Move to Scouts Canada Pandemic Stage 5
Effective February 17, 2022, Scouting Groups operating in the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Health Unit, Eastern Ontario Health Unit, and Renfrew County and District Health Unit can operate under Schedule 2, Section 14 of the regulations ("Businesses that provide teaching and instruction").
In-person, indoor and outdoor gatherings are permitted.
When meeting indoors, the total number of participants permitted must be limited to the number that can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person in the space. We encourage you to speak with your meeting location to ensure that you are in compliance with their restrictions and capacity limits. Face coverings and/or masks must be worn at all times.
When meeting outdoors, the total number of participants permitted must be limited to the number of persons who can maintain a physical distance of at least two metres from every other person. Face coverings and/or masks must be worn when distancing cannot be maintained.
We highly encourage the use of Patrols to allow for physical distancing. Patrols are preferred (where possible) to have 8 youth but, if the Section size and ratio complement is needed, Patrols can expand to account for additional youth. For example, if your Section has 20 youth, you can have 2 Patrols of 10 if you only have enough Scouters to support two Patrols.
Camping is permitted; Groups are required to follow the safety guidelines for COVID-19 for camps produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health. Please speak with your Relationship Manager or a member of the CK3 to ensure all restrictions are being followed. Please keep in mind the following:
It is an activity that will work for all intended to attend. All Scouters, youth, and their families should be comfortable with the camping arrangements.
MAAF must be completed for your adventures and must be approved by the Group Commissioner. If the adventure is camping at a Scouts Canada property, the approved MAAF must also be submitted to the Scouts Canada property camp committee or staff member on site (Warden, Ranger, Camp Director).
As per the Provincial Regulations, masks and physical distancing is not required for children attending a day camp or overnight camp. It is recommended, however, that you do ask all attendees to wear masks and distance as much as possible.
Our Scouts Canada Properties team is currently working through the approval process from each local Public Health Unit (PHU) and Public Health Ontario (PHO) in order to allow camping. Please understand that this process will take some time.
Important: the Safety guidelines for COVID-19 for camps produced by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health outline that overnight camping participants must minimize contact outside their household for the 10 days in advance of a camp, and provide written certification that they have done so upon arrival at the camp.
-Geoff Priems, Group Commissioner