Covid-19 Updates

Coronavirus Updates:

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Monday 24 August

Dear Scouts, Parents, Caregivers and Leaders:

As per the Government’s announcement this afternoon, the current COVID-19 Alert Level 3 will be extended for a further four days until 11.59pm on Sunday 30th of August in the Auckland Super City.

This means;

  • Auckland Super City will remain at Alert Level 3
  • The rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2

On Monday the 31st of August Auckland will move to a staggered version of Alert Level 2. This means:

AUCKLAND SUPER CITY

For those in Auckland, a maximum gathering of 10 people will be allowed.

On this basis, face to face Scouting will not be recommencing in the Auckland Super City prior to the 6th of September

REST OF NEW ZEALAND
May continue community based scouting per these guidelines:

  • Sections and Groups must deliver their programme from the facility they normally operate from, or from an external provider subject to their Health and Safety policy or, an open area.
  • No form of adventurous activity can be undertaken unless through an external provider and subject to their Health and Safety policy.
  • No overnight events are permitted.

The National Scout Centre will continue to provide Digital Program Content for those Groups situated in the Auckland Super Centre and any other Groups across New Zealand that opt to move to a digital Scouting model in the current environment.

Further information can be found in the latest safety notice that explains operating allowances at each COVID-19 Alert Level here.

Should you have any additional questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your Zone Leader.

We will provide additional information and guidance after the next Government announcement which will be prior to the 6th of September.

We again thank you for your support and commitment to our young people as we seek to provide as much continuity, consistency and community as possible at this time.

Kia Kaha,
National Scout Centre

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14 August 2020

Covid-19 Update 14.8.20 (extension of 12 August restrictions)

Dear Scouts, Parents, Caregivers and Leaders:

As per the Government’s announcement this evening, the current COVID-19 Alert Levels will be extended for a further 12 days until 11.59pm on Wednesday 26th of August.

This means;

  • Auckland Super City will remain at Alert Level 3
  • The rest of New Zealand will remain at Alert Level 2

The Government has indicated that an additional review of these Alert Levels will be undertaken on the 21st of August.

The National Scout Centre will provide digital program content for those Groups situated in the Auckland Super Centre and any other Groups across New Zealand that opt to move to digital Scouting model in the current environment.

For all other Groups outside of the Auckland Super City, face to face Scouting will continue with the following restrictions:

  • Sections and Groups must deliver their programme from the facility they normally operate from, an open area, or with an external provider subject to their Health and Safety policy, gathering restrictions and social distancing requirements.
  • No form of adventurous activity can be undertaken unless through an external provider and subject to their Health and Safety policy.
  • No overnight events are permitted.

For further information on what these restrictions mean, please find the communication sent on 12th August after the initial elevation of Alert Level here

Further additional information can be found in the latest safety notice that explains operating allowances at each COVID-19 alert level here

Should you have any additional questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your Zone Leader.

General questions can also be directed to healthandsafety@scouts.nz

We will endeavour to continue providing updates as soon as possible on any changes in operating requirements.

We again thank you for your support and commitment to our young people as we seek to provide as much continuity, consistency and community as possible at this time.

Kia Kaha, Josh
Joshua Tabor, Chief Executive Scouts New Zealand

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12 August 2020

Scouts session 13 August 2020

As you are aware Auckland is currently at lockdown level 3. This means that Scouts can not take place face to face.  I have talked to Sarah and due to the quickness of us going to level 3, we are not fully prepared for online scouts tomorrow. So we have decided to give it is a miss this week.

You all have badge work that you could be getting on with. Book reading being one of them.

When we know more on Friday I will be in touch again

Sarah Weston
Scout Section Leader

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12 August 2020

COVID-19 Update from SCOUTS New Zealand

Dear Scouts, Parents, Caregivers and Leaders:

The government’s announcement regarding the resumption of community based spread of COVID-19 means we need to change how we deliver scouting.

Auckland Super City

The Government has placed the Auckland Super City area at Alert Level Three for the next three days. This means all face to face scouting activities will be suspended across the Auckland Super City until 11.59pm on Friday 14th of August.

Scouting will move online until the Government provides additional information on the Alert Level for Auckland.

Your section or group leaders will be in contact with you shortly to discuss plans for online Scouting.

The Rest of New Zealand

The rest of New Zealand has been shifted to Alert Level Two. Face to Face Scouting will continue with the following restrictions:
•    Sections and Groups must deliver their programme from the facility they normally operate from or an open area.
•    No form of adventurous activity can be undertaken unless through an external provider and subject to their Health and Safety policy.
•    No overnight events are permitted

We again ask our volunteers and Scout family to be diligent about infection control and physical distancing.

•    Regularly washing hands with soap for 20 seconds and cleaning touch points will again be required.
•    If a QR code is displayed, please use it.
•    Please drop off and collect your young people from outside the place they usually meet.

Since the initial outbreak of COVID-19 the Ministry of Health and Government have altered their directions regarding the wearing of face masks.
SCOUTS New Zealand strongly supports the guidance and recommends that members wear masks.

If your young person is ill, please keep them home. We take the health and safety of our volunteers seriously – so anyone (volunteers and parents) who are at high risk are being advised to reduce contact with scouting for the time being.

We want to remind you to wash your hands, be kind, do what is right, have respect and be positive. By working together as a country, we beat COVID-19. We can do it again. We are 5 million strong. We stand with Auckland.

Kia Kaha,

Joshua Tabor
The National Scout Centre

9 May 2020

Hello from the tail end of Level 3 (fingers crossed!).

We hope your young people have enjoyed remaining connected with their Scouting buddies, and engaging with the online programmes your leaders have been working hard to deliver!

While our intention is to reopen Scouting in the Den during Level 2, we will not be moving back to the Den immediately. We need to ensure we have clarity on what expectations are on us all to continue to ensure we remain safe and well, and that we can live up to those expectations before we make the move back to the Den. We will provide more information on our plans to return to the Den in due course.

In the meantime, keep safe, continue with our online programme, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Whenuapai Air Scout Group Leaders and Committee

22 March 2020

Important. Community Based Scouting is Suspended from Midnight Tonight

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 is not closing. 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 check on your neighbours, 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
SCOUTS New Zealand