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Blog | Back To Selwood Safely
18/12/2020 By Paul Marsh
In order to prevent crossover of parents/young people and to limit the number of people in potentially close contact on the premises at any one time, we have made amendments to the timings for Cubs and Scouts and also the way they will enter and leave the building. The timings for each section will therefore be as follows:
 
Beavers  -    5.30pm - 6.30pm
Cub's      -    6.30pm - 7.55pm
Scouts    -    8pm - 9.30pm
 
When dropping off Beavers, please enter via the main entrance doors where the Beavers will be met by the Beaver leaders. Whilst the parents of new Beavers may wish to take them into the hall to introduce themselves (whilst maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask), would all others parents please remain outside, weather permitting, to avoid congregating in the reception area. When picking up, the Beavers will exit via the emergency exit door at the top of the stage, so go up to the top of the car park, turn right and you will see it opposite the new football pitch. Please remain in your car until just before 6.30pm to avoid groups congregating around the exit door.    
 
Likewise for Cub's, please enter via the main entrance doors where the Cubs will be met by the Cub leaders. Whilst the parents of new Cub's may wish to take them into the hall to introduce themselves (whilst maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask), would all others parents please remain outside. At the end of their meeting the Cubs will exit via the emergency exit door at the top of the stage, so go up to the top of the car park, turn right and you will see it opposite the new football pitch. Please remain in your car until just before 7.55pm, again to avoid groups congregating around the exit door.    
 
For Scouts, please enter and exit via the main entrance doors as there will be no section coming in after them at the end of the evening. Scouts are required to wear masks during the meeting. Whilst the parents of new Scout's may wish to take them into the hall to introduce themselves (whilst maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask). Please remain in your car until just before 9.30pm, to avoid potential groups congregating around the entrance. We would ask that weather permitting you wait outside the main entrance doors, but if you do have to enter the reception, you will need to wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer provided.   
 
Thank you for your cooperation with these safety mesure.
 
Please, if you have any questions or concerns get in contact with any of the leadership team.
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Dear Parents,
 
Following the government's announcement that Mendip will be subject to the new Tier 2 restrictions, we have been informed by Selwood School that, despite the Scout Association allowing to resume face to face meetings, they are stopping the use of its indoor facilities by external organisations until the new year, following which a further announcement will be made.
 
Whilst we could have gone back to Tedbury on a Thursday evening, it is felt that with the uncertainty around the weather at this time of year, this was not a realistic option. As a result of this all sections will continue to meet on Zoom every Thursday up until the end of the school term. Each week, as we have done to date, the section leaders will be sending out the meeting details and passcodes for the following meeting. If for whatever reason we are not receiving these details, please let me know and we can arrange for these to be passed on to you.  
 
Once we have more definite news about restarting face to face meetings at Selwood, we will let you know either by e-mail, via our web site or social media.
 
When we do get back to meeting up again in the new year, one of the things we will need to consider as a group is the lack of fundraising over the last 9 months. This has had a big impact on our finances and we will be looking for your help in terms of ideas and support to allow us to remain financially viable as we move into 2021. The statement below from the Scout Association highlights some of the issues we face: 
 
"While our face to face meetings and activities have been suspended, you'll know that you will still need to cover fixed costs. Your District, County and national services are facing the same challenges. We will still need to collect the full membership fee for each young person because these costs are fixed. They cover vital services such as insurance, safeguarding, legal protection, and the development and support of our programme".
 
In real terms for us we have for example just had to pay over £800 for our annual insurance policy, £120 for our web site fees and in the new year will see a dramatic rise in the capitation fee's (the money we have to pay to the Scout Association for each child member). We therefore have to explore every avenue to maximise income opportunities and I am sure if we al pull together we can achieve this, ensuring that we can continue to deliver Scouting to the young people of Frome,
 
Kind Regards,
David.
 
