Today, we enter new ground! For the first time since this whole pandemic started, we’ve actually reached the point where we move to Yellow!

It appears that our sections don’t have to complete a new risk assessment to move from Amber to Yellow, and the main driver for this is that, nothing has changed! At least not for daily operations. The main change is that small camps with very limited numbers in a very restrictive fashion are allowed, those camps would require separate risk assessment and sign off from the District Commissioner as standard. Whilst it does appear that 1st Abram may not benefit from the move to yellow, it is a welcome step in the right direction to gaining some normality within the group!

The remainder of this aricle is directly quoted from The Scouts website.

Readiness level: YELLOW

This means: Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. Limited small group residential activities may take place.

Maximum group size:

  • Activities involving young people: no limit on group size but remain as only one section meeting independently of others. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.
  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: Adults may meet in small groups for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. 
  • Residential activities: Nights away activities may take place with a maximum of 6 people within the group (including young people, volunteers and carers). COVID measures such as social distancing and good hygiene remain in place (even overnight), groups must remain independent of others and lateral flow testing must take place immediately prior to departure and every 48-72hrs throughout the trip and on return.

Note: Where small sections may struggle to be viable to operate independently they may join with another section at this time.

Note: The number of adults present should be limited to those who are required to be present to support the activity. It’s important to remember that we’re still in the middle of the pandemic and we all have the duty to make sure we’re following the letter and spirit of the guidance. 

Note: Activities (including those away from your usual meeting place) should be planned to minimise risk by limiting travel at all times. Trips should only take place where the outcomes can not be achieved locally and must be in a COVID safe manner.