Cannabis Legalization FAQ

 

Introduction

  1. How does Scouts Canada ensure Scouting programs and activities are free from alcohol, drugs and substances?

  2. How does Scouts Canada ensure Scouters are free from substances that could impair the ability to maintain a safe Scouting environment and care for members?

  3. What will happen if a Scouter doesn’t adhere to the policy?

  4. I have a prescription from a doctor. Does this mean I am unable to participate as a Scouter in youth programs and activities?

  5. How does Scouts Canada ensure youth of legal age are not impaired while attending programs and activities?

 

 

Introduction

On October 17, 2018, Cannabis was made legally available for purchase in Canada. As a youth organization that puts the safety of our members at the forefront of everything we do, we would like to remind you that per Scouts Canada’s Drug & Alcohol Policy and the Code of Conduct; Scouters have a clear obligation to care for and ensure the safety of members by not taking part in a Scouting activity if impaired by any legal or illegal substance.

When participating in Scouting programs or activities you must not use, make available or be affected by alcohol, illegal drugs or substances, or any legal drugs or substances that impair your ability to supervise and maintain a fun, safe Scouting environment.

Thank you for your commitment to a safe Scouting environment where youth can experience new things through great outdoor adventures.  

 

How does Scouts Canada ensure Scouting programs and activities are free from alcohol, drugs and substances?

At Scouts Canada we provide a safe environment free from drugs, alcohol and other substances through the Drug & Alcohol Policy. This policy prohibits the use and presence of alcohol, legal and illegal drugs or substances, during Scouting activities.

 

How does Scouts Canada ensure Scouters are free from substances that could impair the ability to maintain a safe Scouting environment and care for members?

Scouts Canada’s Drug & Alcohol Policy requires Scouters to be free from any substances that could impair their ability to maintain a fun, safe Scouting environment and act as role models. Additionally, Scouts Canada’s Code of Conduct, signed by all Scouters, prohibits the consumption of alcohol and drugs during Scouting activities; while also prohibiting participation in such activities if impaired by any substance.

 

What will happen if a Scouter doesn’t adhere to the policy?

If a Scouter is believed to be impaired or have consumed drugs or alcohol at a Scouting activity, Scouts Canada reserves the right to:

a) Send the Scouter home

b) Refuse to allow the Scouter to return to events or activities while remaining impaired

c) Impose other measures it sees fit considering the specific circumstances of each situation

 

I have a prescription from a doctor. Does this mean I am unable to participate as a Scouter in youth programs and activities?

No. The possession and use of lawfully prescribed drugs are allowed, in accordance with a prescription, as long as this use does not impair your judgment, and/or affect your own security or the security of other members.

 

How does Scouts Canada ensure youth of legal age are not impaired while attending programs and activities?

Youth are also expected to follow the Drug and Alcohol policy.

 

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