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Scouts COVID-19 responsible games and activities

Programme ideas for online and COVID responsible sessions

Have an adventure online. Play a game in the park. Try something new in your meeting place.

However you’re doing Scouts, we’ve put together some ideas to get you started. Check out the activity links to help you plan your programme, wherever you may be.

Readiness levels

You must check and follow the current readiness level guidance in your area.

The readiness levels across UK Scouts

Activity risk assessments

You need to risk assess your activities as normal (and document it). This doesn’t need to be approved, but it’s good to share it with your Group Scout Leader.

Make sure to consider COVID-19 in your risk assessments and put control measures in place. You can find a number of example risk assessments to download on this page.


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Online activities

If you’re not meeting face-to-face because of the coronavirus pandemic, or any other reason, you can still stay connected with your group online. COVID-19 doesn’t have to stop you trying new things, learning skills, and working towards badges and awards, over 100 million minutes of Scouts sessions have been run online already.

Running activities online is different. We know it may feel a little daunting so we’ve put together some activities and advice to get you started. You could also get in touch with your Group Scout Leader or other local groups to chat about how they’re doing things or shadow another section.

Keeping everyone safe is the number one concern for everyone at Scouts. We all need to continue to follow the Code of Behaviour set out in the Yellow Card and the guidance on staying safe online during virtual meetings.

As always, if a volunteer has any concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), they must follow the reporting process set out in the Yellow Card.

Running a blended programme

You might be face to face full time, meeting online, or somewhere in between. Providing a mixture of online and face to face sessions can help keep everyone safe while still working towards badges and awards and being a great wet weather option.

Consider using online sessions instead of cancelling if some leaders or young people can't attend face to face sessions for whatever reason.

Delivering a flexible programme during COVID-19

Young people can still work towards badges and awards while at home and online. Here's our guidance on making the rules more flexible.

Example risk assessments

Once you’ve read the risk assessment guidance, you can download example risk assessments. Edit them for your unique setting; even if the hazards you see are the same as in the examples, your controls may differ.

Got ideas?

We want to hear them. Send us your online or socially distanced activity ideas to support groups across the UK (and beyond).

Send us your ideas

Running activities onlines

You’re not in this alone. There’s lots of support and information available for online meetings.

Taking Scouts online >

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Virtual programme support webinars >