Scouts are back! Beavers & Cubs will soon be back!
29th December 2020
It's zooming marvellous!
We had hoped to resume face to face meetings during the Autumn, but despite being limited to Zoom Meetings our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts have taken part in a wide variety of activities since September. Scavenger Hunts, crafts, astronomy, map reading and route planning, quizzes and cooking are just a few of the activities they have done. The highlight of this term was the Halloween Camp with St Stephen's and All Saints Habergham Scout Groups. Friday night started with making a Biscoff Cake in a Mug and a really scary ghost story read by an invited celebrity! On the Saturday morning they all made Eggy Bread decorated with Ketchup and then created a decorated glass Halloween lantern lit by a tee light! We would like to say a big THANK YOU to all the young people and their families who have taken part in these activities and CONGRATULATIONS to all those who have gained a number of badges!
Where do we go from here? A Safe return to 'face to face' Scouting.
All governments in the UK have confirmed that youth clubs and activities including Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, like education, are essential to the development and well-being of young people and should continue as permitted activities at all three tiers (Medium, High and Very High) wherever possible, but not during a National Lockdown. There is no requirement for any volunteer or young person to return to 'face to face' activities if they are not able or not comfortable to do so. Similarly, each section has the option to decide their course of action irrespective of the choices of the other sections. Activities should be a mix of both indoors and outdoors. Beavers and Cubs need not wear face masks, but Scouts must wear them. Leaders must wear face masks unless they are giving instructions etc. Maximum numbers are 15 young people and 5 adults per section. Leaders may meet together up to 6 people in total, but not in a private house. Depending on the circumstances, we may still hold some meetings on Zoom.
Our Scouts have just started 'face to face' meetings by taking the necessary precautions and we hope that our Beavers and Cubs will recommence 'face to face' meetings on 13 January 2021!
However, each of our sections can only accommodate a maximum of 15 young people so we may not be able to welcome everyone back.
What do parents/carers need to do to retain their young person's membership of our Scout Group?
If families are already paying their Membership Subscription by Standing Order, they already have guaranteed places and we thank them for their support during the Coronavirus pandemic.
If your young person wishes to come back to our weekly meetings, please let me know by email without delay and set up a Standing Order for £13 per person per month which will start on 6 January 2021 and the 1st day of the month thereafter. Standing Orders may be set up on-line or you can send the attached form to your bank. As a Coronavirus precaution, we do NOT accept payment by cash or cheque. If this creates a problem, please let me know.
If your young person does not wish to remain a member of our Scout Group, please let me know by email and we will delete your family from our list of members and from our email list. Please accept our thanks for your support and our best wishes for the future.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or one of the section leaders.
Vacancies: We have an opportunity for someone to help to run our Scout section and for someone to be the Minutes Secretary for our friendly Group Committee which only meets around four times a year. Please have a word with me if you think that you may be able to help us.