Covid-19 (Coronavirus) updates
Please find Central Yorkshire Scouts’ response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic on this page, along with other useful resources from the Charity Commission, Public Health England, the Government and the Scouts UK.
This page was last updated 12/08/2020


Covid-19 guidance
Executive Committee (Trustee) Updates
Bramhope & Aldwark Activity Centres
HQ/Scout Information Centre/Safeguarding
Scout Online Safely
Scouting at home
Coronavirus – How to support someone grieving
County Office

Covid-19 Guidance

Please find Covid-19 guidance from Public Health England at this link

Government advice – The Government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage is frequently updated as things develop, so please check it regularly at


Event organisers – If you or your team are involved in organising any future Scout events, you will now need to review these plans and risk assessments given this new guidance. If you have event insurance through Unity, they have provided an update here.
European Jamboree – The organisers of the European Jamboree in Poland have shared this update.
Morocco Expedition – The County Expedition to Morocco in July/August has now been postponed to 2021. Please see the latest information here.
Travel insurance – The Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation may have implications for your travel insurance. Check with your insurers directly about the levels of cover. If you have taken insurance through Unity, they have provided an update here.

Executive Committee (Trustee) Updates

Guidance to help with running your charity during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Property owners – If your Group gets an income or rent from others using your building and you have property and equipment insurance through Unity you can read their blog for more information.

Annual Returns – Any charity that needs an extension to their annual return deadline can contact the Charity Commission to ask for one. Please see their guidance here.

The Government also have some practical advice for in answer to questions from Executive Committees.

DBS – Please visit our website page for an Update on DBS Applications/Renewals during COVID-19

Bramhope & Aldwark Activity Centres

We are pleased to say that Bramhope Campsite is now open at Amber status for use by small groups in accordance with the Scouts Coronavirus guidelines.

Operational guidelines and risk assessment are available on this page.

Bookings are now being taken via

Before attempting to make a booking please make sure that your risk assessment has been approved by your line manager using the HQ method.

Initially we expect to accommodate 2 groups on site on a number of evenings each week. This calendar is shown below. We will keep under consideration the usage levels and will increase or reduce the availability as required. Weekend usage will also be considered should groups be interested.

There isn’t a cost for using the site but a donation can be made and would be appreciated. In the event of “no shows” without prior cancellation the party involved will be blacklisted from future usage under this system.

Any queries please do not hesitate to contact John Smallwood on 07973 654437 or email


Aldwark remains closed.

HQ/Scout Information Centre/Safeguarding

The Scout Information Centre will only be able to deal with emails and web chat until further notice. As you can imagine, they are experiencing an unprecedented level of enquiries at the moment, so please use the Government guidance as your primary reference where possible.

If you need to contact the Safeguarding team about an ongoing case please email To report a new case please call 020 8433 7164. For guidance on carrying out safeguarding processes in the current climate, take a look at these recommendations to adjust our usual practice.


All Training courses are suspended until further notice as we currently are unable to host face-to-face meetings due to COVID-19. The County Training team are looking at ways to try and run some of the Modules online using Zoom or Teams. Keep an eye out on the County Website and Leaders Facebook pages for further details.

In these unprecedented times we wanted to share with you the ways in which you can make sure you can continue with your learning and validation, without being able to attend face to face meetings. Visit our page on the website for more information.

Scout Online Safely – a Guide for Leaders

Visit the news section on our website for a comprehensive Scout Online Safely – A Guide for Leaders when taking part in virtual Scouting.

Programme/Scouting at home

Delivering a flexible programme during COVID 19

Young people can still work towards badges and awards while at home. Visit HQ’s website page for the our guidance on making the rules more flexible.

Coronavirus: Resources For Children And Parents

A great website to look at is It contains so many links to potential programme ideas for leaders or individuals.

Coronavirus – How to support someone grieving

The bereavement organisation, has a variety variety of resources available for supporting people of all ages with loss, which may become useful as we continue to support our young people and each other during these difficult times.

County Office

The County Office has now reopened during the hours of Monday-Thursday, 9.30am-2.30pm.

Put your phone down and what are you left with? Just teamwork, courage and the skills to succeed.’
Bear Grylls, Chief Scout Bear Grylls