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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - In line with latest Government advice, all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events are currently suspended. For the latest updates from us during the current Coronavirus crisis, please check out our dedicated page by clicking here.

Coronavirus

Last Updated: 23:16 on Tuesday 12th May 2020

Key Information for Members and Parents

Before reading the information below, please ensure you’re up to date with the guidance available at 


On the Monday, 16 March the Prime Minister said that everyone in the UK should avoid non-essential travel and contact with others.

Given this guidance, the UK Scout Association has said that all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events must be suspended from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults, and will be until further notice.

This page has been created to act as a local resource for our members, Parents and interested parties in the local community. Continue to check this page regularly for updates, as we will be continuously adding to it.


Resources

Elton Bonfire and Firework Spectacular 2020

The current situation with regards to the Coronavirus outbreak has lead to the cancellation of many current and scheduled events (both big and small), as well as the suspension of face-to-face Scouting.

Whilst we are hopeful that by the time Bonfire Night comes around, everyday life will have returned to some sort of normality – we have made the difficult decision to give our display a hiatus for 2020.

We start planning our displays a couple of month in advance, and with the current guidance available to us at the moment, it has made it extremely difficult to start planning the feasibility of the 2020 display.

Although we’re now giving the display a rest for this year, we’re planning something bigger and better for what will be our 10th display on Friday 5th November 2021.

Events

Following the advice to suspend all face-to-face meetings, activities and events, a number of upcoming events and activities are currently under review; as soon as decisions have been made, they will be listed here.

Group events:

  • I’m a Scout…Get Me Out of Here! Camp – Postponed to 11th – 13th September 2020
  • Cosford Airshow 2020 – Cancelled – awaiting further info

District events:

  • Cub Swimming Gala – Rescheduled to 21 November 2020
  • Open Shoot (April) – Cancelled
  • Scout Triathlon – To be rescheduled
  • Open Shoot (May) – Under review
  • Cub Camping Competition – Currently going ahead

County events:

  • Cheshire Hike – Postponed until April/May 2021
  • CuBe – Postponed to May 2021
  • Cub Handicraft Competition – Postponed to 26 September 2020
  • Beaver Challenge – Postponed to Oct/November 2021
  • County Scout Sunday (14 Jun) – Under review
  • Royal Cheshire Show (16/17 June) – Cancelled for this year

Regional events:

  • Shelterbox Scavenger Hunt – Becoming an online Scavenger Hunt!

Local Walking Trails and Exercise

Scouting from home doesn’t just mean completing indoor activities! While not attending school young people can still exercise outdoors, (see NHS Physical Activity Guidelines for Children) but this should not be in groups.

Where appropriate, young people can exercise with siblings and should be supervised by responsible adults with whom they are sharing a home.

As such, we’ve created four local trails that can be followed during your daily exception to leave the house for exercise. These are:

  • RED – Starting at the Ince Notice Board, Ince Square and finishing on the footpath as you come off Kemira Road to join Station Road
  • GREEN – Starting at Elton Church Hall (Start sign visible from Kerb no need to go into the car park) and finishing at Elton Community Centre Cark Park
  • YELLOW – Starting at the end of Scout Hut Lane First Gate and finishing at the lamp post outside The Wheelwright Arms.
  • BLUE – Starting outside the Scout Hut and finishing at the Playing fields/area next to Ince reservoir.

Look out for the the trail signs along the way, they look like the following:

Along the the trails, you’ll also see at least one of the following sign. When you come across it, take a photo of yourself with the sign in view and share it with us.

IMPORTANT – Please Remember:

  • This is a family activity to be completed with members of the same household, young people MUST NOT do this on their own.
  • Incorporate one of these trails as part of your SINGLE form of exercise a day.
  • You should make every effort to minimise time spent outside of the home.
  • When passing others, you must ensure you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.

We do have maps available which have the above routes plotted on them. If you would like them, then please contact localtrails@1stinceandelton.org.uk.

