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Safety Equipment Standards


Safety equipment is a special category of equipment that requires extra attention and, in some cases, may be covered by regulations or require that the responsible Scouter have additional training or certifications.


Our Standards

  1. Scouters are responsible for:
    1. Verifying the required safety equipment, including gloves, eyewear, and safety harnesses, for each activity
    2. Ensuring that all participants (youth, Scouters, parents, other adults) use the safety equipment
  2. Helmets – Everyone (youth and adult) must wear a helmet appropriate for the activity when participating in the following:
    1. Cycling, skating, rock climbing, skateboarding, skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and ziplining.
    2. All activities in which there is the potential for an incident that could lead to a serious head injury.
  3. Life jackets and personal floatation devices (PFD’s) – All persons engaged in boating activity, including rowing, canoeing, sailing, boardsailing, paddle boarding, motor boating, waterskiing, rafting, tubing, and kayaking, must wear properly fitted Transport Canada-approved life jackets or personal floatation devices.

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