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Scouts Australia Response to COVID-19

Since the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic Scouts Australia, and our eight Branches, have been working collaboratively in closely monitoring the situation to ensure we take a calm, considered, and well-informed national organisational response.

Version Release: 11am 26th March 2020

With regards to our current actions, it must be remembered that:

  • the health and safety of our members is paramount.
  • all Scouting Groups will be bound by, and adhere to, all directions of the respective State, Territory, and Federal governments.
  • requirements, directions, and advice may vary between States and Territories, and between geographic regions.
  • at all times the guidance and direction of Branches must be adhered to.
  • the Scouting program builds resilience in our youth and adults and by continuing the virtual delivery of our program, we aim to create a sense of calm and normality as much as possible.

With this in mind, Scouts Australia has implemented the following measures:

  • All international travel on behalf of Scouts Australia is now suspended until 30 June, 2020. This includes all National Contingents, Branch Friendship Tours, Conferences, Workshops and Meetings.
  • All interstate domestic travel by Scouting members is now suspended until further notice. In some States and Territories (as guided by the respective State/Territory Government) this may extend to intrastate travel.
  • Face to face delivery of the Scouting program was suspended from midnight Wednesday 25th March 2020 until further notice. Scouts Australia has arrangements in place now to rapidly expand the resources available to Branches and Scout Groups for virtual delivery of the Scout Program – “Scouting from Home”.
  • Scouting in Australia will follow the guidance of the Australian Government Health Department (AGHD) and the decisions of the Australian National Cabinet, as well as the recommendations and informed advice provided by State and Territory Health and Education departments, in relation to mass gathering limits, good hygiene, self-isolation, and social distancing.

During these challenging times there are four key items of importance for all our members to observe:

  1. Scouting is “open for business” – we are just delivering our program a different way – “Scouting from Home”
  2. As we move to virtual delivery of the Scouting Program all child safe practices are to be observed
  3. No youth member should be disadvantaged in achieving a Peak Award as a result of suspension from face-to-face delivery – we need to be creative in our support
  4. It is natural for people to feel anxious about the events that are unfolding. Ensuring we focus on the mental wellbeing of all our members (and ourselves) is critical. If in need, please refer to Beyond Blue for further support

The medical and social response to this pandemic is changing quickly. Scouts Australia will continue to monitor the situation and provide weekly updates.