Covid - Scout Foundation NI

Your guide to Scouting through COVID-19

Covid Status

Updated 26/11/21

VIRTUAL SCOUTING ACTIVITIES | PERMITTED

Virtual scouting activities are permitted and a blended approach is encouraged with a focus on online / digital activities over face to face activities.

ONLINE TRAINING / MEETINGS | PERMITTED

Online training courses and meetings are permitted and are the preferred option for training delivery.

FACE TO FACE TRAINING/MEETINGS | PERMITTED

There is no limit on numbers during in person meetings and training with staff/volunteers but they comply fully with current health advice and mitigations must be put in place i.e. social distancing, wearing masks etc.

OUTDOOR MEETINGS | PERMITTED WITH RESTRICTIONS

Outdoor Meetings are permitted there are no restrictions on numbers when outdoors. Where the two meter social distancing rule cannot be maintained, face coverings should be worn (post-primary ages) unless medically exempt.

• Hygiene breaks should be built into your sessions.
• Supervised games/sports are permitted – non contact.
• Food and refreshments can be provided as part of your youth work programme as long as these are not shared between participants.
• Scout groups can only mix/do activities with one scout group on the same day i.e. you can’t meet up with more than one group to do activities and you can’t meet more than one group on any given day.

INDOOR MEETINGS | PERMITTED WITH RESTRICTIONS

Indoor Meetings are permitted in groups of maximum 25 youth members (not including volunteers). The total number in Scout halls must not exceed 75% capacity at any time.

All attendees must comply fully with current health advice on social distancing of 2 metres and wearing masks.

• Hygiene breaks should be built into your sessions.
• Supervised games/sports are permitted – non contact.
• Food and refreshments can be provided as part of your youth work programme as long as these are not shared between participants.


OUTDOOR DAY TRIPS | PERMITTED WITH RESTRICTIONS

Days trips, hikes, etc. away from your normal meeting place are permitted.

All previously mentioned mitigations apply and groups must follow transport guidelines in youth restart booklet.
Click here for Youth Restart Guidance

OVERNIGHT STAYS | PERMITTED WITH RESTRICTIONS

Overnight stays are permitted with restrictions. Please follow all relevant guidance below:
Click here for Overnight Stay Guidance

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL | NOT PERMITTED

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is advising against all nonessential international travel.


Restart Resources

Back to Scouting after Covid Resources

Return to Scouting Guide

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COVID-19 NI EXECUTIVE RESTRICTIONS AND GUIDELINES

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NI Direct Government Website

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Covid 19 Training for Youth Sector

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EA COVID Guidance for Youth Services

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Scouting Through COVID Roadmap

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