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 30/03/2020

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


Challenge 20 – A message from the Camp Leader, James Nehaul

Other Events in Central Yorkshire

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 2020 in Poland have shared this update and continue to add to their frequently asked questions on the changing situation here. If applicable, please continue to monitor these updates.

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.

Bramhope & Aldwark Activity Centres

In line with all Scouting, both Bramhope and Aldwark Activity Centres are currently closed.  Booking parties affected by the closure will be contacted directly.  We can assure all booking parties who have paid deposits that they will not be lose any of these monies. We would be pleased if you could carry your deposits forward to a future booking rather than asking for refunds.  When Scouting does recommence we would hope to start welcoming groups within the next 6 weeks.  As the time comes closer, more information will be provided as to the re-opening.

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.

Programme/Scouting at home

Have a look at our page in the news section here for some inspiring activity ideas for your Sections during COVID-19.  There are also suggestions of packages you can use to hold virtual meetings.


DBS – Temporary changes to ID checking guidelines are being made as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.  Click here for best practice guidelines.

County Office

The County Office is closed.  Cathryn will be working from home during the hours of Monday-Thursday, 9.30am-2.30pm and can be contacted on the usual email address  For the time being, there is no telephone number, but we envisage that this may change in the coming days.

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