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67th Winnipeg Scouting - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When should I register my youth?

The 67th Winnipeg Scout Group tends to have one official registration session each year; usually the second week of September. However, we registrations throughout the year, with a discounted cost for registrations received after February 1.
 

Do I need to provide medical information for my child? For each event?

Parents are required to ensure that the leaders have up-to-date medical information.  This information is requested on the annual registration form (officially called the “Program Participant Enrolment Form”). Normally, information is provided on this form at the time of registration for the Scouting year (usually September).  The form is then updated whenever information changes.
 

Are registration forms available on-line?


Annual registration forms are available on-line.  Try following this link on the Scouts Canada website  http://www.scouts.ca/sites/default/files/mem-reg-youth.pdf  Scouts Canada has great plans for actual on-line registration.  As of Fall 2012, the system is quite wonky.  We shall see ...

On-line registration is not available.  Forms must be filled out and signed each year.  For returning members, typically a pre-printed form will be made available (with partial information such as name, address, date-of-birth already printed) to speed the process of form completion.  Completed, signed forms (with payment) must be submitted to the group leadership or to the Scouts Canada administrative centre (395 Stafford St, Winnipeg).

How much does the program cost?


Registration fees are set annually by the 67th Winnipeg Group Committee.  The September registration fee for the 2010 / 2011 Scouting session was set at $160 per youth (discounted to $80 for those registering after February 1).  All of this money is remitted to Scouts Canada.  Additional costs of operating our program are provided entirely through fundraising, dues and fees for specific events, such as camps.  Operating costs include leader registration fees, training, fees for use of special facilities, camp equipment and supplies, storage and other small expenses related to helping our sections run successful programs.
 

Are there other costs?


The individual “sections” (e.g., Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts) will collect “dues” which are used to fund the purchase of various supplies used toward the youth meetings, as well as special events.  Typically, camps are an additional cost, although fundraising activities usually allow us to offset partial costs of camps.  Sometimes there are other activities planned that will require an additional fee, if the group has to incur significant cost to hold the activity.
 

What are the requirements for joining?


Anybody - male or female - between the ages of 5 and 26 can become a youth member. There are five different age levels: Beavers Scout is for children aged 5 - 7; Cub Scouts for those aged 8 - 10; Scouts for those aged 11 - 14; Venturer Scouts for youth aged 14 - 17, and; Rover Scouts for adults aged 18 - 26.  Adult members are welcome as well, as leaders or parent volunteers.
 

What do youth do in Scouting?

In Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts, the program is built around variety of games, crafts, music, story-telling and play acting, all of which centre around the outdoors. Starting in Cub Scouts, there is a focus on self-directed achievement (badge work).  In Scouts, a more rugged array of outdoor and environmental activities are introduced and Scouts are given the opportunity to enhance their leadership and citizenship skills. In the sections for older youth (Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts), the youth themselves are responsible for planning and carrying out their own program, based on their interests.  So, the sky is the limit!

Scout sections hold a weekly meeting, lasting from one to two hours depending on the age group, as well as outdoor activities whenever possible. These can include field trips, tours, camping, hiking, and outdoor challenges. Even Beaver Scouts can expect to have at least one adventuresome outing during the year.

What do youth do at a typical meeting?


A regular meeting in the church will usually include a beginning routine or ceremony, and a variety of activities that include learning new skills, crafts, and games.
 

How long does the program run?


67th Winnipeg youth meetings typically commence in mid-to-late September and finish at the end of April (for Beaver Scouts) and mid-to-late June for the other sections.  Youth meetings are typically not held over the Christmas holiday break, March Break, and statutory holidays.  Beaver Scout meetings are one hour in duration, Cub Scout meetings are 1½ hours in length, and Scout meetings run for two hours.
 

What regular events and activities for youth make up the Scouting 'year'?

 
Although the Scouting 'year' runs September to August, sections only have regular meetings and outings starting in September and ending between April and June, excluding Christmas break and spring break.  There is typically a fall camping opportunity each year, and a few all-section activities, such as a Christmas party, church parade, potluck dinner and youth move-up (kind of like graduation) celebration.

Some sections may attend a summer camp such as a Jamboree during the summer months.  Individual youth may also have opportunities to participate in summer programs, such as ScoutLook and Quest.  Visit the section sites for more information.

