The return to F2F Scouting
All sections got up and running with F2F scouting quickly and although a lot of extra controls were in place it was great to do some scouting activities in person. The numbers were limited to 15 young people in each session, so most sections were running alternate weeks for the young people. With some offering badge tasks to complete on the alternate week such as book reader and photography.
Some of the activities undertaken included: Fire lighting, pocket pizzas, athletics badge, and a night hike.
A big thanks to all the leaders and the Exec for getting the risk assessments all completed and approved by the District.
After the recent government announcement, the Scout Association in England changed the readiness level to red and we had to stop Face to Face scouting until further notice.
So Beavers, Tuesday Cubs and Scouts are back to Zoom meetings, with a range of activities, including a scouting version of taskmaster, quizzes, badge work tasks and cook-a-long!! All sections have a had a good turnout for the meetings so far.
Monday Cubs have decided that based on take up last time they will wait to start again once we are back to F2F unless lockdown carries on longer than the 4 weeks. In the meantime, the leader team have asked the Cubs to complete the YouTube tasks set for them and have been setting other badge tasks.
Scouts have been doing a cook along, baking chocolate brownies on zoom and doing a quiz called Chicken and Potato as well as Zoom Pictionary.
What is next…
We were hoping to return to F2F scouting after the 2nd lockdown and the leaders were updating their Risk Assessments preparing for indoor activities too. All sections are hoping to stay outside for all activities where possible but want the option of heading inside if the weather gets too bad. Unfortunately, due to the governments Tier 2 restrictions we are unable to say what our meetings will look like.
Sue, one of beaver leaders was made aware of a local grant fund and after a quick check amongst leaders Sue applied for a £300 grant towards replacing the groups Coleman shelters. We found out last week we had been successful, so a big thanks to Sue for taking this on.
Since then Penny and Steve found the shelters on offer in Go Outdoors and we are now the owners of 2 new Coleman Shelters for only £9 over the grant amount, so great work all round.
The Scouts Family would like to wish everyone a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS and wish you all a SAFE NEW YEAR.
Ian Colman – Group Committee