David Hoare
Chairman -  5th Frome Scout Group
https://www.5thfromescouts.org.uk/
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Dear Parents,
 
First of all apologies for this last minute communication, but since the Prime Ministers announcement on the lockdown last Saturday, the Scout Association has been in consultation with the National Youth Agency to understand what this means for the delivery of Scouting in England. The result of these consultations has only just been made known earlier this afternoon and I am afraid the news is not good. The following is the formal announcement from the Scout Association: 
 
"Following the announcement of a four-week lockdown in England from Thursday 5 November, the National Youth Agency (NYA) has now issued guidance about what this means for all youth sector activity. From tomorrow, Scouts and all other youth activities will move to Red readiness level.
 
This decision by the Government means that there can be no face-to-face activity with young people or adult volunteers. Only online meetings can be delivered until further notice.
 
We appreciate this is very short notice and is disappointing for many who have worked so hard to get their sections back together, and had fantastic plans for their young people over the coming weeks. We also understand and sympathise with those who now have the difficult task of cancelling meetings. We can’t thank you enough for everything you’re doing. Please be assured we would’ve liked to have given you as much notice as possible but this is the earliest opportunity. The NYA website will be updated to reflect this change at 4pm today. We expect these restrictions to last until 2 December, when the lockdown is currently scheduled to end in England".
 
Hopefully though this will be the end of lockdown and if the current low level of Covid-19 infections in Mendip remains the same, or even better drops, then we should be able meet again on Thursday 3rd of December. In the meantime 5th Frome will endeavour to keep Scouting with on-line meetings and provision of tasks for our young people to undertake during the month ahead. Your section leaders will be in direct contact with you regarding this.
 
As soon we have more definite news about restarting we will let you know either by e-mail, via our web site or social media,
 
Kind Regards,
David.
 
David Hoare
Chairman -  5th Frome Scout Group
 https://www.5thfromescouts.org.uk/
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Dear Parents,
 
Following two of our Scout leaders leaving us for pastures new over the last 12 months, we find ourselves currently struggling to provide additional capacity within the Scout Troop, at a time when we are receiving numerous applications to join 5th Frome.
 
We are therefore mounting a recruitment drive to recruit additional assistant leaders and/or helpers who can help Ray and Paul run our excellent Troop.
 
We know from talking with parents like yourself that many adults are attracted to offering some help within Scouting, but never get round to making that first step. We are keen to find you a role that suits you, your time availability and your desire to help young people fulfil their full potential.
 
Don't worry about never having been a Scout or knowing your reef knot from your bowline as free training will be given as applicable to the role you may wish to take up. Whilst there are a couple of basic mandatory courses  for leaders such as first aid and safeguarding etc.. there is also more hands on training available at district and county level involving  camping and activity skills, which over time allow you to do more with our Scouts both on meeting nights and at our camps. With much of this training now on-line it has never been easier.
 
Whilst it would be fantastic if you would like to join us as an Assistant Leader, if you are concerned about jumping straight in, why not come along initially as a volunteer helper and see what we do, get involved at our events and talk with the other leaders before deciding what you would like to do next. Of course if you would just like to volunteer as a helper that's absolutely fine as well, as all help is greatly appreciated.
 
If you, or anybody you know, would wish to come along and join us or want know more about volunteering with 5th Frome, please contact our Scout Leader Ray Marsh on Tel: 07850 872222, or hello@5thfromescouts.org.uk or simply come along to a troop meeting at Selwood School 8-9.30pm
                         
Regards,
David.
 
David Hoare
Chairman -  5th Frome Scout Group  
 
Volunteering FAQs
Q. How much time do I need to give, do I have to go everyweek
A regular session usually take approximately 2 hours, one evening per week or even at the weekend. However, Leaders can spend as much or as little time as they like. Scouting offers a flexible volunteering scheme and you do not have to be there every week. Adults often work as a team to support the young people in Scouting.
 
Q. Do I need to have been a Scout
No! Scout Leaders come in many shapes and sizes, and from a variety of backgrounds. You do not need to have any previous experience within Scouting to take part. You may have skills from other areas of your life that can be applied to volunteering.
 
