With physical distancing restrictions introduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), leaders at 9th Brunswick have had to think creatively to keep Cubs and Scouts engaged and active during this period.
Both Cubs and Scouts have begun the new term by moving online and using video-conferencing so that members can still take part in activities from the safety of their own homes. Of course there have been some teething problems, but after a couple of weeks everyone now seems to have adapted well.
One example of how we have adapted was the very first online investiture of Harry, which took place ahead of Anzac Day. Scout leader Su “handed” Harry his badges online – they were actually presented physically to him by his father after they had been dropped off at his house earlier.
The scouts had a “Scouts Own” to reflect on Anzac Day, then they shared online the Anzac biscuits they made at home. This was followed by the investiture, then an online camp, with some scouts sleeping in tents inside their houses, and some in their gardens. They also had to cook their own evening meal, or help prepare a meal for their family.
Nothing beats the real thing, but during these trying and difficult times, our Cubs and Scouts are demonstrating the principles and values of Scouting.