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Scouts Canada overcoming stigmas to strengthen child and youth safety

May 11, 2023

For more than 100 years, Scouts Canada has given millions of young people unique and enriching experiences towards developing important skills and values, encouraging them to be curious, adventurous, and responsible members of society.

Underpinning these life-changing journeys has been the provision of safe and fun spaces – both online and in-person – to foster growth and learning, supported by a culture of safety as well as comprehensive policies, resources, and guidelines for all Scouting activities.

As the country’s largest youth organisation, Scouts Canada has made safety and well-being central to everything that it does, rationalising that the more a person can connect with and understands a topic, the more those positive attitudes and behaviours become part of normal life.

By promoting a culture of openness and transparency at all levels, the National Scout Organization is overcoming social stigmas and cultural blockers to child safety by focusing on “we believe youth and prioritise a youth first approach and raising awareness this can happen in your group.” 


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