Coronavirus (Covid 19) and Penistone Scouts

This page was last updated on Sunday22nd March at 15:45

The guidance provided by UK Government, underpinned by that of the World Health Organisation (WHO), should be noted as the authoritative source and their guidance followed.

Government Health Advice

Managing the risk in the UK: The Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.

Self-isolation: Just like everyone else, our members should follow the standard advice on self-isolation.

Operating Scouts

The safety of everyone involved in Scouts is our number one priority.

All face-to-face meetings, activities and events were suspended from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults, and will be until further notice.

Scouting at home

We are planning to share activities for young people to do at home with their parents/carers if families are faced with self-isolation. We’ve put some initial guidance around this here.

Events

Kettleness: The planned trip for 27th to 29th March has been cancelled. We are processing refunds.

St. George’s Day: This event is cancelled.

Group Camp: Our group camp was pencilled in for July 2020. We will not be proceeding with planning this given the uncertainty and instead will look to have something later in the year that we’ll share accordingly.

Subs payments whilst face-to-face Scouting is suspended

The Scout membership fees, often referred to as “subs” are not a payment for a service. They are an annual fee for membership that we break down into monthly payments. The group are a registered charity, and even when we aren’t meeting face-to-face, we have several on-going overheads. These include but are not limited to: insurance, capitation fees payable to UK headquarters, utilities and building upkeep etc.

The subs that you pay for each young person in the group are therefore still payable during the suspension of face-to-face Scouting. Of course, we understand that Coronavirus (COVID 19) has brought about unprecedented levels of change in a short period of time, particularly to some people’s employment. The group and it’s trustees would never intentionally act to place anyone into hardship. We have a hardship policy – if after reading the linked policy, you feel you qualify, please confidentially reach out to a representative of the group’s senior leadership team by emailing: [email protected]

Some of you may have been aware that we had planned a phased move from Standing Orders the manual reconciliation of subs payments to a Direct Debit mandate integrated with Online Scout Manager. This was due to start rolling out after Easter 2020; however, those plans are now on hold. Please leave all Standing Orders in place.

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