Autumn Update

Date: 30th Oct 2020 Author: Rich Williams

I hope you are all staying well.

Since my update on 3rd September many things have changed, some things several times and things will continue to change.

The current situation with scouting is that we can, with the appropriate risk assessment, have scouting with groups of 15 young people and up to 5 Leaders. The leaders can include parent helpers, section assistants, assistant section leaders, section leaders and young leaders. We are allowed to have activities both outdoors and now indoors.

The main guidance we follow is the scouting guidance which can be found at:

In addition, scouting generally follows the national youth association guidance with some minor changes:

So far, we have managed to get many risk assessments approved by district and hopefully your young people have participated in many new activities. We will continue this as much as we can dependent upon the goodwill and availability of our volunteer leaders.

Some sections may take advantage of moving indoors when the light begins fail but some sections will continue to run an outdoor only programme. We have made the HQ covid-19 compliant with additional risk mitigations including signage, spacings, PPE and other controls.


Please continue to engage and work with your leaders in ensuring we are able to continue in a safe way by complying with risk assessments as they are shared. I believe it is essential to the social, physical and mental well-being of all our young people and all of our supporters they we continue to offer scouting in Burntwood.

Each section will be choosing the mode of delivery face to face, digital or a mix of both that suits their leader team and the young people. It is important to remember that our digital programme continues to ensure all of young people and leaders can continue to participate especially as some are themselves vulnerable.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support during this period and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any issues or challenges you wish to discuss.

Of course I continue to be amazed by the new activities and ideas that our leaders come up with to entertain and challenge the young people to gain new skills for life, you continue to inspire me well done!

Rich Williams
1st Burntwood Scouts GSL

Nature and the outdoors are languages that can be learned. Once you identify a beech tree, tie a clove hitch or cook a simple meal over a fire that you’ve built yourself, you’ll never forget it.'
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls