All of our challenges can be completed in different ways. They are designed to help all our members keep Scouting skills active during this time. We are limited by not having Face to Face Scouting, but it does not stop us being inventive! We have varied the challenges and they can all be completed in many different ways!
There are many ways to run virtual events. Some cost money, others are free. It all depends on what our members have access to. You can connect virtually by:
- Scouts H&W Virtual Huts
- Other Applications such as Zoom, Teams, Skype Broadcast (we do not make any recommendations)
- Use Text Messages (We recommend Adults Only approach as its 1:1)
- Use Telegram in Groups
- Use WhatsApp in Groups
- Use Email
- Youtube or Vimeo pre-recordings for young people to follow
- Use file sharing such as Office 365 or Google where you can open charity accounts
- Use Royal Mail!
- Phone Calls (We recommend Adults Only approach as its 1:1)
- Conference calls or Conference Lines (some of the numbers you dial in can be expensive per minute)
You can contact via paper mail. Sending letters to your your members or young people can just be as exciting. Whilst there is a charge to stamps and envelopes. Groups should offer to pay this out of normal expenses. If you live in an area of social deprivation or have families on low incomes, we recommend you include a self-addressed pre-stamped envelope to get responses.
You could choose to post around a memory stick with ideas and presentations (no personal information should be shared) on for people to load up and share.
Areas where there is a lot of Wi-fi signal and individuals have limited access to data, the Group or District could subside access to the Internet through BT or The Cloud (or other providers) subscriptions/ vouchers. The County have grants to support this, though would seek to see what assitance Groups and Districts have provided in the first instance.
In all cases you should check with your Group Scout Leader or Manager to confirm your Group or Districts data and GDPR polices. Likewise with all online virtual apps and programmes ensure Safety and Security are paramount.
You may have Young people or Adults who require consideration for adaptation of the award. This is discretionary and can be completed.
A good example of including everyone virtually, badges and activities sent out in the post to a Scout Section (Courtesy of 8th Wyre Forest):