Some Groups had managed to return to face to face meetings where they put procedures in place to ensure people were social distancing. Many children were able to participate in activities such as muddy walks in the woods, toasting marshmallows over open fires and working towards their Sports Enthusiast or Athlete badges.
Unfortunately Groups were not able to participate in the normal Remembrance Day Parades and services. Not to be deterred, children made poppies at home and learned about why Remembrance Day is so important.
On Remembrance Sunday, many children and adults stood for the two minute silence on their doorstep.
One Scout Leader was able to take his son and daughter to the war memorial for his children to place wreaths on behalf of their Beaver Colony and Cub Pack.
One activity planned by The Scouts is to get members across the Country to “Race round the World”. The teams are being led by Scout Ambassadors, Steve Backshall, Helen Glover, Tim Peake, Ellie Simmonds, Ed Stafford, Saray Khumalo, Dwayne Fields and Megan Hine. Families can choose whether they want to walk, run, skateboard, scoot, cycle or canoe.
This activity is also helping the young people gain their International Badge as they are being encouraged to find out about other countries around the world, including customs, cultures, food, population, languages they speak etc. Some of the children are also trying food from different Countries.
Several families are using this activity as an opportunity to get some healthy exercise. The children are using the activity to count towards their Hikes Away, Cyclist, Outdoor Skills Challenge and Time on the Water Badges.
Many of the children are being sponsored to help raise money for Scout Groups across the Country that are in danger of closing.
Lead volunteer for Beaver Scouts (boys and girls aged 6 to 8) Tessa Ingram said, “I’m sure lots of Beavers will be encouraging their parents, carers, siblings and other friends and relations to go out on some muddy walks.”
For further information about Scouts, please visit www.bucks-scouts.org.uk