Lockdown can't stop the Fraserburgh Scouts!
One year on since lockdown began and Fraserburgh Scouts have delivered an online programme to help their young people cope with the restrictions and not seeing their friends.
One year ago, the Scouts made the decision to suspend all face-to-face activities. One year on, 1st Fraserburgh Scouts have continued to deliver the same fun and excitement, but now through young people’s computer screens.
They have hiked to the moon to raise money for the BBC’s Children in Need and Comic Relief, supported by celebrities like Tim Peake and Bear Grylls, cooked up plenty of storms in their kitchens and they even delivered a whopping 2.5 tonnes in food donations to the Trussell Trust, Salvation Army and Fraserburgh Resilience Group before Christmas as part of a region wide #FillOurFoodbanks drive.
More recently they’ve raced around their homes on different scavenger hunts, done a group Burns Night Supper virtually and built amazing snow sculptures during the blizzard earlier this year. On top of all these exciting activities they have even managed to give out several awards from Personal Challenge Awards to World Challenge Awards with each young person achieving a total of 17 badges each!
Sandy Kirkwood, a local volunteer, said: “It has been great to see the young people still keen to take part in scouting, even though it’s with a difference. They have enjoyed the activities and challenges we have put on for them, particularly if it involves food or camping at home!
He added: “I think getting to see their friends and having a bit of fun has been really important for their mental health and wellbeing. We have had great feedback from the parents, who have appreciated us keeping them busy and giving them something different to do.”
There is now light at the end of the tunnel for the Fraserburgh group, following updated guidance from the Scottish Government and Youthlike, allowing a gradual return to face to face activities.
To begin with this will be held outdoors with a greatly reduced capacity, as Scout Groups will follow a gradual phrased return to a form of normality.