Resources

Scouts Canada Search Engine

Canadian Path Resources:

Canadian Path Website

Scouts Canada Camp Database

Scouter Manual

Program Quality Guide

Forms & Documents:

Camping & Outdoor Activity Form

Tour Permit Form (travel outside Canada)

Parent/Guardian Consent Form (Category 3)

Incident Report Form

Individual Hold Harmless Form

Physical Fitness Form

Emergency Plan Form

Volunteer Screening Policy

Leave No Trace Program

BP&P (By-Laws, Policies & Procedures)

NSWK Booklet (New Scouter Welcome Kit)

Code of Conduct Form

Parent Engagement Resources

NOLB Registration Subsidy Form

NOLB Participation Subsidy Form

Links:

No One Left Behind Information

How to build a Quinzee video

Scouts Canada Website

White Pine Council Website

Child & Youth Safety Guidelines

Scouts Canada Wiki Page

Scout Lists Website (Camp Gear/Pack Lists)

MyScouts Login

Scouts Tracker Information

FAQ:

How Do I Sign Up For Scouts? 

Registering for Scouts is easy! Visit our registration page to register online or contact us to be directed to the group closest to you.

How Do I Purchase a Uniform, and What Will My Child Need?

You can view and purchase uniform and other supplies by visiting the Scout Shop at Camp Samac.

What are the Costs to Join Scouting?

Costs vary from group to group so your local contact is the best one to advise you. In most cases there will be a registration fee to join the group and you will have to pay for your uniform. As the year progresses there may be extra costs associated with camping, special events, etc. 

Is There Financial Aid For Families of Limited Means to Assist with the Costs of Joining Scouts? 

Financial aid is available for families of limited means. Local councils can assist or you can submit an application to the Scouts Canada Foundation's established fund, No One Left Behind. 
 
For more information visit the No One Left Behind page. The Oshawa Area & Groups may also have some programs available.

What Can My Child Expect When He/She Joins?

For information on Scouts Canada programs visit our Program pages. Our Area Team or Group Scouters will be happy to assist you with any specific questions you may have. 

I Want to Learn About Becoming a Scouter. What is the Process and What is Involved?

There is information on our Scouters Page, you can view our Volunteer Screening Policy or you can speak to one of our Service Team members for more details. To volunteer with Scouts Canada, you will need to provide the following as part of our screening process:
  • Five personal reference checks 
  • A “clean” Police Records Check and Vulnerable Sector Check (your council will have forms or advise you on how to obtain them). 
  • You will undergo a selection Interview. 
  • If you are accepted as a volunteer, you will take training that will teach you what you need to know to become a great Scouter.

Where Do My Registration Fees Go?

For the Scouting year, most of the registration fee goes to the Scouts Canada National Office to cover the cost of: 
  • Training materials and resources for Scouters 
  • Planning programs and activities for youth (these must be planned meticulously to ensure compliance with insurance and health standards) 
  • Publications and handbooks
  • Providing service and support to 20 Councils across Canada
  • Volunteer servicing expenses
  • World Scouting fee 
  • Risk Management
The remainder of the fee is levied by your local group. Each group is different, and in fact, fees differ from group to group. Your group may need fees to provide service, support and programs to the youth within their group.
 
Dollar for dollar, Scouts Canada’s programs provide significant value to its members. Programs run all year long and include many adventures such as camping trips that kids will remember for a lifetime. Most importantly, Scouting makes a difference in the lives of children, youth and young adults. They are more likely to demonstrate greater self-confidence and optimism about what the future holds. They express a strong sense of civic responsibility and have a desire to “pay back” the community. They become more physically fit, energetic, outgoing, conscientious and compassionate.

Does Scouts Canada Admit Both Boys and Girls? 

Yes, Scouts Canada became completely co-ed in 1998. 

Do You Have to Believe in God to Join Scouts Canada? Is Scouting a Christian Organization? 

