Aboyne Cubs provide years’ worth of online programmes throughout lockdown

This time last year, the Scouts made the decision to suspend all face-to-face activities across the movement.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 6:35 am
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 10:31 am
Cubs Fraser & Blaine take part in an online Christingle event.

One year on 1st Aboyne Cubs have continued to deliver the same fun and excitement through young people’s computer screens.

Through volunteers keeping it going, this support has helped young people’s wellbeing during the pandemic, by delivering some action packed online activities.

During the lockdown period, 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 helping to raise over £240,000 as part of the UK wide appeal.

Cubs meetings and activities moved online during the pandemic

They’ve also learned about their local community, made mug cakes, pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and candy sushi were particular favourites when cooking up their storms.

They also made monster bookmarks, djembe drums and spaghetti tower activities, following the Great Indoors, a series of guided activities provided by the Scouts Association, open to all to use.

There is now light at the end of the tunnel following updated guidance from the Scottish Government and Youthlike, with the movement announcing a return to face-to- face activities.

To begin with this will be held at outdoors with a greatly reduced capacity, as Scout Groups across Scotland will follow a gradual phrased return to a form of normality.

Dougal, a Cub aged 9 said: "It was very good and there were lots of activities. Building towers out of spaghetti was my favourite!"

Jenny Blair, a local volunteer, said: “The programme offered through the press-play-and-go Scouting site has been an enormous help this year supplemented by playing games including scavenger hunts and floor is lava.

"A large thank you to parents and carers for their support through lockdown, especially with tidying up their kitchens after melting marshmallows!

"We are absolutely looking forward to being back face-to-face in the Deeside outdoors at a reduced capacity after Easter.

"We have plans for more traditional den building, nature art and capture the flag all in demand from our Cubs.”

Jenny added: "Thanks, must also be extended to fellow Cub volunteers, Becki Redmond and Iain Blair for their continued enthusiasm and commitment.”

Lead volunteer for the group, Bernie Cassie said: "I would like to thank all volunteers across Aboyne Scout Group and our wider district of Deeside, for their fantastic efforts during this time and of course before COVID-19. We have provided a wellbeing lifeline to our young people throughout the pandemic.

"I welcome the updated YouthLink and Scottish Government guidance which means we can operate outdoors only at a highly reduced capacity, we are aiming to resume after the Easter Holidays."

Scouts is the largest co-educational youth movement in the country.

The groups are delivering online activities via virtual means and now outdoors with very limited capacity.

You can still join today by visiting www.deesidescouts.org.uk and filling out an application form.

To find out more about the Scouts movement, visit www.scouts.org.uk/