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Coronavirus doesn't cancel the fun for Methlick Scouts

By Kirsty Brown

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This year should have been extra special for members of Methlick Scout Group as they held a year of centenary celebrations.

While coronavirus might be making 2020 memorable for all the wrong reasons, however, this hasn't stopped the fun.

When Scouts UK announced that all meetings, camps and events were to stop with immediate effect, Methlick Scout Group leaders were forced to make the difficult decision to postpone a number of celebratory activities - some things have tentatively been moved to a date later in the year with the hope that it will be safe to go ahead then, and some activities have already been pushed back to next year.

The group had already kickstarted their celebrations with a ceilidh in January and opening a time capsule in February.

The year has also been made special with the Group receiving the Silver Youth Approved Award and a number of members being presented with various awards including leadership awards and Queen Scout Awards.

Just because traditional Scouting activities have been forced to stop, however, doesn't mean that the fun of Scouting has had to stop.

During lockdown members of Methlick Scout Group have been taking part in virtual meetings where they have worked on various skills and activities including map work, knots, badges and they even enjoyed an at home scavenger hunt.

They have also taken part in record breaking virtual camp and a Hike To The Moon challenge which saw Scouting members from across the UK walk more than 240,000 miles in one day and raise almost £350,000 for Children in Need.

Some members have also been trying their hand at The Great Indoors, an activity pack available to anybody (not just Scouting members) through Scouts UK.

Members of all ages are hoping that they will be able to get together in person, and not through a screen, again soon with Group leader Keith Hewitt saying: "Everyone is itching to get back to normal.

"This year may end up being memorable for all the wrong reasons, but it is understandable and it is important to keep everyone safe.

"It's not quite the same but it may just become a '100 plus one' years celebration instead!"

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