Covid-19 Information

Getting Back Together Safely

The Government has confirmed that the youth sector is an essential service and therefore Scouts are able to continue to meet in a *COVID-safe way independent of social gathering restrictions where they follow Scouts guidance.  

England Readiness Level

Readiness level: AMBER

This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. No residential activities.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no limit on group size but remain as only one section meeting independently of others. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.
  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): 15 people maximum.
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: check local government guidance

Note: Where small sections may struggle to be viable to operate independently they may join with another section at this time.

Note: The number of adults present should be limited to those who are required to be present to support the activity. It’s important to remember that we’re still in the middle of the pandemic and we all have the duty to make sure we’re following the letter and spirit of the guidance.


Check your COVID risk assessment

Don’t forget that ahead of restarting face-to-face activities you should review your COVID safe risk assessment and make sure it’s current. If nothing significant has changed or only changes to your numbers then this does not need to be re-approved ahead of you restarting.

A Safe Return to Scouting

There is a considerable amount of information published by Headquarters on the website. In case you cannot find that information, the following are key extracts to help you plan and prepare for a Safe Return to Scouting. Remember, it is possible for some Sections in a Group to return ahead of others and there may be a number of practical reasons why this may occur. Here are some documents which provide information and guidance around the planning stage of your journey.

Restart Checklists

Once you have read and planned your Safe Return to Scouting your next step is to complete the Restart Checklist.

Risk Assessments

When completed, the next stage is to complete your Risk Assessment. This should be completed by the Section Leadership Team and then approved by the GSL or DESC. The approval request also needs to be checked by the Group Executive (or in the case of Explorer Scout Units the District Executive).

You will need to complete and submit the appropriate request according to Readiness Level.


The final stage is submission for approval. Details of how this is undertaken is given here. You should upload all Risk Assessment documents i.e. if one has been completed for each Section. Consider also uploading your Restart Checklist as this will give the Approver additional information that you may not have covered and save time in coming back to you with questions. Once you have received approval, planning your first Section night back may throw up some new considerations. See the link below to identify what might be required and how to address issues.



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