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A Very Different Term

Date: 18th Jul 2020 Author: Ashley Russell

It’s quite hard to believe that 51st Bath Scouts started 2020 camping with thousands of others from around the country at Gilwell’s Winter Camp. At that time, the only distancing we were doing was away from the Scouts who hadn’t showered for a weekend.

We’ve reached the end of an academic year and I’d usually be celebrating all the amazing outdoor activities we’d have got up to in the Summer term. As with most things, this year is different.

Instead, I can celebrate the incredible Camp at Home that saw us build dens in our homes, the delicious cakes and sandwiches we made over video call, the selfless fundraisers we have amongst us, and the brilliant inventions our Beavers and Cubs came up with.

This term has tested us all. Our leaders have had to adapt to a completely different delivery of Scouting. Our young people have had to take part differently. We’ve perhaps not got things 100% perfect, but I’m really proud that we stepped up and carried on bringing people together.

The future, and our place within it, is uncertain. We believe that Scouting works best when young people work together, indoors and outdoors, learning new skills and having fun. We will be doing what we can to make that happen, but only in a way that keeps everyone safe.

I will be working hard with our leaders and trustees, following the relevant advice, to work out when and how we can return to face-to-face Scouting. Until then, thank you for your patience.

Ashley Russell

Group Scout Leader

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls