Virtual International Camp – Now even bigger and better!
STOP PRESS – Virtual International Camp rescheduled to 8th to 10th October
We have been astonished by the tremendous interest and support that we have received from our international Scout friends from around the world. We have therefore decided to reschedule our forthcoming Virtual International Camp until October. This will allow us to provide you and all Devon Scouts with an even more amazing international experience, whilst ensuring that all sections across Devon are able to place this at the heart of your Scouting programme for the autumn.
I will contact you again to tell you more about what you can expect and how to get involved. For now, please accept my apologies for any disappointment caused to those who were clearly looking forward to this amazing event later this month. But now make sure that you put these dates in your diaries and into your Scout programme.
To ensure that you don’t miss out on news and updates about this amazing Scouting opportunity, please register your interest online here
Protecting Ourselves and Others
It’s great to see so many groups getting back to Face to Face Scouting after such a long time. Please make sure that leaders and young people are doing everything to remain safe during this time. Some restrictions have changed over recent months so we have included a link here to keep you up to date.Visit the Devon Scouts website for links to the most up to date guidance on how to get back to Face to Face Scouting safely.Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air.
COVID-19 UPDATE- (big changes regarding group sizes and travelling!)
23rd March 2021
It’s just under a week now until England moves into the Amber readiness level on Monday 29 March. This means that Sections can meet outdoors again.
We know many Sections have already started to make plans for their return next week, but today we are updating our guidance based on updates from the National Youth Agency (NYA). The updates explain what will be possible for when we can meet face-to-face.
Larger Group sizes
We’re pleased to say that the legal restriction on outdoor group sizes has been lifted, meaning there will be no restrictions on Section sizes able to meet outdoors. This will apply to all Sections including Scout Network, however for activities with no youth members present you will have to follow government guidelines for adults.
Whilst we hope that this is positive news which will help Sections to run their weekly meetings, we are still encouraging them to plan these in a way that minimises the risk of infection – these changes should also be reflected in their Amber risk assessments.
Sections should be confident that they can still maintain social distancing and Covid safety measures. We would also encourage them not to exceed their numbers for a normal indoor section meeting.
If a Section is too small to be viable, without the necessary young people or volunteers, then these sections are able to join one other section in the Group. Larger Group, District and County events will remain prohibited, but we’re still hopeful they will return in the summer. You can view detailed guidance on the unrestricted group sizes on our readiness level webpage.
Activities away from your meeting place
We’ve also received clarification from the NYA on the need for Sections to stay local for trips and visits (including hikes).
Whilst it is encouraged that Sections stay in their local area there is no longer a legal requirement to do so. This means if a Section has no access to an outdoor space nearby, they will be permitted to travel a bit further.
Whilst we hope this is welcome news, as we will not be as limited in the opportunities that we can offer young people, we’d also like to remind you that it’s all of our collective responsibility to try to minimise travel and minimise the risk of infection. We’d encourage Sections to stay as local as they possibly can, if there is no need for them to travel further.
Finally, 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. As Scouts we have a responsibility to look after each other and our communities, our actions should always reflect our values.
Thank you for your support in helping young people to meet face-to-face again. We know this new guidance may mean that plans need to be updated locally, but we believe this is a positive change and another step in the right direction.
Planning a safe and enjoyable programme
Steve Donohue – Devon County Commissioner
We’re recruiting for our County Comms Team!
Starting 2021 off with a bang, we want to expand our comms team. Interested in photography, making videos (like this one)!), website development or just want to learn more impressive IT skills? Then come join the comms team! Technology is more important than ever right now and we really want more members on our team to help bring the best things we can to you.
Woodlands 2021 announcement!
Happy New Year to everyone, we hope you’re keeping safe, well and busy. That’s certainly the case for our County team, as after a year of negative news we would like to bring you some positivity.
Even in these uncertain times we’re busy planning the next Woodlands event for Devon Scouts as we know this is an incredibly popular event for us all which we missed out on in 2020. We’re covering all bases and at this stage can’t guarantee the format or length of the camp, but we can confirm that there will be a Woodlands 2021, so please keep in mind the date of Friday 17th – Sunday 19th September 2021.
We’ll keep you informed of our progress and look forward to welcoming you to Woodlands 2021!
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We’re talking about teamwork, leadership and resilience – skills that have helped Scouts become everything from teachers and social workers to astronauts and Olympians. We help young people develop and improve key life skills.
We believe in bringing people together. We celebrate diversity and stand against intolerance, always. We’re part of a worldwide movement, creating stronger communities and inspiring positive futures.
Join our #RaceRoundTheWorld
Join our #RaceRoundTheWorld: an epic, sponsored challenge to raise money for the Scout Groups hit hardest by COVID-19.
COVID-19 is the biggest crisis we’ve faced in a generation. Now, over 500 Scout groups – many of them based in communities that were already made vulnerable before the virus hit – are struggling to make ends meet. If they close their doors, thousands of young people will miss out on all the life-changing skills and experiences being a Scout can bring, precisely when they need us most.
We’re asking everyone – including young people and their families, volunteers, and former Scouts – to sign up and join one of four teams as we #RaceRoundTheWorld. The four teams are racing each other to see who can be the first to travel the 43,000 miles to get round the world. Everyone who takes part will be following our route at least once, though we’re encouraging everyone to take on as many miles as they can manage!
Read more on the scouts.org.uk website