As a reminder, under the current Amber readiness level:
- Group sizes of 15, inclusive of adults, can meet outdoors within your local authority area. This includes the Scout Network section.
- Adult only groups, including Active Support Units, can meet outdoors subject to household rules, which are currently a maximum of 4 adults from 2 households
- All adult volunteers must have up-to-date Safety and Safeguarding training to participate in face-to-face Scouting
- Adults should not mix with multiple groupings on the same evening – either during the same session or back-to-back. Leaders working directly with young people must oversee one group only and not mix with other groups/young people/leaders. (Note for expeditions, mixing is allowed given the supervisory nature of the leader role).
- A young person or adult can travel into another local authority to attend their regular Scout meeting place. However, all Group activities must be arranged within Local Authority boundaries and travel to another Local Authority for activities is not permitted.
- Existing amber risk assessments do not require reapproval but should be reviewed before you meet again. If you have not had an Amber risk assessment approved (even if you have had one approved for Yellow) this must be in place before any face-to-face Scouting takes place.
- In order to make it easier for Leaders to restart, Scouts Scotland have simplified the guidance on equipment sharing and have clarified how our adult supervision rules apply when operating multiple limited size groups close together. This can be found here.
In addition, it is important to remember that all activities now need to have a documented risk assessment in place. If you require any assistance with risk assessments, either for restarting Scouting or general activities support is available from the Risk Assessment Guidance page of our website or from Mike Treanor, Scouting Support Officer.
In addition, we have appended a pdf of the slides used at a recent Risk Assessment Workshop which covers the requirements for a) COVID-19, b) general activities and c) adventurous activities.
As we have maintained throughout COVID, there is no pressure for any volunteers to return to face-to-face scouting and digital programme delivery remains available as a way of keeping in touch with your young people.