COVID-Safe Scouting

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice

Last Updated: 12/10/2020

Current advice as at 12/10/2020:

Scouts may run limited indoor, outdoor and overnight face-to-face activities.

Indoor activities may be run in Scout Halls under certain conditions:

    • Indoor events must not exceed 20 participants, not including the persons leading or assisting the class or event. (NSW Health)

    • Our hall capacity must not exceed 31 people (total).

Outdoor activities may be run under certain conditions:

    • Groups of up to 20 people (in total) are allowed to gather or meet in an outdoor place.

Activities with adult members or parents:

    • Modest gatherings can be held with parents and/or other adult members.

    • Unless invited to attend, parents and carers should stay away.

    • If invited, parents should be stationary observers only - no interaction.

Overnight activities may be held under modified conditions:

    • Tent and Hall accommodation requires physical distancing.

    • Single person tents are preferred.

    • Additional washing and sanitation protocols.

    • Restrictions around the service of food.

    • Restrictions of certain activities.

All activities will be run in accordance with NSW public health orders in place at the time.

  • Public health orders and Scouts NSW advice can change rapidly.

  • Leaders will advise changes and any additional policies required prior to and during an event.

  • Activities may be cancelled or modified at late notice.

COVID-Safe Protocols

Our return to face-to-face Scouting is highly dependent on our COVID-safe protocols being followed and effective.

We ask all families to take these new protocols seriously. Please do your part to help keep our Scouts and families safe.

Attendees will be asked to leave the activity if they can not follow the rules.

Drop off and pick up

  • Unless invited to attend, parents and carers should remain in their cars during drop-off and pick-up.

  • If invited, parents should be stationary observers only - no interaction.

  • Leaders & Committee members will coordinate vehicle traffic for youth arrivals and departures.

  • We will use a "kiss & drop" style drop-off in a safe, designated area of the car-park.

  • Pickup will follow the same process in reverse, with youth members waiting with leaders in a safe area for parents to arrive.

  • If you did not drive to the hall, please do not enter or congregate near the hall door. Please wait near the car-park for your Scouts to come to you.

  • All communications, reminders & announcements will be sent electronically.

Please make every effort to be a few minutes EARLY for drop-off and ON-TIME for pickup so that we can start and finish our meetings on time.

Maximum capacity

  • Our hall has restricted occupancy based on 1 person per 4 square meter physical distancing rules.

  • All rooms have been sign-posted with their maximum permitted occupancy.

  • The patrol dens will not be used due to their small size.

Attendance tracking - Indoor & Outdoor

We must maintain an attendance log for all events, indoor & outdoor.

This is a Public Health order required for contact tracing in the event of an outbreak.

  • All attendees and visitors to indoor and outdoor gatherings must supply their name, date and a contact number (if available).

  • This log must be maintained for 28 days.

  • The log is required for anyone who visits (even briefly) any indoor or outdoor gathering.

  • Please stay in your car if you do not wish to fill in the log.

Cleaning and Hygiene

We must clean the hall AFTER every use.

  • All Scouts are expected to help clean the hall before leaving.

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers have been deployed at the front door, bathrooms & kitchen.

  • All attendees are required to wash or sanitize their hands on every entry and exit. Pump in & pump out.

  • The bathrooms have been equipped with paper towel dispensers and disinfectant surface sprays.

  • High-touch areas and equipment will be sprayed and wiped with disinfectant before and after each use or meeting.

  • We have employed a cleaner to deep-clean the hall multiple times each week.

Physical distancing

Adults and youth members are required to maintain physical distancing as much as possible.

Without exception, no physical contact including handshaking and hugging.

Currently in the school classroom, physical distancing is not mandated.

In a Scouting environment, we recommend youth members keep a 1.5 m distance from one another, however we understand this is not always realistic for some activities.

It is essential that all other COVID-Safe requirements are met, regardless of physical distancing arrangements.

Sickness, Illness, Symptoms

Attendees to any event with signs of illness such as fever, coughing, sore throat, runny nose, etc will be sent home immediately.

Any reported or confirmed case of Coronavirus among attendees, the people you live with, or someone you’ve been in close contact with must be reported immediately to your Leaders.

You should stay home and DO NOT attend Scouts if:

  • You have an illness (or even mild symptoms) such as fever, cough, sore throat, rash, runny nose or fever even if you feel well. You should arrange to be tested for COVID-19 in keeping with NSW Health guidelines.

  • Anyone in your home has been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days (excluding health care workers wearing appropriate PPE).

  • Anyone in your home has been asked to self-quarantine.

  • You have travelled internationally in the last 14 days.

  • Anyone in your home is at higher risk of developing infections or are susceptible to infection.

NSW Department of Health Advice

Refer to NSW Health Website for more detailed and up-to-date information.