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Lockdown – Grace’s Story

Date: 30th May 2020 Author: Chris Blockley

Since 16th March 1st Farnsfield Scout Group have not met face-to-face due to COVID-19, however, they have been meeting online to provide a vital lifeline for those young people who may be feeling isolated and an escape from that next worksheet.

We asked our Scouts for a unique view of Scouting at Home and how they are experiencing lockdown. Read Grace’s story below.


Scouts Celebrate Together but Apart

Usually, for a Scout Camp, we go to a campsite and set up tents and do fun activities, like climbing walls and zip-lines. This time, though, that couldn’t happen. No putting up tents together, no climbing walls, no zip lines, no camp-fire, no anything. We were downcast, doomed and devastated. Well, that was until one bright person had a bright idea – to host a virtual VE Day Scout Camp – At Home!

Maybe we weren’t going to be climbing any climbing walls, maybe we wouldn’t sound too good while singing the campfire songs because of the terrible lag, maybe every hug, high five or handshake would be virtual, but, it was certainly better than nothing, and in the end, we would realise that it was the best and largest virtual Scout camp EVER for 1st Farnsfield!

After the Welcoming Ceremony, we broke off into groups (Scouts, Cubs and Beavers) to do our own activities. I made a pencil pioneering catapult with Scouts! We then had Campfire Songs after dinner, and once we had finished that, we had an extremely fun quiz, before saying goodnight.

In the morning, we did some virtual dancing before 13 investitures (I got invested!) and watched our very funny Necker Challenge video! 1stfarnsfield.org.uk/neckerchallenge

All in all, we all had an amazing VVEDSCAH (Virtual VE Day Scout Camp At Home) and enjoyed it immensely. Thank you for reading!

Scouting continues to support young people in difficult times so if you think you would like to get involved please visit 1stfarnsfield.org.uk/join

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