BP&P Review Project

Every day, Scouters refer to the BP&P – our By-law, Policies and Procedures – for guidance on Scouting activities such as camping, fundraising, membership and safety.

We want to make BP&P more streamlined, accessible, understandable and useful to all readers, particularly Council and Group Support Scouters, and especially Section Scouters.

First, we are reviewing Scouts Canada’s policies and then Scouts Canada’s procedures.

What’s the difference between policies and procedures?

Policies are the “why” of something and procedures are the “how”. For example, our fundraising policy talks about why fundraising is important to Scouts Canada and our fundraising procedures talk about how local groups should organize fundraising activities.

Policies and by-laws are the responsibility of Scouts Canada’s Board of Governors to manage and update. Procedures are ultimately the responsibility of the National Key Three.

The formal kick off for the BP&P Review project was the 2017 National Conference and AGM in Toronto.

Key project milestones include:

Drafts Prepared Policies October to December 2017
Procedures January 2017
Member Consultation Policies November 2017 to February 2018
Procedures April 2018
Consultation Feedback Integrated Policies February 2018
Procedures April 2018
Final Technical* Review Policies March 2018
Procedures April 2018
National Key 3 Review Policies March 2018
Procedures May 2018
Governance Committee Review Policies April 2018
Board of Governors Decision Policies May 2018
National Key 3 Approval Procedures June 2018
*Subject matter experts, internal policy advisors, legal.

Cooperative Effort

The Governance Committee of the Board of Governors and the Executive Director of Special Projects are working together to coordinate this project with the Executive Director taking the lead on project management.


If you have any questions, or want to know more about the process, please email bpandpreview@scouts.ca.