Scouts to continue from home

By David Rak

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The 1st Seymour Scout Group is taking a break from face-to-face Scouting.

Group leader Renee Clarke said that meant no meetings, camps, hikes or other activities until further notice.

“No youth member will be disadvantaged in completing their peak award. If you now must cancel your green cord hike, and your 15th birthday is coming soon, you will still be able to earn your ASM,” she said.

“There will be more details about this and other issues soon.”

Ms Clarke said Scouts were very active online, with many sections already meeting via the internet.

“Cubs have been doing boomerang work together and sending videos of their efforts to their leaders. Joeys have been having a sleepover, each in their own home, connected on Zoom,” she said.

“Group councils and section councils continuing to plan ahead through Zoom or other platforms.

“The usual child protection procedures apply. Everything must be public, and visible to all interested parents.

“No private, one-on-one conversations. A section might set up a shared Gmail so that all emails in and out (using `Reply all') are visible to all leaders in the section.

“If you are concerned about running online meetings, please don’t be. Apart from being separated and meeting remotely, our standard practices apply.

“There will be a further update early this week with more details on the trail ahead.”

Any questions can be sent to [email protected]

Scouts Victoria will be providing resources for Scouting at home.

For more information, phone 1800 726 887 or 8543 9800 or visit