This page provides the latest guidance and advice on how Cheshire Scouts are responding to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and will be updated on a regular basis.
- Last updated: 24th May 2020
UK Scouting continues to base its guidance and advice on government health advice, which can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Updates from the UK Scout Association (“HQ”) are available here
In accordance with the latest government advice, in the interests of public health all face-to-face Scouting meetings activities and events have been suspended from Tuesday 17th March, until further notice.
In the coming days and weeks we will be working to develop and deliver ‘remote’ Scouting activities with our youth members (i.e. delivered through various on-line resources and media) and looking at how we can work with other organisations to safely support our neighbours and communities.
Clearly this is a challenging situation for everybody but we wanted to update you on some of the things your DC’s and the County Team are doing to support Scouting in Cheshire, support our young people and crucially support our adult volunteers.
A Video message from the County Commissioner
We are incredibly proud that many Cheshire Scouters and family members already work in the NHS and they are working harder than ever. We salute you.
We also know that a number of Cheshire Scouters and family members who were retired NHS staff have answered the call to help our NHS and either delayed their retirement or decided to go back to support colleagues. We salute you.
We know a lot of Cheshire Scouters and family members work in the wider care sector and without them daily fulfilling their duties we really would be in a crisis. We salute you.
We know a lot of Cheshire Scouters are teachers working hard to supply home working tasks or actually in school looking after the children of key workers. We salute you.
We know there are lots of Cheshire Scouters and family members working daily in jobs that are essential to keep the Country going and supporting front line NHS and Care services. We salute you.
Everybody else just needs to play his or her part and follow government advice and stay home.
Scouting continues, it might look different, it might feel different BUT it is still Scouting.
Forest Camp Activity Centre:
Forest Camp Activity Centre is closed until further notice. Any Scout or Guide Groups booked at Forest Camp Activity Centre have been contacted regarding the postponement of their booking until face-to-face Scouting is resumed. Private bookings will be honoured.
Tatton Park Activity Centre:
Tatton Park Activity Centre is closed until further notice and we don’t expect to reopen until late September at the earliest. Any Scout or Guide Groups booked at Tatton Park Activity Centre have been contacted regarding the postponement of their booking until face-to-face Scouting is resumed.
Cheshire Scouts and EuroJam:
The European Jamboree 2020, has been rescheduled to Summer 2021.
For the latest updates from Unity – the Scout Associations own insurance broker – see Unity Coronavirus Update. For activities and trips insured elsewhere, please contact your broker/insurer directly.
During the current suspension of face-to-face Scouting, youth members should be encouraged to continue their Scouting activities at home.
This can be done in two ways:
If you have any Scouting from Home resources that you would like to share with your fellow volunteers, please email them to email@example.com
While we are not meeting face-to-face we are encouraging our leaders and other volunteers to develop ways of delivering Scouting for young people at home.
See these useful resources developed by Youth UK: