Looking back at Lockdown

The last half year has been a chaotic upheaval for every part of everyone’s life, including (of course) Scouting. As we cautiously return to face-to-face scouting, our Explorers took a moment to look back on what we’ve been through, as well as what we’re looking forward to this term! – Ben

A street food bank set up by a Wild Wolf Explorer

During remote scouting, Wild Wolf stayed active and took part in many activities that kept us busy. A care package was delivered to each Explorer, including resources to go along with our meetings, things to do in our spare time (and of course some sweets!).

A selection of what was in our care packages

Our meetings were held via Zoom where people were encouraged to talk to others who they might not have before, ensuring that everyone got the chance to know their fellow Scouts. One of the highlights of remote Scouting was definitely our camp-from-home. Everyone attending built their own duvet forts or slept in tents in the garden, and we got together online to cook, chat, watch films and do activities, just like a normal camp!

Lockdown was also a time for Explorers to reflect on their own experiences with scouting, as well as discussing events such as Pride month and the Black Lives Matter movement. – Jasmine

With the return to Scouts finally in sight, we’re all looking forward to getting back to Scout Park and our usual face-to-face activities. Our Leaders and the Unit’s patrol leaders have worked hard over the last couple of months to put together a program that is in line with all of the new safety measures, while making sure that it’s extra fun, to make up for the last 6 months of being stuck indoors!

We’re getting straight back into our core Scouting skills, with rotations of firelighting, archery, climbing, air rifle shooting, map reading, pioneering and much more. Although the quarantine program via Zoom was great, there’s nothing that can beat getting back out into nature. We don’t know how long it will be until we can return to overnight camps and our usual excursions but we’re excited to be back and are hopeful for the future. – Priya

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