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No One Left Behind

Developed in 2007, No One Left Behind (NOLB) helps to ensure, through fee subsidization, that every child has an opportunity to experience a local Scouts Canada program. The NOLB expanded in 2011 to fund after school programs, as well as uniforms and camps. 

The program is aimed at children from families struggling with financial hardship all across Canada – so that they also get the chance to benefit from the values, skills and experiences offered through Scouting. The opportunity to belong to a group that teaches important life skills, self-esteem and community service has a huge impact on these youth.

NOLB is not intended to cover 100% of a child’s Scouting expenses. It was designed to help pay a portion of the membership fee, uniform, book or subsidize a weekend outing or a trip to summer camp. All members must take part in fundraising, and learn about the old Scout Law “a Scout is thrifty”.

There are very few organizations that offer affordable, quality programming for children and families like Scouts Canada does. NOLB offers youth adventures through physically challenging activities, an opportunity for self-development and the creation of positive self-esteem. This program aids us in alleviating barriers to participation and offers a true opportunity for all children to belong.

Here are some of the testimonials in support of this program:

“Being from a small, non-prosperous town where everyone knows everyone- word spreads quickly about Scouting and all the fun we have. Youth can be very vulnerable and sensitive to the words of others. When someone says that they have a lot of fun doing something like Scouting and that youth goes home to mom and/or dad who says ‘we can’t afford it’, it hurts. With an idea like No One Left Behind, that youth can join in the fun too and feel like a part of the community.”

“I live and work in an area where many people have lost their jobs. Many of our youth in this area rely on this funding to help pay their registration costs, camp fees etc. Without this funding these youth would find it difficult to join our Scouting program and we are grateful for the help.”

“The initiative of No One Left Behind will definitely help a lot of children join the thousands and thousands of other Scouting friends to share the fun, the learning, the outdoors and the camaraderie of other youth in this great Nation of ours!”

“This is a great program. With three sons, money was tight and this support helped to keep my children involved. My oldest son just recently received his Chief Scout Award and his younger brothers are keen to complete the requirements as they continue in Scouting. My sons are all currently involved and have built many friendships and have remained active, respectful, helpful children. What a great way to improve the youth of this world!”

“The youth who benefit from No One Left Behind are often the Scouts who receive the most from the program. Scouting has provided my children with a broad range of positive experiences (far beyond just camping). As a single parent, I would not be able to provide these experiences on my own and I am grateful to Scouts Canada and the wonderful volunteers who help to ensure that my children will grow up having an enriched Scouting experience”.

Your support of the No One Left Behind program is meeting a very important need by ensuring that any child who wishes to participate in Scouting will not be left behind due to financial hardship.

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