June is usually the time when we open the OBE website and invite applications from Scout Troops in Hereford & Worcester and Gloucestershire to book in their Teams for the October event, and we are sure you must be wondering if we had forgotten – but no……….
Over the past 5 months the OBE organising Team has given lots of thought to OBE 2021 and examined all the Government and Scout Association’s rules and future projections. With this information we explored some possible options to fit the various covid scenarios, which of course, were and are continually changing.
The preparation for this event begins in March and we realised there were many challenges to face: social distancing, maximum numbers, health and hygiene issues, residential rule changes and the destruction of a forest of trees needed to complete all the risk assessments, to name just a few. Sadly, we reached the conclusion that this year’s event has to be cancelled.
OBE is a Team event and under the current rules it would not be possible to present it to the standard we would all expect. This event is so popular because of the structure that has been established over many years and we would be sad to see it changed radically for the sake of waiting another 12 months.
The OBE organising team is very disappointed to have to make this decision, but it is the safety of all our young people and Leaders which has been foremost in our deliberations.
The team will be meeting in the Autumn to formulate plans for OBE 2022 and we will advertise the date as soon as we can. In the meantime, please stay safe and enjoy the upcoming face to face Scouting once more.
We look forward to seeing all the old Troops and some new ones in 2022.
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