LOOKING BACK – #CampAtHome (Virtual Camp)

Image from Party Delights Blog.

The month of April saw Northumberland Scouts organise a month-long Virtual Camp (from the 01/04/20 – 30/04/20).

The “virtual camp” ended with an attempt to set the world record for the Largest Virtual Camp on 30/04/2020.

All Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Explorers, Network, Leaders, Parents, and Young People were invited to take part – which involved:

  • Pack a bag
  • Build a den at home / pitch a tent in the garden/ hang up a hammock (whatever you can)
  • Sleep in your shelter of choice
  • Build a ‘campfire’ (real or virtual)
  • Take part in a ‘Scouty activity’
  • Help with cooking a meal.

The #CampAtHome Virtual Camp was supported widely across each of our sections with a number of our Young People keen to get involved.

Here are just a selection of photos of our Young People taking part:

Apologies if we’ve missed any photos off – we’ve used photos that have been publicly shared with is, rather than those which have been sent in privately. If you’re happy for your photos to be included, then let us know and we’ll get them added!

LOOKING BACK – Hike to the Moon

The Scouts’ supported BBC’s Big Night In on April 23rd by Hiking to the Moon (obviously in a metaphorical sense).

All you had to do was Hike a mile at home, make a donation and log your hike with The Scouts.

All the information about “Hike to the Moon” can be found on The Scouts website at – https://www.scouts.org.uk/volunteers/scouts-at-home/scouts-helping-others/hike-to-the-moon/.


Want to complete a “space” themed activity? Why not create a version of the International Space Station!

Below are a couple of resources that you can print and use to create your very own model of the ISS.

Easy – International Space Station   Download

Easy – International Space Station (Instructions)   Download

HARD – International Space Station (Main Build)   Download

HARD – International Space Station (Combo Kit)   Download

HARD – International Space Station (Russian Segment)   Download

LOOKING BACK – Scouts Clap for Carers

1st Ince and Elton were out in force on Thursday 23rd April’s Clap for Carers as it was St Georges Day (making it extra special)!

Here’s a selection of clips of our Volunteers and Young People joining in this evening! #ScoutsClapForCarers #ClapForCarers

Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUHj47Leea0

Our Volunteers and Young People wore their uniforms with pride and joined in with #ScoutsClapforCarers to show The Scouts’ appreciation for everything our Key Workers are doing.

LOOKING BACK – St Georges Promise Renewal

St Georges Day is usually an important part of the Scouting Calendar for many groups and is either celebrated as part of a special church service or other event. It’s usually used as an opportunity to perform a Renewal of our Promise, and reminds us all of our commitment to the Scout values.

The current situation makes this difficult to do in the normal sense, however we’re Scouts – and we’re a resilient bunch!

A huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you who got involved in the renewal of the promise.

You can watch a video of our “stay at home” St Georges Promise Renewal on YouTube by clicking the following link – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRWK2szTvs0

You can find the Scout Promise for each of the Sections on our website:

Mental Health & Loneliness

Keeping Scouting alive

Cheshire Scouts are planning some opportunities to meet up with other Scouters online to compact loneliness and there are some ideas being mooted like virtual campfires, youth forums etc

Watch this space for more info…


Mental Health First Aiders

If you are concerned about another Scout or Leader is suffering with mental health issues. You can contact Mersey Weaver District’s team of mental health first aiders who can point you in the direction of professional help you can then provide to the individual you are concerned about.

mental.health@merseyweaverscouts.org.uk


General Mental Health Info

Infectious disease outbreaks, like the current Coronavirus (Covid 19), can be scary and can affect our mental health. While it is important to stay informed, there are also many things we can do to support and manage our wellbeing during such times.

Looking after your mental health while you have to stay at home

The government is now advising us to avoid all but essential social contact. This will mean that more of us will be spending a lot of time at home and many of our regular social activities will no longer be available to us. It will help to try and see it as a different period of time in your life, and not necessarily a bad one, even if you didn’t choose it.

