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UPDATE: COVID-19 and the 16th Scout Group

All meetings has been suspended until further notice.

A message from the Scouts UK Chief Commissioner, Tim Kidd

Dear all, 

I’m writing to share critical pieces of information relating to the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. This email follows my previous communications with volunteer managers over the past few weeks. Late this afternoon, the Prime Minister has said that everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others. 

Suspension of face-to-face activities
Given this guidance, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events must be suspended from tomorrow, Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults, and will be until further notice. We must continue to respond to the developing situation in a calm, measured and appropriate way. We will continue to follow official guidance. The safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making. 

Government advice
The Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Events
Given the latest Government guidance, we are cancelling the following events:
Day of Celebration at Windsor
Beaver and Cub Fundays at Gilwell Park and Woodhouse Park
Gilwell 24 

We will be communicating to specific audiences about these event cancellations over the next week. We’d ask that you wait for this information to be sent out rather than contacting us immediately, due to the volume of enquiries we are currently receiving. 

Event organisers
If you or your team are involved in organising any future Scout events, you will now need to review these plans and risk assessments given this new guidance. 

Jamborees and other large events
If applicable, we suggest you regularly check the websites of relevant large-scale events, for example, Jamborees and camps, for specific updates from the organisers. 

European Jamboree
The organisers of the European Jamboree 2020 in Poland have shared this update and continue to add to their frequently asked questions on the changing situation here. If applicable, please continue to monitor these updates. 

Scout trips abroad
We asked the Government (the Department for Culture, Media and Sport) for clarity about youth groups travelling abroad, as the current advice only specifies school trips. We will let you know when we receive an update.As well as the Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website has the latest information, guidance and travel advice, along with details of any restrictions – which must be followed. 

Travel insurance
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation may have implications for your travel insurance. Check with your insurers directly about the levels of cover. If you have taken insurance through Unity, they have provided an update here

Scout Information Centre
The Scout Information Centre will only be able to deal with emails and web chat until further notice. As you can imagine, we are experiencing an unprecedented level of enquiries at the moment, so please use the Government guidance as your primary reference where possible. 

Keeping you updated
The Government have now committed to daily briefings. So we can keep you up to date, we have created a webpage: scouts.org.uk/coronavirus which we’ll update from tomorrow. 

Doing our bit
I think we all agree that it’s in challenging times like these, that our Scout values matter most. We are talking to the Government and other community organisations to see how Scouts can support our country during this crisis. We must make sure that we do this in the safest possible way, and don’t put anyone at further risk. We will update you more on this over the coming weeks. 

Scouting at home
We are planning to share activities for young people to do at home with their parents if families are faced with self-isolation. We will be communicating more about this soon. 

Thank you
As always, I want to say a big thank you for everything you do for Scouts. By checking and following the latest Government advice and by taking a calm and measured approach, we can continue to ensure that young people and adults stay safe. Best wishes,
Tim Kidd
UK Chief Commissioner

COVID-19 and the 16th Scout Group

This is a message from our County Commissioner about the well know topic of COVID-19,please take a moment to read this.

Hello all,

There have been a number of questions over the last few days around Coronavirus and what we should be doing within Scouting. Following Tim Kidd’s recent email and update from the government, I wanted to reiterate the advice and provide some additional clarification. Firstly, we must follow the governments advice on managing the risk and keeping up to date on developments. The Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus This situation will continue to develop quickly and we are very aware that parents and volunteers are feeling anxious about how fast and widely the effects of this will be felt.

It is extremely important that we respond in a calm and considered way. Therefore, like elsewhere, our members should follow the suggested advice on self-isolation.

Please also monitor the situation in your local area and liaise with your DC. We are not being asked to stop Scout meetings at this time, however, any decision to meet needs to have the full support of leaders – and if they are unhappy to meet or have concerns they should postpone meetings. For example – if you have a local school closed as a result of Coronavirus risk, then it may be appropriate to postpone/stop Scout meetings, activities & events in the same area.

We are holding an online District Commissioners meeting this evening, where additional events will be discussed – so please await further local announcements shortly from your DCs.

