SEEE expeditions

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South East Explorer Expeditions (SEEE) - expeditions coming up, and adults can join in the fun

Training has continued, particularly with the 25 Braid Bronzes who were at Greenbank on Friday 21 April. 

  • > The Braid Bronze training and expedition takes place in the middle of May. 
  • > Silver and Gold Hillwalking expeditions are lined up for after the exams: Practices in June, Qualifiers in August and September.
  • > The Biking Silver expeditions are being actively planned, and leaders recruited.
  • > Some Bronzes from other Districts will do their training and expedition with their own Unit, but there will be another SEEE expedition for those not covered by that. 
  • > The paddlers completed their Practice expeditions in April, and final preparations are being made towards the Qualifying Expeditions in June and August on Loch Tay and The Great Glen respectively.


Can you help? We would still welcome more helpers for Biking, Hillwalking and Paddling.  If you have received a message asking whether you could help on particular dates, please reply.  If you did not, then contact us using https://form.jotform.com/sesscouts/find-out-about-seee

David, John and Steve for SEEE

Duke of Edinburgh Award: Bronze Expedition August 2022

Duke of Edinburgh Award: Bronze Expedition August 2022

Scouting is designed to be flexible to support all young people to take part, achieve and reach their full potential. That is also true of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Recently, this approach to ensuring all our young people reach their potential was superbly demonstrated when a group of Explorers from Braid and Craigalmond, including some with additional support needs, completed their two-day DofE Bronze Expedition Qualifier in the Pentlands.

At the start of the Expedition, the Explorers agreed that their main “aim” would be to “work together to help achieve their objective of completing the expedition” and it was great to see each member of the group overcome specific challenges and/or support other members of the group, especially when things got difficult. As the Expedition progressed, the group got to know each other better and adapted how they could support each other. The Leader team were hugely impressed with their positive attitude, physical strength, and collective approach to completing the expedition. A highlight was when the group were on the final leg, singing together, knowing they had achieved something special.

Congratulations to Euan, Jack, Kyla, Lennox and Rona on completing your Bronze Expedition and a huge thanks to Lois for your brilliant support during the two days.

Thanks to the Leader Team (Mike, Hector and Donald) and our Assessor (Neil) for your support and to the SEEE Team for their guidance.

Mike Treanor
Leader in Charge

Why not read about the other Regional Expeditions over the summer.

Volunteer opportunity available

If you enjoy reading this then please get in touch to find out how you can become an adult volunteer. It’s so rewarding for you in so many ways. You’ll only know if you try. You can work directly with the young people or more behind the scenes in whatever flexible role suits you in time, skill and space. You don’t have to have had any prior Scouting experience, you just need to want to do good, and help others.  If you believe in this as a set of values then this is a great opportunity for you. What’s not to like!  Please email us for an informal, no obligation, chat. 

Important reminder about Outdoor Activities

Important reminder about Outdoor Activities

May 2022 Update:

Now that we are coming into warmer weather, thoughts turn to outdoor activities within scouting. So it’s a good time to remind ourselves that adventurous activities require prior to sign off by your DC (or delegate) and a written risk assessment. 

Many activities will require the Leader to have a permit so you should check this out whilst planning your activity. 

Activities on the water including swimming or the use of any equipment including inflatables should be considered carefully. If the activity is taking place on anything other than class C waters <https://www.scouts.org.uk/…/general…/class-c-waters/> then a permit will be required. 

Permits are also required for activities in terrain other than terrain 0 (T0) – <https://www.scouts.org.uk/…/terrain-zero-activities/

Hillwalking
Any questions please ask Bruce or one of the assessors or if you would like to be considered for a permit. You will be covered under Scout insurance if you follow the rules and you will have the support of the Scouts in the event of a claim, however, this is unlikely to apply if you have not followed the rules.
 

Thank you for your support.

Keep on Scouting – Safety Requirements and Programme Ideas

Keep on Scouting – Safety Requirements and Programme Ideas

Some key reminders to enable you to Keep on Scouting safely:

  1. Tier Status

This table provides information about the do’s and don’ts Scouting guidelines for each Tier as well as a link to the Scottish Government Postcode Checker to determine which Tier your Group or Section falls into

2. Risk Assessments

There is a requirement to undertake risk assessments for re-starting Scouting under Covid conditions as well as for general activities, which become mandatory from January 2021. This link provides some guidance and additional links to other helpful information. In addition, our Regional Assessors have put togethers some useful tools to help you create Risk Assessments for adventurous activities which can be found here.

3. Activity Planning

Whether you are Scouting virtually or meeting face to face either outdoors, or indoors, there are lots of Programme Activity ideas available via these links:

Scout Activity Planner

https://www.scouts.org.uk/activities/ 

Additional Programme Activity Ideas

https://sesscouts.org.uk/covid-19-programmes/

Press-play-and-go – videos, guidance, tips and tricks to help you run Scouts online

https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/scouts-at-home/press-play-and-go/ 

Mike Treanor
Scouting Support Officer
michael.treanor@sesscouts.org.uk 

Risk Assessment Guidance

We have been asked to provide a reminder of the requirements for undertaking Risk Assessments, both as part of restarting scouting and also as part of general Scouting activities.

  1. General Activities

A reminder that the changes to how we approach Risk Assessments, launched on 18 August 2020, are currently in the transition period through to 1 January 2021.

You’ll find helpful resources on the risk assessment pages of the website, including guidance documents, FAQs, template risk assessment forms and a bank of examples risk assessments.

