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Guidance for ‘who are your members?’

Different sections have been able to offer different levels of programme activity for young people throughout 2020. The varying amount of engagements your young people may have had with Scout activity during this time can lead to some uncertainty on how to count your young people for 2021. Below is the guidance and action to take help complete census.

Template wording for parents/carers can be found here and adapted to suit your situation, to help confirm who wishes to remain a member in 2021.

No face to face or digital programme

If your Group/Unit has not been able to provide any Scouting programme (either remotely or face to face) since the pandemic started, you should contact the parents/carers of your members and ask them if they intend to return to Scouting when ‘normal’ face to face activities begin. If they do, we would consider that they are still members of Scouting and your Group/Unit, and they must be counted on census.

Digital programme only

If your Group/Unit has been able to provide online activities, you should count those who have engaged in online activities as your starting point. Then, you should contact the parents/carers of those not engaging online (or all parents/carers if you prefer) and ask them if they intend to return to Scouting when ‘normal’ face to face activities begin. If they do, we would consider that they are still members of Scouting and your Group/Unit, and they must be counted on census.

Face to face activity

If your Group/Unit has been able to provide face-to-face activities (when local restrictions allow), you should count those who have engaged in face-to-face activities as your starting point. Then, you should contact the parents/carers of those who didn’t attend, or who are only attending any digital programme you are running, and ask them if they intend to return to Scouting when ‘normal’ face to face activities begin. If they do, we would consider that they are still members of Scouting and your Group/Unit, and they must be counted on census