Social distancing? But Scouting is about teamwork and togetherness.
There's an increasing likelihood of schools being disrupted, social gatherings being discouraged, activities which support our mental wellbeing cancelled, and much needed services in our communities being strained.
It is time, as we have always done, for Scouting to continue to bring communities together.
But how could this be done when potentially being asked to socially distance ourselves?
‘Self-isolation’ and ‘social distancing’ can be scary terminology, especially for some of our more vulnerable members, and so can become a fearful period of time where people feel more anxious and alone. Merseyside Scouts have brought together some ideas for how we can better support mental wellbeing, which can be found on our website by clicking here.
Scouting is here to provide a social cohesion and development amongst our members. But more than that, as Scouts we develop resilience and an ability to adapt - it's important that we find ways to continue deliver high quality programmes and Skills For Life. By continuing to do this, even if delivery methods need to change, we can help our communities to stay together, to stay calm, and most importantly – to stay connected.
“It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome” – William James
We realise that due to emerging UK Government or UK Scouts advice and local circumstances; our Sections, Units and Groups will need to consider how best to adapt our programmes to support learning to take place outside of Section meetings, and to support our members to become independently minded.
Therefore, we would like to support our volunteers to continue to ensure our young people stay actively involved in their Scouting experience. With your help, we will be putting together ‘Scouting at home activity packs’ which will be linked to elements of our programmes, that can be given out (or downloaded from our website) and which will support households to continue to benefit from what we offer.
Our activities will be filled with ideas that young people can do with their families to continue Scouting at home, and parents/carers can share with their Section Leadership Teams, to showcase what they have achieved. This can then be linked to badges and awards for those young people who chose to take part.
How can you help?
We will begin putting these ideas together over the next week or so, and if you have suggestions then please feel free to email your ideas to Mike Hussey.