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Pandemic Program & Activity Modifications — STAGE 5

Introduction

In this final transition stage, while still operating in a formally declared pandemic, Scouts Canada continues to maintain a position of safety leadership and social responsibility. In alignment with our Safety First Policy, Scouts Canada’s priority will be ensuring that activities are modified to ensure the safety of our members and to reduce the risk of disease transmission.

The Stage 5 pandemic Standards effectively lift all internal restrictions for all Scouting activities while deferring to all municipal and provincial public health restrictions.

A Pandemic Operational Plan is required by most provinces at times of declared pandemics. This Pandemic Program & Activity Modifications Standard and the associated supporting documents are designed to meet the expected needs of most provinces.

Our Standards

  1. The Standard applies to all departments, functions, Councils, Groups, Sections, staff, volunteers and those acting in support of Scouts Canada activities during a local, national or international pandemic.
    1. The National Key 3 will determine the scope and duration of activation of this Standard.
    2. Notice of implementation and effective date of this Standard shall be given by the CEO of Scouts Canada or a person designated by them to provide notice.
    3. Incremental or greater requirements specified by Federal, Provincial and / or Municipal health and safety restrictions supersede those outlined in this Standard.
  2. The objective is to ensure that appropriate program modifications are both communicated and implemented to reduce the risk of disease transmission among Scouting youth, Scouters, parents and others planning or attending Scouts Canada activities. Activities cannot violate a public health order.
  3. All Scouting in-person activities must ensure program and plans are modified to reduce the spread of illness.
    1. For the purposes of this Standard, an “activity” is any action or meeting involving those registered as members, or those eligible for membership in, Scouts Canada partaking in any gathering for the purposes of Scouting within or outside of Canada.
    2. These include, but are not limited to, all Section, Group, functional and other meetings of any kind operating as Scouts Canada. This would include all Section programming, all Council meetings, all training sessions, all events, all day camps, overnight camps, and all planning sessions for the purposes of Scouting.
  4. Each Council and Group is responsible for ensuring, as much as practical and reasonable, that they are in compliance with Scouts Canada, Federal, Provincial and Municipal Government health and safety restrictions.
  5. The Two-Scouter rule must always be in effect and maintained.
  6. Scouter to Youth ratio must be maintained at all times when conducting in-person Scouting activities.
  7. For ALL Scouting Group & Section in-person activities the following requirements are to be adhered to:
    1. Physical Distancing
      1. All Scouting in-person activities (indoor and outdoor) will be limited to any gathering restrictions of a municipality or province that the activity/gathering is taking place within.
    2. Vulnerable Populations
      1. Adults, Scouters and youth should continue to be aware of their provincial health guidance for ‘Vulnerable Persons", “At-Risk” persons or persons with “underlying conditions, medical and/or behavioural complexities” and take additional risk controls that they determine appropriate.
    3. Cleaning & Hygiene
      1. All Scouting in-person activities (indoor and outdoor) will be conducted following the restrictions of the municipality or province that the activity/gathering is taking place within.
    4. Screening
      1. All Scouting in-person activities (indoor and outdoor) will follow the restrictions of the municipality or province that the activity/gathering is taking place within.
    5. Personal Protective Equipment
      1. All Scouting in-person activities (indoor and outdoor) will follow the restrictions of the municipality or province that the activity/gathering is taking place within.
    6. Emergency Response & Risk Management
      1. All Scouting in-person activities (indoor and outdoor) will follow the requirements detailed in the Adventure Standards and Emergency Management Standards.
    7. Food Provisions
      1. All Scouting in-person activities (indoor and outdoor) will follow the restrictions of the municipality or province that the activity/gathering is taking place within.
    8. Overnight Camping
      1. All Scouting in-person activities (indoor and outdoor) will follow the restrictions of the municipality or province that the activity/gathering is taking place within.
    9. Approvals
      1. The Scouter-in-Charge must complete a Modified Adventure Application Form (“MAAF”) for all activities away from the usual meeting place. This includes Category 1 outdoor activities.
      2. The Group Commissioner may approve one application form for multiple activities in the same location, including multiple days, if they are satisfied that the risk conditions and risk controls are not materially different from the initial discussions, verification and approval.

Review and Improve Cycle

  • This Standard shall be reviewed when a potential local, national or international pandemic is suspected.
  • Subsequent reviews shall be completed every three years, or more frequently as required by regulatory changes, BP&P or identified deficiencies.

Uncontrolled When Printed: When printed, document cannot be guaranteed to have the current information and should be used with caution. This document is marked “uncontrolled” and the user is responsible for determining if the current version is active. To find the most updated version, please refer to Scouts Canada BP&P on Scouts.ca.