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:
- Scouting is “open for business” – we are just delivering our program a different way – “Scouting from Home”
- As we move to virtual delivery of the Scouting Program all child safe practices are to be observed
- 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
- 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.