Updates to outdoor and indoor overnight camping from 3 November

At its 28 October meeting, the Scouts NSW COVID-19 Task Force reviewed the overnight and indoor camping measures for Scouting in NSW.

Physical Distancing Requirements when sleeping in tents/ under canvas:

While the general outcome may still result in 1 person per tent, the information has been clarified to reflect the current physical distancing requirements from the NSW Government.

Camping in tents:  When sleeping in tents, you must maintain a 1 person per 4sqm rule and a 1.5 metres of separation.

This 1 person per 4sqm rule and minimum 1.5 m distancing applies to tents with an exception allowed for persons from the same household/family group.

For small tents, the physical distancing requirements may mean only one person per tent.

Physical Distancing Requirements when sleeping indoors:

In addition, the COVID-19 Task Force also considered a change to sleeping indoors – including Scout Halls, Activity Centres and Campsites.

Scout Halls, Scout Camps and Activity Centres with an approved COVID-19 Safety plan may accept overnight guests under the relevant conditions of their plan and the current public health orders regarding physical distancing.

  • Scout Halls can have overnight indoor sleeping if they have an approved COVID Safety Plan and they are approved for Sleeping in Scout Halls. The 1 person per 4sqm rule and minimum 1.5 m distancing applies to sleeping in Scout Halls with an exception allowed for persons from the same household/family group. Remember to apply the maximum allowable numbers (currently 20 participants plus the adults required to run the session).

 

  • Campsites and Activity Centres can accept overnight indoor sleeping if they have an approved COVID Safety Plan for indoor sleeping. The 1 person per 4sqm rule and minimum 1.5 m distancing applies to indoor sleeping – i.e. bunkrooms – with an exception allowed for persons from the same household/family group. Remember, to apply the maximum allowable numbers (currently 30 participants in total – adults and youth members inclusive).

Scouting formations can start submitting overnight activities for approval online from Tuesday 3 November 2020.