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Rule 9.65 Visits to the United Kingdom

a.     Invitations to Scouts and Scouters or Guides and Guiders from abroad to visit or camp in the United Kingdom should not be confirmed until approval has been obtained from the District Commissioner.  The Assistant County Commissioner (International) or the County International Adviser, if there is such a County appointment, should also be informed.

b.    Where, in the activity rules in this chapter, reference is made to 'Members of the Scout and Guide Movements' this is taken to mean Members of an Association or Federation recognised by either the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM) or the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

c.     The Association's Personal Accident and Medical Expenses Insurance Policy does not cover adequately foreign Scouts and Guides visiting the United Kingdom (see Chapter 8). 

d.    Unity (Scout Insurance Services) should be informed of visiting parties or individuals and will advise whether additional cover is required.

e.     It is advised that group based hospitality (i.e. accommodating Scouts and/or Guides from abroad in group accommodation not private homes) is the means of providing hospitality experiences. Under 18’s may only participate in home based hospitality within the UK (i.e. in private homes) if the following conditions are met:

                                                                                                                                                                                                      i.  they are Scouts and/or Guides from abroad (i.e. this specifically excludes UK Members  

    including Members of British Scouting Overseas;

ii. a Hosting Agreement must be in place and signed by all parties (i.e. UK Leader in Charge,

    leader of the Scouts and/or Guides from abroad, parents of Scouts and/or Guides from

    abroad and all adults who will be present overnight in the private home at the time of

    providing the experience);

iii. all adults who will be present overnight in the private home at the time of providing the

                  experience must have a valid Disclosure and sign a Hosting Agreement;

iv. the UK Leader in Charge must confirm the suitability of a home based hospitality

    experience being offered in the UK to Scouts and/or Guides from abroad, this must be

    done by undertaking a home visit to the host family’s home prior to the home hospitality

    experience taking place (the home visit can be delegated to another UK leader);

v. where the home hospitality experience is for two or more nights a visit from the UK Leader

    in Charge (or their nominee) and the leader of the Scouts and/or Guides from abroad (or

    their nominee) is required during the stay and every two nights thereafter for the duration

    of the stay;

vi. Scouts and/or Guides from abroad must be accommodated in at least a pair in each private

     home;

vii. the UK Leader in Charge must consider appropriate control measures and contingency

     plans; and

viii. the host District Commissioner (or their nominee) must approve the home based

      hospitality experience.

 

Further information and support can be found in Home and Hosted Hospitality Guidance.  

 

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