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Becoming A Volunteer Scout Leader

If you are interested in:

  • The outdoors
  • Gaining new leadership skills
  • Making new friends


  • Spending quality time with your children

Then becoming a volunteer leader with the Scouts Canada is the place for you!

Why a Scout leader?

Scouts Canada is the largest youth movement in the world developing global citizens and capable leaders of tomorrow. Many of today's successful leaders in political business technological entertainment and other realms have been involved in Scouting as youth. We offer valuable leadership educational and inspirational opportunities in a fun and adventurous environment.

How does Scouting benefit my children and other youth?

Scouting volunteers have provided generations of Canadian youth with a first opportunity to sleep in a tent, to experience leadership and to build self-reliance and self-confidence. Volunteer dedication, resourcefulness and enthusiasm are vital to Scouting.

How can Scouting benefit volunteer leaders?

Many people are looking for ways to develop skills that help them achieve personal and professional goals. Scouting has a long tradition of providing such opportunities.

Professionally Benficial Experiences

  • A fully trained leader completes thorough online and experiential learning in understanding youth, program planning, leadership and risk management
  • Scouting offers many opportunities to develop marketing, communication, financial management and fundraising skills
  • Volunteer as a leader for younger sections or for service projects
  • Achieve Awards Recognized by Schools: Queen's Venturer Award; the Duke of Edinburgh's Award
  • Network with company employers at social events
  • Scouts Canada also offers excellent volunteer development courses

International Human Rights Awareness & Humanitarian Projects

  • Emphasis on diversity and building of solidarity with underprivileged countries
  • Learn about the global force and impact of the Scouting movement
  • Connect with members from a worldwide youth movement

Personal Development

  • Engage in personal spiritual discovery
  • Explore duty to self to country and to others

Environmental Sustainability and Outdoor Exploration

  • Explore the wilderness by going on camps and expeditions (backpacking kayaking rafting canoeing mountain climbing biking etc.)
  • Test and build your outdoor skills and wilderness survival skills
  • Participate in an award-winning climate change program

If you are interested in any of the opportunities enjoy working with children and youth enjoy the outdoors and meeting new friends then become a leader today!

Contact our office at 604-879-5721 (in Vancouver) or 1-888-Scouts-Now (726-8876) to inquire about leadership opportunities in a Scout Group.


4 Simple Steps to Becoming a Leader (Registration and Screening)

1. Contact us a volunteer in you Area for the Be a Leader Form.

  • Determining a suitable time and convenient location as well as deciding on which age group that you are comfortable teaching is the first step to becoming a leader.

2. Fill out the Volunteer Registration Form here and submit it to your Group Registrar or the Scout Office along with three references and the registration fee.

  • The registration form provides us with your contact information and places you into a specific Scout Group.
  • The registration fee may be subsidized in whole or in part by your Group Committee the administrators of your Scout Group.
  • Your three references will be contacted by members of the Group Committee.

3. Schedule and complete an interview with your Group Commissioner.

  • This step like a standard job interview allows the leader in charge of the Scout Group to know you better and help you set out your goals and expectations as you prepare to become a leader.

4. Complete a Police Record Check(PRC) by either (A) going to your local city police department office or RCMP office or (B) using Backcheck.

  • Print out the PRC letter, fill out the form and bring it to your city's police department along with the record check fee (varies with different cities).
  • After your screening is complete the police station will mail you a form and letter which you have to submit to the Scout Office to complete your leadership registration.
  • Notify your Group Commissioner or Group Registrar once this step is complete so that they can update the online database.


Scouts Canada, the country’s leading youth organization, offers challenging programs for boys, girls and youth age 5-26 in thousands of individual groups in most cities and towns across Canada.

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