Is Scouting an activity that qualifies toward the “Child Fitness Tax Credit”?


Registration fees should be eligible for the Child Fitness Tax Credit.  Unfortunately dues, special activity and camp expenses are not.
 

Why don’t all groups charge the same registration fee?


All Groups in Manitoba must pay the same $160 per member to Scouts Canada, However the individual budgets (expenses and fundraising offsets) of each Group dictate how much money they require to pay for their program.  Our Group pays Scouts Canada  for each leader registration, so that volunteers do not have to pay to join the group in addition to donating their time and effort to provide programming for our youth members.
 

Is Scouting a co-ed program?

Yes, the Scouting program is available to boys and girls, men and women.
 

Do parents have to join?


Scouting is a family-oriented program, and parent participation and support is critical to its success.  We are always in need of new leaders, as volunteer parents often tend to move up within the program with their children.  Volunteers are needed as well to fill positions on the Group Committee.  These positions are ideal for those who want to get involved in the program but do not think that becoming a leader is a good fit for them.

Also, parent involvement tends to be a little more intense during the operation of our group Christmas tree lot, as we rely on parent volunteers to staff the lot.

Do I have to sell trees?  December is such a busy time of year!


Yes.  We all find the lead up to Christmas a hectic time.  However, we have found that this is the best time to sell trees.  Demand drops off considerably after Christmas.
 

How can parents get involved?


Scouting is a family affair! The majority of our adult volunteers are parents of youth members. You can get involved in many different ways.  Becoming a leader, assisting in transportation, tracking finances, or managing group gear are just a few of the ways.
 

How do I become a leader?


Adults who wish to join the program must fill out a Scouts Canada Adult Member Application form, and obtain a Police Record Check (cost will be reimbursed by the Group).  You will find more information on the record check on Manitoba Council page at 
www.mb.scouts.ca http://www.scouts.ca/dnn/Default.aspx?alias=www.scouts.ca/dnn/man

Scouts Canada has a mandatory training curriculum for our volunteer leaders which is imperative to provide you with both the “tools to do the job” and assist with risk management within the activities of the Scouting program.  It available as a short (day-and-a half) course, or online course, called Woodbadge I.  The online course can be taken any time.  The classroom course is typically held on a weekend, and offered a few times a year.  Other, advanced, training opportunities are available as well.

What is the adult to youth ratio?


For Beaver Scouts, it is one adult for every five youth, for Cub Scouts and Scouts, it is one adult for every six youth.  If there are not sufficient leaders available, meetings can be cancelled as it is against Scouts Canada’s policies with regard to risk management to hold meetings without sufficient leaders.
 

Are uniforms required?


Each youth member and adult leader must have a uniform.  Uniforms are available for purchase at the Scout Shop on Autumnwood Boulevard in Winnipeg.  Beaver Scouts require a brown Beaver vest and Beaver hat, Cub Scouts and Scouts require the tan uniform shirt and badge sash appropriate for their section.  Neckerchiefs (in a colour scheme unique to our group) are made by parent volunteers and provided to new members at the time of their investiture.  An on-line version of the Scout Shop catalogue can be found at:
http://www.scoutshop.ca/?page=store_locator_manitoba_en.html
 

What is the cost for a youth uniform?

The uniform for Beaver Scouts consists of the vest and hat. For older section, the minimum is a collared shirt, with various colours and styles for each section. Please consult the Scout Shop Catalogue at http://www.scoutshop.ca/?page=store_locator_manitoba_en.html

67th Winnipeg Scout Group provides a neckerchief and a woggle (neckerchief slide) without charge to each member. Replacements are provided at cost.

Do we have to fundraise?

In a word, “Yes.”  However, fundraising can be fun, you see.

Fundraising activities are conducted a few times during the program year, and provide most of the money used to run our programs.  The annual registration fee goes directly to Scouts Canada and is not retained locally by our Group.  67th Winnipeg Scout Group typically participates in three main fundraising activities, two of which are overseen by Scouts Canada (Scout Popcorn sales and Scoutrees).  All youth members are expected to participate in the Scoutrees fundraising.  Popcorn sales are optional.  However, in many cases, proceeds from sales will be used to directly offset expenses at the section level or even the individual level (e.g.., the more popcorn I sell, the less it will cost me to attend a Jamboree, or other special outing)

The third major fundraising activity is the operation of the 67th Winnipeg Scout Group Christmas Tree lot at River Heights Community Centre (typically for about a month leading up to Christmas).  Each family involved in Scouting is expected to serve three shifts (two to three hours in duration) during that month).  Additionally, we request volunteers to assist in tree lot set-up, tree unloading and tree-lot clean up.  This is a very important fundraiser and serves to keep the costs of camps and other activities as low as possible.

