Midday, Sunday 22nd March 2020.
As the COVID-19 situation rapidly evolves globally, 2nd Woodend Scout Group (2WSG) has discussed the response that is in the best interests of our youth members, their families and the wider Woodend community.
With each of the leaders having at the highest priority the safety of their respective packs, we’ve elected to suspend face to face activities and programming, until further notice.
This is decision that has not been taken lightly. As parents and leaders, we all understand the importance that being involved in scouting presents to our children, as they navigate the trials and tribulations of growing up. The opportunity to guide our youth in an environment where they are challenged, build resilience, meet new friends and learn the importance of adaptability, creativity and kindness, in a well proven framework, is why we each became leaders in the first place.
However, as leaders, our duty of care extends to ensuring our community is safe. Youth from multiple schools, being led by volunteer parents from multiple work environments is a cross pollination risk we are not prepared to take, in light of the social distancing directives being recommended by the Australian Government and World Health Organisation.
The global response to COVID-19 with country’s in lockdown and sovereign governments in Europe and Asia taking extraordinary measures to contain contagion spread, as well as the experience from each of our respective work environments, are cues we are also using to inform our decision.
In closing, at this time the leaders and committee of the 2WSG would like to extend our best wishes to each of you, your families and loved ones. At a time where things are challenging, its up to each of us to support each other and help those that are in need and guidance. We all look forward to when circumstances change and we can all resume 2WSG scouting activities as normal.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact myself on the below listed,
Rama, Cub Scouts & Assistant Group Leader (Group Leader elect)
2nd Woodend Scout Group
+61 412 859 209