As a County we are asking our teams to continue to come up with innovative ways to support Scouting so that it can continue at distance. This includes sectional support, training, District support and more.
We would also encourage Groups to look at ways of providing Scouting digitally - online meetings, badges completed at home etc. We know there are some great ideas out there, so please share what you are doing! The Scout Association and OSM are also working on resources. In addition online Scout forums are alive with creative ideas.
This provides an interesting challenge, but Scouting has always been a movement, we adapt and inspire!
Finally, we know with this being a fast moving situation a lot has occurred in a short period of time and it will no doubt affect plans. If you have questions, concerns or just need a chat, please get in touch with the relevant people from the County Team, County Office or your local District Teams - and we'll do our best to help support (just bear in mind as volunteers we're potentially juggling our own Coronavirus situations).
We aim to provide further updates, suggestions and information. Watch this page and subscribe to iScout in Kent.
Lower Grange Farm is starting to run some activities please see their website and Facebook page for the latest updates.
Those who are unable to use the site for booked activities will be able to arrange to reschedule or request a refund.
The County Office is open from 9am to 4pm but on reduced staffing. Please be patient when waiting for replies as we keep our staff safe - better to email than to phone.
The Scout Association has identified over 100 activities from the programme planner to help provide parents and carers things to do with their children while at home. Visit using the link below.#TheGreatIndoors
Basingstoke East District have created an online tool enabling young people to complete badges at home. It is being made available for Groups across the UK.Find out more
Users of Online Scout Manager can take advantage of new functionality being added to assist with completing badges remotely.
Participation in any activity that takes place at home recommended and encouraged by Kent Scouts or any District or Group that are part of Kent scouting are totally under the control, safety and permission of the parent or carers of each young person.Under no circumstances will Kent Scouts accept any liability or responsibility for any accidents; incident or injury to any person or persons or damage to property whilst participating in these activities.
The NCVO has published some useful guidance to help Executive Committees consider how they can best support Scouts locally during this time.
Any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one. Please see their guidance here.
POR has been amended allowing meetings to be held remotely. It also allows decisions to be made electronically. This is valid immediately and will be updated in the next update to POR, in early April. The wording is as follows:
- Electronic voting (such as email) is allowed for decision making of the County/District/Group Executive Committee and its sub-Committees when deemed appropriate by the Chair. In such instances at least 75% of committee members must approve the decision.
- The County/District/Group Executive Committee & its sub-Committees can meet by telephone conference, video conference as well as face to face in order to discharge its responsibilities when agreed by the appropriate Chair.