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2022 Early Registration FAQ

Registration opens for currently enrolled members on September 1, 2021.  Registration for new members begins on September 15th.  Need a reminder so you don’t miss the registration period?  Make sure to sign up with your email address and we’ll send you a reminder when Registration opens so you can secure your spot in Scouts. 

The annual National Registration fee is $230 per youth with $15 of each membership going directly to the local group to help support fun adventures.  Local Groups may also charge an additional registration fee between $0-40. 

Throughout the year, additional costs may vary by Group related to uniforms, camping, special events or activities.  To learn more about your Group’s additional costs or subsidies, please contact your Group Commissioner or the Help Centre, helpcentre@scouts.ca. 

The value of Scouting is much greater than the fee.  Youth who are registered in Scouting gain valuable skills through fun and engaging non-formal programming that prepares them for success in the future. 

 

Early registration allows Groups to plan for the upcoming 2022 Scouting Year and enables as many youths as possible to enjoy the benefits of Scouting.

Scouts Canada’s membership runs on an annual basis from January to December. Not many other youth activities are offered for a full year at such a low cost and offering so much value and benefit. Current members can continue Scouting and sign up for 2022 when it is most convenient for them — whether that be in September 2021 up until January 2022.

If your child is currently enrolled in Scouts their spot is secure until the end of December.  You can choose to pay for the 2022 Scouting year during early registration (Sept to Dec) or you can wait until the end of December or early January to pay.  

All Scouting members were offered free Scouting from September 2020 to January 2021. Many families did not feel comfortable to return to Scouting due to concerns regarding the pandemic.

Scouts Canada has always offered early registration (typically in May) where new members had the opportunity to start Scouting before the actual registration year kicked in (typically in September). This year is no different. The only thing that changes are the dates. We are now offering early registration in September before the actual registration year kicks in (January 2022).

Scouting is needed now more than ever, and our mission and vision has never been so critical. To fulfill that mission Scouts Canada is reaching out to as many children as possible to support the development of critical life skills that will make them the leaders of tomorrow and help make the world better.

As such, we want to eliminate barriers to registration where we can and enable as many youths as possible to benefit from the value of Scouting.

Scouting has always had a challenge with retention, especially between Sections (see chart below).

 

Moving to a calendar year registration is an opportunity to pilot a suggestion that has been recommended over the years to deal with this issue. Despite efforts to improve linking and integration of programming between Sections via the Canadian path, many parents continue to see the end of a Section and/or achievement of the Top Section Award as the end of their child’s Scouting journey versus a milestone.  In addition, there is a natural apprehension felt by children and youth when it comes to joining a totally new group of kids and moving from the top back to the bottom of the totem pole. 

By adopting a calendar year registration period, we aim to achieve the following:

  • Remove the financial barrier to retention between Sections; make it easier for youth to try out programming in the next Section, get hooked based on their own experience, and renew their membership after benefiting from 3-4 months of programming in the next Section.
  • Increase the likelihood of year-round Scouting programming; we know that the traditional membership year has encouraged wrap-up of programming aligned with the end of the school year. By having memberships span the calendar year, we hope this will encourage more Sections and Groups to adopt year-round Scouting programs, providing amazing Scouting adventures in the summer. 

NOTE: Summer programming doesn’t have to include meetings every week, a summer camping adventure or 2 or three great summer activities will keep the youth engaged and will allow for diversity within your program.

Your Group Commissioner can transfer your role in MyScouts to the next Section when you move up in September. The correct Section will be offered to you automatically while registering for the 2022 Scouting Year that runs from January 1 to December 31.

(Note: this isn’t a change in process. Swim up logic in the system hasn’t changed at all, only thing that changed is that the Program Year and Registration Year are no longer aligned).

Youth that have been Scouting with us throughout 2021 have benefited from amazing adventures already, such as The Great 8 Challenge and numerous creative virtual and/or in-person programming developed by our dedicated Scouters. Youth have developed leadership skills and resilience as well as friendships and memories that will last a lifetime. Youth that have been Scouting in 2021 had something to look forward to amid disruption in their lives.

If you registered in Scouting in January 2021, your membership is valid until December 2021. You are under no obligation to renew until January 2022.

However, if you know you will continue Scouting in 2022, and you wish to register early to get it done – you will have the opportunity to do so starting September 1, 2021.

For security purposes, the only available methods of payment for registrations are VISA, Mastercard, AMEX, and PayPal.

