New Scouter Reference Page

This is the “go to” source of information on initial steps to be taken to become a Scouter in the 1st Kanata Scout Group.

New Scouter Registration Checklist:

  • Say Hello before going any further.  Please contact Group Commissioner at GC@1stKanataScouts.org prior to registering. 
    • The GC will be able to give you some background information and answer any questions you may have.
    • You should also receive a copy of the New Scouter Welcome Kit  - also available on-line: New Scouter Welcome Kit (NSWK)
  • Register.   You can register online at MyScouts.ca
    • You may already have a MyScouts account for your child, if so use that; we need to make sure that a duplicate account is not created.
    • If you are registering as a Scouter and your child was registered in an account created by your spouse, please contact the  Group Registrar before going any further.
    • If you do not already have an account through a registered child, you will need to create a new account.  
    • If you have any difficulties logging in or registering, please contact the Group Registrar.
    • Verify your (and your family) information is accurate; you can update some of your own information on-line.  Let the registrar know if you require other changes.
  • Reference Checks.
    • As part of the registration process, you will be asked for the details of 5 references (only 1 can be family / relation).
    • Reference checks are normally complete within a few days of submitting your registration.
  • PRC VSS.  Arrange for a Police Record Check (PRC) Vulnerable Sector - DO THIS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
    • The  Group Registrar  will send you the PRC form and Volunteer Fee Waiver Letter.
    • Take form and Letter and supporting documentation to a local Police Station (211 Huntmar Drive is our closest) or to the Police Admin Centre (2670 Queensview Drive).
    • If your Date of Birth / gender match an offender within the RCMP database, you may be required to take a trip to Ottawa Police HQ, 160 Elgin, for fingerprint identification (disproving from database match).
    • You can track processing times here.  Please get your PRC form in as early as possible; as Summer progresses, processing times can be up to 2 months.
    • When you get your stamped PRC back from Police to Scouter then please send to Group Registrar; we need to take the original form into Scouts Canada HQ; you will get the original back.
  • Interview.   The Group Commissioner will arrange an Interview with you; 
    • There will be another scouter in the interview too - probably the Lead Scouter from the Section you are applying to join.
    • Interviews are in-person and take about an hour -its an opportunity for us to get to know you and for you to find out more about scouting.
  • Initial Training.  Initial Training is available on-line through your MyScouts account.  You will be working towards your WoodBadge 1 - you need Module 1 (of 5) completed before you can become a Scouter.   Here's what to do:
    • Go into your MyScouts account and on the left you will see:  DAVID HUESTIS Learning Centre - click on that.
    • You will see a tab that says 'Volunteer Ready' - select that.
    • There are 7 sessions there that form Module 1 of your WoodBadge 1 (which is the initial Scouter Training)
    • Module 1 is general and is applicable to all Program Levels (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Group), Modules 2 to 5 are specific to a particular Program Level.
    • There is often an option to do Woodbadge 1 in person; but you will still need to have completed Module 1 on-line first.
  • Code of Conduct.  You will need to sign the Code of Conduct each and every year.  Usually, you will be able to do this on-line when you first go into MyScouts.   You can also sign a paper copy here.   Please make sure you have done this prior to your interview - it will form part of our discussion.
  • Approval.  Once you have worked through all those steps, Voyageur Council should approve you.   Once you are approved, you may wear a red shirt (keep your receipt) and join a meeting as a scouter.   Now the learning adventure really starts.

Continue Learning
  • The best place and time to learn about being a scouter is by actually doing the role.
  • You will have to have done all 5 Modules within the Woodbadge 1 before you count for ratio; Modules 2 to 5 are specific you the Program Level you are in (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Group); there are opportunities to do the full WB 1 in person.  Check here for any available courses - you will need to create a separate log-in to use this training site.  You HAVE to complete the whole of WB1 within your first year as a Scouter - we recommend you do it as soon as possible.
  • You will also be given an' activity check list'; this is a list of all the activities that you as a scouter should undertake as you develop your skills as a scouter.  Remember, one of the key tenets of scouting is 'learning by doing'; so please set a good example to the scouts in your charge.
  • Make use of all the other scouters - they have a lot of knowledge between them.  Not only the scouters in your section, but the other Sections and Group too.
  • Browse the Scouter's resources applicable for your section online at scouts.ca (Scouter's tab)
  • Download and read the section specific Leader Handbook online at scouts.ca (Scouter's tab)
  • First Aid.   We encourage all Scouters to have current First Aid certification.  The first Scouter per section is currently paid for by Carleton Area funds.  Additional Scouters are reimbursed by 1st Kanata Group.  If you can get training through your work, even better.
  • Other Courses.  Voyageur Council run a wide variety of courses to help you develop your skills as a Scouter; the in-person training schedule (WB1, First Aid and all other courses) under Voyageur Council can be found here:  http://www.voyageur.scouts.ca:8080/   In general, all approved training is reimbursed by 1st Kanata Group.  If you have a particular interest, please bring it to our attention.

