Year in Review

Message from the National Key 3

It was a Mission-impacting 2017–2018 Scouting Year that saw youth and volunteers discover new things and challenge themselves to do their best.

Youth experienced firsts and embarked on great outdoor adventures, gaining leadership skills and self-confidence along the way. As active community builders, Scouts led over 5,500 service initiatives, positively impacting over 2,000 Canadian communities.

Youth-led programming reached new heights this year with the development of Youth Leadership Training, which will see Scouting youth gaining skills in key knowledge areas contributing to leadership ability — Becoming a Leader, Communication, Plan-Do-Review, Problem Solving and Teamwork. The entire program, developed by youth, will roll out in 2018–2019. Venturer and Rover handbooks also saw more youth take charge in their path to personal progression.

All of this would not have been possible without our dedicated volunteers. Our Scouters collectively donated over two million hours of their time facilitating our program, positively impacting the lives of youth nationwide. With over 4,000 Sections recognized with Program Quality Awards, it is no surprise that 85% of parents are satisfied with Scouts Canada’s program.

Thank you to all of our Scouters for their valuable feedback over the year. We heard you and your request for developmental support that meets your needs. That is why we took action to realign Wood Badge 1 to provide better value for time, while also improving Scouting Fundamentals training. As our front-line volunteer Managers, the past year saw the introduction of online Wood Badge I Group Commissioner training, providing consistent and accessible learning to help this key role create vibrant Scouting communities nationwide.

Great adventures truly do start with Scout Popcorn. More than 1,000 Groups took part in 2017’s campaign, raising over $6.5 million — a 9% increase over 2016. Thousands of youth were able to fuel once-in-a-lifetime experiences, from weekend camps to international trips.

Our commitment to safety remains unwavering. The past year saw us build upon our culture of safety as the first non-sport youth organization to adopt Respect in Sport training. This program provides Scouters with a better understanding of how to recognize and handle instances of abuse, bullying, discrimination and harassment. With over 20,000 Scouters certified this past year, we are in a position to improve child and youth safety nationwide.

The Scout Shop continues to equip youth with quality outdoor gear from brands like Osprey and Biolite, with members across the country relying on an engaged sales team to prepare them for their great Scouting adventures. More than 1,325 tents, 1,250 sleeping bags and 1,200 backpacks were sold. Eureka! even introduced the Mackenzie 4 tent exclusively for Scouts Canada; the tent was a hit — almost 1,000 were sold.

2017–2018 was also a year for strengthened Scouting relationships. We’ve heard from you all that feedback for growth, mentoring and timely support is key to improving the Scouter experience. That is why we introduced a Scouting Relationship Model that aims to improve engagement amongst volunteers and staff. The first step was to enhance support to Councils through a dedicated staff member on each CK3, supported by a Regional Director. Formerly known as Area Support Managers (ASMs), Council Relationship Managers (CRMs) and Scouting Relationship Managers (SRMs) work in Councils, building relationships within the Scouting community to ensure program quality, safety leadership, and membership engagement.

2018–2019 will see us build on this model by introducing a competency framework for Scouters looking to gain new skills to deliver a quality program. Meanwhile, a sustainable and standardized support model will provide tailored support to Groups, ensuring they receive the support they need to deliver the Mission.

This year’s Mission-impact report will fill you in even more on how Scouts Canada has contributed to the future success of Canadian youth. Through the combined efforts of our youth, volunteers and staff, we have contributed to better communities to a better Canada.

Yours in Scouting,

John Estrella, National Commissioner
Caitlyn Piton, National Youth Commissioner
Andrew Price, Executive Commissioner & CEO

Our Mission

Over the years, Scouts Canada has supported over 17 million Canadian youth as they reach their full potential. Scouting is the perfect place for kids to be kids, immersed in nature while developing leadership and critical thinking skills. Along the way, Scouts develop into capable, confident individuals, better prepared for success in the world.


To help develop well-rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world.


Canadian youth making a meaningful contribution to creating a better world.

Scouts Canada Membership

Youth Icon



Scouters Icon



Groups Icon



Total Icon




Total Membership

Youth Membership by Sections


Beaver Scouts


Cub Scouts




Venturer Scouts


Rover Scouts


Total Youth

Financial Summary

Scouts Canada National Operation
Summary Statement of Financial Position
as at August 31, 2018

  2018 2017

Current Assets $12,339,774 $11,469,122
Investments 15,548,252 14,505,450
Tangible capital and intangible assets 1,091,566 1,527,867
Prepaid pension costs 6,666,100 4,002,800

  $35,645,692 $31,505,239

Current liabilities $10,482,147 $9,349,579
Deferred capital contributions 277,202 554,405
Employee future benefits 3,358,000 3,652,000
Fund balances 21,528,343 17,949,255

  $35,645,692 $31,505,239

Scouts Canada National Operation
Summary Statement of Operations and Changes in Fund Balances
For the year ended August 31, 2018

