Survey finds 52 per cent of Canadians are currently active outdoors only once a week, with 28 per cent participating less than once a month
Scouts Canada and Hydro One launch an online Activity Finder to give families new ideas to safely enjoy the outdoors
Ottawa, ON – Feb. 17, 2021 – Outdoor recreation has become more limited as a result of challenges related to the pandemic, remote learning for some and cold weather, leaving many families looking for new ways to be active outdoors safely. Scouts Canada and Hydro One have partnered to launch a free Activity Finder to give families new ideas to help limit recreational screen time and enjoy the outdoors safely. The database, available at Scouts.ca/ActivityFinder, offers more than 150 thoughtful, educational and fun activities that help youth of all ages develop well-rounded skills. Each activity provides simple guidelines challenging young people to plan and facilitate the activities themselves and then reflect on how to do it even better the next time.
“As Scouts, we are committed to strengthening communities in any way possible. Due to the pandemic, a great number of Canadian families are facing disruptions to their daily routines; they are spending increased time at home and children are missing much-needed opportunities to play and interact with their friends,” said Andrew Price, Executive Commissioner and CEO, Scouts Canada. “With the support of Hydro One, we have created the Activity Finder, a free and accessible resource for families seeking fresh ideas to engage, challenge and inspire their kids all while being physically active and exploring the great outdoors.”
“At Hydro One, we believe we have a deep responsibility to support people and communities during this unprecedented time,” said Jay Armitage, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Hydro One. “Especially at this challenging time, Scouts Canada plays a critical role in developing resiliency in young people. The Activity Finder, powered by Hydro One, will help improve mental and physical health by connecting kids and their families with safe, educational and fun activities.”
Outdoor play is a fundamental need for children. Research shows it offers a multitude of physical, mental and social benefits, contributing to building resilience, cognitive functioning, creativity, problem solving, social skills and more. With Canadian guidelines recommending children ages five to 17 engage in 60 minutes of daily physical activity, Scouts Canada’s Activity Finder provides new ways to achieve this goal and is searchable by age group, the season and activity focus. Children can discover how to build a quinzhee shelter from snow, host a household “Olympics”, make outdoor art, and more. Hundreds of additional activities will be added throughout 2021.
A 2021 Maru Voice Canada survey*, conducted on behalf of Scouts Canada and Hydro One, examining the frequency that Canadians and their families are engaging in outdoor recreational activity for at least 30 minutes found:
- 16 per cent are engaging daily
- 52 per cent are engaging once a week or less
- 28 per cent are engaging less than once a month
To ensure the health and safety of the Scouting community, outdoor and virtual Scouting programing (varies by location) is being offered in accordance of local and regional governments and health agencies. The program gives youth something to look forward to and allows them to have fun while challenging them to get outside, discover a sense of community, experience adventure and build resilience.
For youth from families facing economic barriers, Scouts Canada has a program called No One Left Behind that subsidizes membership fees and related costs. For more information about how to register and Scouts Canada’s multi-stage COVID-19 procedures, visit Scouts.ca.
About Scouts Canada
Kids and young adults in Scouts chart their own path of discovery. Through a variety of fun experiences with friends, outdoor adventures and contributions to their community, Scouts build resilience and skills that set them up for life. Scouts Canada is the country’s leading co-ed youth organization, offering programming for children and youth aged 5-26 in multiple languages, reflecting Canada’s multicultural landscape and communities. For more information, visit Scouts.ca.
Scouts Canada is a not-for-profit organization (Charitable Registration No.10776 1694 RR0028) and a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.
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* From January 4th to January 5th 2021 an online survey of 1,506 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Maru Voice Canada panelists was executed by Maru/Blue. For comparison purposes, a probability sample of this size has an estimated margin of error (which measures sampling variability) of +/- 2.5%, 19 times out of 20. The results have been weighted by education, age, gender and region (and in Quebec, language) to match the population, according to Census data. This is to ensure the sample is representative of the entire adult population of Canada. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding. A full set of the data tables and analysis is posted to the site www.marublue.com/canadian-polls.
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