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  1. It was on a list of "bad" statues. The local (not scout) council was told it was on a list by the police. The council decided to temporarily remove it to protect it. Then they changed their mind and have boarded it up I believe while locals have been there protecting it, and the council have put 24 hour security on it. It's deflected the news from the cause of BLM in the UK. If one was a conspiracy theorist.... I *think* he's some sort of world ambassador for scouting as well as being UK chief scout. So let's say he's yours too.
  2. I believe in countries where the left hand is used instead of toilet paper the tradition of using the left hand to shake the hand of a fellow scout never caught on.
  3. Not 10% of a Nigerian Prince's fortune is it? I think that was promised to me already.
  4. and just launched, a stay at home virtual version of the Worldwide Scout Ten Pin Bowling Competition... http://jambowlree.org/index.php/jambowlwii/ And the face to face version of the 2020 competition is now going to run until end of December 2020. Which seems logical.
  5. We honeymooned in Cancun and toured the Yucatan. Amazing, just amazing. Of course, being 5* all the way probably helped. Only 23 years ago so I'm sure my experience is entirely relevant.
  6. Are they turning off the internet and no one's told us yet?
  7. Trouble is, it's kind of human nature. I don't know anyone with it. It feels like hype when they're banging on about it on the news and the numbers are tiny. We were kind of feeling the same when UK scouting stopped, a week before we'd gone up to London and had a grand day out running round the place and jumping on and off tubes and buses. We felt like we were right and okay and not panicking and not being big girls blouses about it all. I still don't regret doing it. We wanted to carry on, "let's do outside activities instead" sort of thing, just like your SM. Trouble is, you are in the dark the whole time, you don't really know if you're overreacting, or not taking it seriously enough, and you might never know, but you might know you didn't do enough when you or yours get it, and it's far far too late. I know it's not a death sentence but I still don't fancy getting it much.
  8. This. Totally agree. There is no reason why the contagion rates will be any different in any part of the USA than any other developed country. Just about every country is following the same path and pattern. Cases increase slowly, then exponentially upwards at which point most go "must do something!" and start self isolating, lockdown, shut schools etc etc. Too late. This is not media hype. This is not hysteria. Calmly prepare to spend as much time as possible over the next few months away from as many people as possible. Sounds like one of the "oh it'll be fine don't be such an old woman!" brigade. If it's not absolutely essential, it should stop. A camaraderie bonfire is a nice to have.
  9. Random words to confuse the ad algorithms. Can you be unscoutlike to computer code?
  10. Oh, something got lost in translation UK->US? I wasn't meaning it to be rude honest, so if that's your interpretation (I'm not assuming) that's on you.
  11. Badger meerkat sixpence magic twist knocker.
  12. Hello and welcome, I would say though scouting is global, all scouting is local, and while it looks more or less the same from the outside, you can only really see if it's a good fit for you if you try it. I'd recommend you to go find your local group and see how it feels.
  13. UK status report: As of Tuesday, UK HQ stopped all face to face scout meetings or camps of any kind from now on until advised otherwise. Same with Girl Guiding (Girl Scouts). All three campsites I know locally have shutdown, no third party hires, no volunteer maintenance crews. Scout groups that own their own buildings advised to not sublet to any non-scout groups, presumably to avoid having to have people go in to open up or clean, and to avoid liability issues if someone catches covid-19 while there. Unsurprisingly, many (most) large camps and Jamborees right through until July have cancelled completely, or rescheduled for next year, as they were having to book activities and so on now and pay deposits. Am keeping a watching brief for our much smaller summer camp in July/August, and a 500 capacity camp we run in September. All pretty unprecedented. Oh, and then scrolling down I see you already know this. Doh!
  14. Our Scout County were going to have a gathering to try and break a World Record...most number of handshakes at once..."The Big Handshake". That they've cancelled it was the least surprising news I've heard today.
  15. On Saturday we had 50 Explorer Scouts and leaders go up to London and take part in a Monopoly Run (visit all the places on the UK (London) Monopoly board) with about 4000 other Scouts and Guides. Every single Explorer that was booked on came. Speaking to the organiser enough teams pulled out at the last minute that made him wonder if he'd made the right choice to carry on with the event, but govt advice here is basically "Keep Calm and Wash Your Hands". So we did. Yesterday a large (10,000 participants) County run international Jamboree being held in July was cancelled as the financial risk was considered too great to commit to carry on.
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