In these extraordinary times we are continuing to provide Scouting to our Young People and support to our members and communities through virtual meetings using Zoom, activities and online resources. There have been quizzes, mini raft building and testing, conversations about various hobbies, unusual Scavenger Hunts, games of bingo and kahoot, a whole Group virtual visit to the Army Air Museum and even Investitures. Some of our members joined Northumberland Scouts in a World Record Camp at Home; it seems over 84,000 members of Scouting and Guiding from 67 countries took part. However, the “Main Event” in our Virtual Scouting programme has been a Virtual Camp. This took place from Friday evening May 1st to Sunday lunchtime May 3rd and replaced our normal Group Camp. 70 members camped at their home, either in a tent in the garden or a homemade den in the house. We had cooking sessions shared on Zoom, a short Scouts Own service, a “hike”, a campsite modelling session, a crazy hat challenge, a quiz, a work out session, a campfire, a “necker” challenge and an outdoor cookery demonstration. BBC Radio Suffolk took an interest and some of our members explained what we were doing in a few slots. Park Radio from Diss broadcast a bedtime story, read by some of our Leaders at 9pm on Friday evening. Members, and often their families, attended the sessions that they were interested in and everyone had a good time. We have had some very positive feedback with comments such as:
He had a brilliant weekend.
The fitness challenge was right up his street too.
Thank you all so very much, for a truly outstanding V-Camp.
The range of activities over the weekend were so imaginative.
We loved taking part in many of them as a family.
I am enormously grateful to you all, and the other leaders.
The Scouts have brought this bit of fun in his life.
I could never have imagined the sense of community and cohesion that would develop over the coming days.
Thank you for a wonderful weekend.
There were also some ideas for improvements in content and delivery although we are, of course, hoping that we will soon be back to normal.
There are many pictures and comments on our Facebook page and by the time this is published there should be similar on our website. Please have a look to see what we got up to.
Earlier in April 19 members of the Group got involved in a “Hike to the Moon”. This was in support of BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief. It involved using our daily exercise sessions to walk a mile or two and donate to the BBC event, the Scout Association had hoped that enough members of the movement would be involved to tally up enough miles to reach the moon. In the event there were enough miles to be only 6,000 short of getting there and back! That is a 477,710 mile journey. This raised an incredible £328,000 which will provide vital support to people and communities affected by COVID-19. Our contribution was £170. Every single penny we’ve raised, including funds from the sale of Hike to the Moon badges, will be match-funded by the government. This means Scouting will ultimately contribute over £650,000 for BBC Children in Need and Comic Relief.