Colleagues and friends in Scouting
It seems to have been a very long time since our Branch had to cease face-to-face Scouting and I am very happy to be able to advise you of the steps to take on the path to returning.
The Branch Executive Committee at their meeting of 21 May agreed that our Branch follow the steps that are outlined in the attached pdf documents. The attached documents set out
- the 3 Steps to returning to Face-to-Face Scouting,
- a checklist for hall use; and
- a checklist for outdoor activities.
The timing is a minimum and Groups and units/formations are not required to open then but until that time there should be no Scouting f2f activities and we should fully continue with our online programs and activities.
In general terms, we are recommencing f2f Scouting (Step 1) for up to 10 people on 1 June 2020. The restrictions on social distancing will apply, as will issues surrounding hygiene, across each of the Steps set out in the attached.
The dates for the continuing opening up (Steps 2 and 3) of Scouting will be announced at the Annual General Council meeting on 28 May 2020. These are subject to change should the current Covid-19 status in the ACT worsen.
One of the requirements in Step 1 is that there be only passive activity and I have been asked what this entails. Passive activity is one in which there is minimal exertion, no physical contact and no opportunity for spreading illness. An example of this is a Unit Council meeting where the members sit, discuss and plan future programs and activities. You will see an example of a passive activity with the Executive of our Branch during the live streaming of the AGCM on 28 May.
The requirements set out in the Attached were discussed with Group Leaders in their Jumbunna on Monday 21 May and they are aware of their vital role in shepherding Scouting back to where we all want to be and I ask that you support them in doing so. I thank you all for your contribution over the last couple of months in facing an unprecedented challenge to not only Scouting but to the wider community
Yours in Scouting,
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