IT was smiles all round this week for the 1st Lym Valley Scouts, as they prepared to return for a socially-distanced term.
A small number of the Scouts have been busy testing out new ways of carrying out activities and having fun at the same time – they’ve also been practicing putting up outdoor shelters as they cannot meet inside under current coronavirus restrictions.
“We’ve been away for five months and now we’re getting ready to come back,” said Scout leader Dave Wareham.
“Certainly figuring out what works and what doesn’t work helps – we want to have as much of a laugh as possible, but we of course have to this safely”.
Whilst the group has been meeting virtually in recent months, it acknowledges nothing can replace the experience and satisfaction that doing activities face to face offers.
Scout leader Karen Yelland commented: “We can sit down all day and figure out on paper how we’re going to do this and stick within the rules, but until you actually start giving it a go you don’t quite know what might happen or how the young people will react.”
When asked how the Scouts found the new setup, she added: “Definitely some nerves to begin with – they haven’t seen each other in real life for a while – but once we got some activities underway it was great to see their confidence shoot up again and it felt like how it was before; albeit one metre plus apart from each other.”
The Scout group feels confident about the future and about resuming activities in September. With most of the young people returning next month, the group says the lockdown has not impacted on the young people’s enthusiasm for Scouting.
They say a focus on skills for life has really hammered home the importance of doing something different with their time, getting out and about and seeing the wider world.