29th Nepean

Barrhaven, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


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Leader Resources

Become a Scouter

Becoming a leader in scouting can be a very fulfilling and rewarding experience. Most find that the whole experience including training and leadership actually makes them better parents for their own kids.

The following is a list of volunteer job descriptions for each section:

To apply to become a leader, please contact one of our Leaders or our Group Commissioner.

Your First Year

All pre-approved training registration costs will be reembursed upon succesful completion of training.

During your first year as an adult volunteer, you are required to go through:

  1. Recruitment
  2. Screening Process including Police Record Check (PRC) and Volunteer Recruitment and Development (VRAD)
  3. Training:
    • Basic Orientation - Mandatory, Informal, about one hour
    • Gateway Course - Mandatory, one evening
    • Wood Badge Part I Course - mandatory, one weekend or 6 weeks, one night per week
    • Wood Badge Cheklist/Mentorship Section Specific - mandatory, throughout the year
    • First Aid - One weekend, mandatory for Troop and Company leaders

Assuming you continue in the same section for a second year, you will be asked to continue your training by attending the following courses:

  • First Aid (If you don't already have it)
  • Wood Badge Part II Section Specific
  • Wood Badge Cheklist/Mentorship

Subsequently, you will be encouraged to pursue the following courses to further develop your leadership skills as a valued member of your section team:

  • Basic Canoeing
  • Boat Rescue Award Course
  • Lifeguard
  • For those who help others
  • ... and even train to become an instructor


For Leaders, Wood Badge Part I and II refer to the "Basic Program Planning and Delivery" course. Part I of this course must be completed within the leaders first year in a section or they will not be permitted to return in the fall.

For Group Committee members, Wood Badge Part I and II refer to the "For Those Who Help Others" course. It is highly recommended that Part I of this course must be completed within the volunteers first year on the group committee.

If you change section (for example, move up from Cubs to Scouts), you will need to take Wood Badge I again in the new section. However you will only need to take the section specific portion of the course.

You will need only complete your Wood Badge Part I and Part II in a section once. If you go back to that section, you will not need to redo these courses although attending the course as a refresher is recommended.

At least two leaders in each section are required to have their First Aid certification (in case one of the two can't make it to a meeting or outing). Note that First Aid Certification must be renewed every three years.

Your PRC (Police Record Check) must be done every three years.


The following paperwork needs to be filed with and approved by the Group Commissioner at least two weeks prior to each camping/outdoor activity. Application for approval submitted less than two weeks prior to the activity may not be approved in time. Without the approval, the event may not take place.

For a visit, tour or fundraiser:

  • Group Committee must be made aware of the event no later than the most recent Group Committee meeting prior to the activity.
  • Update physical fitness form for each participant
  • Emergency Plan / Action Plan

For an outdoor activity away from the approved meeting place or a camp:

In addition, the following forms may be required:

Other Web Resources


  • GORP - The Greek army was the first to use high-energy snacks. In 150 B.C. supply officer, Philon of Byzantium, made pellets mixed with sesame honey (for protein and carbohydrate), opium poppy (to control hunger pains), and a medicinal root called squill (acting as a stimulant). It probably tasted horrible, but did the trick.

    GORP is the present day camper’s snack of choice and is commonly known as Good Old Raisins and Peanuts. Everything goes – salty, crunchy, sweet or chewy - for this traditional high energy snack. Try adding Smarties, beer nuts, dried cranberries, dried mangoes, banana chips, mini marshmallows, salted pumpkin seeds, corn nuts, pretzels, chocolate-covered coffee beans, Grape Nut cereal, dried and spiced snow peas, or even dried jalapeno peppers.

    How ever you make it though, it’s crucial that the GORP eating etiquette is followed. No “high grading” allowed – that is, choosing only the bits and pieces you like in the GORP bag. Just blindly grab a handful of the entire mixture and munch away.

    from Ontario Parks Insider

  • Dad's Biscuits
  • Over 370 Camping Recipes

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