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Policies, Standards and Procedures Change Log

Scouts Canada has recently endeavoured to make our Policies and Procedures more accessible for our members. Following extensive consultation, we launched a revitalized online format. Importantly, we also took this opportunity to update many of our Policies and Procedures to make the content as clear and relevant as possible.

Our Policies and Procedures continue to evolve in light of valuable feedback from members and lessons learned from our collective Scouting experience. On this page you will find a list of recent changes to Policies and Procedures, as well as the dates when these changes were announced.

Date Policy Change Effective
June 26, 2019 Policy 33 – Swimming Standards 4 (2) a. As long as all participants wear PFDs, youth may go swimming under the right conditions — no additional training for Scouters is required. Sept. 1, 2019
June 26, 2019 Policy 33 – Swimming Standards 4 (2) b. The youth-to-Scouter ratio for swimming without qualified aquatic activity supervisors has been clarified. Sept. 1, 2019
June 26, 2019 Policy 33 – Swimming Standards 4 (1) f. The swim test has been clarified. Sept. 1, 2019
June 26, 2019 Policy 33 – Swimming Standards 4 (1) a. The ratio of qualified aquatic activity supervisors to swimmers has changed. Sept. 1, 2019
June 26, 2019 Policy 33 – Swimming Standards 4 (1) c (i). A qualified aquatic activity supervisor can be a youth. Sept. 1, 2019
June 26, 2019 Policy 33 – Swimming Standards 4 (1) b and 4 (1) d (i). The terms “Lookout Scouter” and “Aquatic Activity Supervisor” have been defined. Sept. 1, 2019
May 22, 2019 Policy 30 – First Aid Standards 4. A minimum of one qualified first aider must be present at every activity, including the normal meeting place, where there are fewer than 25 participants. Sept. 1, 2019
May 22, 2019 Policy 30 – First Aid Standards 5. A minimum of two qualified first aiders must be present at every activity, including the normal meeting place, where there are over 25 participants. Sept. 1, 2019
May 22, 2019 Policy 30 – First Aid Standards 9. When an activity does not take place at the normal meeting place and is more three hours’ travelling time from a medical care facility or access route that can take an ordinary road-going ambulance, there shall be at least one designated first aider holding a current wilderness first aid certification. Sept. 1, 2019
May 22, 2019 Policy 30 – First Aid Standards 7. Emphasis has been placed on the Scouter in Charge to ensure all activities and meetings have the first aid equipment appropriate for the activity. Sept. 1, 2019
May 22, 2019 Policy 30 – First Aid Standards 13. Those who work in professions that have a first aid element (such as nurses, police officers and others as referenced in the standards) can be exempted with Group Commissioner approval. Sept. 1, 2019

June 26, 2019: Update to new Swimming Standards (Policy 33)—effective September 1, 2019

Scouts Canada’s new Swimming Standards (effective September 1, 2019) have changed with regard to adventure activity swimming. We recognize that youth often wish to swim on adventure activities — for example, at the end of a long day of paddling, or when visiting a lake while backcountry camping. Often these are times where there are no formal lifeguards, nor two Aquatic Activity-trained Scouters. We have updated the standard to recognize this. As long as all participants wear PFDs, youth may go swimming under the right conditions — no additional training for Scouters is required.

Other smaller changes made are as follows:

  • The youth-to-Scouter ratio for swimming without qualified aquatic activity supervisors has been clarified.
  • The swim test has been clarified; it has been fully made a part of the Swimming Standards, and no longer links to external content that may be subject to change.
  • The ratio of qualified aquatic activity supervisors to swimmers has been slightly updated to a minimum of two for 1-25 swimmers and another for every additional 25 swimmers. An additional water activity supervisor is no longer required.
  • A qualified aquatic activity supervisor can be a youth. This was not perfectly clear in the previous version of the standards. If a youth is to act in the role of qualified activity supervisor, an additional adult Scouter (Lookout Scouter) must be present to ensure ratio.
  • The terms “Lookout Scouter” and “Aquatic Activity Supervisor” have been defined.

May 22, 2019: Update to new First Aid Standards (Policy 30)—effective September 1, 2019

Scouts Canada’s new First Aid Standards (effective September 1, 2019) have changed in light of Scouter feedback, the best practices of other organizations and provincial standards. Coupled with an evaluation of our own incident experience, we are comfortable adopting less stringent requirements, as follows:

  • A minimum of one qualified first aider must be present at every activity, including the normal meeting place, where there are fewer than 25 participants.
  • A minimum of two qualified first aiders must be present at every activity, including the normal meeting place, where there are over 25 participants.
  • When an activity does not take place at the normal meeting place and is more three hours’ travelling time from a medical care facility or access route that can take an ordinary road-going ambulance, there shall be at least one designated first aider holding a current wilderness first aid certification.
  • Emphasis has been placed on the Scouter in Charge to ensure all activities and meetings have the first aid equipment appropriate for the activity.
  • Those who work in professions that have a first aid element (such as nurses, police officers and others as referenced in the standards) can be exempted with Group Commissioner approval.