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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

Updated: 25th March 2020

Section Meetings Online

Groups in all countries are now not meeting face to face

Adult volunteers from groups in these countries are able to sign up for Microsoft Teams, so that section meetings can be run online. You can sign up using the form here. We’ve created a guide to help you.

Terms & Conditions:

  1. Accounts are only available for the following roles: Group Scout Leader, Assistant Group Scout Leader, Section Leader, Assistant Section Leader. 
  2. Accounts are allocated on a fair usage policy. At this point, we recommend each group has an account for the GSL and 1 for the section leader of each section.
  3. You can only use accounts for BSO activities.
  4. We can only offer limited personal support to solve any technical issues. This will be via email: it@britishscoutingoverseas.org.uk

Managing the risk in the UK
The Government’s Coronavirus webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Your Online Programme
We’re currently still writing some activities that you can run online, but for the time being, have a look at these:

  1. Meeting Order
  2. BSO Challenge

Returning from abroad
The Government Coronavirus webpage advises on what to do if people have recently returned from areas affected by the virus. Please check the advice and the list of countries. Just like everyone else, our Members should follow the standard advice on self-isolation if that is applicable.

Events
If you or your team are organising any Scout events, please make sure you regularly read the latest Government advice and then update your risk assessments if necessary.

Scout trips abroad
As well as the Government Coronavirus webpage, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website has information, guidance and travel advice, along with details of any restrictions.

The Coronavirus situation may have implications for your travel insurance. Check with your insurers directly about the levels of cover and verify that the trip continues to have appropriate insurance as the situation develops.

If you have taken insurance through Unity, they have provided an update here.

Check for changes
As you will understand, this is a rapidly changing situation. Please continue to check the Government webpage for updates, and follow their advice to guide your local decisions.

We’ll be sharing some advice with all members in the March member email on Tuesday 3 March, but you may share this email with your team before then if required.

Local Advice
Please ensure that you and your group are following the advice and precautions being put into place by your host nation.  This may differ from what’s happening in the UK

Thank you
On behalf of the UK Chief Commissioner, Tim Kid, I want to say a big thank you for everything you do for Scouts. By checking and following the latest Government advice and by taking a calm and measured approach, we can continue to ensure that young people and adults can enjoy Scout activities safely.