Returning to face-to-face Scouting

The Coronavirus pandemic has hit every aspect of life across the world, and Scouting is no different. In the Forest of Dean, we have been forced to close all face-to-face meetings since March 2020. Our volunteer leaders have been amazing and provided a range of activities for all our young people to continue enjoying Scouting.

Unfortunately, returning to ‘normal’ meetings will not happen soon, but all our volunteers are busy assessing the risks of their meeting places, considering who to provide regular meetings and looking forward to providing residential experiences which are safe and still exciting.

Currently, we are preparing to return to weekly meetings for most of our young people but it is a challenge. We need to complete risk assessments and catch up with any mandatory training needs (which we would normally do).

Each Scout Group has different needs and different challenges – so each Group will carry out appropriate risk assessments before reopening. The District Team will monitor this process and provide support so that Groups can reopen as soon as possible.

The one thing I know is that, even though you might want to send your child to Scouts as soon as possible, you also understand that we need to make sure everyone, both adult and child, is safe and that they correct protect measures are in place.

If you need further information, please contact the District Commissioner, Gary Law.