Here you'll find invaluable advice. Thanks to the Digital Activities Team, there's a great article on Cyber Scouting and how best to hold meetings over the internet. More advice will be posted on this page soon, so take a look!
"As promised, here is our Tuesday morning update following on from our very own 'Cobra Committee' meeting, the ‘Kaa Committee’ which met by Conference Call last night.
Firstly, I am immensely humbled and proud by all the work you are doing locally to keep in touch with our young people at this challenging time. You are all Scouting heroes and saying thank you seems such an inadequate word, but it is all I have, so… THANK YOU.
Secondly, even as we held our 'Kaa Meeting' the Country was changing yet again. This will bring further stresses and strains upon us all and I want to express from a County level our sincere wish that you keep yourselves and your families safe.
There is a new Have-U Heard UPDATE giving lots more up to date information which can be accessed HERE.
This includes - Cyber Scouting - Activities - Badges - Competitions - Training - Appointments - AGMs......and much more.
Finally - Good luck with all you are doing. As our Scout Law says, a Scout has courage in all difficulties. I think we are experiencing a time when more than ever we will need to live up to this. Be courageous, keep safe and keep in touch."
Coronaviris (Covid-19) - Activities Update
In response to the current situation and the suspension of all face-to-face Scouting activities until further notice, the County Activities Team are taking the following actions regarding activities bookings via the County Website, with immediate effect.
1. Bookings for all activities on the County Website have been temporarily suspended.
2. All activities scheduled to run between now and the end of May will not take place.
3. Groups and individuals who have activities booked before the end of May will be contacted in advance of the event date and offered the following options:
a. To rebook on a similar activity later in the year.
b.To be given a full refund.
4. This would then continue as a rolling process in subsequent months until such a time as we’re able to resume the delivery of activities.
5. Bookings will be reopened as soon as Government and Scout Association advice allows.
6. As the suspension of activities also extends to adults, a lead time of 2 to 3 weeks should be expected to prepare kit and collate instructors before events are able to commence.
We kindly ask that leaders and parents do not contact the County Office regarding activities bookings whilst this suspension is in place, but wait for the relevant Activities Delivery Team to contact them.
Whilst it’s disappointing that we’re unable to deliver our programme at the moment, the health and well-being of our young people and adult volunteers must take priority. As the situation rapidly develops, there are no timescales beyond what’s been described above.
I’d like to place on record my gratitude to the hard working volunteers in the County Activities Team and to those Groups and individuals who support our programme. I wish you all well in these challenging times; please do take care.
Yours in Scouting,
Deputy County Commissioner (Activities)
Dear Fellow Scouters & Supporters,
CORONAVIRUS & THE SUSPENSION OF SCOUTING ACTIVITIES (from 17th March 2020)
As you will know, we are now in unprecedented times and it is with great sadness that we need to cancel all our Scouting face-to-face activities for the foreseeable future.
We are unsure how long this suspension will last and so due to the considerable financial risk associated with some of our upcoming events, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Teko Tohunga Tahwiri Challenge event, Cub Camp 2020, Junior Warrior 2020 and all water, land, air and creative events from our Activities Team. This will mean that many District and Group events will also be cancelled, including St George’s Day celebrations. However, the County Office will remain open to support members in the months ahead. Whilst no face-to-face meetings will take place, advice and support will continue.
Working with the event delivery teams, the County Office will also be initiating action to refund Groups and individuals in line with our cancellation policies for those County events that have now been cancelled.
The European Jamboree 2020 from 27 July to 6 August is not in our gift to cancel and currently it is not cancelled, but we will keep those involved up to date with further information as soon as it is received.
The County Leadership Team have agreed to meet by conference call every Monday for the next few weeks to consider any updates. Should there be new information we will post this on the County website and social media on a Tuesday morning, so please make best use of these communication platforms in the weeks ahead.
Already, many leaders have emailed me regarding what can we do as Scouts in North Yorkshire to support our communities in this time of hardship and challenge. The most important thing is to keep ourselves safe, to follow Government advice, especially about washing our hands regularly, and self-isolating if we have a new cough or temperature.
But Scouts have throughout history stepped up to do that little bit more. There will be a lot of fear right now and one way to avoid being overwhelmed by this is turning our attention to helping someone.
As leaders, we could do or facilitate some of the following:
In the next few weeks both The Scout Association and Online Scout Manager will be looking at activities our young people can do at home whilst meetings and activities are suspended. It would also be great for those leaders with a bit of free time on their hands to complete any online training; you can’t blame me for trying! We need everyone to complete their online safety and safeguarding training as soon as they can!
Let’s remember that we are in this together. Let’s look after ourselves and our communities.
As always, thank you for all you will have to do in the weeks ahead. Let’s keep everyone informed and support each other in the true spirit of Scouting.
Yours in Scouting
I'm writing to share critical pieces of information relating to the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. This email follows my previous communications with volunteer managers over the past few weeks.
Late this afternoon (Monday 16th March 2020), the Prime Minister has said that everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others.
Suspension of face-to-face activities
Given this guidance, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events must be suspended from tomorrow, Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults, and will be until further notice.
We must continue to respond to the developing situation in a calm, measured and appropriate way. We will continue to follow official guidance. The safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making.
The Government's Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Given the latest Government guidance, we are cancelling the following events:
Day of Celebration at Windsor
Beaver and Cub Fundays at Gilwell Park and Woodhouse Park
We will be communicating to specific audiences about these event cancellations over the next week. We'd ask that you wait for this information to be sent out rather than contacting us immediately, due to the volume of enquiries we are currently receiving.
If you or your team are involved in organising any future Scout events, you will now need to review these plans and risk assessments given this new guidance.
Jamborees and other large events
If applicable, we suggest you regularly check the websites of relevant large-scale events, for example, Jamborees and camps, for specific updates from the organisers.
The organisers of the European Jamboree 2020 in Poland have shared this update and continue to add to their frequently asked questions on the changing situation here. If applicable, please continue to monitor these updates.
Scout trips abroad
We asked the Government (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) for clarity about youth groups travelling abroad, as the current advice only specifies school trips. We will let you know when we receive an update.
As well as the Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website has the latest information, guidance and travel advice, along with details of any restrictions – which must be followed.
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation may have implications for your travel insurance. Check with your insurers directly about the levels of cover. If you have taken insurance through Unity, they have provided an update here.
Scout Information Centre
The Scout Information Centre will only be able to deal with emails and web chat until further notice. As you can imagine, we are experiencing an unprecedented level of enquiries at the moment, so please use the Government guidance as your primary reference where possible.
Keeping you updated
The Government have now committed to daily briefings. So we can keep you up to date, we have created a webpage: scouts.org.uk/coronaviruswhich we'll update from tomorrow.
Doing our bit
I think we all agree that it's in challenging times like these, that our Scout values matter most. We are talking to the Government and other community organisations to see how Scouts can support our country during this crisis. We must make sure that we do this in the safest possible way, and don't put anyone at further risk. We will update you more on this over the coming weeks.
Scouting at home
We are planning to share activities for young people to do at home with their parents if families are faced with self-isolation. We will be communicating more about this soon.
As always, I want to say a big thank you for everything you do for Scouts. By checking and following the latest Government advice and by taking a calm and measured approach, we can continue to ensure that young people and adults stay safe.
UK Chief Commissioner