Back Together Safely (COVID-19): Latest plans on how the group is returning to face-to-face Scouting. Find out more

Back Together Safely

Last Updated: 12th October 2020 17:37

As part of UK Scouting’s Getting Back Together Safely framework this page helps parents, supporters, young people and volunteers understand the plans we have in place to ensure everyone returns to Scouting safely. The group is currently operating at the below status.

Readiness Level – AMBER
Virtual sessions, indoor activities with outdoor preferred are approved with a maximum 15 young people. No residentials.

The government issued new guidance on 8th September to the general public restricting group social gatherings to no more than 6 people. The National Youth Agency (NYA) confirmed on 9th September that despite the change to social gathering restrictions by government, NYA Guidance remains at Amber level because youth sector activity is now classified an essential service. This means that Scouting will continue with the measures we have in place.

UPDATE 10th September

The Scouts have reviewed the current AMBER level guidance and we can confirm the following changes have been adopted by the Executive Committee:
– Indoor activities are now allowed, but outdoor activities are preferred and should be encouraged
– Numbers change to 15 young people and up to five leaders
– Scouts, Explorers and Adults must now wear face coverings indoors. Leaders don’t need to wear a face covering when delivering activities. We are currently operating outdoors so your section leaders will advise when to wear them. Please always bring them along

UPDATE 4th September

On Wednesday 29th July, our group were given the approval to move into the AMBER readiness level following the national approval process giving the green light.


Take a look below at some of the areas that the group have planned for during our return. If you have any questions please contact your section leader.


Framework

In June 2020 the National Youth Agenda (NYA) released how youth sector organisations can safely return to face-to-face services as COVID-19 diminishes. This was shortly followed by The Scouts releasing their national framework for all the UK with a 14,000 adult members webinar. 1st Farnsfield have developed plans through sessions & a parent survey.

The detailed Scouts “Getting Back Together Safely” framework can be found on the The Scouts website here. In order for the group to implement any plans our detailed plans and risk assessments have to be approved by the Group Executive Committee and the District Executive Committee at each readiness level change as detailed below.

The Scouts framework outlines a set of principles aligned to keeping it simple & safe. This aids the groups decisions during the transition back to Scouting.

The Scouts framework sets out four readiness levels; Red, Amber, Yellow, and Green which are listed below. Our group has reviewed these levels & detailed our actions we will take and made it more meaningful for how we operate.

The level is set by the government which includes a maximum group size. The group implements plans approved by the district. If it escalates our plans roll back.

Operational Plan

The Scouts framework outlines a set of key documents which we must have in place. Our action plan on how we return is one of these. This details what we will do during the phased return to face-to-face sessions.

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Risk Assessments

There are several layers of risk assessments which the group has in place. These cover the following and can be accessed by clicking the links below:-

COVID-19 Group Risk Assessment
Venue Risk Assessments
Activity Risk Assessments
Games Risk Assessments

Questions

As questions are asked we will populate the question and answers below to help parents, volunteers and young people know what is happening.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for the latest symptoms. Key symptoms are 1) A new continuous cough; 2) A high temperature; 3) a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.


What if I have a confirmed case of COVID-19

Please follow government guidance. Seek advice from NHS 111, self-isolate & arrange tests. Notify your section leader if a positive case has been found in a member who has attended a session. Our Section Leader will notify people in attendance to watch for symptoms and follow government guidance. Those who attended the face-to-face session will not attend face-to-face sessions for 14 days who attended.


How do we drop off?

Within each venue risk assessment are instructions on where to drop off and collect from. This is to help us maintain social distancing. Click here to view the venue risk assessments. Please follow these as the collection may not be the same location.


Will there be hand wash facilities?

As part of our plans all venues, we will be meeting at, will have hand sanitiser or hand washing facilities for everyone to clean their hands. We encourage all people to wash their hands at the start and end of the meeting plus key points through the session depending on what activity is taking place.


What hygiene plans are in place?

The COVID-19 Group Risk Assessment details the plans to keep equipment, venue and participants clean. This risk assessment and plan can be found here.


What will happen when we move to RED?

For red, amber and yellow we will always operate virtual sessions. Red is the highest readiness level and thus we can only offer virtual sessions.


What will happen when we move to AMBER?

For red, amber and yellow we will always operate virtual sessions. On top of this during AMBER we will offer outdoor activities which may be adhoc each month like a bike ride or in a set outdoor venue.


What will happen when we move to YELLOW?

For red, amber and yellow we will always operate virtual sessions. On top of this during YELLOW we will offer outdoor activities which may be adhoc each month like a bike ride or in a set indoor venue. The key difference at this level is that we can offer indoor activities if we deem it safe and have it approved. Currently we don’t see the Attic Room in the Village Centre as a viable option, however, as the pandemic progresses we will reassess this


How much is membership fees?

During the September 2020 Autumn term the cost will be £15 per young person. From January 2021 fees will return to £35 per young person per term.


Who approves section plans to return?

Sections cannot just start to meet face-to-face. The Group Scout Leader and Group Executive Committee have to approve plans before submitting to the District Commissioner for review and approval. Only once approved by all of those people can face-to-face sessions start. This has to also happen as levels change.


What to do if returning from holiday abroad?

If you have just returned from holiday abroad please check the latest government advice as to whether you need to quarantine before returning to normal life and Scouting. The latest information and a list of exempt countries which do not require quarantine can be found here.


Does my young person need to wear a face covering?

Any young person who attends Scouts, Explorers or is a young leader needs to wear a face covering INDOORS only. Adult volunteers delivering sessions do not wear mask indoors unless social distancing circumstances require it.


Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls