Local Beavers group among first in UK to meet up after lockdown

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Keyhaven Beavers played socially distanced games

BEAVERS from Keyhaven were among the first in the UK returning to face-to-face meetings on Wednesday just two days after getting the go-ahead from the Scout Association.

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The group of youngsters, aged between six and eight, enjoyed socially distanced activities in an outdoor woodland setting under the watchful eye of their leader Sean Reeves.

Simon Carter of Scouting UK told the A&T: “Our national guidelines changed on Monday allowing for a return to face-to-face meetings in accordance with social distancing guidelines.”

“There are more than 7,700 Beaver groups in the UK, and the 15th New Forest South Milford and Keyhaven pack were certainly among the very first to meet since the rules changed.

“I would like to recognise their leader Sean for all his hard work in making this possible – at the Scout Association we recognise that face-to-face meetings are vital for young people’s mental and social wellbeing so we are very pleased that they have become possible once more.

Following the easing of lockdown restrictions Sean started working on the 52-page Covid policy that would allow the Beavers to return to meetings.

He said: “It was really important for me that our Beavers and Cubs could come back as soon as it was possible to do so.

“I spent around 40 hours of my own time working on our Covid-policy which I have since emailed out to around 200 other Cub and Beaver groups around the country.”

Sean continued: “We held Zoom meetings throughout the lockdown but it is just not the same as face-to-face.

“We would normally be breaking up for the summer in about two weeks, but now that we are back, I’m hoping to maintain some sort of social activity for the children through the summer.”

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