For the past few months 1st Llanedeyrn Scouts have been running their weekly sessions virtually via Zoom. Following the green light from the Welsh Government and the Scout Association the group started to put plans into place for the return of face to face meeting but encountered a barrier with the group not being able to access their usual meeting venue and equipment stores.
Alison Docherty, group scout leader said “As part of our commitment to inclusion and so that the young members of the group don’t miss out on face to face contact we have introduced Van Scouts. With a van full of equipment including a portable toilet on loan from Cardiff East Scouts and our risk assessments in place it has allowed the group to restart meetings outside in the car park of our usual venue. We have temporarily moved our face to face session from a Monday evening to a Saturday afternoon making use of the daylight to assist with keeping our members safe while we make plans to return to an indoor setting”.
The group is now trialing a new blended approach with continuing to meet face to face on the weekend as well as holding virtual sessions on a Monday evening with a range of activities that will help the members earn some badges.
Stephen Holmes, district commissioner for Cardiff East Scouts said: “Scouting has always evolved to meet the needs of its young people. “It also provides new opportunities for volunteers to take part and gain new skills as they help our Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. “This is an exciting way of continuing to engage with all our members and to equip them with the skills they will need both now and in the future.”
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