Suspension of Scouting
During the Covid-19 pandemic, it was announced that face to face Scouting would be suspended as of Tuesday 17 March until further notice. Understanding that this couldn’t mean scouting should just stop in its tracks, the district team began to test and develop content and a delivery platform so all members in the district could carry on taking part on a weekly basis.
Resources for Leaders
You will have all seen the launch this week of The Great Indoors in which Gilwell has collected 100 programme plans together.
OSM – Online Scout Manager now has a “Badges At Home” feature – hosted using YouTube. Find out how it works here!
Our YouTube channel will host a number of videos used in the district Zoom sessions, access it below!
To submit evidence for your badge work, click the link above to access our file drop locations.
Running a Virtual Scout Meeting
On Monday 23 March at 7pm we ran a Zoom scout meeting for all Scouts in the district. It was successful with over 110 young people and leaders logged in by video. Zoom meetings are free for 40 minutes although we bought a subscription to have a 2 hour meeting.
We requested those who wanted to attend signed up in advance as we were covering the photography badge however, going forward, this will not be required. You may want to specify rules for chat, conduct on video and safe location to ensure good safeguarding practice if you are running your own sessions. The scouts generally behaved well, although there was lots of over-excitement.
You just download the Zoom app (https://zoom.us/download), schedule a meeting, send the web-link to all the members of your section and ask them to click it a few minutes before the meeting starts, to download the Zoom app to their phone, tablet, laptop or PC. They ideally need a device with a camera and a microphone to fully join in. Set all the participants to mute and then just click on unmute one at a time to allow the scouts to contribute. You can ‘Share Screen’, of a PowerPoint presentation, for example – the scouts will then see the slides and the video of whoever is talking (hence muting everyone else).
Our District Zoom Channel is – 3070343063
Schedule and Meeting Resources
W/C 30th March
W/C 6th April
Cubs – Cooking with Fiona Resources