It will mean a different rhythm of life, a chance to be in touch with others in different ways than usual. Be in touch with other people regularly on social media, e-mail or on the phone, as they are still good ways of being close to the people who matter to you. 

Create a new daily routine that prioritises looking after yourself. Remain productive. For Leaders this may mean tackling tasks and admin you’ve been unable to complete or taking this an opportunity to complete training or review your risk assessments so we can hit the ground running when normal services resume again. For young people it might be an opportunity to practice a skill you’ve learnt or Scouts or for an event when we start back again.

Try to avoid speculation and look up reputable sources on the outbreak

Rumour and speculation can fuel anxiety. Having access to good quality information about the virus can help you feel more in control.

You can get up-to-date information and advice on the virus here:

Follow hygiene advice such as washing your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds with soap and hot water (sing ‘happy birthday’ to yourself twice to make sure you do this for 20 seconds). You should do this whenever you get home or into work, blow your nose, sneeze or cough, eat or handle food. If you can’t wash your hands straightaway, use hand sanitiser and then wash them at the next opportunity.

You should also use tissues if you sneeze and make sure you dispose of them quickly; and stay at home if you are feeling unwell.

Try to stay connected 

At times of stress, we work better in company and with support. Try and keep in touch with your friends, and family, by telephone, email or social media. Stay in touch with your Scouting friends especially any one vulnerable or may be more isolated than most. It would be fantastic for older sections such as Scouts, Explorers and Network to organise catchups via video conference and talk about what you’ve been up to.

Stay in touch with friends on social media but try not to sensationalise things. If you are sharing content, use this from trusted sources, and remember that your friends might be worried too.

Also remember to regularly assess your social media activity. Tune in with yourself and ask if they need to be adjusted. Are there particular accounts or people that are increasing your worry or anxiety? Consider muting or unfollowing accounts or hashtags that cause you to feel anxious.

Get as much sunlight, fresh air and nature as you can

Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. It can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress or anger, and make you feel more relaxed. Social distancing doesn’t mean you have to be contained indoors and there’s plenty you can do in the garden, local park or nature that doesn’t require you coming into contact with people.

It’s possible to still get these positive effects from nature while staying indoors at home if you are self isolating. You could try the following:

  • Spend time with the windows open to let in fresh air.
  • Have flowers or potted plants in your home.
  • Arrange a comfortable space to sit, for example by a window where you can look out over a view of trees or the sky, or watch birds and other animals.
  • Look at photos of your favourite places in nature. Use them as the background on your mobile phone or computer screen, or print and put them up on your walls.
  • Listen to natural sounds, like recordings or apps that play birdsong, ocean waves or rainfall. Get as much natural light as you can. Spend time in your garden if you have one, or open your front or back door and sit on the doorstep.

It’s important to:

  • keep active
  • eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water

Try not to make assumptions

Don’t judge people and avoid jumping to conclusions about who is responsible for the spread of the disease. The Coronavirus can affect anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity or sex.

Try to manage how you follow the outbreak in the media 

There is extensive news coverage about the outbreak. If you find that the news is causing you huge stress, it’s important to find a balance.

It’s best that you don’t avoid all news and that you keep informing and educating yourself, but limit your news intake if it is bothering you. 

Plant Sale 2020 (Cancelled) – Updated

We have recently been notified by the nursery that due to supply chain issues and despite their best efforts, they are unable to fulfil any of our orders this year.

As such, it is with deep regret that we must inform you that this year’s plant sale will not go ahead as hoped.

We would like to thank you for your continued support during this difficult time and we look forward to supplying your plants next year.

If you provided us with an up to date phone number, then you should have already received a phone call from a member of our team informing you of the cancellation of the Plant Sale and to discuss refund options.

Over the course of the next week or so, we will be automatically processing your refund – if you have any issues please let us know.