Investiture
  • At some, you will be officially welcomed to the Section and Group by means of an investiture ceremony - here you will be presented with a 1st Kanata Scout Group Necker.  You will also be given a Program Level woggle.
  • Once you have completed the full WoodBadge 1, you will receive a Leather woven woggle; now is the time to submit a copy of your uniform receipt to your Section Scouter for reimbursement by the Group Committee.


Woodbadge 1 - Modules 2 to 5  

      • Go into your MyScouts Account
      • Select David Huestis Training on Left
      • In the Red Bar of options upper / right you will see Course Catalogue - click on that
      • Fill in the search criteria as follows:
        • Subject: Scouts Canada Training
        • Topic: Beavers/Cubs/Scouts/Venturers/Group
        • Items: 20
        • Language:  English (or French)
      • Leave the other options on default and then select Search.  All the modules and packages will show up in red below.  
      • Use Request Package rather than selecting individual modules. They should appear in your original My Learning Gateway page.
      • Work through them  - and ask questions as you go.

General Information - You need to know this:

a)      Section: You belong to a ( Section ) at one of 5 - Program Levels:  

      • (Colony A or B) - Beavers
      • (Cobra or Lynx Packs) - Cubs
      • (Troop) - Scouts 
      • (Company) - Venturers 
      • Group

b)      1st Kanata Scout Group: The 1st Kanata Scout Group www.1stKanataScouts.org is responsible for the overall Scouting Program across all our sections and their Program Levels.  The Group Committee comprises:

      • Group Commissioner
      • Group Registrar
      • Group Treasurer
      • Quarter Master
      • Group Scouter
      • Fundraising / Event Coordinator
      • Lead Scouter from each section

 The Group Committee meets monthly (usually the 2nd Tuesday of each month) at the Beaverbrook Community Centre.  The Kanata Beaverbrook Community Association (KBCA) has been our sponsor since 1966 when we received our very first Charter..

c)       Carleton Area comprises 11 Groups situated in and around Kanata, Glen Cairn, Stittesville and Dunrobin.  The Carleton Area Team (CAT) comprises the 11 Group Commissioners, Service Scouters and the Area Commissioner and they meet monthly.  The Area conducts large events such as the Whitetail Sleepover, Winter Beaveree/Cuberee, Klondike Derby and the May Camporee.  

d)      Voyageur Council is one of 20 Councils across Canada and is located in the same building as Scouts Canada National HQ, on Baseline Road (Scout Shop).  The Council operates specific programs and also provides the Events and Training coordination across the greater Areas. The Council staff we interact with are part of Eastern & Northern Ontario Service Scouting Centre (ENOSSC) and also serve 2 other Councils.  http://voy.scouts.ca

e)      Scouts Canada has it's National office on Baseline Rd. oversees the Scouting Program in Canada.  This is the source for all official Canada-wide documentation (i.e. policies and forms) and program material.  www.scouts.ca


Program Resources:  There is a wealth of resources available at the National site, under the Scouter’s banner: http://www.scouts.ca/ca/scouters of particular interest is the Leaders Handbook and the Jumpstart programs.  The New Scouter Welcome Kit is also a source of information pertaining to the Program elements necessary for a complete program.  Our Group Scouter, Michael Goldthorp (michael.goldthorp@1stkanatascouts.org) is your go-to person for any Program planning and delivery questions.

 

Questions? Contact your section Scouter or the Group Commissioner or the Group Registrar for any assistance.

Thank you for stepping forward and contributing to the 1st Kanata Scout Group Program  - without you, there is no scouting.

Yours in Scouting,

Graham Birkenhead

1st Kanata Group Commissioner