Online programmes

With face to face Scouting suspended, this web page is designed to summarise some of the support that is available to leaders to help deliver online and remote Scouting. 

The Programme Team have published an Online summary document which brings together many resources and links in a single document.

A useful starting point for planning and delivering online programmes is the Berkshire Scouts @home challenge. The Programme Team will also be pleased to share online programme ideas and good practice from sections across the county. If you have an online programme and/or activity to share, please send to:
Contact Programme Team

Keeping safe

Keeping everyone safe is a key and important feature of any Scouting activity and must be uppermost in the planning and delivery of programmes and individual activities at all times. This of course also applies to online Scouting. Staying safe online is a helpful link from The Scout Association.

Sharing the experience

It’s acknowledged that not all leaders are comfortable, or confident, in delivering programmes online. If you are not confident, or don’t have the IT resources to deliver online sessions, consider approaching other sections who are active and ask to join them. For those leaders wanting to share the load, why not buddy up with other local sections.

It’s really important to keep in touch with our young people, and with our volunteers, at this challenging time and creating and delivering online programmes is a great way to do this.

Delivering a flexible programme

Young people can still work towards badges and awards while at home. Click here for guidance on making the rules more flexible!

National (The Scout Association) resources

The Scout Association have a wealth of resources to help with planning and delivering programmes online, eg: Scouts at home; Press-play-and-go; Activities; Creating a buzz around your online Meetings; etc. Social media is also a useful resource, including: 1st Virtual Scout Group.

Adapt existing resources

Online programmes don’t have to be new ideas! Many of our existing initiatives can be adapted for online Scouting, for example: Berkshire Scouts @home challenge; Berkshire Scouts join-in award; Berkshire Scouts (Project Africa) global awareness programme; etc.

Online programmes can be delivered outside as well as inside!

External resources and support

There are plenty of external organisations happy to help run sessions for you. Berkshire Scouts have set up a partnership with Age UK, for example, and they will run ‘dementia friends’ sessions online.

Similarly, you could ask a ‘STEM’ ambassador to run a science evening for you.

Southeast Communities Rail Partnership will run on-line sessions for Beavers and Cubs. The sessions are designed for primary schools, but would work equally well for your sections. Go Learn Online Workshops

If you have other examples, please share!
Contact Programme Team 

Our wellbeing!

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a global pandemic. Thousands of people, both young and old, have lost their lives, and millions have been affected. Now, more than ever, it’s important that we, as Scouts, rally around each other, show our Scout values and support one another. It’s important to address what’s happened when Scout Meetings start again: Talking about Coronavirus.

We know that lockdown is tough. Young people are missing school, work, and celebrations, and they’re being separated from loved ones too. Despite this, Scouts have said that they want to take practical, hands on action to create a better tomorrow for everyone. They told us that mental health is more important than ever, but that stigma still gets in the way of talking about it. Be a Wellbeing Champion!

Need more help?

Contacts for each section are listed in the Online summary document mentioned above. Alternatively, you can make initial contact with:
Contact Programme Team

How to get involved

Register interest in volunteering or join our youth programme