How do I sign up for the 68th Toronto Scouts Group?
Registering for Scouts is easy! There are both online and in-person methods, and new members are accepted at any time. Check out our Registration Info page for more information.
What are the age ranges for the different programs?
Beaver Scouts are 5-7 years old, Cub Scouts are 8-10 years old, Scouts are 11-14 years old, Venturers are 15-17 years old, and Rovers are 18-26 years old.
Does the 68th Toronto Scouts Group accept both boys and girls?
Yes, absolutely! Scouts Canada became completely co-ed in 1998, and the 68th Toronto Group overall has roughly even split of male/female, so everyone is welcome and can fully participate in the program.
How do I purchase a uniform, and what will my child need?
We usually suggest that your child attend their first meeting, prior to purchasing full uniform and kit. That said, you can view and purchase uniform and other supplies online at Scoutshop.ca. Or, visit the closest Scout Shop to you. Once invested into our Group, your child will receive their scarves and other Group-specific items.
What are the Costs to Join Scouting?
Current registration fees can be found on the Registration Info page. Beyond the registration fee and uniform purchase, there are typically small costs associated with various camps, special events, etc. Financial aid is available for families who require assistance through the Scouts Canada “No One Left Behind” fund. For more information visit the Scouts Canada No One Left Behind webpage.
Are there many camps and activities?
Our sections are very active. There are a number of outdoor-focused camps and activities throughout the year. In addition, in recognition that we are an urban-based Group, we occasionally include skills such as learning how to be safe on the transit system, city orientation, and other related events.
I Want to Learn About Becoming a Leader. What is the Process and What is Involved?
Visit our Volunteer Info page and speak to our Leader for more information. As well, the Volunteer page at scouts.ca contains additional information. Typically, however, leadership volunteers are required to provide three personal references, a “clean” police records check (including vulnerable sector check – we have forms available), and undergo a selection interview. Once accepted, you will need complete your online training in order to complete the process.
Where Do My Registration Fees Go?
Registration fees cover the cost of:
- Training materials and resources for leaders
- Planning programs and activities for youth (these must be planned meticulously to ensure compliance with insurance and health standards)
- Publications and handbooks
- Providing service and support to 20 Councils across Canada
- Volunteer servicing expenses
- World Scouting fee
- Risk Management
Dollar for dollar, Scouts Canada’s programs provide significant value to its members. Programs run all year long and include many adventures such as camping trips that kids will remember for a lifetime. Most importantly, Scouting makes a difference in the lives of children, youth and young adults. They are more likely to demonstrate greater self-confidence and optimism about what the future holds. They express a strong sense of civic responsibility and have a desire to “pay back” the community. They become more physically fit, energetic, outgoing, conscientious and compassionate.
What is Scouts Canada’s Policy on Parents/Guardians Participating in Scouting Activities?
We encourage parents to get involved in their child’s Scouting activities. In fact, the majority of our volunteers are parents. This can mean assisting at an event or becoming a Scouter. However, Scouts Canada believes that it is important for all individuals working with our youth to have proper training and screening to ensure the safest experience for our members.
What is a Parent’s/Guardian’s Role at a Scouting Activity?
The primary responsibility of Parents/Guardians lies with their own child. Parents/Guardians are often asked to help as a program resource person (sharing a skill or hobby) or bringing snacks for Beaver Scouts or Cub Scouts outings. For overnight or off-site activities, Parent volunteers are required to complete screening (as per the Non Scouts Canada Member screening chart) and are always under the supervision of at least two registered Scouters. Parents are permitted to participate in 3-5 Scouting activities per year before the must become a Scouts Canada member.
What can parents expect if they need screening to participate in a day time activity?
There are three simple steps to screening parents – it won’t take more than 10 minutes.
- Leaders will discuss what is expected of parents at the activity
- Parents will need to read, understand and sign our Code of Conduct
- They will introduce the parents to the rest of the youth and explain their role at the activity
What screening is required for parents/guardians to attend an activity overnight?
Requirements are the same as if attending a day time activity with one addition. All adults staying over night must watch the Child and Youth Safety training video.
- Scouters will discuss what is expected of parents at the activity
- Parents will need to read, understand and sign our Code of Conduct
- Scouters will introduce the parents to the rest of the youth and explain their role at the activity
- All adults need to watch the Child and Youth Safety training video
Do Parents Need to Sign an Individual Release and Hold Harmless Agreement?
No, not if they have been screened.
What Should We Do About Siblings Who Aren’t Members of Scouting?
Sometimes parents have to bring younger siblings with them to Scouting events. They are not program participants. They are observers and parents are responsible for supervising them. Parents must sign an Individual Release and Hold-Harmless Agreement for these youth. Forms are available from the Group and Section Leaders.
What is Scouts Canada’s Policy on Resource People Recruited to Help at Scouting Activities?
Successful leaders know that bringing in resource people to help with activities is a good idea. Whether it’s the fire department, someone from the orienteering club or any other resource person, people who participate in day events need to be advised exactly the same way as a parent.
Are Resource People Also Screened if They Stay Overnight at a Scouting Activity?
Yes, if resource people are participating in an overnight activity they must:
- Complete the parent/daytime resource person screening,
- Provide a current police record check clear of criminal conviction, verified by the Group Commissioner, and
- Have three personal references checked.
Do Other Resource People Need to Sign an Individual Release and Hold Harmless Agreement?
No, not if they have been properly screened.
Do You Have to Believe in God to Join Scouts Canada? Is Scouting a Christian Organization?
No, but scouts are encouraged to develop a basic spiritual belief. Spirituality has been one of the three main principles of Scouting around the world since its inception more than 100 years ago. Scouts Canada is proud of its commitment to diversity and welcomes members of many different backgrounds, faiths and denominations.
You absolutely do not need to belong to an organized religion, but all members must take the Scout Promise in good faith and leaders may include some form of spirituality in their program for the youth. “God” represents spirituality and for some may represent an actual deity, but it may also mean an expression of your personal spirituality.
Where can I find more FAQ information?
Scouts Canada maintains their own FAQ page with answers to broader organizational questions at http://www.scouts.ca/ca/frequently-asked-questions.