The Scout Association is the largest coeducational youth work charity in the United Kingdom. Scouts actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society.
“At first, lockdown was fun — no school was a treat. But slowly the world began to close in on Arya and her five-year-old brother. She missed playing with her friends and her schoolwork began to drop off,” said Arya’s father, Laxman.
Like so many other children, Arya began to feel the impacts of isolation from the pandemic. But as a member of The Scout Association, Arya was able to participate in Scouts activities over Zoom and see her friends every week.Continue reading
Scouts quickly moved its programming online to support UK youth battling loneliness and social isolation during lockdowns. More than 7,000 local Scout groups throughout the UK used Zoom to host interactive meetups, fun activities, and even virtual camps with Scouts in different countries.
“Scouting is able to provide that sense of continuity and connection for young people, and therefore, we needed to enable Scouting to continue online. … Zoom’s donation of Zoom Pro for all Scout groups in the UK has allowed our organization to continue as normal during the pandemic,” said Matt Hyde, CEO of The Scout Association. “Being able to regularly take part in virtual Scout meetings has been key to improving and maintaining positive mental well-being in young people across the UK.”
135 million meeting minutes on Zoom
300,000 programme sessions and support meetings
More than 1,000 online Scout Zoom meetings every day on average
99% of 7,727 local Scout Groups signed up to the platform
675,000 young people and 165,000 adult volunteers took part in Zoom-enabled education and support sessions