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Scout Election

VOTE! Democracy is something that allows everyone to have their say. When a group comes together to decide something, this is democracy! Learn about the power of your vote, and how democracy is all around us!

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Plan

  • What are the different levels of government in Canada? 
  • When have you voted for something before? Think of class or your Scout Group 
  • Why is it important for people to vote? 
  • When do people vote in the real world?  
  • Can everybody vote? Who is able to vote? 
  • How will you vote for this activity? Will you create ballots? Raise your hands? Place markers in jars marked with the options? 

Do

  • In this activity, you will learn about how elections work, and will participate in your very own election.  
  • You will get to create different roles that every youth will be voted into.  
  • These could be roles like ‘opening leader’, or roles like 'set-upper' and 'take-downer'. You could even vote on which Lair or Patrol will lead the next meeting or choose tonight’s game! 
  • Once you and the group have created enough roles, each of you will cast a vote for who you think should be in that role.  
  • You can volunteer for certain roles, and asked to be put into a specific job if you have a top choice! 
  • If you don’t want to elect (vote) people into roles, what else could you vote on? What activities to do at camp? What adventures you will do next cycle? 

Review

  • Why do you think it is important that people vote, and that elections are held? 
  • Do you think more things should be voted on outside of voting people into government? 
  • How can voting be more accessible to everyone? 

Materials

  • A way to cast votes – paper ballots or labelled jars and small tokens to use for voting 

Keep it Simple

  • Talk about one level of government's election process only. When it comes time to vote, you can keep it simple by having the Youth vote for something that has a yes/no answer, or other simple options. Alternatively, you could have Scouters run for a role (e.g. which Scouter will help plan something), so that no youth have to feel as though they’re committing to something long-term! 

Take it Further

  • Discuss how voting works at the different levels of government have different style elections. Learn about how different countries run their elections – what is different around the world? Running a campaign to collect votes for a position you want to be voted into can also expand this activity.