Clarifying Beaver Scout Ratios and Camping Policy
To help you better understand Scouts Canada policy as it relates to activities undertaken by Beaver Scouts, for your convenience listed below the pertinent policies with helpful explanations in blue text:
BP&P section 4008.2 – Requirements for Section Leadership
The Beaver Scout section will have at least two registered Scouters, both of which are 18 years of age or older and one who is responsible for the Section and the leadership team; in the case of Beaver Scouts, this Scouter is designated as the contact person.
BP&P section 4008.2 – Ratios Colony
Each Colony must have a minimum of two Scouters present at all times. In total, the minimum ratio of Scouters to youth members for a Colony Section is 1:5 but not less than two (2).
See Section 10001 for additional requirements for Camping and Outdoor Activities.)
The ratio of 1:5 is in place for all Beaver Scout activities whether these activities take place in the regular meeting place or outside in the greater community. The exception to this policy is the Beaver Scout Camping Policy (see below):
BP&P section 10001 – ADDITIONAL LEADERSHIP REQUIREMENTS FOR CAMPING AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES (See Section 4008.2):
BP&P section 10001.1 – Beaver Scouts:
(i) Family Camping – A parent/designate may be responsible for a maximum of
two Beaver Scouts.
(ii) Minimum facilities for Beaver Scout camping must include tents for sleeping and
some form of additional weather resistant shelter suitable for games, crafts,
dining and cooking.
BP&P section 10000.2 – Definitions:
(v) “Family Camping” is an overnight camp where each Beaver Scout is accompanied by
an adult member of their family or adult designate.
(vi) “Sleepover” is staying overnight in your typical meeting place or comparable
Facility, such as community hall, school, etc.
Beaver Scouts are encouraged to go camping but the intent is that the camp would take the form of “Family Camping” as described above.
A “Sleepover” is not considered camping and as such falls under the regular ratio policy of meetings/activities of 1:5, with a minimum of two leaders as described above. A “Sleepover” is defined by the location of the activity, regardless of the number of nights.
BP&P section 3001.2 – Screening Level Required for all Adult Volunteers:
Steps to follow:
(i) Determine adult category.
(ii) Determine activity type.
(iii) Proceed with appropriate screening process as outlined in the following Screening
Screening requirements for Parent/Guardian (non-registered adult accompanying their registered child/youth (All Activities)
This is the process for parents or designates accompanying Beaver Scouts on “Family Camping”:
||Parent/Guardian Definition: A non-registered adult accompanying their registered child/youth
Discussion of expectations.
Introduction of individual to youth, including their role.
Duty of Care review.
It is understood that the Parent/Guardian’s primary responsibility lies with their own child. That said, it is acceptable for the Parent/Guardian to provide occasional assistance with meals/activities, etc. provided
they do so while under the supervision of two registered Scouters.
It is also important to note that additional help from Scouters, parents/guardians may be added by the leadership team depending on factors including, but not limited to:
- Location of activity
- Technical skills required of leadership team and participants
- Youth skills, attitude, capabilities and fitness levels
- Leader skills, attitude, capabilities and fitness levels
- Familiarity of surroundings
- Time of year