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Scout Safety Permits

Scouts Safety Permits
When you've satisified your Troop Leadership Team and Scouters that you've learned the necessary skills and possess a responsible attitude to use these tools safely, you will receive a signed permit. These skills will make you a safer camper. 


Permit Cards.pdf

The objective of these workshop guides is to assist the Scouter and/or Scout youth to be able to describe and demonstrate its safe use in Scouting. Completion of these workshop modules is then marked as complete on the individual Scout Canadian Trails map and awarded the permit, available from Scout Shop. Alternatively, one can use the permit cards PDF found on this page.


Acknowledgment for the above Scout Saftey Permit training modules goes to 2nd Russell Scouting Group, Ontario.

Authors: Paul Young-Davies, Chuck Fraser, Chris Baldry, Garth Jonah
Versions: August 18th 2009, April 11th 2010

Optional Permits for Beavers and Cubs

Flashlight Permits

Youth Test*:
1. I know how to turn my flash light on
2. I know how to use a wind-up flash light
3. I know where to shine my flash light
4. I know that shining my flash light at someone's eyes could hurt them
5. I know when and where to use a flash light
* This will be written on the back of the permit

1. Each youth brings in their own flash light or we provide them with one to keep. Everyone learns how to turn the flash lights on, if there are multiple types everyone can learn about all of them
2. Bring in wind-up flash lights and let the youth try them out. Explain that these can be very helpful in a power outage or your vehicle because they do not require batteries. Ask the youth why it is good to have things that do not require batteries.
3. Inside - turn out the lights and show how to shine the flash light on the ground and slightly away from you so you can see where you are going.
Outside - show how when the flash light is used correctly we can see obstacles, hazards, people and the path in front of us. Show how if we shine it elsewhere we can no longer see where we are going.
4. Talk about bright lights and how they hurt our eyes. Remind the youth that when they get up in the morning and turn their light on it hurts their eyes a bit.
5. Talk about lighting conditions and the time of day. Remind them that on the middle of night at camp they need to be really careful that their flash light doesn't wake other people up.



Walking Stick Permit

Youth Test*:
1. I know how to be safe with a walking stick
2. I know that my walking stick is a tool and should not be used as a toy
3. I have made my very own walking stick
4. I have used my walking stick during a hike on uneven ground
5. I have used my walking stick to help me cross a small creak or stream
* This will be written on the back of the permit

1. Youth will be taught how to safely use a walking stick. They will learn how a walking stick can help them on rough terrain or crossing a shallow creek. They will learn how to brace themselves to stop sliding forward and how to pull themselves to keep moving upward when on hills.
2. Youth will learn that their walking stick is a tool and should be treated that way. They will learn that using it as a weapon or toy will not be tolerated. They will learn that walking sticks and other sticks are never raise more than a couple inches off the ground. They will learn that even when we do play sword games that walking sticks will not be used for this purpose. This rule will be very important and more than 1 offense will cause the youth to lose their permit, this will be a 1 warning system.
3. Each youth will make their own walking stick
4. We will take youth on a hike where they will learn how the use of a walking stick can help them when the ground is not even or there is a hill. They will put into practice how to brace and pull themselves. They will learn how to hop over small obstacles using their walking stick for support.
5. We will take the youth on a walk through a shallow creak or stream where they can use their walking stick and rocks to cross the water without getting wet.