The Data Behind the Return to Scouting
What we have learned from the Scouting community
On June 11, Scouts Canada shared a proposed set of documents that outline the steps necessary to plan for running safe Scout meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our guidelines were deliberately crafted through a careful review of recent provincial and school board recommendations, an evaluation of the latest public polling research, and through consultation with the Scouting community by way of webinars, surveys and focus groups over the last month.
We have released these guiding documents, far in advance of implementation, to help Groups plan for how to run a safe Section meeting for Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venturer and Rover Scouts during COVID-19. While we recognize that provincial and school board guidance may change from now until September, all in-person Scout meetings remain suspended for the summer to ensure the continued safety of our youth, volunteers and staff. Scouts Canada is taking advantage of the usual summer hiatus to plan for the return of in-person, outdoor activities in the fall, and we are committed to reviewing and updating our Standards accordingly to provide the most current and safe experience for our members when in-person activities resume in September.
Over the last week our documents, which outline how to run a safe Scout meeting, received nearly 2,000 comments. This consultation has already helped us to improve our proposed protocols and to ensure that we are doing our part to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among our youth, Scouters, parents, volunteers and others when we return to Scouting this fall.
Thank you for your contributions. If you have not yet done so, you have until June 25 to share your feedback regarding Scouts Canada’s proposed documents for how to run a safe Scout meeting, using this web form.