The term Activity Leader has taken on two meanings within Scouts Canada. The term used to describe the role of a 14-15 year old youth in a leadership role. (More on that below.) The term now is more often seen in the Respect in Sport for Activities Leaders training, which is designed for all that interact with youth in activity, such as sport coaches and Scouters.
Respect in Sport defines an Activity Leader as anyone who signed up as a volunteer or in a paid position to lead a group of young people.
Scouts Canada no longer uses terms like Activity Leader or Scouter-in-Training for youth in a Scouter role. It no longer makes much distinction between adult and youth Scouters. This can be confusing for those familiar with the old term of Activity Leader and its former meaning. For the sake of reference, the following article explain the former meaning of Activity Leader in Scouts Canada. Reference to BP&P here are likely no longer relevant.
Activity Leaders are youth aged 14-15 that work with the Beaver and Cub sections as a member of the leadership team. It is important they are engaged and empowered to provide leadership in their role. They are not counted towards ratio.
What Activity Leaders Do
Activity Leaders work with Beaver Scout colonies and Cub Scout packs to help deliver programming. They often act as supervisors and mentors and should always have the ability to run their own program elements to supplement weekly meetings. The level of responsibility they have can vary depending on the capability of the person with in the role, however, Activity Leaders should never be take as a "token" members of a section leadership team. Activity Leaders should be invited to all section planning meetings and have their input valued as a part of the team. Activity Leaders should be informed of weekly programming and should be left to choose what activities they wish to bring to the meeting.
Activity Leaders can do things including, but not limited to:
- Running a weekly craft
- Story telling
- Running a game every meeting
- Leading Opening/Closing
- Teaching Youth a song
- Leading hikes or nature walks
- Assisting other leaders in the section
If Activity Leaders are consulted, it is acceptable to have them run program activities they did not bring themselves. It is not acceptable, however, to tell Activity Leaders what to do at every section meeting. Adult section leaders should help Activity Leaders foster their confidence, creativity and leadership skills by allowing Activity Leaders to bring their own ideas and activities to the group's program. As an adult leader in a section with an Activity Leader try to act as a mentor; Activity Leaders are youth and many look towards adults within our movement for guidance. As an Activity Leader, do not be afraid to ask for help in delivering program to your section. If you feel that you are given too much or too little responsibility in delivering program, tell the section leader. If you continue to feel like you have too much/little responsibility after speaking to the section leader, contact your Group Commissioner for assistance.
Taken from the BP&P 4008.2
(iv) Activity Leaders (AL) and Scouters-in-Training (SIT) (See Section 4008.4; 4008.5): Activity leaders and Scouters-in-Training (SIT) are to be encouraged to work with, and be part of the Beaver, Cub and Scout leadership teams. In addition, one or more Wolf Cubs known as Keeo serve as a link between the Beaver and Wolf Cub Sections and to strengthen communications between Beavers and the adult leadership team. Keeo is also a member of the leadership team. In addition, one or more Scouts known as Kim serve as a link between the Wolf Cub and Scout Sections, and to strengthen communications between Cubs and the leadership team. More than one Scout may fill this position at the same time. Kim is also a member of the leadership team.
See end of this Section for Position Description.
Taken from BP&P:
4008.4 – Activity Leaders: (Revised November 2010 ) Activity leaders are registered members, 14 or 15 years old, who work with a Beaver colony or a Wolf Cub pack as part of its leadership team of the Section. Activity leaders assist with the conduct of activities and serve as instructors or helpers as members of the Beaver colony or Wolf Cub pack leadership team. They must be willing to participate in a development program to equip them for the job. As such, AL’s are eligible to take Wood Badge Part I and receive the appropriate recognition.
They are not part of the Scouter to youth ratio.