This FAQ will touch on several topics in relation to the Scouts (ages 11-14). For information on other sections, please feel free to return to the FAQ pages and select from the other age categories.
We do have a provision to operate as a Lone Scout. The child will need a Parent/Guardian Leader. Resources to conduct the program can be purchased online through Scouts.ca. In addition to the Scout handbook and the Scout Leader’s handbook, we have a number of pre-planned programs that are available to you to assist you in your leadership role. These Jumpstart packages contain program outlines on a wide variety of topics associated with our programs.
Please contact your local Council for more information.
In keeping with our accepted practices in BP&P, Section 10.0, to participate in range shooting youth members must have a current permission form signed by the member's parent or guardian. After securing permission from the appropriate Councils, Scouters may allow members to practise shooting; but only according to the laws of Canada, provided that the members are enrolled in a section senior to Cub Scouts, and have signed permission from the member's parent or guardian. Scouters should check with the appropriate authorities including the Chief Provincial Firearms Officer and local police before commencing a range shooting program to ensure that all requirements of law are met in the implementation of the proposed program.
The individual’s right to privacy must be recognized and taken into consideration in such matters as sleeping places and sanitary facilities. Adult members should where possible, have sleeping accommodations separate from youth members, unless discipline, safety or available facilities dictate otherwise. (If sleeping accommodations are shared with youth for any of the above reasons, at least two adults must be present at all times.)
Troop Scouters may approve patrol size groups of Scouts (two to ten) holding short-term camps without adult leadership, providing each Scout has obtained permission from a parent or guardian.
Each Troop must have a minimum of two registered Scouters, both of which are 18 years of age or older and present at all times. In total, the minimum ratio of Scouters to youth members is 1:8; but no less than two (2).
In addition, one or more Scouts known as Kim serve as a link between the Scout and Cub Scout Sections and strengthen communications between the Cub Scouts and the adult leadership team.
(See Section 10000.1 for additional requirements for Camping and Outdoor Activities.)
Those Scouts that achieve the Chief Scout Award exemplify highest Scouting's principles through leadership, voluntary service to the community and outdoor skills. It is the highest award in the Scout program.
Scouts meet in a group called a Troop. The Troop is split into smaller groups called patrols. There is one leader for every six Scouts. Each Scout learns a Promise, Law and Motto to help guide their personal development.
A Scout is helpful and trustworthy, kind and cheerful, considerate and clean, and wise in the use of all resources.
On my honour, I promise that I will do my best, to do my duty to God and the Queen, to help other people at all times, and to carry out the spirit of the Scout Law.
The Scout program is designed around a lively variety of activities based on personal and group interests. Scouting emphasizes outdoor and environmental activities, citizenship and community service, leadership, and personal development. Individual interests and skills are recognized through an awards system.
The outdoors is an essential part of the Scout program. Weekend events, extended hikes, no trace camping and seasonal sports opportunities round out the Scout experience.
The Scout program helps youth expand their leadership skills and gain self-confidence by promoting activities that encourage youth to:·
- express and respond to their own spiritual values and beliefs while showing concern for others
- develop self-reliance
- pursue hobbies and personal interests
- develop self-discipline and the skills of working cooperatively with others
- cooperate in setting and achieving small group and personal goals
- practice leadership skills
- relate with adults
- be of service to others camp, explore the outdoors, and develop good conservation practices.
Sea Scouts are the same as Scouts, except they do most of their program in and around water. Sea Scouting is an integral part of the Scout program. A full range of activities directly relevant to Sea Scouting is provided.
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