Scouts Canada requires that all applicants for roles with us adhere with the volunteer screening procedure and gain the status of 'active' in MyScouts in order to be considered Volunteer Ready and participate as a volunteer.
Once a Scouter is Volunteer Ready (Active) they are expected to maintain their 'active' status by ensuring their volunteer screening remains up to date.
If a Scouter's status in MyScouts updates to 'pending' the Scouter is responsible for completing screening as needed to gain back their active status. They are unable to participate in any capacity until their status has updated again from 'pending' to 'active'.
This happens when a screening element expires or a Scouter adds a new role with new requirements, moves to a new group (or joins additional groups) or returns from a break-in-service.
Scouters are asked to complete Wood Badge l within their first year of Scouting (365 days from registration). There is different Wood Badge l training depending on the role being held.
Section Scouters are asked to complete Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path
Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path can be completed either by completing online learning sessions or by learning in person and completing the self-assessment or a combination of both online and in-person learning. Here is how to complete the self-assessment when a Scouter learns the skills for Wood Badge l for The Canadian Path in person. Wood Badge I for The Canadian Path self-assessment (alternative option to complete WBI CP)
Group Committee Scouters are asked to complete Wood Badge l for Group Committee
Group Commissioners are asked to complete Wood Badge l for Group Commissioners
PRC's expire every 3 years. Scouters must maintain an up-to-date PRC while they are participating as a volunteer in order to maintain an 'active' status in MyScouts. When a PRC expires a Scouter's status will update to 'pending' and are unable to participate.
For how to renew a PRC and more information see Police Record Check (PRC) Renewals
CAR checks expire every 3 years. Scouters in Manitoba and Nova Scotia must maintain an up-to-date CAR check while they are participating as a volunteer in order to maintain an 'active' status in MyScouts. When a CAR check expires a Scouter's status will update to 'pending' and are unable to participate.
For how to renew CAR and more information see Child Abuse Registry check (CAR) - Manitoba and Nova Scotia
Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders is a third party certification that is valid for a period of 5 years from the time it is taken with any organization. In order to maintain an 'active' status in MyScouts and continue to participate with your group your RIS certification must remain valid.
The expiry date for Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders is listed within your 'My Training' tab next to 'Respect in Sport' training.
When a Scouter moves to a new group or joins a new group while remaining a member of another group the References and Interview screening requirements will be listed and the Scouter will be made 'pending.
The Scouter is asked for a recommendation from a previous Group Commissioner to fulfill the 'Reference' criteria and complete a new interview with their new group to complete the 'Interview' criteria.
This is also asked for if a member returns from a break-in-service for the duration of 1 year or longer.
Also, if a Scouter moves into a new role that requires different training than their current role they are asked to complete this training in order to gain an 'active' status in this new role.
For example moving to or adding a Group Committee Role when the Scouter has previously only been a section Scouter will result in MyScouts asking the Scouter to complete Wood Badge l for Group Committee.
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