Scout Groups provide years worth of online programmes throughout lockdown

On March 16 last year, the Scouts made the decision to suspend all face-to-face activities across the movement.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 7:00 am
The jam-packed exciting zoom programme has given a wellbeing lifeline to young people.

One year on, 1st Methlick Scout Group and 1st Rothienorman Scouts have continued to deliver the same fun and excitement but now through young people’s computer screens. Through volunteers keeping it going, this support has helped young people’s wellbeing during the pandemic, by delivering some action packed online activities.

They have taken part in a world record attempt at camping, hiked to the moon to raise money for the BBC’s Children in Need and Comic Relief, supported by celebrities like Tim Peake and Bear Grylls, cooked up plenty of storms in their kitchens and they even delivered 147kg in food donations to the Trussell Trust Foodbank, before Christmas as part of a region wide drive.

The 1st Methlick Scout Group raced around their homes on different scavenger hunts, done sectional Burn’s Night Supper’s virtually, been in Harry Potter break out rooms, made arm pit fudge, played Bingo and Pictionary, attended a Nationwide talk by Mollie Hughes – Scouts Scotland president on her polar adventures, and had a virtual founders Day.

The Scout groups delivered food donations to the Trussell Trust Foodbank.

The 1st Rothienorman Scouts also learned about their local community, arranged a virtual visit from an Australian Scout Group, how to cook different meals and learned morse code.

Looking forward, the young people are really excited for a jam-packed Virtual District Camp weekend as part of their wider district, where groups across Banffshire will join in for a weekend of activities from pioneering to treasure hunts.

Dougie Simmers, Regional Commissioner, said: "I am continued to be amazed by the extraordinary lengths our volunteers go to for our young people. Our fantastic online programme means we can deliver various virtual activities like camps, challenges and badgework.

" Thank you to all our fantastic volunteers for helping our young people during this difficult period, I welcome the updated YouthLink Scotland guidance which means we are now back operating outdoors only with reduced capacity.”

Scouts is the largest co-educational youth movement in the country. Visit nescouts.scot.