Scouts and Cubs based in Bucks are hoping to get back normality, but have admitted to enjoying the challenges the last six months have brought.

Due to coronavirus, face-to-face meet ups were prohibited, so many Scouts an Cubs across the county and beyond used platforms such as Zoom, Teams and Skype to 'meet up' with friends and family.

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In the last half-a-year, children have gained badges such as their artist, astronomer, chef, collector, DIY, global issues, home help, personal safety and scientist badges, whilst taking part in virtual activities.

It has also meant that children have built their confidence by talking to a large group of people about what they have done to achieve the particular badge.

James Palin, lead volunteer for Buckinghamshire Scouts said, “The last six months have been very testing, but all of the children, young people and volunteers have risen to the challenge.

“One of my favourite activities was virtual drumming where children were encouraged to use wooden spoons and saucepans and played ‘We Will Rock You.’

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“Adult volunteers are currently writing risk assessments and hopefully all of the Groups will be back to face to face Scouting in the near future.

“One of the activities I’m really looking forward to is the virtual camp for Scouts (boys and girls aged 10 to 14).”

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