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Helping Youth Meet Their Potential
Helping Youth Meet Their Potential

When an adult volunteers to become a Leader they are, at first, unfamiliar with the role and responsibility placed on them. After a few meetings with their section and discussions with previous experienced Leaders, new Leaders come to realize the vast and rewarding fulfillment that they undergo during the season. The youth have learned to respect their leaders, realizing that here are adults who believe in them. Quite often you remember the times that youth from their section had set a goal and achieved it with their guidance, the look of determination while at camp to fulfill all the duties, you will remember the feeling of pride as youth from their section advance up to the next section. Although at times it seems like hard work nowhere and from no other position, can you receive such a good feeling.
It is realized that Leadership is one of the most important functions in the Scouts Canada movement. With this in mind training programs are available through the Council. Achievement awards have also been set through the Council. Having the Area Service Team along with your Group Committee support, no Leader ever needs to feel he is doing it alone.

This position requires you to spend time with your section. You can expect to spend 12-14 hours per month on Scouting Activities. There are weekly meetings with the youth as well as extra weekend type activities such as a hike, camp etc. You also need to be prepared to meet with your leadership team and prepare and plan your weekly and extra activities. And of course there are your training times. It is required that each Leader take several training courses before they start as well as the "Woodbadge I" course in your first year to help you with your duties. At least one leader from each section is required to attend the monthly Group Committee meetings to report on the section's activities. Having been a leader for a very long time, may I say, "you and the youth you work with, only get out of Scouting what you have put into it."  

Leaders Also Have Fun!
Leaders Also Have Fun!!!!!

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Scouter's Responsibilities

A Scouter has responsibility to the youth to:

  • respect their rights as individuals
  • see that they find much that they joined for, in the program
  • see that they participate in stimulating activities
  • foster goodwill among them and the other Scouters
  • increase his ability as a Scouter through whatever training means available

Teaching New Skills
Teaching New Skills

A Scouter has responsibilities to parents to:
  • look after health and safety (not just physical) of their youth while in their care
  • keep them informed about activities and their youth's progress
  • to maintain good relationships with them

A Scouter has responsibility to sponsoring body to:

  • carry out its intent in sponsoring Scouting
  • to keep it informed of activities, requirements and progress
  • to maintain good relationships with it

A Scouter has responsibility to Scouts Canada to:

  • exemplify its principles
  • see that the intent of the program is carried to the boys with whom they work
  • maintain a good relationship and communication with the organization through appropriate means
  • maintain the code of conduct as outlined in Scouts Canada's Code of Conduct document

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Photo Credit: 1 - SNAP Burlington; 2 - 15th Strathcona Beavers; All Others - Scouter Bill Kowalchyk

Page last revised Sunday July 22, 2012.