A note about refunds

Online Orders (Paid for via Credit/Debit Card)

Refunds for customers who paid online with their Credit/Debit Card were submitted to our payment handler over the weekend of 2nd/3rd May 2020.

The company that handles our payment processing (Stripe) advise that it takes 5 to 10 working days for the refund process to complete.

Therefore, the earliest that we expect that you should see your refund will be Monday 11th May, with the absolute latest being Monday 18th May.

If you still haven’t received a refund after Monday 18th May then please let us know.

Online Orders (Paid for via BACS)

Unfortunately, these refunds have to be processed manually. In order to refund your payment back in to your bank account, we need some details from you.

If you haven’t done so already, please get in touch with our fundraising team so that we can collect the necessary details and process your refund.

Offline Orders (Paid for via Cash or Cheque)

Those of you who ordered via our printed Order Forms and paid via Cash or Cheque, you should have by now received your refund posted through your letterbox.

Programme and Activities/Badges at Home

The teams at World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) and UK Scout Headquarters are in the process of creating Programme ideas to support Scouts at home. Check scouts.org.uk and scout.org regularly for the latest updates.

Have you seen the new programme planning tool? There are already loads of activities complete with resources you can complete from home!


Badges at Home

Our membership management system – Online Scout Manager have just launched a new feature called “Badges at Home“. This allows leaders to set badge work that can be completed at home via the Parent Portal with Scouts/Parents having the ability to upload evidence of completing badge work for leaders to review.

This is an exciting new feature in OSM given the current situation, and it’s something that we’re currently in the process of rolling out across each of our sections. Members of the Scouts Section are able to use “Badges at Home” now, and you can find some instructions on how to use it below:

Badges at Home Guide (Parents)   Download


Over the coming days we will be posting links to various other resources.

Beavers Badge Pack   Download

Cubs Badge Pack   Download

Cubs Task Master Challenge   Download

Scouts Badge Pack   Download


Looking for a stress-buster?

The wonderful people over at the Ordnance Survey have created some maps that can be coloured in – for FREE!

Check out the full selection of colouring pages that can be downloaded and printed at home over on the Ordnance Survey website.


“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.

Staying safe online

Besides being a great source for funny cat videos, the Internet has the power to bring people closer together. For Scouts, we know it can be a great source for tools and information to make the world a better place. In this exceptional times there is a real opportunity to harness digital tools to stay connected and socialise in a positive and healthy way even if you are self isolating. 

However, the Internet can also be a source of serious issues, like cyberbullying, harassment, identity theft and abuse. This can happen when chatting and posting on social media, gaming platforms and even Scouting channels – just as bad things sometimes happen in real life.

Online behaviour that is unacceptable includes: stealing private information, sending, posting or sharing false content about someone else, continuing to contact someone who asked not to be contacted, sending inappropriate remarks or photos to a young person or asking them to do so, and sending threats or hate speech. 


We want Scouts like you to feel safe online so that you can continue to use the Internet to create a better world. Make sure you are always prepared by reading these tips to stay safe online:

Golden Rules of Internet Safety: 

  • Be kind 

Treat others with kindness, the way you would want to be treated. Respect differences in feelings and opinions. If you witness bullying online, you should let a trusted adult know.

  • Be mindful about what you share  

Don’t share your – or anyone else’s – personal information online. This includes addresses, phone numbers, passwords and pictures you wouldn’t want the public to see. Before sharing anything about another person, ask them if they are ok with it. Check your sources and make sure any news or facts you share are true.

  • Don’t meet in-person with people you meet online

People you’ve only met online are still strangers – even if you’ve been talking for a long time. Sometimes, a person might lie about who they are, which can be dangerous. Check with your parents or carers for permission to meet someone you’ve met online, and only meet them with them present.

  • Keep your personal information private

Check the “Privacy Settings” on your social media channels and make them private so that your personal information is only shared with those you choose to have as friends. Even then, never post personal information on the Internet.

