New tents to allow social distancing

We have bought 12 of these tents https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15901509/oex-phoxx-1-backpacking-tent-15901509 we plan to use these to allow for social distancing during the expeditions.

We will run groups of five max to allow for spacing between participants. We will only have two teams out at a time. This means we need less adults and there is less chance for close contact.

Every participant will have a trangia and tent, we will be not holding practice expeditions for Bronze and as such the cost of the bronze expedition will be reduced by £50.

We be using St Anne’s parish centre as the camping site for Bronze qualifiers and for Silver and Gold training/practices. The plan for Bronze would be to turn up on the Friday evening to plan routes around Ormskirk area and to stay at the parish centre field. They will put up the tents and pack their rucksacks. The parish centre is closed at present so we will be the only people in the centre and there will be a one way system in place to access the toilets, kitchen. Adults will be on hand at all times to maintain safety for all participants and to stop other people from using the field/facilities.

The Bronze expedition will begin on Saturday morning and finish on Sunday afternoon, we currently don’t have dates available but it will be run over two weekends as we have over 20 to plan for.

The plan for Silver/Gold participants would be to turn up on the Friday evening to plan routes around Ormskirk area and to stay at the parish centre. They will put up the tents and pack their rucksacks.

The training/expedition will begin on Friday evening and finish on Sunday afternoon.

We will potentially hold a parents meeting via zoom to gauge whether parents would be happy to allow their children to participate in the expeditions.

We are awaiting guidance from the Duke of Edinburgh head office and will only go forward with any plans if we feel we can safely guarantee the social distancing and to make the experience good for the young people.

Could we ask that any parents/guardians take this quick simple survey to allow us to plan the expeditions. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/XQ8MRPK

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mike on [email protected] Thank you