Q. Is Scouting inclusive?
Every Scout and Scout Leader is the same. Unique! So we’re always working to make Scouting more inclusive: we always do our best to accommodate volunteers with different requirements or abilities.
Q. What roles are available?
Leader, Assistant Leader, Section Assistant, Occasional helper, Treasurer, Chair and more!
 
Q. What opportunities are there for volunteers?
Training, adventurous activity permits such as archery, air rifle shooting and powerboating and much more! Scouting is about personal development and this is not only for the young people involved in the association, we want you to have the opportunity to learn new skills and develop yourself!
 
Q. Will I be supported?
Yes! Volunteers are supported by other volunteers at three different levels, the group, District and county. So no matter what advice or support is needed there is always someone to help out. From the start new leaders are signposted to others in similar positions and above to guide and support them through the process. There are also many opportunities to meet other volunteers in similar positions at district and county events, training and international events.

 

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Heading back to Selwood!
02/10/2020 By Paul Marsh

Dear Parents,

                      Please note that following a very enjoyable time out at Tedbury, with the dark nights rapidly drawing in we will be returning to Selwood School on Thursday 8th October.

 

In order to prevent crossover of parents/young people and to limit the number of people in potentially close contact on the premises at any one time, we have made amendments to the timings for Cubs and Scouts and also the way they will enter and leave the building. The timings for each section will therefore, from the 8th October, be as follows:

 

  • Beavers - 5.30pm - 6.30pm
  • Cub's  - 6.30pm - 7.55pm
  • Scouts  - 8pm - 9.30pm

 

When dropping off Beaversplease enter via the main entrance doors where the Beavers will be met by the Beaver leaders. Whilst the parents of new Beavers may wish to take them into the hall to introduce themselves (whilst maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask), would all others parents please remain outside, weather permitting, to avoid congregating in the reception area. When picking up, the Beavers will exit via the emergency exit door at the top of the stage, so go up to the top of the car park, turn right and you will see it opposite the new football pitch. Please remain in your car until just before 6.30pm to avoid groups congregating around the exit door.    

 

Likewise for Cub's, please enter via the main entrance doors where the Cubs will be met by the Cub leaders. Whilst the parents of new Cub's may wish to take them into the hall to introduce themselves (whilst maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask), would all others parents please remain outside. At the end of their meeting the Cubs will exit via the emergency exit door at the top of the stage, so go up to the top of the car park, turn right and you will see it opposite the new football pitch. Please remain in your car until just before 7.55pm, again to avoid groups congregating around the exit door.    

 

For Scoutsplease enter and exit via the main entrance doors as there will be no section coming in after them at the end of the evening. Whilst the parents of new Scout's may wish to take them into the hall to introduce themselves (whilst maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask). Please remain in your car until just before 9.30pm, to avoid potential groups congregating around the entrance. We would ask that weather permitting you wait outside the main entrance doors, but if you do have to enter the reception, you will need to wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer provided. Please note all Scouts will need to wear a masks inside.   

 

Once in their respective section meetings, your child will be briefed on the use of the toilets and other measures they will need to observe. No doubt they will be used to this from school, but we will need to go over these simple rules as they relate to our meetings.

 

Could you please advise your child that upon entering the building, they will need to use the hand sanitizer provided at the entrances. 

 

To minimise the need for face to face contact with leaders at Selwood, if you have any queries relating to the restart, please contact them direct by e-mail at:

 

Beavers: Emma Blake - emmabeavers5th@gmail.com

Cub's: Richard Webley -  richardwebley@blueyonder.co.uk

Scouts: Ray Marsh - ray.jmarsh@btinternet.com

           

 

Group Scout Leader            -           mikeplaskitt@blueyonder.co.uk

 

 

Regards,

     David.

 

David Hoare

Chairman -  5th Frome Scout Group

                                 https://www.5thfromescouts.org.uk/

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