Scout Award/DofE). This must use single occupancy accommodation such as tents or hammocks, with a maximum of 9 people within the group (including young people, volunteers and carers). COVID measures such as social distancing and good hygiene remain in place (even overnight), groups must remain independent of others and lateral flow testing must take place, further guidance in the planning a COVID-safe nights away in 2021.

Note: Physical outdoor activities are permitted but should be planned to minimise risk, by limiting travel at all times. Trips should only take place where the outcomes cannot be achieved locally and must be in a COVID safe manner.

Note: The number of adults present should be limited to those who are required to be present to support the activity. It’s important to remember that we’re still in the middle of the pandemic and we all have the duty to make sure we’re following the letter and spirit of the guidance. 

Northern Ireland

Readiness level: YELLOW

This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. Day trips and visits are permitted. No residential activities.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no limit on group size for outdoor meetings but remain as only one section meeting independently of others. Indoor activities are limited to a maximum of 25 young people plus leaders.
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): no limit on group size for outdoor meetings but remain as only one section meeting independently of others. Indoor activities are limited to a maximum of 25 young people plus leaders.
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present : Adults may meet for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. Full details in getting adults involved again guidance.

Note: The number of adults present should be limited to those who are required to be present to support the activity. It’s important to remember that we’re still in the middle of the pandemic and we all have the duty to make sure we’re following the letter and spirit of the guidance. 

Further information on what this means can be found here.

Isle of Man

Readiness level: GREEN

This means: All activities can resume for members who live on the Isle of Man. No travel outside the Isle of Man for any Scouting purpose. No Travel to the Isle of Man for any Scouting purpose.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no group size restriction
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): check local government guidance
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: check local government guidance
Guernsey

Readiness level: GREEN

This means: All activities can resume for members who live within the Bailiwick of Guernsey. No travel outside the Bailiwick for any Scouting purpose. No Travel to the Bailiwick for any Scouting purpose.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no group size restriction
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): check local government guidance
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: check local government guidance
Jersey

Readiness level: GREEN

This means: All activities can resume for members who live within the jersey. No travel outside Jersey for any Scouting purpose. No Travel to Jersey for any Scouting purpose.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no group size restriction
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): check local government guidance
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: check local government guidance
British Scouting Overseas (BSO)

Readiness level: VARIES

This meansSee the British Scouting Overseas website for Reopening Status of Groups.

Maximum group size: Varies

 

 

Gibraltar

Readiness level: GREEN

This means: All activities can resume for members who live in Gibraltar. No travel outside Gibraltar for any Scouting purpose. No Travel to Gibraltar for any Scouting purpose. Residential activities may take place.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no group size restriction
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): check local government guidance
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: check local government guidance