Following a meeting with the County Leadership Team yesterday and after much consideration, we have decided to postpone all Buckinghamshire County Scout Events for the next 2 calendar months. This does mean that the County Awards Presentation, Queens Scouts Awards Dinner, Water Activities Weekend for Scouts and Explorers and all Bucks provided Leader training will be postponed. Further details and revised dates will be provided when possible.

County Executive and management meetings will continue to run, however for the next 2 months they will be hosted online rather than face to face.

Taking current government guidelines into account, if you have an upcoming event and are unsure whether to go ahead, please discuss initially with your GSL or your DC.

We are monitoring information from the organisers of other large events, such as Gilwell 24 and the European Jamboree and may have to make a call on these events in due course.

County Office will continue to be open as usual, however, it will be closed to visitors from today until further notice.

In light of this changing situation, we have been inundated with queries, emails and phone calls. We request that you keep following government guidelines and local trends and please only contact us with urgent queries, anything non urgent is being triaged so please expect a delay in response time.

Finally, please remember throughout all challenges and adversity we are Scouts. If you feel it appropriate, without taking any risks, you may wish to help out those vulnerable members of the community.

Please keep up the Scouting spirit.

Best wishes
James

County Commissioner

As for the 16th Scout Group, we will remain open until otherwise notified by the government or Scouts HQ.

If your child/ren is unwell, even just a little bit, please do not attend the meetings and let your leader know as soon as possible. This is to protect everyone and others within the group.

New Year, New Cubs

A new year has begun and to kick of 2020, we have decided to launch a second Cub unit.

Cubs are for boys and girls aged between 8 and 11 years old. We are not only looking for young people to join the fun, we are also looking for adults to help out and join in too.

Meeting at the John Wood Scout Centre, on Fridays and from 18.00-20.00

For more information, enquires or to join Friday Cubs, email us at cubs@16hw-scouts.org.uk

Funday and AGM 2019

This year our Annual Group Meeting (AGM) and Funday is hosted by Paccar, Chalfont Heights.

This event will start at 2pm and finish around 7pm.

There is a cost of £5 per person or £15 per family of 4, (this cost will cover the booking in fee, food and transport of equipment.)

All members and families of the 16th High Wycombe Group is invited.

We will be running out own activities and refreshments including a BBQ.

Rough guiline of the event:

14.00 event start, own activities that involves the whole group, for parents and others to join in.

17.00 AGM and a chance to ask about the group or give your opinions about the group, all is welcome

17.30 BBQ

18.15 Campfire, with the opportunity of roasting your marshmallows

All young persons that are in Sections will earn toward badges.

Please let our Leaders know if you intend to come and how many people are coming with you, please also tell us if you have any dietary requirements.

If you have any questions, please ask your leaders, you will point you in the right direction.

Mission00

Mission00 was a very successful camp. All the campers enjoyed the activites, the food and most importantly, the experiance. For most of our young beavers, it was thier first time at a large County event, as for the older Scouts, it was a just a bit of fun. Everyone got involved, even the leaders and also the District Comissioner. Here are some photos, more available if you ask your leaders.

Mission00

Our Mission has begun!Our county camp as officially started today. It kicked off with a warm welcome by Scouting For Girls, a band who started singing together whilst they were scouts. What will tomorrow bring us?Here just a little peep.

Wood Badge Award

Congratulations to Andy as he is awarded his Wood Badge by DC Paul Cleaver. Well done, Andy for your hard work in achieving this.

Ian’s Last Day at the 16th.

15th Feb was the last day for Ian at the 16th.

He join back in 2010 and has been a great, adventurous and successful role model for our current and past scouts, not only did he teach them essential skills, he shaped others around him too.

We, at the 16th, are all sad to see him go, but we are thankful for what he has done for the Group.

Thank You and Good Luck with your next adventure!

Our Scouts need you!

Do you want to give back something to the community? Are you young at heart? Do you enjoy new challenges? Make you CV look great!

We are looking for an Assistant Scout Leader for our Scout Troop in High Wycombe. We are looking for someone who loves the outdoors, enjoys working with young people, who likes a challenge. Participate in activities you have never had the chance to do before. Enjoy the friendship of the Scouting Association. Plenty of outdoor activities from camping, climbing, orienteering, outdoor night games and hikes to construction projects in and outdoor.

If you are interested and want to have a chat then please contact us on gsl@16hw-scouts.org.uk

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