Coronavirus Update

Date: 13th Mar 2020 Author: Craig Kidd

 

We are all aware that the current Coronavirus situation continues to develop around the world.  The safety of everyone involved in Scouting is our number one priority and as a District Team we are listening to the experts and are following the advice issued by the UK Government, the NHS, Public Health England and The Scout Association as we continue to support Scouting in our town

We recognise that this ongoing situation continues to develop quickly, however we are working to provide clarity to our volunteers and our families involved with Scouting in a timely and responsible manner.  We therefore wanted to wait until after yesterdays briefing from the government before issuing an update.

Based on the latest guidance and our risk assessment, this weekend’s District Scouting activities are still going ahead, this includes our Scout Competition Camp and Gang Show Rehearsals.  We will be taking some additional practical measures at Fernie Fields and Overstone to support good hygiene practices including additional handwashing stations,  moving to pump dispensed soaps and additional bins for disposal of tissues.  We are continuing to explore further options to mitigate any risk.

All of us have a really important part to play to keep our Young People, our Volunteers, and in turn our communities safe at this time,  this includes maintaining excellent personal hygiene and following the crucial advice given today about self-isolation.  If you are a volunteer, a parent/guardian or a Young Person and you do not feel well, have a fever or a new continuous cough then it’s really important you stay at home.  Nobody likes to miss out on Scouting but in the interests of keeping everybody safe you must follow the advice and self-isolate. 

If you are unsure you should check the NHS website or 111 online

We will do our bit and try to ensure we continue to deliver the fantastic Scouting we are all so proud of in Northampton, we will keep up to date with Government advice and monitor the situation locally, making measured and proportionate local decisions relating to our programme, our activities and our events.  We will also try to give you as much notice about changes as we can, although please bear in mind that this is a quickly developing situation and we’re all just volunteers trying to do our best. 

I thank you all for your support at this time,

Best Wishes

Craig Kidd
District Commissioner, Northampton Scouts

 

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls