Message to Volunteers, Parents and Caregivers

Dear Volunteers, Parents and Caregivers,

We have been clear around our decision-making to date regarding continuing community based scouting. In the absence of community transmission of COVID-19, we would continue scouting at a local level until the schools closed. 

Yesterday’s announcement by the Government that they have detected the possible start of community based transmission has forced us to re-evaluate our assumptions and responsibilities around keeping our young people safe. 

The Board of SCOUTS New Zealand met last night and evaluated both the Government’s advice and the rapidly evolving COVID-19 status in New Zealand. Based on the information available, including international case studies, as of midnight 22nd March, Scout Groups will be suspending all physical face to face section nights and activities. We will begin the move to digital based scouting. 

What this means for you and your young people.

This unfortunately means your local face to face Scout Group meetings are suspended until further notice. This includes any planned camps. 

We know this will be disappointing to your young people. It is disappointing to us as well, but in the light of adversity the Kiwi spirit shines through. 

Transitioning to digital scouting.

We know lots of your young people are passionate about scouting, and achieving their bronze, silver, gold or peak award. Our focus is to provide continuity and consistency in a digital environment so they can continue their personal development. 

We will be sharing more details with you over the coming days about how we are going to make the transition to digital scouting.

Scouting will remain open, just in a different way than we are used to. We are going digital to enable young people to connect during a difficult time. We are excited to be bringing you an alternative way for your young people to succeed and build life skills. 

For over a century SCOUTS has built leadership, resilience and strong communities. Today this is more relevant than ever for our young people.

In the meantime wash your hands, keep an eye on your inbox and most of all have respect, do what is right, and be positive.

Respectfully,

Joshua Tabor

Chief Executive

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