  Operating Fund Restricted &
2018 2017

Membership Fees $ 10,615,769 $ - $ 10,615,769 $ 11,041,989
Retail 4,254,299 - 4,254,299 4,975,400
Fundraising 4,324,321 16,962 4,341,283 5,843,094
World Scout Foundation donations - 34,057 34,057 29,903
Investment and other 1,985,339 319,138 2,304,477 2,517,979
Canadian Jamboree 40,110 - 40,110 3,611,323

  21,219,838 370,157 21,589,995 28,019,688

Salaries and benefits 12,015,904 - 12,015,904 11,407,789
Recovery of salaries and benefits (1,831,581) - (1,831,581) (1,592,623)
Retail 2,766,783 - 2,766,783 3,390,068
Program services 186,971 - 186,971 310,299
Grants 125,530 - 125,530 109,655
Technology services 360,697 - 360,697 386,214
Financial services 733,055 37,588 770,643 891,112
Marketing and Communications 265,406 - 265,406 443,811
Fundraising 2,921,619 - 2,921,619 2,936,987
Administration 636,340 40,335 676,675 723,157
Compliance and governance 589,926 249,000 838,926 1,511,000
Human resources and volunteer services 376,289 - 376,289 354,826
Field operations 731,057 - 731,057 749,209
Field services 753,098 - 753,098 834,762
Canadian Jamboree - direct expenses - - - 3,459,926
Other - 173,223 173,223 202,197

  20,631,094 500,146 21,131,240 26,118,389

Net revenue (expenses) before the undernoted 588,744 (129,989) 458,755 1,901,299
Unrealized gains on investments 230,582 149,551 380,133 235,000

NET REVENUE 819,326 19,562 838,888 2,136,299
FUND BALANCES - BEGINNING OF YEAR 7,607,497 10,341,758 17,949,255 17,066,956

  8,426,823 10,361,320 18,788,143 19,203,255
Interfund transfers (525,171) 525,171 - -
Remeasurements and other items related to employee future benefits 2,740,200 - 2,740,200 (1,254,000)

FUND BALANCES - END OF YEAR $10,641,852 $10,886,491 $21,528,343 $17,949,255

See accompanying notes to summary financial statements

Kelly Huibers McNeely, Chartered Professional Accountants

Report of the Independent Auditor on the
Summary Financial Statements

To the Board of Governors of Scouts Canada National Operation

The accompanying summary financial statements of Scouts Canada National Operation, which comprise the summary statement of financial position as at August 31, 2018, and the summary statement of operations and changes in fund balances for the year then ended, and related notes, are derived from the audited financial statements prepared in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations, of Scouts Canada National Operation as at August 31, 2018, and for the year then ended.

We expressed an unmodified audit opinion on those financial statements in our report dated November 7, 2018.

The summary financial statements do not contain all the disclosures required by Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations applied in the preparation of the audited financial statements of Scouts Canada National Operation. Reading the summary financial statements, therefore, is not a substitute for reading the audited financial statements of Scouts Canada National Operation.

Management's Responsibility for the Summary Financial Statements

Management is responsible for the preparation of a summary of the audited financial statements on the basis described in Note 2.

Auditor's Responsibility

Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the summary financial statements based on our procedures, which were conducted in accordance with Canadian Auditing Standard (CAS) 810, Engagements to Report on Summary Financial Statements.


In our opinion, the summary financial statements derived from the audited financial statements of Scouts Canada National Operation as at August 31, 2018, and for the year then ended are a fair summary of those financial statements, in accordance with the basis described in Note 2.


Authorized to practise public accounting by
The Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario

Stittsville, Ontario
November 07, 2018

Kelly Huibers McNeely, Chartered Professional Accountants

August 31, 2018


Scouts Canada National Operation (the "National Operation") is a national organization operating programs aimed at contributing to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities through the application of Scouts Principles and Practices.

The National Operation is a registered charity and is responsible for the national activities of Scouts Canada and provides services to the Councils of the National Operation.


The summary financial statements are derived from the complete audited financial statements, prepared in accordance with Canadian accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations, as at August 31, 2018 and for the year then ended.

The preparation of these summary financial statements requires Management to determine the information that needs to be reflected in the summary financial statements so that they are consistent, in all material respects, with or represent a fair summary of the audited financial statements.

These summarized financial statements have been prepared by Management using the following criteria:

(a) whether information in the summary financial statements is in agreement with the related information in the complete audited financial statements; and

(b) whether, in all material respects, the summary financial statements contain the information necessary to avoid distorting or obscuring matters disclosed in the related complete audited financial statements, including the notes thereto.

Management determined that the statement of cash flows do not provide additional useful information and as such has not included it as part of the summary financial statements.

The complete audited financial statements of Scouts Canada National Operation are available upon request by contacting the Management of Scouts Canada National Operation.