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Volunteer update 6th October 2020
06/10/2020 By Rich Terrell


This month’s update comes from the DESC at the Desk, well the Kitchen table. As I write this, we are moving back into Amber for face to face scouting outside with some groups starting up very soon.

From Maria at the Parc

For those groups who do not have access to outside spaces then the Parc field and toilets will be available to be used free. Outside activities can be booked for the normal rates and evidence of a signed off Covid risk assessment must be shown. All bookings are via the website.

ADC Beavers

I hope you all had a break over the summer holidays and feel refreshed for this term. For those doing virtual sessions this term please remember to email me the invite and I will pop into the meeting to say hello to the young people. Please remember that if you need any help with two year or termly planning, want to discuss what to do with the Beavers or just want a listening ear for scouting in Beavers drop me a message and I will give you a call.

Unfortunately Blackwood Miners have informed us that their usual Christmas Pantomime will not be taking place this year so we have had to cancel the trip, sorry to those who were looking forward to the event but we will try to arrange for 2021!

From the ADC Scouts

Some questions have been asked about Scouts who have not been able to get their gold award and will be moving to Explorers soon as they are almost 14. Both Gareth and Richard have discussed this and taken advice from HQ and they will implement the following. For Scouts who will be or have just turned 14 during lock down the Scout leader needs to submit to Gareth what they have left to undertake to complete the Chief Scouts Gold award along with a proposed plan on how they will achieve this ideally by the time they are 14 years and 6 months old. Gareth will discuss with Richard on if this is achievable and should it be achievable then the Scout will be allowed to stay to complete their award and move to Explorers once they complete the CSG or when they become 14 and half which ever is the sooner. Should it be felt the Scout can not achieve the CSG then a discussion will take place with the Scout lead and the Scout should be encouraged to move to Explorers ASAP.

From the DESC

In relations to the DofE and the Scout top awards dispensation has now been given on the Expeditions and for a short time, you can spent the night of the Expedition at home but still do the hike over the 2 days. As a reminder the expedition season is closing at the end of November this year and if you are using the extension period remember to risk assess the fact that day light is running out.


ADC Inclusion

Over the last few months, I have seen some fantastic Zoom sessions being delivered to our young people.  Even though many of us may be experiencing ‘Zoom fatigue’, it’s important that we consider how we can provide Scouting to those who are unable to return to face to face meetings.

If you haven’t already, please could all Leaders identify who is unable to attend face to face meetings and have a think about how your programme can include those at home.

I will be contacting GSLs over the forthcoming weeks to gather some feedback on this. In the meantime, I’m available to discuss any ideas or concerns you may have about blended Scouting or inclusion in general.


From The DC

Do you have a question that you cannot find the answer to? Get lost in POR? Need advice on permits and badge work and programs and training. Then this is for you! The next DCs drop in on 3rd Nov 7-8pm. District team aren’t scary (I know I am on it but honestly, we are not) we are or have been leaders within the sections of the movement and know the challenges you face. Come and ask a question or just get to know fellow leaders in CRAI


Returning Face to Face risk assessments

As a reminder the Covid Risk assessments MUST have an executive sign off before submitted.. if you have no exec member who is fully signed off for Safety and Safeguarding Symon is happy for the exec to nominate a trained leader to sign these off, but this decision needs to be minuted via an exec meeting. Without this name and minuted meeting your RA submission will be rejected.

Please also note, you must submit with the name of the venue where you intend to hold your meeting per section, one RA for all sections will not suffice. All sections who wish to return to Amber need to submit an RA.

For every change of location, you need to submit a new RA stating the change and any change of Risk. Please remember the risk assessments must be submitted via Smart sheets and the email address is

Safe Scouting and hope you can enjoy the face to face or the online Scouting.


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