The Code of Conduct was updated in June 2023. Information regarding the updates to the Code of Conduct can be found in the Spring 2023 Code of Conduct Update FAQ.
This article will detail information about the Code of Conduct screening requirement.
For more information please reference our Code of Conduct Standards and to review screening requirements for Volunteers and others in a position of trust around youth, please refer to our Volunteer Screening Policy .
The Scouts Canada Code of Conduct is a written agreement which outlines a Scouter's willingness to abide by the organization's policies and procedures, and to ensure conduct is in keeping with the organizations mission and principles. This agreement is reviewed and re-signed on an annual basis.
The Code of Conduct applies to all Scouts Canada Volunteers, participants 18 years and older, and employees. It is a membership requirement.
The Code of Conduct also applies to parents and guardians who wish to participate in their child’s overnight Scouting activities and to resource people recruited to assist with a specific Scouting activity.
It will be the responsibility of each member who is required to sign the Code of Conduct to ensure they have done so by using one of the following methods:
- In MyScouts: Simply log into MyScouts.ca after the new Code of Conduct has been released and the new Code will be displayed. The member will then have the option to accept or decline the Code of Conduct at the bottom of the message.
- Hard Copy: It is strongly encouraged that members use the above methods to sign the Code of Conduct. However, in the rare instances where this is not possible a member can sign a hard copy of the Code of Conduct and have a Group Registrar or Commissioner update their profile accordingly in MyScouts. For those members who choose to sign a physical copy of the Code of Conduct:
- The Group Registrar will add the Code of Conduct in MyScouts. If this method is chosen for signing the Code of Conduct, the Group will be responsible for ensuring it is sent to their Council Office for archiving.
- You can access the code of conduct here.
If a member does not sign the Code of Conduct they will not be eligible for an Active membership status and are not permitted to attend Scouting activities as a Scouter.
Still need help? Please feel free to contact the Scouts Canada Help Centre.