Please review our dedicated COVID-19 page for information on how we are getting back together safely Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Getting back together

Updated Tuesday, 4th November 2020

Scouting plays a vital role in our local community, and communities throughout the world.

Our team can’t wait to jump back into Scouting; however, the safety of all our members is paramount.

We will keep you informed on our website and via our social media pages; however, feel free to get in touch if you have any questions.

 


Beavers, Cubs and Scouts

 Not meeting

 


Explorers – Mistral RESU

Not meeting (last meeting 04/11/2020)

 


Some groups are back together – why aren’t 5th Rotherham meeting?

The 5th Rotherham team have been meeting regularly throughout the pandemic to discuss when it safe for our members to get back together, and we have taken the necessary steps to obtain approval to meet again.

We have submitted our COVID-19 specific risk assessments and have approval from the Rotherham District Commissioner and the South Yorkshire County Commissioner to re-open; however, we are facing several challenges which are preventing us from doing so:

The Coleman Centre

Our Scout hut is owned by the Catholic Church who have currently closed the building due to essential maintenance.

The Addison Road Community Centre is set to close soon, and the Catholic Church are moving their foodbank to the Coleman Centre.

They’ve stated that the building will be unavailable until at least January 2021.

 

Bubbles

Many of our leaders work within schools, healthcare, social care – or look after family members who are vulnerable.

By taking part in Scouting:

  • some of our employers have expressed concerns regarding us potentially having to self-isolate.
  • it may prevent our volunteers from being able to form a bubble with their vulnerable family members.

 

Second national lockdown

Updated: 4th November 2020 – The Scout Association have stated all Scouts group must close from Thursday 5th November 2020 due to the second national lockdown

 


The Readiness Level

Working with the National Youth Agency, the Scouts have put together a framework which outlines how we can get back together safely.

England is currently on the Red readiness level.

So what does it mean?

  • The red level means all face-to-face Scouting activities cannot take place
  • The amber level means a partial return to Scouting with several restrictions
  • The green level means Scouting can resume as normal

Ensuring our records are up to date

We need to ensure that we have the correct details for all of our members in case we need to contact you in the event of one of our members, or their bubbles have been contacted by Track and Trace, or have a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

Please use our parent portal to confirm that the details we hold are correct.
If you don’t have access to the Parent Portal – please ask your leader to set you up an account.

Confirm that details of your young person are correct

 


Agreeing to our Code of Conduct

We require all our members to agree to our code of conduct before they can become a member of our Scout group, and we have updated our conduct to reflect COVID-19 specific changes.

We ask that both you and your young person read our code of conduct, and notify us of your agreement using the parent portal on the Online Scout Manager.

Type ‘Yes’ and the date to state you agree


Your young person must not attend

  • if they have any COVID-19 symptoms
  • if they’ve been in close contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis within the previous 14 days

You must let us know

  • whether your household is self-isolating due to a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 diagnosis
  • if Track and Trace have contacted you and have advised you to self-isolate

We ask that you contact our Group Scout Leader – Lisa Langton (lisa.langton@rotherhamscouts.org) at the earliest available opportunity.

To protect the safety of all our members, we will close the group for a minimum of 14-days if a member has a confirmed diagnosis – or we are advised to by the relevant authorities.

This means that we may have to cancel group meetings at short notice – we will notify you on social media and our website immediately.

I want the public to know how Scouting continues to open young people’s eyes to a world of extraordinary promise and possibilities.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls