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Our COVID-19 Response

Last Updated: 27/01/2022

Current Readiness Level


All activities can resume in line with government guidance

What this means

The Coronavirus pandemic has meant that we've had to make some major changes to Scouting, but we're doing our best to adapt and keep going.

As lockdown measures and infection rates change, Scouts UK are working with youth sector partners and the National Youth Agency government body to determine how we can return to scouting in a safe and fun way.
As such a Readiness Framework has been introduced outlining what is allowable at certain stages of the pandemic. The Readiness Level for England is decided by Scouts UK however this may be adjusted on a regional/county level to reflect local restrictions.
Our framework defines our Readiness Levels as:


  • Digital programme delivery
  • No face-to-face activities or meetings
  • No residential activities


  • Digital programme delivery
  • Small group sessions can take place outdoors
  • No residential activities
  • Face to face validation of first aid training is permitted


  • Digital programme delivery
  • Section meetings can take place both outdoors and indoors
  • Residential activities may take place but are restricted
  • Face to face validation of first aid training is permitted


  • All scouting activities can resume in line with government guidance
Please note that while certain activities may be allowed under the current Readiness Level, some groups may not be able to safely resume due to venue restrictions and/or leader safety issues.
In addition, all groups are required complete a comprehensive risk assessment process which must be approved by the District before any face-to-face activities are allowed to restart.
The final decision for each group about how it operates lies with the Group Scout Leader, so for any specific queries about your group's response, we would encourage you to contact them.