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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


Section Specific Workshops

Section Specific Skills Workshop 

See Scouters Conference for great learing opportunities

Commissoner's Orientation Workshop

March 23, 2019 8:00 - 8:00, Port Perry Scout Hall, 15585 Simcoe St North, Port Perry, ON  $10.00 - includes: Full day of workshops on Saturday, Lunch, Dinner and snacks; Informal Campfire & networking

Who Should Attend:

  • Youth and/or Scouters with the title “Commissioner” in their Scouting Role.
  • Sr. Youth, Scouters and/or Volunteer wishing to pursue a role on their Group Committee, on their Area Team, or on their Council team

Workshop Topics will include:

  • Empowering Youth Leadership
  • Canadian Path & Program Quality
  • The Role of the Group/Area/Council Commissioner
  • Risk Management
  • (how to)
  • New Scouter Orientation
  • How to run a successful meeting
  • Changes to the Volunteer Development
  • Fun Teambuilding
  • Dealing with Difficult People / Conducting Difficult Conversations

Link to more details


Wood Badge Part II

White Pine Council Woodbadge 2

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

April 12-14, 2019 (First weekend) May 31-Jun 2, 2019 (Second weekend) 

Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Rd E, Oshawa, Ontario

Link to full details:

Download the Flyer

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. 

Register online: Link to details at


Specialty Courses

Outdoor Skills for Volunteers

(March, 2019)  to be determined


Standard First Aid, CPR-C, AED St John Ambulance

February 9-10, 2019.  Cost: $100 (minimum class size is 8).

Camp Samac Admin Building, 1711 Simcoe St North, Oshawa.

8:30am – 5:00pm both days.

Register at or contact Gwen Thornton 


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

 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. 

Link to more details:


Wilderness First Aid Course

March 1-3, 2019 Buckhorn Community Centre, Buckhorn, ON  Cost: $190.00 (includes Course, Indoor/Outdoor Scenarios, