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Politics and Public Appearances Standards

Introduction

As an educational movement, Scouting is non-political. We understand that members could be involved with current social issues, some of which are controversial and may therefore have a political dimension. This standard explains how we remain non-political.

 

Our Standard

Politics

1.      Scouts Canada encourages young people to learn about and become engaged in causes that address the needs of the local, national, and international communities, and in so doing, make a meaningful contribution to creating a better world.

2.     All members are encouraged to

  1. a.     Understand the Scouts Canada organization and become involved in its decision-making processes
  2. b.     Become more aware of issues at the local, national, and international levels
  3. c.     Understand the decision-making processes of governments and organizations and become aware of the individual’s role in those processes

3.     Individuals representing Scouts Canada must not endorse any political party, candidate, legislation, or organization advocating for a particular solution.

4.     Scouts Canada is not connected to any political party, candidate, or cause.

5.     Members in uniform:

  1. a.     Must not take part in meetings or activities of a political nature or actively endorse a political candidate or movement
  2. b.     May not participate in meetings and activities that advocate for specific community issues
  3. c.     Must not fundraise for a political party or cause

 

Public Appearances

6.     Members in uniform may not appear in public entertainment without the approval of the Director of Marketing and Development.

Related Policies & Standards

 

Resources 

Effective Date

March 2, 2019

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