Scouting Digitally

Anthony News

Resilience is one of the key attributes we try to instil in our Scouts and, in that spirit, we’re going to carry on meeting virtually!

Following a successful trial with our Scouts and Explorers, we’ve made our programme completely digital, and we’ll be meeting online using Zoom. The feedback we’ve had has been really positive, and we’ve seen many of our Scouts involved, giving it a go, and getting stuck in – just what we’d expect!

With a couple of minor changes to the length of the meetings, we’ve kept them as close as possible to our usual meeting times before the closure. We’ll continue to monitor this during the virtual programme.

You’ll need to install Zoom on your tablet or computer, which you can do by visiting zoom.us/download, and will need to use the links or meeting IDs and passwords that you can find in the OSM Parent Portal.

SectionScheduleTime
BeaversFortnightly17:00 to 17:30
CubsWeekly18:00 to 19:00
Scouts/ExplorersWeekly19:30 to 20:30
Our altered meeting schedule, effective Tuesday 5 May, 2020.

We’ve had a few great programme items during our initial trial, including an online Scouts history quiz, a scavenger hunt around the house, making microwave mug cakes, and we’ve got some fun VE Day craft activities planned for this weekend.

Using Zoom safely

We’ve chosen Zoom as our virtual meeting platform. We’re aware that there’s been a lot of press lately surrounding the use of Zoom and we wanted to reassure all of our grown-ups and young people that using Zoom is safe, so long as some easy and reasonable safeguards are put in place.

Staying safe is a key policy in Scouts, and this extends to the online arena. We’ve taken all the precautions advised, making sure that we’re using the latest, most secure and most up-to-date version of the Zoom software, we rotate the password and meeting ID for each session, so that old links can’t be re-used, operate a waiting room so that we only allow our leaders to let people in that we recognise, disable screen sharing, and lock the meeting when we’re sure that everyone has arrived.

At least two leaders will be present during each online meeting, and while Scouts and Explorers are welcome to get their parents involved optionally, we must insist that grown-ups are present in the same room as Beavers and Cubs during their sessions.

Any questions? Need help?

We understand that getting involved with the digital side of things can be daunting sometimes, so we’re here to help. If you have any questions, or if you need any help getting everything set up, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and we’ll do everything we can to help you get your tech set up and working, so your young people can get involved.

As ever, we hope you’re staying safe and that your families are all well. We’ll be in touch with more details of some temporary changes we’re making in order to help the Group and its members weather the storm soon.

Thank you for your ongoing support!