Message from the DC to all members and families

Since the announcement that all face to face scouting was to be suspended, it has been truly inspiring to see how much we have adapted! Covid 19 has created havoc both locally and around the world. But the Promise we Scouts have all made to do our best really has been upheld! Never before have we been in this situation and I have no doubt that Baden Powell himself Would be incredibly proud of his scout movement!
My favourite of the seven scout laws is ” A Scout has courage in all difficulties.” During this global pandemic I think we have all achieved this!

Over the last three weeks of this national restriction on movement I have watched and joined in with immense respect and pride as members of our leadership teams have continued to engage our youth members with on line meetings, challenges and activities. Members from all age groups have taken part in the DC challenges I have set and I imagine several badges, including nights away staged badges have been and will continue to be earned in the coming weeks.

I know that there will also be disappointment that camps have had to be cancelled. One of my highlights is the annual District Scout Camp in May. I am currently working on a Virtual District Scout Camp. There will be activities and challenges.

We will sadly also miss the annual St Georges Day parade on the 26th April. However I have a plan for this also which will be announced on social media and to the Group Scout Leaders for them to pass on.

There is a lot of uncertainty ahead of us, and sadly I fear heartache for some of us. But rest assured we scouts are a family and we will pull together and support one another in times of need.

I am incredibly proud of all our members young and old. Parents and carers you too have found your inner scout while you have supported your young people in joining online meetings, camping out and making things, so thank you! Perhaps you may consider volunteering in the future.

Please stay safe, stay indoors and follow the government advice, we will get through this and we will soon be back in our halls and on camps.

Yours in Scouting
Rob Johnson
District Commissioner, Boston District Scouts