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Scouts COVID-19 safe games and activities

Programme ideas for online and socially distanced 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.

You must read and follow the guidance on getting everyone back together safely before you resume any activities.

Restart risk assessments

Before you restart face-to-face activities, you need to have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. This is separate to your activity risk assessments; it just deals with controlling risks related to the spread of COVID-19.

Choose an effective way to share this information with everyone that needs to know, including young people, parents and carers. This will keep people safe and help them feel more comfortable returning to face-to-face Scouts.

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Activity risk assessments

You also 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.

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Online activities

If you’re not meeting face-to-face because of the coronavirus pandemic, 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 41.6 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.

Delivering a flexible programme during COVID-19

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

COVID-19 risk assessments

Download an editable Word version of the COVID-19 risk assessment template and edit it for your unique setting.

Covid-19 restarting face to face Scouting risk assessment

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).

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Running activities onlines

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

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