Facemask with Window Pattern

You may have seen recent reports saying that to travel on Public Transport or visit Public Buildings it is advisable to wear a facemask during the Coronavirus Pandemic. In May 2020 Bograts Explorers made their own facemasks. Most facemasks hide your mouth; no one can see your expressions or your lips moving. This becomes really important:

  • In a group, so you can see who’s taking
  • To judge a person’s body language – are they smiling or looking stern?
  • Or if the person you are taking with needs to lip read to fully understand what you are saying.

Luckily, our Explorer Scout Leaders have found a solution to this problem and set about encouraging our members to replicate this excellent example, modelled by Quentin:

To make your own mask with a clear cutout section over your mouth, you will need:

  1. Two bits of cotton material 16.5cm x 30cm – the wackier the better!
  2. Elastic
  3. Scissors
  4. A bit of clear plastic, like a document wallet
  5. Needle & Thread or Sewing machine
  6. Print out of this pattern (its the length of a sheet of A4)
  7. Watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2_fzooIKNU

Please note the masks will provide you with some limited protection from Covid 19, but they are not infallible. The mask is mainly to protect other people from you!

COVID-19 and Scouting

Following the advice of The Scout Association, Batchworth Sea Scouts suspended all face-to-face scouting activities in March 2020 and moved to online programme delivery for the remainder of the Spring and Summer terms.

The Scout Association, in partnership with the National Youth Agency, have since implemented a tiered Readiness Level, controlling the type of activities that can be delivered based on local conditions.

We are currently at Amber: small groups can undertake face to face activities outdoors and subject to social distancing.  No indoor and residential activities are possible.

Leaders continue to work with parents to deliver the best scouting experience possible, whilst conforming to the current Readiness Level restrictions.

Thank you to everyone for your support in these times and please contact us with ideas, suggestions and requests.

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