  • Report harmful posts or content

Here’s a way you can help make the Internet a safer place for everyone! If a post online makes you feel uncomfortable, take the responsibility to click “Report”. This includes posts that are inappropriate or harmful to yourself or others. 

  • Tell a trusted adult

If you receive messages or see posts that make you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, tell a trusted adult, like a family member or Scout leader, about the message you received or the post you saw. 


Safety Online Booklets

The Scout Association have some fantastic booklets available specific for each section about staying safe online:


The Yellow Card – Young People First

When Scouting Online, the principles of the ‘Yellow Card’ and ‘Child protection policy’ applies.


What do I do if I have a concern?

You can raise any safeguarding concern no matter how trivial, with the District Commissioner – Oliver Chambers.

or our national safeguarding team
safeguarding@scouts.org.uk 
or call us on 0345 300 1818

Subscriptions

Help us keep our movement going. It has never been so important for our young people.

Dear Parents and Carers,

These are challenging and uncertain times for us all.

While we are not meeting face to face (to keep everyone safe) it is more important than ever to make sure that we can continue into the future.

Changes to monthly subscriptions and helping us meet our essential costs.

Unfortunately, we still have fixed costs, which we have to pay, whether we’re meeting face to face or not. Our fixed costs include our rent, utilities, licences, and costs incurred at a national level (covering vital services such as insurance and safeguarding support). All of these still need to be paid.

Now that April’s payments are out of the way, we are asking parents to cancel their monthly Standing Orders with us, because from 1st August, we will be using Online Scout Manager to collect monthly subscriptions.

OSM makes it much easier for us as a group to track incoming payments for Subs, and allows us to easily collect the required info to claim Gift Aid on our subs. We are hoping that by that time the pandemic will be over, and things will be settling back to normal. Ashley or your Section Leaders will be back in touch when where ready to move forward with this.

In the meantime, we have come up with the following solution with the hope of giving as much support as we can to our parents and carers:

  • For the next 3 months, namely May, June and July, for those of you who are able, we would really appreciate it if you could pay your monthly subs via our Fundraising website using this link – https://fundraising.1stinceandelton.org.uk/product/subs-full-1-month/. You can pay for it with Credit/Debit Card or BACS all in one go by changing the product quantity, or you can pay month by month.
  • For those who are struggling, we ask if you could make a contribution of £6 a month. This will help cover our essential costs over the next few months. It will mean that we can still be here ready to welcome your children back when the crisis passes. Just like with the above option, we ask that this be done through our Fundraising website, using this link – https://fundraising.1stinceandelton.org.uk/product/subs-contribution-1-month/. You can pay for it with Credit/Debit Card or BACS all in one go by changing the product quantity, or you can pay month by month.
  • And for those that are facing significant financial challenges at the moment, we do not wish to cause any further financial hardship and fully understand if you are unable to make any contribution.

As you will know we are a local charity, run by unpaid volunteers, as well as being part of a national membership organisation. We rely on income from parents and carers to keep operating. By supporting us financially now, we can make sure our Scout Group is still here for your child when these challenging times have passed.

Why your support matters.

The Scout movement is so important to your child and to our community. Our local Group is entirely run by unpaid volunteers. By supporting each other during this challenging time, we can make sure we can continue in your area to support your child.   

Help for you at home.

We have set up a dedicated page on our website which is continually updated to help support our members continue their scouting journey through this difficult period.

The page has a collection of useful information and activities that can be done in the comfort of your own home, as well as acting as a central hub to other resources such as The Scouts Great Indoors and Badges at Home.

You can visit the page by heading to https://1stinceandelton.org.uk/coronavirus.

Thanks for sticking with us. It is your support that counts the most.

Best Wishes & Stay Safe,

Natalie Tudor

Chairperson


Kindness in the community

As Scouts, we believe every act of kindness has the power to transform society and make it easier for everyone to get the help they need.

Supported by the British Red Cross, we’ll show kindness to those who most. Find out how you can help the community during this international crisis.