While face-to-face Scouting is suspended, unfortunately no face-to-face training is able to take place. This is especially challenging for First Response where elements of it (for example CPR) are required to be demonstrated by participants in order to validate the training. This challenge means that undertaking the training online won’t allow people to complete the full requirements of First Response. We understand Trainers will be keen to use the opportunity of volunteers being at home to undertake the theory elements of the training so as to make face-to-face courses shorter. This is absolutely fine, but as a reminder all First Response validation will still need to take place face-to-face, as will the practical elements of the training.
We know that there’ll be a backlog of volunteers requiring first aid training once face-to-face Scouting returns and so in order to reduce the impact of this, we’re giving volunteers an extension to their existing first aid training expiry date. It will be extended for six months from when face-to-face Scouting resumes. It’s hoped that in this time volunteers will be able to access the first aid training they require for their role and not prevent any Scout activities from taking place. Once face-to-face Scouting resumes, we’ll continue to monitor the impact this will have. We’re repeating this message below to all members, so they’re aware, but if any concerns are raised with you, please provide reassurance that there is an extension in place.