Scouts Canada offers a membership fee subsidy for low-income families called, ‘No One Left Behind.’ To qualify for the No One Left Behind (NOLB) subsidy, members must complete a Low Income Cut Off test that is confidential. Applications for the NOLB are submitted during the registration process and are processed immediately. To find out more, please visit: https://www.scouts.ca/donate/campaign-and-fundraising/no-one-left-behind.html 

The Beaver Scout program is for youth aged 5-7. To register for the Scouting year beginning January 1, 2022, youth must be born on or before December 31, 2016. 

Scouts Canada will continue to follow the guidance of municipal and provincial guidelines with respect to safety of all our members. We cannot predict the course of the pandemic – we can commit to doing everything necessary to continue to provide fun adventures that enable youth to develop skills that will make them successful in the future.  

Scouts Canada is continually reviewing reopening plans for properties based on their individual circumstances. We have 20 properties that are currently available for adventures as restrictions are lifted, we will continue to reopen properties that make sense for the organization.

The Scouting year for 2022 will run from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022.  If you registered your child anytime between Sept 1, 2021 and January 1st, 2022, you can receive a full refund up until January 31st, 2022.  For registrations after January 1st, 2022, the standard 30-day refund policy applies.  All refunds are issued in the manner in which original payment was made.

Registering for Scouts is easy!

You can Register online. If you need help registering please visit the online support centre.

The annual National Registration fee is $230 per youth with $15 of each membership going directly to the local group to help support fun adventures.  Local Groups may also charge an additional registration fee between $0-40.

Throughout the year, additional costs vary Group by Group related to uniforms, camping, special events or activities, etc. To learn more about your Group's additional costs or subsidies, please contact your Group Commissioner or the Help Centre, helpcentre@scouts.ca.

The value of Scouting is much greater than the fee.  Youth who are registered in Scouting gain valuable skills through fun and engaging non-formal programming that prepares them for success in the future. 

The registration fee covers 12 months, from January to December in any given year.

Scouting registration fees have always covered the full 12 months.  Historically, September through the spring has been our busiest time, but we always encourage groups and sections to conduct summer programming. The summer season offers some of our best weather to do camping, paddling, swimming and so much more.

Typically, formal weekly meetings don’t continue in many areas – but we actively encourage weekends, camps and joining or linking with other groups.

We have expanded and simplified our No One Left Behind (NOLB) Program that includes provision for folks that have faced temporary financial challenges. We encourage the use of NOLB for those families that want to give access to Scouting for their children.

Financial aid is available for families of limited means. Local councils can assist or you can submit an application to the Scouts Canada Foundation’s No One Left Behind program.

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Beavers (Ages 5 -7)

Fun and friendship are the cornerstones of the Beaver Scouts program.

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Cub Scouts (Ages 8 – 10)

Challenging hikes, weekend camps, and an introduction to water activities like canoeing or kayaking are just a few of the fun outdoor Adventures that Cub Scouts enjoy.

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Scouts (Ages 11 – 14)

Scouts is about having fun while gaining valuable leadership skills and self-confidence.

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Venturer Scouts (Ages 15-17)

The Venturer Scout program offers exciting, real life, hands-on experiences for youth.

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Rover Scouts (Ages 18 – 26)

Rover Scout programs provide opportunities to practice new skills like mountain climbing or whitewater rafting.

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Groups typically meet once a week for an hour. In most cases, the program also includes weekend activities like hiking and camping.

You can purchase a uniform and many other Scouting supplies online at Scoutshop.ca. Or, visit your local Scout Shop.

The primary responsibility of Parents/Guardians lies with their own child. Parents/Guardians are often asked to help as a program resource person (sharing a skill or hobby) or bringing snacks for Beaver Scouts or Cub Scouts outings. Parents are required to complete screening (as per the Non Scouts Canada Member screening chart) and are always under the supervision of at least two registered Scouters.  Parents are permitted to participate in 3-5 Scouting activities per year before the must become a Scouts Canada member.

The earlier you enroll your child, the more benefits they will receive; like having fun, meeting new friends, learning new things, being creative, getting outdoors and being part of a larger community.  Kids will have something to look forward to each week!

Kids in Scouts are provided with the opportunity to partake in a range of activities that no other youth program can match. Through camping, hiking, snowshoeing and paddling, they discover the outdoors. With hands on learning youth take an active role in planning camping trips, activities and community service projects like food drives, shoreline clean ups and tree planting. Promoting an active and healthy lifestyle, Scouts participate in other outdoor activities like biking, rock climbing and playing games.

Scouting uses non-formal educational methods to engage youth in the process of their own development, giving them program activities, guidance and tools to help them become self-reliant, confident, caring, responsible and committed to the world around them.

For information on Scouts Canada programs visit the Programs page.