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Readiness level:  YELLOW 

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.

  • Scout Network programmed activities (non social): 30 people maximum.

  • Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: Adults may meet in small groups for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. Full details in getting adults involved again guidance.

  • 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. Check the guidance on planning activities in terrain zero. Trips should only take place where the outcomes can not be achieved locally and must be in a COVID safe manner.

Generate a QR code for your venue

If you have your own venue, you now need to provide a printed

QR code so that those who are 16 and over can use the NHS

Test and Trace app.

Create a Coronavirus QR code


Leaders Information - Risk Assessments

Do you already have an approved
Amber Covid Restart RA?

Provided nothing has significantly changed since your RA was approved, then great -  you’re good to go! Please, though, do ensure you and your team re-read it carefully, and don’t forget to share it with your YP and parents/carers.


Do you need to prepare an Amber Covid Restart RA?

Here are the steps:



Read guidance here: Getting back together safely | Scouts

  1. Prepare your draft RA

  2. Save your draft RA with a descriptive title – make sure you specify if it is for indoors or outdoors or hikes:

         e.g.:      Amber 11thBS  Cubs Outdoors 2021_03 DRAFT

  3. Complete the Leaders checklist (don’t forget to organise to get written parental consent for their child or Young Leader to participate in face-to-face meetings).

  4. Email the draft RA, completed leader checklist, and GSL checklist to your GSL (or DESC/DSNC)

Checking the RA

Your GSL will check through your draft RA and leader checklist, then complete the GSL checklist, sign the RA, and email all three to 


The District Exec will review the RA and checklists, and then let the GSL & Leader know if there are any suggestions or amendments needed, or if the RA is agreed.


Submitting the RA

When the RA is agreed, the GSL will let the leader know to:


  • Re-save the RA, including any amendments, replace the word DRAFT with the word FINAL in the document name, and

  • Submit the RA online, together with the two checklists.



Getting Approval

You will receive an acknowledgement that your RA has been received by HQ.


A copy is automatically forwarded to the DC for checking and approval.


The DC notifies HQ of approval, and you will receive an approval confirmation from HQ.


Please send your draft RAs to District as early as you can it will give us a chance to go through them and get them back to you in time for your programme.


Share the RA

Please ensure that everyone reads and understands the RA, including your YP and parents/carers – it’s for everyone’s safety.



This may all seem long and complicated, but it’s not, and once you get going it will all be OK!


Well done, we’re getting there…..and thank you!

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