To help youth and families in Canada be prepared on the trail this fall season, Scouts Canada has teamed up with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to raise awareness of tick and Lyme disease.
Ticks don’t just come out in the summer—they stay out for a while. In autumn,ticks can be found throughout Canada, but are particularly prevalent in the eastern regions, mainly Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Identifying ticks, removing them and understanding tick bites and their association with Lyme disease are all important factors to enjoying the great outdoors safely this fall.
As part of this campaign, Scouts Canada and PHAC have developed a comprehensive program designed to help Scouting youth and their families:
- Understand tick and Lyme disease
- Recognize ticks and the signs and symptoms of Lyme disease
- Increase awareness around climate change and how this can affect tick populations and tick migration
- Connect tick and Lyme disease to the Earth & Science Personal Achievement Badges (PAB) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
- Provide resources for further learning, bite prevention and safety tips
- Enjoy the outdoors safely this fall!
Funding for this project has been made possible through a contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.