Given the Government advice, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities, and events have been suspended from Tuesday 17th March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults and will be until further notice.

We will continue to follow official guidance. The safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. This has always been at the heart of our decision making.

As lockdown measures start to ease we are working with Welsh Government, youth sector partners and CWVYS to understand what a safe return to face to face Scouts may look like when the readiness level reduces from red. This is done in conjunction with The Scout UK Headquarters framework for Getting Everyone Back Together Safely which can be viewed here.

We will keep this page up to date with guidance, support and funding opportunities for Groups, Districts and Areas in Wales.

For the latest advice and guidance on coronavirus please visit the websites listed in our useful links.

What support is available during the crisis?

ScoutsCymru HQ support

The ScoutsCymru HQ team are still here to support you. Our offices are closed and like many charities during this time, 60% of our staff team are currently on furlough. You can still contact the team on admin@scoutscymru.org.uk. It might take us a little bit longer to come back to you, so please bear with us.

For full information on the support available from UK HQ please head to their coronavirus page.

Scouts UK Support

UK HQ are also operating with a reduced staff team, but are continuing to offer key services. These include:

  • Scout information Centre
  • Scout Stores
  • Safeguarding
Funding Support

We know that many of our Groups are finding themselves in difficult financial situations. To help with this we have created a list of suggested funds along with some top tips to help you apply.

We have also launched the ScoutsCymru resilience fund which aims to support our most vulnerable groups to be in a position to restart face-to-face scouting after the Covid-19 crisis by contributing overhead costs. You can find out more here.

View top tips

Staying safe online

Even though we’re not meeting face-to-face, it’s important that we make sure we all continue to follow the Code of Behaviour set out in the Yellow Card when connecting with young people online. For more advice on staying safe online visit the Taking Scouts Online webpage.

Scouting at home

We are so proud of how creative our volunteers have been when delivering the programme online but completely understand that everyone’s situation is unique.

To support the delivery of the programme at home we are posting activities on our Facebook page three times a week that can be used towards some of our top awards. We have also designed a 10-week activity programme that can be used for our Welsh Sectional Awards.

The Great Indoors

While we normally love the great outdoors, there are some fantastic indoor activity ideas to keep kids entertained while schools are closed due to coronavirus. These activities will keep your kids learning new skills and having fun all in #TheGreatIndoors. The activities are free and great for all children – not just Scouts! Check out the Great Indoors webpage.

The Great Indoors
Training

Whilst Scouting is not meeting face-to-face we will be delivering a series of online training sessions and webinars. These are on a range of topics and you can see all them all on our events page.

Support for you

For many of our members this is an incredibly difficult and stressful time. It is important that we look after our mental health through staying active, keeping connected and being mindful of all around us.

Our Million Hands Partner, Mind, has some brilliant resources for if you’re finding this time difficult.