[COVID-19 Update from Scouts Victoria - January 5, 2021]
- Members aged 12yo and over must wear a mask indoors when undertaking Scouting activities unless an exemption applies
- Reminder that all activities away from your hall should be registered in scOut and About and that you should not attend any Scouting activities if you are sick or have covid-like symptoms
From December 7
- Halls can open for indoor Scouting and hall hires subject to density limits and physical distancing
- Halls and rooms can have 1 participant* per 4 sqm, consistent with community facilities
- Hall hires have different capacity limits depending on the activity, refer to FAQs
- Scout halls can be used for sleepovers, limited to 30 people INCLUDING Leaders
- Outdoor activities can be undertaken in groups of up to 100 participants*). Outdoor activities with more than 100 participants should be split into multiple groups of 100.
- Overnight camping for one or more nights is permitted but must be split into Patrols or small groups of up to 30 participants*. Tents, cabins or bunkhouses can be used and shared amongst the 30 participant patrol.
- Campsite accommodation can open for Scouts and tourist bookings in multiple groups of up to 30 participants*, no longer limited to members of a household. This includes sharing tents and indoor accommodation amongst the group.
- Campsites can open for use by multiple School Camps at the same time in line with government guidelines
- Face masks do not need to be worn indoors or outdoors unless it is required by government directions, such as public transport, carpooling, shopping centres or where physical distancing cannot be achieved for an extended period
* Limits for youth program activities only apply to participants and spectators/parents. Those required to run the activity, such as Leaders, adult helpers, trainers, rostered parents, carers, etc are not included in the limits.
Further directions on Scouting during the current Step can be found here:
- Return to Indoor Scouting Directions (Updated Dec 8)
- Return to Outdoor Scouting Directions (Updated Dec 7)
- Campsite Directions (Updated Dec 7)
Generic COVIDSafe Plans for Scouts Victoria activities
These generic COVIDSafe Plans can either be used as is or modified to suit your situation. If you use the generic plans as written, then you must implement the COVIDSafe tasks as described. If you need to edit the COVIDSafe Plan for your own activity, you should also modify the Location/Activity, “Prepared by” and “Date prepared” on the plan.
- Christmas Tree Sales (Updated Dec 7)
- Indoor Activities (Updated Dec 7)
- Outdoor Activities (Updated Dec 7)
- Maintenance (Updated Dec 7)
- Campsites (Updated Dec 7)
- Bunnings BBQ - Scouts Victoria COVIDSafe Plan not required, Bunnings will provide COVIDSafe directions
Attendance Record and QR Codes
A record must be taken of all people who attend an indoor or outdoor Scouting activity for more than 15 minutes. This includes youth members, Leaders (including visiting District leaders), helpers, carers, parents, visitors, etc.
It is suggested that Groups create a template for each of their Units that is prefilled with youth member and Leader names. A leader or Adult Helper can tick off names as people arrive instead of having to write each name down.
QR code systems can be used, and the Victorian Government QR Code Service is preferred. Where QR codes are used, it is recommended that younger members who do not bring a mobile phone to activities are still recorded using an Attendance Register. Refer to the FAQs on QR Codes.
As a member organisation, collecting phone numbers of registered youth members is optional. In the event of a need to provide contact information, this can be provided for the whole Unit from Extranet. Contact Scouts Victoria for assistance if required.
A revised version of the Scouts Victoria Room Poster showing capacity etc is available here. Scouts Victoria Room Poster (Updated Sep 30)