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Frequently Asked Questions

Registering for Scouts is easy!

You can Register online. If you need help registering please visit the online support centre.

The annual National Registration fee is $230. Local Group registration fees can range between $0-$40.

Throughout the year, additional costs vary Group by Group related to uniforms, camping, special events or activities, etc. To learn more about your Group's additional costs or subsidies, please contact your Group Commissioner or the Help Centre, helpcentre@scouts.ca.

The registration fee covers 12 months, from January to December 2021.

No, the registration fee remains unchanged, so we encourage you to enroll early to get all the benefits.

Three key priorities for the change:

  1. In the summer of 2020, we quickly pivoted from our usual registration year to enable free Scouting for all participants for the 2020 calendar year – thus removing the immediate financial burden and concern on groups and parents to enable them to continue Scouting in the Fall 2020.
  2. Scouting has always had a challenge with retention, especially between sections. The opportunity arose to test a revised model that enables youth to return to school in their same Scouting section, with their same friends and conduct adventures they planned before and during the summer. It is hoped this model will increase the likelihood of retention.
  3. We all know that Scouting is best in the summer, but often the time of least activity. It is common for the school year to wrap up and the youth move on to different activities. By having the continuity of a 12-month program, it is hoped that many groups will take the opportunity to try something new, perhaps increase summer scouting, plan more fall adventures that the youth can look forward to over their school holiday and come back energised to have fun.

Your registration covers the full calendar year, January to December 2021. 

But the Program Year still runs from September to August.

That means, if you have a child that has registered in January 2021 and is participating as a Beaver, he or she can move up to Cub Scouts in September as they normally would and enjoy 4 months of awesome Fall programming. 

Scouting registration fees have always covered the full 12 months.  Historically, September through the spring has been our busiest time, but we always encourage groups and sections to conduct summer programming. The summer season offers some of our best weather to do camping, paddling, swimming and so much more.

Typically, formal weekly meetings don’t continue in many areas – but we actively encourage weekends, camps and joining or linking with other groups.

This year we are piloting a new approach. For now, we anticipate that for at least 2021 and 2022 the registration year will continue to be January to December (2022). 

We have found through experience that our program best matches the school calendar and this includes progression up to the next section (e.g. moving from Cubs to Scouts).  We have no immediate intention on changing that. This year we are piloting a new registration timing, consistent with other organizations.

We have expanded and simplified our No One Left Behind (NOLB) Program that includes provision for folks that have faced temporary financial challenges. We encourage the use of NOLB for those families that want to give access to Scouting for their children.

Financial aid is available for families of limited means. Local councils can assist or you can submit an application to the Scouts Canada Foundation’s No One Left Behind program.

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Beavers (Ages 5 -7)

Fun and friendship are the cornerstones of the Beaver Scouts program.

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Cub Scouts (Ages 8 – 10)

Challenging hikes, weekend camps, and an introduction to water activities like canoeing or kayaking are just a few of the fun outdoor Adventures that Cub Scouts enjoy.

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Scouts (Ages 11 – 14)

Scouts is about having fun while gaining valuable leadership skills and self-confidence.

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Venturer Scouts (Ages 15-17)

The Venturer Scout program offers exciting, real life, hands-on experiences for youth.

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Rover Scouts (Ages 18 – 26)

Rover Scout programs provide opportunities to practice new skills like mountain climbing or whitewater rafting.

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Groups typically meet once a week for an hour. In most cases, the program also includes weekend activities like hiking and camping.

You can purchase a uniform and many other Scouting supplies online at Scoutshop.ca. Or, visit your local Scout Shop.

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. Parents 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.

The earlier you enroll your child, the more benefits they will receive; like having fun, meeting new friends, learning new things, being creative, getting outdoors and being part of a larger community.  Kids will have something to look forward to each week!

Kids in Scouts are provided with the opportunity to partake in a range of activities that no other youth program can match. Through camping, hiking, snowshoeing and paddling, they discover the outdoors. With hands on learning youth take an active role in planning camping trips, activities and community service projects like food drives, shoreline clean ups and tree planting. Promoting an active and healthy lifestyle, Scouts participate in other outdoor activities like biking, rock climbing and playing games.

Scouting uses non-formal educational methods to engage youth in the process of their own development, giving them program activities, guidance and tools to help them become self-reliant, confident, caring, responsible and committed to the world around them.

For information on Scouts Canada programs visit the Programs page.