Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Following the change in readiness level by The Scouts, we are now back at at RED (FROM 26th December 2020). Readiness Level. For the latest updates, please check out our dedicated page by clicking here.

18th Ipswich – What’s happening to Scouting… #1

Date : 29th June 2020

I hope everyone is OK and surviving the lockdown and building new hopes and ideas following the easing of certain restrictions.

Wednesday night, The Scout Association (TSA) hosted a webinar for the latest information:-

  • Scout HQ / The National Youth Agency (NYA), has publish a 4-stage readiness system – Red, Amber, Yellow, Green (see www.18thipswich.org.uk)
  • All face to face to face Scouting is still on hold (Red Level)
  • There is a chance of small groups (6 or less) being able to meet outside for an activity once the safety level is reduced by TSA.  Social distancing measures will have to be maintained.
  • All activities will have a risk assessment signed off at either District or County level before it can proceed.
  • Parents will also have to give written permission for their youngster to attend an activity having seen the risk assessment as I understand it
  • We are at safety level 4 at the moment, with a possibility of moving to level 3. For face to face meetings at the Scout HQ in larger numbers we have to get down to level 1. We will be advised by TSA as to what we can do and when.
  • The cessation of all activities and trading within TSA has created a problem financially which will be ongoing for several years as we get over the current restrictions. In an effort to offset the loss TSA are looking to dispose of some buildings, reduce their workforce and will have to raise the membership fee. This is currently at £29 per annum and will increase to either £36 or £37.50 for March 2021. On top of this there is a levy at both District and County level which adds another £11. Both District and County have discussed what can be done to their levies to help minimize the impact of the rise next year and have also looked at Groups that might have financial problems and what support will be required.

The 18th Ipswich, like all organisations, are making plans for the new normal and what we will need do in the future. Below are our current ideas which we will probably add to:-

  • We will need a risk assessment undertaken by an external professional before any type of return to the building.
  • We already have automatic movement detector to switch lights on in the toilets at the HQ, avoiding the need to touch switches.
  • Implementing a new cleaning regime for all users of the building, before, during and after meetings.
  • We may have to hold meetings at the HQ with smaller numbers whilst we are at safety level 2.
  • We are investigating the installation of a thermal / temperature camera or Non-Contact IR Thermometers. This may help if someone enters the building not knowing they may be carrying an infection.
  • We are reviewing our method of payment i.e BACS, Contactless Card Payment etc.
  • On the Sunday 14th June 2020, we had a successful first-time online Annual General Meeting on Sunday 14th June, it was great to see you all.

There are many hoops to jump through before we can return, we hope you will all be on board with us.

The 18th Ipswich are in a good financial position.

I hope this update helps you understand what’s happening at National level and at the 18th Ipswich. If you have any financial concerns or safety issues relating to your child attending the 18th Ipswich Scout Group, please do not hesitate to contact us.

One of your child’s section leaders will be in contact with you before the end of term.

If anyone could help with risk assessments for activities or would like to Join the leadership Team / Group Executive for the 18th Ipswich, please let us know.


Denise, Stuart & George


Getting everyone back together safely

As lockdown measures start to ease, TSA are working with youth sector partners and the National Youth Agency (NYA) government body to understand what a safe return to face to face Scouts may look like when the readiness level reduces from red (see article below in full for details).

HQ have a lot of information on their webpage at Getting everyone back together safely and there is a webinar on 2nd July at 19:00 (Zoom call) but you need to register to attend and receive the call details.  Click on the Register link to be able to attend.

Online Bingo – 27th June 2020

Online Bingo

ONLINE BINGO – Saturday 27th June 2020 at 7pm

We are holding an online BINGO on Saturday 27th June at 7pm.  If your family would like to participate, please can you email us the following info: –

No. of people participating per game (5 games in total)

Further information on how this will work will then be sent out along with the game slips.

18th Ipswich Scout Group

AGM – Sunday 14th June 2020

Annual General Meeting

Annual General Meeting – Sunday 14th June 2020 at 10am

We are holding the AGM this year online via Microsoft Teams on Sunday 14th June 2020 at 10am.

We would love as many of you as possible to attend if you can, not only to chat over the subjects of the meeting but also to touch base with everyone in general. we will aim to hold the BBQ part of the AGM at a later date once it is allowed.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

18th Ipswich Scout Group

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