At these challenging times it’s exciting to see so many brilliant ideas for keeping the adventure alive. As a District we have pulled together the District team into whatsapp to help manage and support Young People and Leaders throughout this time. Our aim is to provide activities to help keep the Scouting going.
Over the coming weeks there will be lots of tasks and activities for young people to do and the team are planning on some bigger activities that everyone can take part in.
I’d ask everyone to encourage all their young people and leaders to join the District Facebook page as that will be a key method of communication at this time.
With the technology available to everyone today, isolation doesn’t really mean isolation it’s just a different way of doing things. Let’s try and keep our young people engaged and energised. Please do share your good ideas!
Thanks for all your efforts so far.
IS District Commissioner
Message from our CC
Dear Hampshire Scouts,
Firstly, may I echo the words of our Chief Commissioner, Tim Kidd, when he said on Friday, that we’re in challenging times for our movement, but that it’s heartening to see how Scouts are responding in such positive way. It is abundantly clear that you’re all doing that here in Hampshire. Thank you.
It’s also clear that this isn’t going to go away in the short term; this is a marathon not a sprint, except we don’t know where the finishing line is. We must all pace ourselves making sure that we abide by the latest advice from Scout Headquarters and the UK Government. Looking after yourselves, your families, your friends and neighbours must come first.
I’d like to draw your attention to some useful information that the team in Hampshire has put together to support activities and meetings locally - albeit in a digital format - and will continue to update. This is not designed to replicate what HQ is providing but, where applicable, to tailor that information to make more relevant to us in Hampshire.
We've set up hampshirescouts.org.uk/coronavirus to help keep you informed of the latest advice, news and updates regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and how it affects Scouts in Hampshire - please check it regularly as it's continually being updated.
Enabling Digital Meetings
We want to enable you to conduct critical meetings locally via the web; that's why we've given every District Commissioner and Chair Hampshire Scouts' Office 365 accounts with Microsoft Teams enabled, and are working hard to support Districts to ensure Group Scout Leaders and Chairs have access to similar systems.
We're putting together a series of interactive webinars to support volunteers in a range of ways, starting with 'Introduction to Office 365' this Wednesday, 25th March at 19:00. For more details and to see what other webinars we have planned, head to our Coronavirus page and look for the webinar section. All webinars will be uploaded to watch online once they've taken place.
We're in the process of reviewing all County-level events. As soon as decisions are made, they will be listed under the Events tab on our Coronavirus page, but you can already see what we’ve cancelled or postponed. The County Leadership Team will continue to review all future events and make decisions about them when we need to.
Even though face-to-face meetings have stopped, training and validation can continue. For more information on training, head to our Coronavirus webpage. Please use this time to do what you can online, particularly safety and safeguarding training.
Thank you again for everything that you are all doing to enable Scouting in Hampshire to continue in these unprecedented times and the support you are giving one another. Please look after yourselves as we travel on this journey together and keep an eye on the future because this will come to an end, we just don’t know when. When it does, let’s be ready.
Yours in Scouting,
The Great Indoors
We know the coming days and weeks are going to be difficult for families across the UK, as the spread of Covid-19 causes schools to close. As the experts in developing skills and bringing adventure to young people, we want to do what we can to help.
While we normally love the great outdoors, we’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas (if we do say so ourselves). Keep your kids learning new skills and having fun (and avoid hearing ‘I’m bored’ every 30 seconds) all in #TheGreatIndoors.
Social Distancing and Isolation Bone of Contention Challenge Time
As things are a little different for us all at the moment we need to come up with new ways of keeping our challenges alive and running
The first challenge is
‘The Adventures of the missing toilet Rolls’
It’s a photo challenge a bit like elf on the shelf at Christmas
You are very welcome to get the other members of your households involved with you
The only thing we ask is that all entries are appropriate (you all know what this means :) )
All entries via the Itchen South Explorers and Young Leaders Facebook page
The winning Unit will be announced at the end of the week and will be awarded on a combination of number of Explorers participating and quality of entry use - don’t forget to put your unit on your Facebook post
If you have anyone in your unit that’s not joined the page yet feel free to add them
Online Scout Manager Update:
With news of Scout Groups closing down due to the virus, we are developing a "Badges At Home" feature which'll help you deliver Scouting remotely, and help members earn badges at home.
Leaders will be able to record little video snippets introducing badges, and members will be able to upload videos/pictures for you to tick off their badge records, and potentially share their videos with other members.
While the virus is restricting Scouting, this will be a free part of the Badges bit of the Parent Portal.
Watch their Facebook space for updates - we started this morning - should be a week or two away from being ready.
District Cubs Scavenger Hunt
Ok District Cub Challenge 1:
A-Z Scavanger Hunt - Find 26 items around your house or gardens.
Rules : No names (Billy's coat)
Points will be awarded by the amount of items found, double points if no one else thinks of the item. The amount of Cubs taking part.
Please get the Cubs to email their cub leader the list and a photo of all 26 items in 1 photo. Leaders if you can email me before Sunday next week and I will post winners in the next enews with the next challenge.
As you've probably guessed, with all face-to-face Scouting currently suspended, we have had to postpone all District face-to-face events, certainly for the immediate future. This will include Roverang, St Georges Day and Reef. Our aim will always to be to re-schedule our events and once we're able to return to face-to-face meetings we'll focus on putting these events back in place.