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'''Source''': Non-existence of this policy confirmed by Doug Reid, DNC Program Services: [https://www.facebook.com/groups/scoutscanadagrp/permalink/10150808967030848/ see Facebook post].
 
'''Source''': Non-existence of this policy confirmed by Doug Reid, DNC Program Services: [https://www.facebook.com/groups/scoutscanadagrp/permalink/10150808967030848/ see Facebook post].
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===Beavers in Tents===
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'''Myth''': Beavers can't sleep in tents.
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'''Fact''': Beavers sleeping in tents is covered under Beavers attending a Family Camping event.
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'''Source''': See [http://www2.scouts.ca/dnn/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=7cpzzlNyZmU%3d&tabid=232&mid=599 BP&P 10001.1]
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===Venturer's can't drive to events===
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'''Myth''': Venturer's can't drive to Scouting events, or drive other youth/adults.
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'''Fact''': No such restriction exists. It is the parents responsibility in approving how their child gets to Scouting activities.
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'''Source''': Non-existence of this policy confirmed by Doug Reid, DNC Program Services: [https://www.facebook.com/groups/scoutscanadagrp/permalink/10150808967030848/ see Facebook post].
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===SiTs count as youth===
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Myth: 16 and 17 year old SiTs that have completed Woodbage 1 are still children, and count against a group's 1 leader to 6 youth ratio (that is, they are counted as youth).
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Fact: An SiT who has completed WB1 and been reference checked counts as a LEADER, though a group still required 2 adults (over 18) to be in charge.
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Source: [http://www2.scouts.ca/dnn/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=pRxOGOOl76g%3d&tabid=232&mid=599 BP&P 4008.5]
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===Girls/boys can't go camping without a female/male leader===
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Myth: Girls cannot go camping if an adult female leader is not available to attend camp. Similarly, boys cannot go camping if there is not an adult male leader available to attend camp.
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Fact: It is strongly recommended to have a female leader if female youth are camping (and vice versa), but not required by Scouts Canada policy. This would depend on the wishes of the youth and their parents.
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Source: [http://www2.scouts.ca/dnn/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=pRxOGOOl76g%3d&tabid=232&mid=599 BP&P 4008.6]: "Co-Ed Leadership: Co-ed leadership is strongly recommended for Beaver, Cub, Scout Sections and Venturer companies when they contain both male and female members."

Revision as of 16:43, 15 May 2012

A list of debunked myths, urban legends, and common misconceptions. Links to references are included where applicable.

When in doubt regarding a national policy, contact the relevant member of the National Leadership Team, or the help desk (helpdesk@scouts.ca).

Contents


Friendship Knot

Myth: The friendship knot is not approved for wear on Scouts Canada properties. It may not be used on any day of the week ending in "y", except with written approval from the Chief Commissioner.

Fact: There is no restriction on the use of the friendship knot in place of the woggle. In fact, it is a great casual alternative!

Source: Friendship Knot

The 3 Year Rule

Myth: Volunteers/youth members have 3 years to switch to the new Scouts Canada uniform design introduced in 2011.

Fact: This is not true. There is no mandatory timeline for the transition. You may wear your old uniform until it wears out, should you choose to do so.

Source: Facebook comment by Jessica Page on Facebook Q&A document.

Scouting is for Boys

Myth: Scouting in Canada is only for boys.

Fact: Scouts Canada is fully coed, and has been for over a decade.

Source: Section 3000 of BP&P.

Staff cannot Volunteer

Myth: Professional staff cannot volunteer in any capacity.

Fact: Not true. Staff are allowed and even encouraged to volunteer.

Source:

Sleep in Cars

Myth: Scouters are not allowed to sleep in vechicles at camp.

Fact: There is no such restriction in the BP&P. Scouters are encouraged to use their common sense, and to follow the Duty of Care and other policies regarding the supervision of youth.

Source: Duty of Care

Spouses Sleeping in the same Shelter

Myth: Spouses cannot sleep in the same tent/lodge/shelter.

Fact: There is no such restriction in the BP&P.

Source: Duty of Care Also, non-existence of this policy confirmed by Doug Reid, DNC Program Services: see Facebook post.

Uniform Required for Insurance

Myth: You need to be wearing a piece of uniform in order to covered by Scouts Canada's insurance.

Fact: There is no such restriction in the BP&P.

Source: Non-existence of this policy confirmed by Doug Reid, DNC Program Services: see Facebook post.

Beavers in Tents

Myth: Beavers can't sleep in tents.

Fact: Beavers sleeping in tents is covered under Beavers attending a Family Camping event.

Source: See BP&P 10001.1

Venturer's can't drive to events

Myth: Venturer's can't drive to Scouting events, or drive other youth/adults.

Fact: No such restriction exists. It is the parents responsibility in approving how their child gets to Scouting activities.

Source: Non-existence of this policy confirmed by Doug Reid, DNC Program Services: see Facebook post.

SiTs count as youth

Myth: 16 and 17 year old SiTs that have completed Woodbage 1 are still children, and count against a group's 1 leader to 6 youth ratio (that is, they are counted as youth).

Fact: An SiT who has completed WB1 and been reference checked counts as a LEADER, though a group still required 2 adults (over 18) to be in charge.

Source: BP&P 4008.5

Girls/boys can't go camping without a female/male leader

Myth: Girls cannot go camping if an adult female leader is not available to attend camp. Similarly, boys cannot go camping if there is not an adult male leader available to attend camp.

Fact: It is strongly recommended to have a female leader if female youth are camping (and vice versa), but not required by Scouts Canada policy. This would depend on the wishes of the youth and their parents.

Source: BP&P 4008.6: "Co-Ed Leadership: Co-ed leadership is strongly recommended for Beaver, Cub, Scout Sections and Venturer companies when they contain both male and female members."