No, but you must have a basic spiritual belief. Spirituality has been one of the three main principles of Scouting around the world since its inception more than 110 years ago. Scouts Canada is proud of its commitment to diversity and welcomes members of many different faiths and denominations.
 
You need not belong to an organized religion, but all members must take the Scout Promise in good faith and Scouters may include some form of spirituality in their program for the youth. “God” represents spirituality and for some may represent an actual deity, but it may also mean an expression of your personal spirituality.
 
"Duty to God" as defined by the World Organization of the Scouting Movement, means "a person's relationship with the spiritual values of life, the fundamental belief in a force above mankind."

How Are Prospective Scouters Screened, and What Safety Precautions Does Scouts Canada Have in Place? 

ProspectiveScouters must undergo a stringent screening process. This includes a Police Records Check, a Screening Interview plus five personal references. Until the screening procedure is fully complete and signed off, individuals may not participate with children. Our thorough Risk Management policies include “two-deep leadership”, which means there must always be two registered Scouters present with any number of children. Scouters are well versed in risk management and our Duty of Care during their training process.

What is Scouts Canada’s Policy on Parents/Guardians Participating in Scouting Activities? 

We encourage parents to get involved in their child’s Scouting activities. In fact, the majority of our volunteers are parents. This can mean assisting at an event or becoming a Scouter. However, Scouts Canada believes that it is important for all individuals working with our youth to have proper training and screening to ensure the safest experience for our members. 

What is a Parent’s/Guardian’s Role at a Scouting Activity? 

The primary responsibility of Parents/Guardians lies with their own child. Parents/Guardians are  often asked to help as a program resource person (sharing a skill or hobby) or bringing snacks for Beaver Scouts or Cub Scouts outings. Parents are required to complete screening and are always under the supervision of at least two registered Scouters. Parents are permitted to participate in 3-5 Scouting activities per year before the must become a Scouts Canada member.

What can parents expect if they need screening to participate in a day time activity?

  • There are three simple steps to screening parents – it won’t take more than 10 minutes.
  • Scouters will discuss what is expected of parents at the activity
  • Parents will need to read, understand and sign our Code of Conduct annually 
  • They will introduce the parents to the rest of the youth and explain their role at the activity
  • What screening is required for parents/guardians to attend an activity overnight? 
Requirements are the same as if attending a day time activity with two additions. All adults staying overnight must watch the Child and Youth Safety training video & provide a clean PRC/VSS.
  • Scouters will discuss what is expected of parents at the activity
  • Parents will need to read, understand and sign our Code of Conduct annually 
  • Scouters will introduce the parents to the rest of the youth and explain their role at the activity
  • Provide a current police record check clear of criminal conviction, verified by the Group Commissioner, and 
  • All adults need to watch the Child and Youth Safety training video

Do Parents Need to Sign an Individual Release and Hold Harmless Agreement? 

No, not if they have been screened.

What Should We Do About Siblings Who Aren’t Members of Scouting? 

Sometimes parents have to bring younger siblings with them to Scouting events. They are not program participants. They are observers and parents are responsible for supervising them. Parents must sign an Individual Release and Hold-Harmless Agreement for these youth.

What is Scouts Canada’s Policy on Resource People Recruited to Help at Scouting Activities? 

Successful Scouters know that bringing in resource people to help with activities is a good idea. Whether it’s the fire department, someone from the orienteering club or any other resource person, people who participate in day events need to be advised exactly the same way as a parent.

Are Resource People Also Screened if They Stay Overnight at a Scouting Activity?

Yes, if resource people are participating in an overnight activity they must:
  • Complete the parent/daytime resource person screening, 
  • Provide a current police record check clear of criminal conviction, verified by the Group Commissioner, and 
  • Have three personal references checked.

Do Other Resource People Need to Sign an Individual Release and Hold Harmless Agreement? 

No, not if they have been properly screened.