The Baden-Powell Scouts' Association

Traditional Scouting for the 21st Century!

GSMs – for distribution to all leaders

Since the start of the month some Groups have returned to face to face meetings while others are continuing meeting online or are unable to meet as their halls are closed.

Currently in England NYA Guidance confirms that Medium, High and Very High tiers all fall into the Amber Level of the NYA readiness framework so meetings can take place as long as the COVID secure guidance is followed.

In Wales the Government Guidance is that meetings can take place outdoors in areas of lockdown, and indoors in COVID secure buildings in other areas.

Would any Group that has not been in contact with me, please do so by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with their current status regarding meetings. Please note that no Group should be meeting face to face unless they have had their Initial Risk Assessment checked by myself, Mark Napier.

Currently the numbers of infections across the UK are rising, and there is a Government announcement due next week about children’s services, if it affects our meetings further guidance will be sent out.  If you are meeting face to face, a common sense approach must be taken to any changes in guidance/situation and appropriate action taken.

For every session, a risk assessment must be completed, and no session can be run without one.  It is the GSM’s responsibility to ensure they are written; these are to ensure the safety of both the children and the leaders attending face to face meetings.

It is great to see Scouting at all levels taking place in these difficult times, please remember we all now need to take ownership of the situation and always err on the side of caution.

Please find below current references.


COVID -19 Team

For Wales