Back together Safely (Covid-19): Latest plans on how the group is returning to face-to-face Scouting Find out more.
Back Together Safely

Back Together Safely

Last Updated: 17th May 2021 08:00

To help parents, supporters and young people understand how we plan to restart face-to-face scouting, we have put together the below information.

Current Readiness Level – England

Readiness Level – YELLOW
Virtual sessions, indoor and outdoors activities are allowed as a section. Some residentials allowed.

Current Meeting Band

Band 1
Local cases are between 0-100 cases per 100,000. Indoor, Outdoor and Online meetings can take place.



In June 2020 the National Youth Agenda (NYA) released how youth sector organisations can safely return to face-to-face services as COVID-19 diminishes. This was shortly followed by The Scouts releasing their national framework for all the UK. The Scouts framework sets out four readiness levels; Red, Amber, Yellow, and Green which are listed below. Our group has reviewed these levels & detailed our actions we will take and made it more meaningful for how we operate.

Group’s Response

To ensure we reduce the risk of infection between all our members, we will be using a banding system to define where we can meet. We will be looking at the local case data and will be following the below banding.

Band 1
Local cases are between 0-100 cases per 100,000. Indoor, Outdoor and Online meetings can take place.

Band 2
Local cases are between 1000-200 cases per 100,000. Outdoor and Online meetings can take place.

Band 3
Local cases are between 200+ cases per 100,000. Online meetings can take place.

The data will be sourced from and will be checked each week. Where two weeks have remained in the same band, this will trigger a change in our meeting band. To find out our current band, please check at the top of this page under current meeting band.


As questions are asked we will populate the question and answers below to help parents, volunteers and young people know what is happening.

Please visit for the latest symptoms. Key symptoms are 1) A new continuous cough; 2) A high temperature; 3) a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
Please follow government guidance. Seek advice from NHS 111, self-isolate & arrange tests. Notify your section leader if a positive case has been found in a member who has attended a session. Our Section Leader will notify people in attendance to watch for symptoms and follow government guidance. Those who attended the face-to-face session will not attend face-to-face sessions for 10 days who attended.
As part of our plans all venues, we will be meeting at, will have hand sanitiser or hand washing facilities for everyone to clean their hands. We encourage all people to wash their hands at the start and end of the meeting plus key points through the session depending on what activity is taking place.
Summer Term subscription fees will be decided at the next Group Executive Committee meeting. Parents will be emailed from 22nd April with more information.
Any young person who attends Scouts, Explorers or is a young leader needs to wear a face covering INDOORS only. Adult volunteers delivering sessions may remove their mask whilst giving instructions. Any member who is medically exempt must inform their section leader.
Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
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