Current Readiness Level – YELLOW

Scouts during COVID restrictions

Monday 17th May 2021 – The readiness level in ENGLAND has now changed.
Readiness level: YELLOW
So what does this mean for you?

Section meetings can take place outdoors and indoors. Limited small group residential activities may take place.

Maximum group size:
Activities involving young people: no limit on group size but remain as only one section meeting independently of others. Indoor activities will be limited by the size of the location given social distancing remains.
Scout Network programmed activities (non social): 30 people maximum.
Adult activities (non-social) with no young people present: Adults may meet in small groups for the purposes of providing the charity’s purpose. Full details in getting adults involved again guidance.

Residential activities: Nights away activities may take place with a maximum of 6 people within the group (including young people, volunteers and carers). COVID measures such as social distancing and good hygiene remain in place (even overnight), groups must remain independent of others and lateral flow testing must take place immediately prior to departure and every 48-72hrs throughout the trip and on return.

Updates on residentials in the UK and larger group sizes are expected to be announced in the coming months. These dates follow the government’s roadmap ­– they’re subject to the vaccination programme continuing at the same rate and the rate of infections reducing across the country.  

Please continue to follow all COVID-19 restrictions while meeting with your group. If you’ve had an Amber risk assessment approved by your District, this will still be valid – but we’d encourage you to review your risk assessment before meeting again.  If your Amber risk assessment hasn’t been approved yet, we’d recommend you complete one this month, detailing risks for both indoor and outdoor activities. Don’t forget that before meeting face-to-face, all adults will have to have their mandatory safety and safeguarding up to date.  

You can view full guidance on the ‘Getting back together safely’ pages.

For more information about readiness level see HQ Website

Approval Process

Step 1

Group Scout Leader and Chair of the Group Executive check that necessary risk assessment(s) are completed by Section Leaders, informed by volunteers, parents, and young people, control measures are in place and leaders/volunteers are prepared to carry them out.

Step 2

Documents shared with District Commissioner & District Executive’s (or their nominee) and if all satisfactory, approval given to re-start face-to-face activity. Risk assessments and decision to approve recorded.

Step 3

Confirmation passed to County Commissioner or nominee and a record maintained in a shared database which can be accessed by both the District and the County.

Step 4

Group Scout Leader informs young people and
parents/carers of section start dates, times and any operating procedures they need to follow. Parents or carers confirm that they understand the measures and are happy for their young person to attend. Face-to-face activities begin


If you require assistance or are struggling to complete the necessary risk assessments, don’t worry! Your district team will be able to advise you on the best approach.