Scouting Guide to COVID-19

COVID-19 UPDATE – 18 March 2022

The Scouts NSW COVID-19 Support Guide has been updated and all Scout leaders are urged to review the document.

The onus in relation to notification of positive cases is now with the individual who tests positive and must be done within a reasonable timeframe. The positive case then needs to be logged in the Scouts NSW WHS Platform here as an ‘incident’ - not to be investigated but to be noted formally as required under the Public Health Order

COVID-19 UPDATE – 25 February 2022

The Scouts NSW COVID-19 Support Guide has been updated and all Scout leaders are urged to review the document.

With the removal of many restrictions from 25 February 2022, Scouts NSW continues to support the easing of restrictions by the Government and, in their place, gives recommendations for the general health, safety and well-being of Scouts members during Scouts activities

COVID-19 UPDATE – 9 February 2022:

Please Note: The requirement that if a member has been diagnosed with COVID, that the Groups needs to contact their Region Commissioner within 12 hours of being notified of the case is still in place. The positive case then needs to be logged in the Scouts NSW WHS Platform here as an ‘incident’ - not to be investigated but to be noted formally and advised to SafeWork where required under the Public Health Order.

In addition, there is advice on members who have had COVID and their return to Scouts. They can attend unit meetings once they have received a Medical Clearance Notice from NSW Health – this is issued when a case has completed their isolation.

Scouts NSW Response to COVID-19

COVID-19 has changed the way we undertake Scouting. During the global pandemic we’ve each played an important role in creating a safe environment for ourselves and each other. We need to continue playing our part in doing things safely and doing them right. Fortunately, none of this is going to be difficult for any of us.

The following information is provided so that Scouts NSW members, their families and other interested parties can understand what we must do to continue our Scouting activities. You can see general information on COVID from NSW Health here.

A team of Scouts NSW volunteer Leaders remains up to date with government announcements and Public Health Orders to interpret how we adjust Scouting activities. This is the team who provide any changed or additional guidance for members. The guidance provided in this website will reflect current information, however our members are asked to stay informed through their preferred news channel for changes and location-specific outbreaks that may restrict activities.

Scouts NSW Event COVIDSafe plan

When conducting an event lasting 3 hours or more in duration, an Event COVIDsafe plan is recommended to assist leaders consider the risks and implications of COVID.