There’s always been a requirement to undertake risk assessments for all activities within the Scouts, whether in your normal meeting place, on nights away or out on adventurous activities with the encouragement to document them. These changes now require the documenting of the risk assessment. To help with this change we’ve provided lots of methods you can use.

The guidance also reinforces the need to communicate the hazards, risks and control measures to those involved, including young people. In doing this effectively it will help others to develop the ability to identify and manage risk, building another vital skill for life. Remember too that repetitive elements, e.g. your opening and closing ceremonies only need to be written once and dynamically checked in subsequent weeks, or reviewed if you meet in a different place, e.g. in a park on a summer evening.

The normal risk assessments for activities do not require the approval of someone from your District or the Region (with the exception of Nights Away activities and Visits Abroad). It’s about the leadership team working together to undertake, document, communicate and review their risk assessments. Making sure that in doing so we are providing Scouts in as safe a way as possible to, and with, all our members.

2. Restarting Scouting 

It’s also important to remind you this is separate from the restart approval process, which requires a documented risk assessment to be submitted for approval ahead of moving between readiness levels in the restart of face-to-face scouting.

There are lots of really helpful resources available here including:

  • Videos on the approval process and how to write risk assessments
  • Risk Assessment Templates and Examples
  • Checklists for risk assessment submitters and approvers –these are very helpful in keeping you right in terms of what needs to be included and the level of detail

This link provides details of the Requestor approval process.

To date, nearly half of the Sections in the Region have had a Risk Assessment (either Yellow and/or Amber) approved to allow them to re-start face to face Scouting which is great news!

A reminder though that there is no pressure to return to face to face Scouting. You know your young people, you know the limitations of your meeting place, the ability of your leaders to be able to return and what your parents are willing to sign back up to.

If you need any specific support with Risk Assessments please contact your line manager in the first instance. In addition, Mike Treanor, Scouting Support Officer would be happy to provide advice and support (michael.treanor@sesscouts.org.uk)

Moving to Yellow Readiness in Scotland

We can confirm the following changes to the rules for Yellow readiness in Scotland:

  • Indoor activities are now allowed, but outdoor activities are still preferred and should be encouraged.
  • Numbers can change to a total party size of 30 and this includes young people and adults – both indoors and outdoors. Any Young Leaders are also included in this total, but remember that they do not count towards the adult side of ratios – they should count towards the young people side. (The increase to 30 outdoors is also permitted in Amber)
  • Indoor activities will carry more potential risk so numbers must be adjusted accordingly to allow social distancing to be maintained, among those aged 12+.
  • Young people under 12 (Beavers, Cubs and younger Scouts) do not need to socially distance from each other but older Scouts, Explorers and Adults should maintain social distancing, currently at 2m.
  • All adults must socially distance from all young people (even those under 12), where it is not possible for a short period then a face covering must be worn.
  • No gatherings of more than 30 are permitted for any reason and multiple groups must continue to be at least 25m away from each other.
  • Adults don’t need to wear a face covering when delivering activities unless social distancing can’t be maintained.
  • Young People over 12 need only wear a face covering if social distancing can’t be maintained e.g. when moving from one activity to another. Social distancing should still be the norm.
  • Consideration should be given to age group bubbles to reduce group sizes, for example the Scout Section might choose to meet with 10-11-year olds as one bubble and 12-14- year olds for another but that will depend on factors such as Troop size, hall size etc.
  • Whilst it is now possible for leaders to move between Sections on the same day, this should be limited to avoid contact with too many households and increase the risk.
  • Groups will need to get consent from parents and carers before young people move to indoor activities.
  • Those Sections meeting outside in groups of up to 30 in public places may experience enquiry or even verbal abuse from the general public who will not be aware of our exemptions from the normal rules. Please be patient, be polite, and explain that we come under Education rules and ensure that the 2m distancing by over 12’s is being observed. Wearing neckers or uniform will help. Youthwork is an essential service and after 6 months of lockdown, it is vital that some normality returns to our young people’s lives.
  • Adult Leader training and other adult gatherings that are not direct youth work (working with Sections) should not involve groups of more than 6 people indoors or outdoors and household restrictions do apply.
  • Residential experiences (both in the UK and Internationally) won’t be permitted before 1 January 2021 at the earliest, but Scouts Scotland will review this position again in December

Risk Assessments

  • Not all ‘Amber’ risk assessments will need to be re-submitted because of these changes. Groups and Sections that have already had their risk assessments approved may wish to amend their current risk assessments to allow for the changes as follows:
  • A Group/Section who’ve already had an ‘Amber’ approved risk assessment for meeting outdoors, but want to increase their numbers outdoors, should simply note this as a change on their local copy. This doesn’t need to be re-approved as there are no new COVID-19 risks identified.
  • A Group/Section who’ve already had an ‘Amber’ approved risk assessment for meeting outdoors, and who want to move to ‘Yellow’ and meet indoors, would need to consider what new COVID-19 risks exist and submit the amended risk assessment for re-approval ensuring that it clearly states that this is ‘Amber to Yellow’. Until that’s approved, they may continue to meet outdoors under their previously approved risk assessment but now with group sizes up to 30.
  • A Group/Section who haven’t submitted a risk assessment before now have the opportunity to include outdoor and indoor options on a single risk assessment in ‘Yellow’. They should not be asked to complete Amber and Yellow risk assessments but make it clear that it is a ‘Yellow Risk Assessment’

The South East Scotland Scouts Regional Model Risk Assessment can be found here to help you with your own specific circumstances.