Chiro Vlaanderen and Scouts en Gidsen Vlaanderen respond to “very happy and very satisfied” to the agreement reached on extracurricular activities for children and youth. “Shiro is very pleased that this sector has been heard and that an opportunity is also being offered to those over 12, as everything has stopped since the autumn holidays,” said Nils de Seoller, National Secretary.
The scouts at Gidsen Vlaanderen are generally very satisfied with the result and, in consultation with the youth sector, they will discuss how to translate this into the field in practice. “Everything is subject to the decision of the advisory committee,” said spokesman Jan van Roussel.
“There is an understanding of adapting to smaller bubbles in the age group of 12. The practical effect will not be evident, especially for the smallest of small groups. There are still many questions about the practical effect: Does supervision count in a bubble? Of 10 people,” De Ceulaer replies .
Van Reusel is also pleased with the confidence placed in the responsibility of youth work. He points to the success of the summer camps, with virtually no injuries, with strict protocols. “It is important for children and youth to have room for maneuver. It is the answer to an educational imperative, the need for communication and challenges.”
In practice, there is still much more to clarify: numbers, size of groups, which activities? Van Reusel said on behalf of Scouts en Gidsen: “Do groups see working within these frameworks a good idea? We will not let anyone who does not want to go.”
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