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Safety Week

When Scouters center youth and start with “Yes! ... and” trusting them to make responsible choices, they are empowering youth to meet their potential. In Scouts, we believe youth are capable of anything.

Safety Week is about centering the youth’s perspective on achieving awesome adventures with the safety of all in mind.


Submitting Incident reports will get you in trouble


The culture of safety within Scouts Canada is supported by data (those handy incident reports) which are reported after an incident or near miss. Submitting incident reports won't get you in trouble — you'll be helping strengthen the culture of safety! 

The goal of Safety Week will be to highlight some trends from previous years and provide some guidance, tips, best practices, and activities to engage youth to be involved in the planning for the upcoming seasons’ adventures. Afterall, no Adventure is fun if someone gets hurt. 

Spring Safety Week — April 3rd - 8th 2023 : Being Mindful of Concussions

Complacency can be the enemy of safety in any setting, whether at your meeting hall, at camp, or while taking part in an adventure. This leads to a lack of caution or feeling safe. When we become complacent, we tend to assume that everything will be okay. Concussions are the most common injury we see reported during ‘low-risk’ activities. Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury that can occur in common situations, including steam-off games or regular meetings. They are more present during low-risk complacency-prone situations falls.

This Safety Week, we are updating our resources to spread awareness around the prevention and “return to Scouts” before and after a concussion occurs.


Ask the Experts:

Crash Course: Everything You Need to Know About Concussions & the Impact of Complacency during low-risk Scouting activities

Listen to Rover Scout - Kaelem Moniz and our Panel Interview with: -Dr. Jennifer Dawson (PhD. Research Associate, CHEO Research Institute) -Dr. Nick Reed, PhD, MScOT, OT Reg. (Ont.) Knowledge Translation Lead, 360 Concussion Care. Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy University of Toronto - Stephanie Cowle Director, Knowledge Translation- Parachute Canada.

As they discuss NEW ADVICE about "What concussion care is" and "How to Return to Scouting" based on their Project: Living Guideline for Pediatric Concussion Care with the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).


Watch the Video

Updates and New Resources:

In addition to the expert panel interview and as part of our Spring Safety Week, we have co-created two new guides for adults and youth as resources to reference should any of our youth members experience a concussion. These handouts were co-created by Dr. Roger Zemek and Dr. Nick Reed through 360 Concussion Care.

  • Youth
  • Parents and Scouters