In the past six extraordinary months, by the power of video conferencing, social media and YouTube, thousands of our youth members have been able to continue Scouting in their own homes.
In July, Scouting embarked on the long road back to ‘normality’. The current status for all Scout groups in the Somerset is AMBER. This is regulated by the National Youth Agency, the leading national charity for youth work.
The current Amber status means that up to 5 adult volunteers can meet (face to face) with up to 15 youth members of a section at one time. Most meetings will be outdoors at present, but indoor activities might mean that the group size is reduced, if the meeting room is small.
Some groups will now be meeting face to face under strict regulations, some will continue to deliver online programmes for the foreseeable future and others will offer blended programmes.
Between March and July, we added weekly ideas for virtual meetings to this page. They are all still available, along with the County Virtual Camp Site which includes seven zones of activities to explore.
Somerset is proud to belong to the Three Counties Project, whose brilliant development team are now very busy uploading weekly inspiration onto their new Facebook page, for all sections who are still participating in virtual or blended programmes.
These can be found on the Facebook page of the Three Counties Development Support Team:
Have you been participating in Scouting at Home? If so, make sure you order your Somerset ‘Scouting at Home’ badge, which you can wear on your uniform or add to your camp blanket! The badge team are waiting to hear from groups, leaders, parents and individual members. Please email your request to email@example.com
Did you know that you can run meetings using technology.
If you’re not sure, we have all information here:
Here are all the Scouting at Home activities that we uploaded between March and July 2020.
Just select your section:
Somerset County Virtual Camp 2020
No one has to miss out on the Somerset County Virtual Camp!
- On Saturday 9th May 2020, thousands of us pitched a tent in the garden, put up a shelter or built a den in the lounge!
- There were 40 activities for all ages. Check out facebook.com/SomersetScouts/ to see photos and videos that members shared with us from across Somerset, the UK and beyond. We all had a wonderful weekend!
- The opening and closing ceremonies, plus our evening campfire are still available to view on our Facebook page.
- If you weren’t able to camp with us, you are welcome to join in now! All the activity zones remain open and the videos are still there for you to enjoy.
- We are very excited to announce that there will be a camp blanket badge available for all those who took part … details will be released soon
- We had to camp at home – but we did it together!
Thanks to everyone for your fabulous entries in our June Scoutcrow Event.
Visit the county Facebook page www.facebook.com/SomersetScouts/ to see a celebration, in photos, of the wonderful Scoutcrows all over Somerset. It is great that we can still participate together in so many different ways even though we are forced to ‘Scout apart’, in our own homes.
Many thanks to all those wonderful heroes across this county – our adult volunteers who are continuing to provide inspiring ‘distance’ and ‘virtual’ programme experiences, in increasingly innovative ways for the youth members of their sections.