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Scouter Skills Weekends


Scouter Skills weekends are in-person opportunities for you to learn how to facilitate you Sections, build skills capacity on your leadership teams, and network with other volunteers. Skills weekends are filled with rich how-tos, mentorship from experienced Scouters, and opportunities to ask all those questions. Watch this page and see below for opportunities that will be offered near you!

Vancouver Island Scouter Skills Weekend

Cascadia Council will be hosting a number of upcoming in person training events. One of those will be at Camp Barnard. This will be an overnight camp and is is geared towards senior youth, and both new and experienced section Scouters and their families. This will be a full weekend of training sessions with food included and activities for children attending with their Scouter-parent..

When: November 4th at 6pm - November 6th at 11am
Where: Camp Barnard (3202 Young Lake Road, Sooke)

Registration$50/person attending (+Doubleknot fees and GST/PST)

We welcome you to join us for a fun-filled weekend of Scouter Development – and for the whole family!


Who is this weekend for?

  • 3rd and 4th year Scouts, Venturers, or Rovers

  • All new and experienced Section Scouters

  • Your families (youth attending camp with a participant parent should be age 5+; younger children may attend but MUST have their own non-participant adult registering with them. No unaccompanied children under the age of 5)

  • Potential Volunteers and Interested Parents are welcome!


We are offering two streams:

Junior stream includes:

  • Scouting basics

  • Anatomy of meetings

  • Standing camp planning

  • activities

  • hard skills (lashing, knife skills, fire lighting


Senior stream includes:

  • Scouting basics

  • Youth Led

  • Standing camp planning

  • Hard skills (knots, pioneering, permits

  • hard skills (lashing, knife skills, fire lighting)

  • Either advance camp skills/prep OR basic camp skills and gear maintenance


Alternative stream includes:

  • Supporting canoeing – a three hour session intended to help support a primary canoe lead when taking youth on flatwater.

  • Participants can opt out of block 1 and 2 OR block 3 and 4 to attend either the morning or the afternoon session – subject to space in the session (see schedule, below)


Registration includes:

  • Mug up on Friday, food and drink all day Saturday plus breakfast on Sunday morning

  • We ask that you pack your own travel mug and water bottle

  • There are several cabins available. Families can share a cabin. Scouters and youth may choose to share with other participants (respecting the BP&P) or to bring their own tents. Private cabins are not likely to be available unless there are special needs that require such.

  • Youth will both participate in sessions AND have their own programming.




  • 6pm: check in

  • 7pm: set up cabins

  • 8pm: Truth and Reconciliation Day - Raven Reads - update from Scouts Canada

  • 9pm: casual campfire



  Colony/Pack stream Alternative stream Troop stream Families stream




Opening, territory acknowledgement, camp rules


block 1 (basics)

Supporting canoeing 

block 1 (basics)



block 2 (meetings)

 block 2 (youth led)





block 3 (standing camp skills)

Supporting canoeing

block 3 (standing camp skills)



block 4 (activities)

block 4 (hard skills)

age 8+ canoeing


break time


block 5a (hard skills - junior)

block 5b (advance camp skills)

block 5c (basic gear use and maintenance)





Tools for youth with challenges, difficult conversations, fundraising


Formal campfire



  • 8am: Breakfast

  • 9am: Scouts' Own - how to 

  • 10am: clean up

  • 11am: closing


Event organizers will email a packing list a week before the training weekend..


For any questions, please reach out to: Chantelle Cutting at