We don’t know how long we’ll be socially isolating this time round, but we do know that our leaders have proved that they can run a brilliant Scouting program – virtually.
2020 was a memorable year for Isle of Wight Scouting for many reasons, most unexpectedly because we needed to develop instant skills in virtual Scouting.
Living the virtual life
Our leaders ran virtual meetings, virtual games, virtual cooking, virtual St Georges’ Day, virtual fundraising, virtual VE day, virtual Remembrance Day and virtual-learning skills for life. But the most enjoyable events for everyone were the virtual camps.
Hundreds of our Scouts, together with family, friends and even parents, set up tents, forts, dens and undercover beds in their homes or gardens.
We all pulled together through the lockdowns and had just started getting back to face-to-face Scouting and now – we’re back into lock down again. So once again our leadership team are working hard to bring virtual Scouting to over 1,000 Young People on the Island. And yes, there will be more camping.
Winter Camp at home
A couple of our Scout Groups had been looking forward to going away to our Gilwell HQ campsite for the annual Winter Camp this weekend, but now hundreds of Isle of Wight Scouts and their friends and family will be having a Winter Camp at home instead. Much more cozy!
Many of our Scouts are already planning their weekend “camping trip” with accommodation, food and activities.
If you’d like to join in, visit the joining pages on our Website and start applying now. Family and friends are welcome to join you at home too!
As the photo shows, teddy bears are welcome to our meetings!
All genders, races and backgrounds are welcome at Scouts. Every week, it gives almost half a million people aged 6-25 the skills they need for school, college, university, the job interview, the important speech, the tricky challenge and the big dreams: the skills they need for life.
- Scouts helps members gain these skills by encouraging them to ask the big questions and listen with wide open minds. It helps them to take a deep breath and speak up, think on their feet, ignore the butterflies and go for it. With Scouts, young people don’t give up – they get back up and try again, often with the support of the friends they’ve made there.
- Scouts in the UK has over 638,000 members, including 163,000 volunteer adult leaders. This means Scouts is the largest co-educational youth movement in the country.
- Our volunteers contribute more than 30 million hours of voluntary work each year to their local communities.