COVID 19 update

If a Positive Case or Close Contact attends Scouting, please refer to the Positive Cases and Contacts FAQs

From November 19, 2021 there are no longer any limits on the number of people who can attend Scouting activities indoors or outdoors, including hall hires; subject to the following vaccination requirements for Scouts Victoria members, supporters and visitors.

  • Anybody aged over 12 years and two months must be fully vaccinated, or have a medical exemption, to participate in indoor Scouting, attend major events or share accommodation.
  • Registered leaders, helpers, etc must be fully vaccinated, or have a medical exemption, to lead or help with face-to-face Scouting, indoors or outdoors.
  • Youth members who have just turned 12 have until they reach 12 years and 2 months before they are required to comply with the vaccination requirements.
  • Youth members can either record their vaccination status in Operoo or show their vaccination status each time they attend an activity
  • Registered leaders, helpers, etc must have their vaccination status recorded in Operoo otherwise they are classified as unvaccinated and are unable to undertake face-to-face Scouting
  • If you are unable to be vaccinated due to a valid medical exemption, you are classified as fully vaccinated. If you are unable to show your vaccination status, you are classified as unvaccinated.
  • Updated generic COVIDSafe Plans for indoor and outdoor Scouting, large events, campsites, BBQs and Xmas Tree sales are available in the COVIDSafe Plans FAQs.

Further guidance on Vaccination for Scouting is available in the Vaccination Requirements FAQs, and for specific roles in the How Does the Vaccination Mandate Affect…? FAQ

Indoor Scouting

The following people must be fully vaccinated or have a medical exemption to attend Indoor Scouting:

  • All Leaders, helpers, visitors, etc
  • Rovers, Venturers and Scouts aged over 12 years and 2 months
  • Parents to spectate, help out, drop off/ pick up, etc – otherwise they must remain outside
  • All attendees aged over 12 years and 2 months as part of a Hall Hire, unless they are an essential public support group

Halls must have a COVID Check-in Marshal to confirm vaccination status of participants, parents and visitors

Until November 26, if there are no youth members or public present, leaders and other workers can undertake maintenance indoors or attend indoor leader/ committee meetings or leader training if they are at least partially vaccinated. From November 26, they must be fully vaccinated.

Unvaccinated people can enter a hall to access bathrooms, to shelter from severe weather or to escape from an unsafe situation / emergency.

Further guidance on Indoor Scouting is available in the Scout Halls FAQs.

Outdoor Scouting

  • All workers including Leaders, adult helpers, rostered parents, etc must be fully vaccinated or have a medical exception. This includes unregistered parents or visitors who are helping out with the activity on an ad-hoc basis.
  • Youth members who are participating in an outdoor activity do not require to be vaccinated unless attending a major event or sharing a tent
  • Parents who are only spectating or dropping off do not require to be vaccinated, unless they are helping out with the activity
  • Rovers acting in a leader or service role are workers and must be fully vaccinated outdoors, otherwise they can attend outdoor Scouting as participants and do not require to be vaccinated
  • Scouts and Venturers are participants and not workers, irrespective of their role at an activity, so do not need to be vaccinated for outdoor activities, unless it is a major event.
  • Activities away from your District must be registered in Out and About, even if they are at a Scout campsite
  • Refer to Outdoor Activities FAQs.

Outdoor events where physical distancing cannot be maintained or Major Events with over 500 participants

  • Anybody aged over 12 years and 2 months must be fully vaccinated to attend an event or activity where physical distancing cannot be maintained for extended periods, such as outdoor seated events, events with evening entertainment or activities in enclosed / restricted spaces, etc
  • All members aged over 12 years and 2 months must be fully vaccinated to attend an event with greater than 500 participants
  • You must contact coronavirus@scoutsvictoria.com.au for any planned event over 200 participants

Campsites / Accommodation / Sleepovers

  • All members aged over 12 years and 2 months must be fully vaccinated to share a tent, cabin, bunkhouse, etc or to attend a hall sleepover
  • Public / family bookings can attend a campsite without requiring vaccination but cannot enter any shared indoor communal areas such as dining areas, etc unless all aged over 12 years and 2 months are fully vaccinated.
  • People do not need to be vaccinated to share toilets and/or showers as long as they are cleaned at least twice a day. Where a group has exclusive access to toilets and/or showers, or all aged over 12 years and 2 months are fully vaccinated, the toilets and/or showers can just be cleaned between bookings.
  • Schoolchildren on school camps do not need to comply with vaccination requirements
  • Refer to Campsites FAQs.

Further COVID guidance for Scouting is available on the Summary of Restrictions page or in the COVID-19 FAQs.

This webpage and associated FAQs are regularly updated to provide the latest Scouts Victoria guidance on current COVID-19 restrictions. Direct email notification is only used for significant changes, and not until the Chief Health Officer’s Restricted Activity Directions have been published.

For queries about this direction or any other coronavirus related issues, please contact coronavirus@scoutsvictoria.com.au

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