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Volunteer Development & Training

As a volunteer with Scouts Canada, you are required to complete basic mandatory training in order to become active and compliant. The following training is required upon registering as a volunteer;

The Next Step - Wood Badge 1

Before you count as ratio and within the first year of being a volunteer, you are also required to complete the full Wood Badge Part I (Milestone WB - MS1) for  your role.

Section and Support Scouters Require - Wood Badge 1 for The Canadian Path

Group Committee Members Require - Wood Badge 1 for Group Committee

Group Commissioners Require - Wood Badge 1 for Group Commissioners

All  manditory training is available on-line through E-learning on the David Huestis Learning Centre, assessible through your account.

Current Additional Training Available


Wood Badge Part 1

Section Specific Workshops training weekend 

Camp Samac Scout Centre, 275 Conlin Rd East, Oshawa, Ontario
11/15/2019 - 7:00pm - 11/17/2019 - 2:00pm

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Enrich your understanding of the Scouting Program by attending section specific sessions incorporated throughout the weekend. Spend time with other Scouters, build relationships, share ideas and challenge each other to find new and exciting program ideas. Our objective is to ensure you are comfortable working with the youth, and you will go away with a bag of program ideas, resources and energy, so you can take on the weekly program with renewed enthusiasm.

  • Hands On Section Specific Learning
  • Ceremonies
  • Path Maps
  • Campfires and Camping
  • Working with Section Aged Youth
  • Program Ideas and Plans
  • Incorporating Youth Led
  • How to Use SPICES
  • Networking and Sharing Opportunities
  • Team Building

CHOOSE YOUR LEARNING PATH:  Colony, Pack, Troop, Company & Crew

FRI NOV 15 - Optional Arrival (Networking); SAT NOV 16 - Program begins at 8:00am; SUN NOV 17 - Program runs until 2:00pm

Course fee $80.00 includes: Indoor Accommodation - Bunks, All Meals, Course Materials

By bringing together a group of Support Scouters, this weekend is designed to help Scouters cover the competencies for Wood Badge I from the Scouter Development Map.

For more information or registration assistance, please contact:  Course Coordinator: Clare Ford  Course Administrator: Brenda Swain 905-410-0758


Wood Badge Part II

White Pine Council Woodbadge 2

Colony, Pack, Troop, Company, Crew, Service Scouter

April 3-5, 2020 (First weekend) May 29-31, 2020 (Second weekend) 

Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Rd E, Oshawa, Ontario

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This training offers you a chance to further increase your knowledge and confidence in the section you are working. As well as developing a detailed plan for your section, you will obtain a wealth of tools and "trick of the trade" to take back and make your section meetings a joy to run. There will be comprehensive skills training. You will connect with dozens of Scouters just like you who will have lots to share and you will make a few friends for life. Once the Wood Badge is completed you will be invited to join a local Gilwell Club and an invitation to attend the annual Gilwellian leaders only camp in the second weekend of September every year.


Youth Training Courses

FOCUS YLT Youth Leadership Training Workshop for Venturer Scouts

December 6-8, 2019  Camp Samac, Oshawa, Arrive 7pm - depart 12pm includes meals, activities and indoor accommodations. $60 

This is a for-youth-by-youth leadership program aimed towards Venturer Scouts, incorporating the new Canadian Path Trail Cards. youth leadership trainingWe invite you to come out and learn about leadership and refine existing skills all while having fun and meeting some new fellow Scouts. 

Specialty Courses

Standard First Aid, CPR-C, AED 

No courses posted at this time


Wilderness First Aid Standard, CPR, AED 

Nov 2-3 (Sat & Sun) - Wilderness First Aid (Oshawa), 8-5 both days, Camp Samac. Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI) Wilderness First Aid Standard/Adult, Child, Infant CPR & AED (16hr) course Bring a lunch and snacks, $175 + HST per person. Contact Terry Fielder for more details.


Quartermaster Advanced with National Food Safety Certification

 April 3-5, 2020 (First weekend) May 29-31, 2020 (Second weekend) 

Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Rd E, Oshawa, Ontario

This two weekend training is for those who handle food for groups large and small. Food safety, portion size, menu planning, shopping and food preparation are covered in depth. As well as developing a detailed plan for your event, you will obtain a wealth of tools and "trick of the trade" to take back and make your guest very happy and satisfied. Topics will include dietary restrictions and accommodation for others. You will connect with dozens of Scouters just like you who will have lots to share. Once the course is completed you will write the Canadian Food Safety Certification test.
Instruction by Derek Lawday, Professor of Culinary Arts at Candore College, and David Franklin, Executive Chef for Sysco.

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Outdoor Skills for Volunteers

October 25-27, 2019

Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Rd E, Oshawa, Ontario

Outdoor activities are essential to Scouting Programs and become enjoyable, effective experiences for adults and youth when the leader possesses some of the essential knowledge and skills for having fun in the outdoors. Leaders taking youth on a hike or to camp find the experience more rewarding when they do so with confidence. The Outdoor Skills program merely defines the knowledge and skills needed to proceed with confidence. All material updated to comply with spring 2019 roll out of the concise B.P.&P. 


Range Line Safety Officer (RLSO) Camp Samac Range

Sat, Dec 7, 2019  9:00am – 12:00pm Archery     1:00pm – 4:00pm Pellets

Sat, Jan 11, 2020  9:00am – 12:00pm Pellets      1:00pm – 4:00pm Archery

Camp Samac Range, 275 Conlin Rd East, Oshawa

 Online Registration (open Nov 1st)

There is still an option for a current RLSO to just write the re-certification exam provided they ran a range last year for a group other than their own. This exam only can occur on either of the two dates above. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Contact Ute Sack


Scouters Con 3

January 18, 2020 - Bowmanville High School, 49 Liberty Street, Bowmanville, Ontario

Join in for a day of workshops, fellowship, vendor exhibits, and luncheon. Keynote speaker for opening,  STEM displays, trading table and lots of networking. 

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Self-Directed Learning

Wood Badge II for Canadian Path Self-Directed Learning Recognition Request
Wood Badge II has been revitalized to incorporate Canadian Path methodology, making it more relevant for today’s Scouters. The new Wood Badge II program allows for self-directed learning, conducted through mentorship and coaching in addition to traditional courses and workshops. The revitalized Wood Badge II framework uses new resources called Scouter Development Cards which can be used to help Volunteers build personal learning plans.
The Scouter Development cards are available at
For more information or to recognition when you have completed all the cards with your mentor(s) visit


Courses Offered By Other Councils

Please check other Councils for additional options for training dates and locations.

Greater Toronto Council 

Central Escarpment Council

Shining Waters Council

Battlefields Council

Voyageur Council


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Wilderness & Disaster First Aid

Sept 21-22 (Sat & Sun) - Wilderness First Aid (Oshawa), 8-5 both days, Camp Samac Training Room, Bring a lunch and snacks, $170 per person. Course coordinator is Steve Lines  Register Now



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