FROM 2 DEC 2020

Readiness Level: Amber

  • Indoor activities are now allowed, but outdoor activities are preferred and should be encouraged. You may also wish to continue with 'blended' and 'virtual' scouting

  • 15 young people and up to five leaders (carers can be in addition and will not be counted in these numbers) – this applies both indoors and outdoors. Leaders can also include Young Leaders.

  • Young people must stay in their limited group size but adults will now be able to move between these groups, i.e. across the 25m spacing if outdoors or to a section meeting at a different time on the same day.

  • Leaders don’t need to wear a face covering when delivering activities – however, it’s recommended to wear one in all other circumstances.

  • Scouts and Explorers must now wear face coverings indoors. Exceptions as per national guidelines are permitted.

  • For now, all young people in all sections must continue to social distance by 2m from each other where possible and from adult volunteers at all times.


Need help or support?

We k​now that this is a challenging time for leaders, and that you may want some support in getting your section back together safely. We are always on hand to support, just drop us an email and we'll get back to you, and see how we can support you in getting your section back together safely.

Changes to Amber Scouting

The top bar on this page will always show the current guidance. If you had submitted a risk assessment before 3 September 2020, you will need to consider the changes made to amber and how these will affect you. 

If you had a risk assessment accepted before 3 September 2020, risk assessment accepted, you will not need to start again, but simply amend the risk assessment. If you need help to understand these possible changes, please contact your local management team. You should get approval for your updated risk assessment before proceeding with the changes, you can use the below form for this.

Once your risk assessment is prepared, your line manager will need to check this (the Group Scout Leader for group

based sections and District Explorer Scout Commissioners for Explorer Scouts) and Executive Committee. Once checked at that level, it will be passed to the Commissioner and Exec at the next level.

Full details on how this will work are contained within the guidance for Exec Committees and Commissioners

You can find more guidance, and the full set of frameworks on the Scouts Coronavirus page