Preparing for Face to Face Scouting – Getting back together safely

Readiness Level :AMBER v2 – Continued digital delivery. COVID-19 safe face to face activities – Restricted size group sessions can take place indoors and outdoors. No residential activies.

COVID-19 News Bulletin #16 – 28th October 2020

With increasing numbers of sections and groups returning to Scouting in Suffolk, the great news is that young people are delighted to be back. The process might appear daunting but the rewards are clear and are providing other opportunities at this challenging time.

Colin Winter, DCC, recently visited 1st and 3rd Stowmarket Cubs who have been meeting outdoors for a few weeks now. They have a total of 24 cubs so are meeting with 12 on alternate weeks. The leaders are enjoying the normality of being back Scouting even though they have had to amend the way they carry out activities. The cubs are keen to embrace all of the opportunities that outside scouting offers. Parents feel confident that their young people are safe, and appreciated the consultation that they had prior to returning, with the opportunity to engage with leaders about the process. Colin is visiting other groups too to hear they stories on returning to face to face.

I recently visited 1st Honington Cubs orienteering, 32nd Ipswich Scouts, 31st / 9th Ipswich Wednesday Cubs at Suffolk ski slopes and 14th Ipswich Cubs. It was great to see young people enjoying their Scouting and a big thank you for all the excellent Covid set ups that you had put in place.

Do keep up to date with national events on The Scouts website here.


18th Ipswich – Our Plans for Getting Back Together at Scouts Safely #9

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week sees us make it to half term. Thanks to everyone, parents, young people, and our leadership team, for making the return as smooth and safe as it has been. It’s been great to see the young people back in action and enjoy a programme – even if it has been a bit odd!

Just a reminder, please be prompt with the arrival and departure times.  Parents are encouraged to remain at the top of the driveway (social distancing).  Leaders will meet young people/parents at top of the driveway, so that we can ensure social distancing down/up the driveway.  Thank you for your continued support with this.

Have a great half term break, we look forward to seeing you in the first week of November. Remember, keep checking the website for changes and news and if anything changes in the meantime we will be back in touch.

As always, please do get in touch if you have any questions or concerns not covered by website or other communications..

Best wishes,  

Denise Bloomfield (GSL) / Stuart Parker (AGSL)  

18th BEAVERS – Bringing Everyone Back Together Safely #1

Date : 12th October 2020


Hope you are all doing well,

We are going to trial an online session (Microsoft teams) on Tuesday 3rd November at 6pm, doing edible fireworks.

We will send out a list of what you will need soon, as well as the invites to the session.

Hopefully, most Beavers will be able to join in and if you have any problems with joining the meeting or accessing your account, just message one of the leaders and we will do what we can to help.

The Beaver leadership team

18th SCOUTS – Bringing Everyone Back Together Safely #2

Date : 8th Ocotober 2020

Dear Parents/Carers.

There are still some parents to sign into the parent portal to indicate that there Scout is return to Scouting and accept our covid restrictions, Scout s can not return to Scouts if this is not done.

Scouts: please socially distance from the main gate and only go to the hall when told to by a leader, bring your own mask, bring your own drink in a named water bottle, bring a pen. If you can use your bathroom at home it will limit the number of times the toilets are use at the scout hut.

Please arrive in full uniform.

Many Thanks

Chris Warren SL

Scout Christmas Post 2020

We are sorry to announce that due to the COVID-19 situation and the restrictions required, it has been decided this year’s operation of the Ipswich Scout Christmas Post is cancelled.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but we look forward to serving you again in 2021.

More information about the service can be found at Scout Post Ipswich.

18th CUBS – Bringing Everyone Back Together Safely #2

Date : 3rd October 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We made it! Our first face to face meeting since March went off without a hitch last Monday – thank you to Barry, Jeff, Pam and Mitchell and the Cubs for making it a success. It was lovely to see the young people in person again and have an evening of new (socially distant) making fire and cooking, which everyone loved.

Next week (Monday 5th Oct) it’s another Cubs – Making Fire and Cooking (Bubble 2) meeting at Scout HQ. 

Thank you so much to all our parents and members for following all the rules we’ve had to put in place so far – we couldn’t have got this far without your ever patient support. Please do keep remembering to check the getting back to safety webpage, visit Parent Portal to sign up for sessions and remembering the Keeping Safe Code for arrival, during and departure at meetings.

If you are receiving this email and your young person is no longer a member, or doesn’t wish to come back, could you please let me know – hitting reply to this email will get straight back to me – so we can update our records and release spaces for new members who wish to join us. 


Stuart Parker

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05/09/2020: Following the change in readiness level by The Scouts, we are now at AMBER. Please visit our Getting everyone back together safely page for more details.