Why do we sell Christmas trees?


Proceeds from the sale of Christmas trees go a long way toward covering the cost of group operations, without charging additional fees to parents.  And, besides, we have many repeat customers who depend on us to supply them with that perfect tree.  And, besides, selling trees is a great way to get some exercise and meet other parents.  And, besides, selling trees is fun.
 

Why do we have such Tree-Mendous prices on our Christmas trees?


Scouting is a community-oriented program, and selling trees is as much about engaging our local community as it is about raising funds for the group.  We are very grateful to our friends and neighbours for supporting our program, and try to reward them by keeping tree prices as low as possible.
 

How long have we been selling Christmas trees?


Our tree lot has been operating each year since 1965.
 

Do parents have to go camping?

A parent must accompany each youth to camp at the Beaver Scout level of the program.  At the Cub Scout and Scout levels of the program parental participation is not mandatory at camps.  However parents are welcome to attend (particularly if their child has special needs or health issues that would benefit from parental attention).  Going to camp with your youth will provide many great memories for the years to come.
 

Do I have to buy a tent and camping equipment for my child to camp?


The 67th Winnipeg Scout Group is fortunate enough to have accumulated a good inventory of camping equipment, so typically all a child needs to bring to camp are personal items such as bedding (sleeping bag and pillow), unbreakable dishes, weather-appropriate clothing and a flashlight!  Leaders will provide a gear list for packing purposes prior to holding a camp.

How often do the youth camp?


At the Beaver Scout level, this depends upon the leadership team but definitely once at the end of the program year.  At the Cub Scout level of program, there are usually three to four camps per year, and Scouts may camp more than four times a year.
 

Can you give me more background on the Scouting Movement?


Scouting all started with Lord Robert Baden-Powell, a British Army officer who served in South Africa during the Boer War. During the war he had discovered that boys could be relied upon for things like delivering messages, and "scouting" around, making detailed observations to see what the enemy was up to.
A training manual he had used with his soldiers, he later adapted for use with boys.  After this "Scouting for Boys" was published, many young men purchased the book, wishing to learn the techniques he taught.  The Scouting movement soon began to spread across the world, taking on a life of its own without much direct effort from the Founder.  Scouting in Canada began in 1907.

Much detail about the life of Baden-Powell can be found at http://pinetreeweb.com/B-P.htm.
Scouting is as much about character and personal development as it is about learning scoutcraft and outdoor skills. Since November 1998 it has been completely co-educational in Canada, offering the same opportunities to female and male members, at all youth levels from Beaver Scouts (5 to 7 years of age) to Rover Scouts (18 to 26) and to adult leaders.
Globally, more than 28 million youth and adults, boys and girls, now take part in Scouting programs in 155 countries and territories worldwide.
 

How does the -67th Winnipeg Scout Group fit into the world of Scouting?

Our group (which consists of five youth "sections") is one of a handful of Scout groups in the Pembina Trails service area (south-west Winnipeg). 
 
Pembina trails is, in turn, one of seven service areas under the Manitoba Council of Scouts Canada.  Scouts Canada is a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement http://scout.org/.
With 28 million members worldwide, Scouting is the world's largest youth movement.
 

What practices and methods are used in Scouting?


Scouts Canada employs a system of progressive self-education which includes the following
practices and methods:
• commitment to the values in a Promise and Law,
• learning by doing,
• membership in small groups,
• progressive and stimulating contemporary programs,
• commitment to the values of doing one's best, contributing to the community, respecting
and caring for others, contributing as a family member,
• relevant through youth and young adult engagement,
• use of outdoor activities as a key learning resource.
 

What if I still have other questions?


If you still have other questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.  Also, you will find more questions and answers on the Scouts Canada page at
http://scouts.ca/dnn/AboutUs/FAQs/tabid/345/Default.aspx

For general information about the Scouting program, please see the Scouts Canada website at www.scouts.ca.

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