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Volunteer Development & Training

November 25, 2021

As a volunteer with Scouts Canada, you are required to complete basic mandatory training in order to become active and compliant. The following training is required upon registering as a volunteer; 

The Next Step - Wood Badge 1 

Before you count as ratio and within the first year of being a volunteer, you are also required to complete the full Wood Badge Part I (Milestone WB - MS1) for your role. 

Section and Support Scouters Require - Wood Badge 1 for The Canadian Path 

Group Committee Members Require - Wood Badge 1 for Group Committee 

Group Commissioners Require - Wood Badge 1 for Group Commissioners 

All mandatory training is available online through E-learning on the David Huestis Learning Centre, assessable through your account. 


Section Specific Workshops training weekend

Camp Samac Scout Centre, 275 Conlin Rd East, Oshawa, Ontario 

(Typically 2nd Saturday in November)  

(If approved and subject to COVID safety protocols) 

Enrich your understanding of the Scouting Program by attending section specific sessions incorporated throughout the weekend. Spend time with other Scouters, build relationships, share ideas and challenge each other to find new and exciting program ideas. Our objective is to ensure you are comfortable working with the youth, and you will go away with a bag of program ideas, resources and energy, so you can take on the weekly program with renewed enthusiasm. 

  • Hands On Section Specific Learning 
  • Ceremonies 
  • Path Maps 
  • Campfires and Camping 
  • Working with Section Aged Youth 
  • Program Ideas and Plans 
  • Incorporating Youth Led 
  • How to Use SPICES 
  • Networking and Sharing Opportunities 
  • Team Building 

CHOOSE YOUR LEARNING PATH:  Colony, Pack, Troop, Company & Crew 

FRI NOV 11 - Optional Arrival (Networking); SAT NOV 12 - Program begins at 8:00am; SUN NOV -13 - Program runs until 2:00pm,  

Course fee $90.00 includes: Indoor Accommodation - Bunks, All Meals, Course Materials 

By bringing together a group of Support Scouters, this weekend is designed to help Scouters cover the competencies for Wood Badge I from the Scouter Development Map. 

For more information or registration assistance, please contact:  Course Coordinator: Clare Ford 

Course Administrator: Brenda Swain 905-410-0758 

Youth Training Courses

YLT Youth Leadership Training Workshop for Scouts and Venturers 

December 2-5, 2022  Camp Samac, Oshawa, arrive 7 pm - depart 12pm includes meals, activities and indoor accommodations. $65  

This is a for-youth-by-youth leadership program aimed towards Venturer Scouts, incorporating the new Canadian Path Trail Cards. We invite you to come out and learn about leadership and refine existing skills all while having fun and meeting some new fellow Scouts.  

Link to more details

Email for more details 

Program Modules

In-Person Skills Weekends 

April 8-10, 2022 (First weekend) - and -  
June 3-5, 2022 (Second weekend)  

Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Rd E, Oshawa, Ontario 

Link to full details: 

These workshops offer you a chance to further increase your knowledge and confidence in the section you are working. As well as developing a detailed plan for your section, you will obtain a wealth of tools and "trick of the trade" to take back and make your section meetings a joy to run. You will be introduced to key concepts, then changed to create solutions for your youth program as you work on your Wood Badge Development Cards. You will connect with dozens of Scouters just like you who will have lots to share and you will make a few friends for life. Once the Wood Badge is completed you will be invited to join a local Gilwell Club and an invitation to attend the annual Gilwellian leaders only camp in the second weekend of September every year, where you will continue to develop your knowledge and passion for Scouting. -

Wood Badge Part 2

Colony, Pack, Troop, Company,

Crew, Service Scouter  

Specialty Courses

Quartermaster Advanced with National Food Safety Certification 

April 8-10, 2022 (First weekend) - and -  
June 3-5, 2022 (Second weekend)  

Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Rd E, Oshawa, Ontario 

This two-weekend training is for those who handle food for groups large and small. Food safety, portion size, menu planning, shopping and food preparation are covered in depth. As well as developing a detailed plan for your event, you will obtain a wealth of tools and "trick of the trade" to take back and make your guest very happy and satisfied. Topics will include dietary restrictions and accommodation for others. You will connect with dozens of Scouters just like you who will have lots to share. Once the course is completed you will write the Canadian Food Safety Certification test. 

Instruction by Derek Lawday, Professor of Culinary Arts at Candore College, and David Franklin, Executive Chef for Sysco. 

Link to full details:   

Outdoor Skills for Volunteers 

May 7, 2022  

Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Rd E, Oshawa, Ontario 

Outdoor activities are essential to Scouting Programs and become enjoyable, effective experiences for adults and youth when the Scouter possesses some of the essential knowledge and skills for having fun in the outdoors. Scouters taking youth on a hike or to camp find the experience more rewarding when they do so with confidence. The Outdoor Skills program merely defines the knowledge and skills needed to proceed with confidence. All material updated to comply with spring 2019 roll out of the concise B.P.&P.  

  Sample Outdoor Skills Day syllabus

Registration information available Feb 2022

ScoutCon 2022 

Weekly topics available:  (Dates to be announced) 

Login to "" 

Click "TRAINING" in the top bar 



Click "Enrole in Course" 

Click "Open Course" - get a message that "Your Enrollment is Pending" and to check back later.  

Click on the "3x3 9-dots icon" in the top right corner of the page 

Click on "Spring into Adventure ScoutCon Portal" listed at the top 

Choose a course and "REGISTER NOW" (you will need to register for each course you are interested in.  

If you need assistance contact your GSS or Group Commissioner. 

Self-Directed Learning 

Wood Badge II for Canadian Path Self-Directed Learning Recognition Request 

Wood Badge II has been revitalized to incorporate Canadian Path methodology, making it more relevant for today’s Scouters. The new Wood Badge II program allows for self-directed learning, conducted through mentorship and coaching in addition to traditional courses and workshops. The revitalized Wood Badge II framework uses new resources called Scouter Development Cards which can be used to help Volunteers build personal learning plans. 

The Scouter Development cards are available at 

For more information or to recognize when you have completed all the cards with your mentor(s) visit 


White Pine Council Volunteer Development (Training) Programs Refund Policy 

We recognize that sometimes things change, and occasionally people are unable to attend a workshop or event they have registered for. 

In order to keep our costs minimal and within the budget we rely on registration numbers for planning, securing facilitates, and purchasing training supplies and food. A number of these expenses must be committed to and paid well ahead of the actual event date. In order to meet our obligations, and keep our expenses as low as possible, we must enforce the following refund policy: 

  1. 100% refund for cancellation requests made at least 45 days before start date of event/workshop 
  1. 50% refund for cancellation requests made at least 20 days before start date of event/workshop
  2. No refund for cancellation requests made less than 20 days before start date of event

Participants who are unable to attend may transfer their registration to another person at any time 

without penalty as this does not affect the total registration numbers and budgeting.  

(2nd consideration will be made in light of COVID protection protocols. We will not penalize you for keeping us safe.)