This article is designed to provide information on how to register as a Youth Volunteer and general information about becoming a Youth Volunteer.
Youth Volunteers are Scouters 14-17 years old. Youth who volunteer as Scouters are traditionally participants in Scouts and Venturers. Youth Volunteers are seeking leadership and service opportunities within Scouting. Like adult Scouters, they hold a position of trust and have a duty of care to younger children.
Youth who are not members of Scouts and Venturers are also able to become Youth Volunteers. These youth are required to complete the same Volunteer Screening Criteria as youth who are registered in the program.
Yes. Youth Volunteers do count towards Ratio.
Youth under the age of 18 that have completed their Volunteer Screening Criteria are considered to be adult Scouters for the purposes of the Two Scouter Rule.
Youth in leadership roles within their own Section or in support of another Section who have not completed Volunteer Screening requirements are not considered Scouters.
With the exception of ratio (see question 2), the roles do not differ. The purpose of having Youth Volunteers is to provide Youth with the opportunity to lead.
The Volunteer Screening Criteria for Youth Volunteers is the same as for adults with the exception of a Police Record Check / Vulnerable Sector Screening. Youth Volunteers are not required to complete a PRC / VSS. This is because they are not yet of age to receive these checks. When a Youth Volunteer becomes 18 years of age he or she is no longer a youth, and is required to obtain a PRC / VSS.
Youth Volunteers Screening Criteria include
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Code of Conduct: When a Youth Volunteer receives access to his or her MyScouts account and registers as a Colony or Pack Scouter (these are the roles for a Youth Volunteer in MyScouts that can be selected directly – for other roles such as Deputy Youth Commissioner etc… the Group Commissioner will assign the role). The Code of Conduct must be agreed to and signed and will automatically appear in MyScouts the 1st time a Youth Volunteer logs in after completing registration to become a Volunteer. Agreeing to the Code of Conduct is agreeing to respect our safety guidelines and procedures.
Interview: Youth Volunteers are interviewed to determine suitability. The same guidelines are followed when interviewing adult Volunteers as Youth Volunteers.
Reference check: Youth Volunteers require 3 passed references. References are received via MyScouts and are processed through Backcheck. Alternatively, Group Commissioners may process reference checks via phone if required due to extenuating circumstances. Please note, this is a secondary option to be utilized as an alternative to the Backcheck process.
Council Approval: The new Youth Volunteer’s area Council Service Centre must confirm all Volunteer Screening Criteria are completed prior to having the Youth Volunteer’s status made Active. This step is receiving Council Approval.
Registration differs as Scouts and Venturers who become Youth Volunteers must contact the Help Centre to gain independent access to their current MyScouts account. This step is required to successfully register.
Youth are unable to create an independently accessible account via MyScouts as the platform is designed to only provide access to those 18+ years of age.
Youth who request to become Volunteers will be asked to provide the Help Centre with a new email address that will be unique to their account. This email address will be used to provide youth with independent access to their account.
When youth are registered as participants they are registered through a parent/guardian account, making the parent or guardian the administrator of his or her youth’s account. When a request is made to receive access to a youth’s account, the Help Centre will change the email address for the youth’s current MyScouts account to the new email address received. The Help Centre will also give the youth access so that he or she may login independently without having to login through a parent’s/guardian’s account.
Youth Volunteers who are already program participants; Scouts and Venturers, will be given independent access to their current MyScouts account by use of a new email address that they will provide to the Help Centre prior to completing their registration to become a Volunteer.
Once access is provided Youth Volunteers will register via MyScouts as a Colony or Pack Scouter. As Youth Volunteers are under 18 years of age MyScouts will recognize they are youth and will omit the Police Record Check / Vulnerable Sector Screening requirement.
STEP 2: Once you receive access to your account login using the new email address that has been added to your account by the Help Centre. The first time you login you will have to use the ‘I forgot my password’ function to receive a new password and gain access to your account. Register as a Volunteer, specifically a Colony Scouter or Pack Scouter. Instructions on how to register as a Volunteer are available here.
Still, need help? Please feel free to contact the Scouts Canada Help Centre: