QCW is now open to evening and day visitors from Mersey Weaver Groups/Units for outdoor space only.
Preparations are underway to open to Campers and visitors from outside Mersey Weaver in the “Yellow readiness level”.
We are preparing to open QCW to evening and day visitors from Mersey Weaver for outdoor space only. Depending on demand we may open this up to other groups/units in the “Yellow readiness level”.
We do not anticipate opening up outdoor camping for Scouts or third parties until the The Scouts/National Youth Agency issue guidance recommending doing so after we have reached the “Yellow readiness level”.
Clogwyn and our District Scout Centre remain closed. We hope to open both for indoor day and evening use soon.
Indoor Residential activities for Clogwyn and the Hideway (Queen Charlotte’s Wood) are not expected until the Green readiness level. It has been indicated that the earliest this is could be is ~March 2021 but is dependent on a number of factors.
We anticipate that our Activity Centres will remain closed until at least the 01/09/2020 depending on Scout Association & Government Advice.
On the 17/03/2020 the Mersey Weaver board of trustees met (via video conference) to discuss the impact of the suspension of face to face Scout activities due to the unforeseen circumstances caused by the global pandemic.
Bookings of Accommodation, Activities, Equipment or Transport
The following was decided to be applied to all bookings for accommodation, equipment and activities that we are unable to fulfil.
- All our Activity Centres are expected be closed to Scouts, Guides and other Charitable organisations until at least the 17/04/2020 and possibly beyond depending on the advice provided by the Scout Association and UK Government.
- All upcoming bookings will be reviewed on a monthly basis and we will get in touch with you directly if we are unable to fulfil your original order dates to offer either a full refund or the option to reschedule.
We are also sympathetic to groups who as a result of the COVID-19 situation may no longer be able to make their original booking dates this year (even if we expect to be operational again) and are pleased to be able to offer the following options:
- Reschedule the booking to another date later in the year and we will credit your balance to this booking. Please note: If nearer the time, we cannot accommodate the new dates as a result of the COVID-19 situation being prolonged, we would either offer a full refund or postpone again in the same manner.
- Book a new date for 2021 and we will happily move the balance over to this booking. N.B. 2021 prices would apply to your new booking but we will give all groups from 2020 preferential dates.
- Cancel your booking completely but risk loosing any deposit as per our current terms and conditions.
It is worth noting that for option 1 or 2 if your numbers have reduced for either camping at QCW or for one of our Activities, we will happily refund any difference to you. Refunds will be issued either by BACS or if payment was made by Credit/Debit Card, the original card used to place the order. We are unable to refund by Cheque or Cash.
For the time being, we will continue to accept new bookings from the 1st July 2020 and beyond.
Bookings of Events
All fees for events affected by the global pandemic, unless cancelled in their entirety will be held in credit for the rescheduled dates. We will notify groups and individuals who have booked on directly regarding the likelihood of an event being either rescheduled or cancelled as soon as we can.
Refunds for events cancelled in their entirety will be issued either by BACS (once provided with details) or if payment was made by Credit/Debit Card, the original card used to place the order automatically. We are unable to refund by Cheque or Cash.
The Prime Minister has said that everyone in the UK should now avoid non-essential travel and contact with others.
Suspension of face-to-face activities
Given this guidance, the UK Scout Association has said that all face-to-face Scout meetings, activities and events must be suspended from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. This suspension applies to young people and adults, and will be until further notice.
We will continue to follow official guidance; the safety of everyone involved in Scouts, both young people and adults, is our number one priority. That is always at the heart of our decision making.
The masters information from the Scout Association can be found here https://scouts.org.uk/coronavirus
The implications on our Activity Centres and any upcoming bookings:
- As you may imagine this means we are having to close all our Activity Centres. Effective immediately.
- If you have any camps, events or activities booked at our Centres or have any bookings for equipment. We will reach out to you directly once we have worked through the implications. We thank you for your patience during this turbulent time.
At Mersey Weaver Scouts, the health and safety of all our customers and volunteers is vitally important. We are aware of the concern around coronavirus (COVID-19) and are following guidelines set out by the Government and NHS. We are also implementing extra steps to help protect our users of our facilities and volunteers and will continue to monitor the situation as it develops.
We have followed the governments guidance to educational settings which you can read here –
By following these steps, we can all help stay healthy and our centres will continue to operate as normal.
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds especially before and after activity sessions and mealtimes.
- We will ensure all our centres are well stocked with hand gel soap and paper towel. If we are running low though please let us know.
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- You can help everyone by wiping down surfaces and equipment before and after use.
- All our sites are self-service, and we recommend increasing the frequency that you clean surfaces, toilets and communal areas. Campers should coordinate a cleaning rota.
- Focus on cleaning door handles and touch points should be stepped up.
- For activities such as Archery and Shooting which we provide an instructor, blue roll and cleaning spray will be made readily available to wipe down kit after/before activity sessions. Where necessary, the instructor will support this by finishing a few minutes early/start a little later to do this – we hope you understand the reasons why we have implemented this.
- Please provide your group with and encourage them to carry tissues to catch coughs and sneezes. Bin the tissue immediately and wash your hands.
- Keep up to date and continue to follow government and NHS guidelines and monitor what extra steps we can all take. Any updates to this notice will be released on our bookings site.
- Tell us immediately if you suspect someone has become unwell whilst at any of our centres or tested positive for COVID-19. We will act upon the guidance of Public Health England and implement any recommendations they make under their location specific risk assessment.
- Like good Scouts, carry out a deep clean on your departure ready for the next group.
- Visit any of our activity centres if you are unwell.
- Visit us if you have travelled to a high-risk area in the last 14 days.
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If you are concerned about your health, please follow the government advice. The latest Government advice is available here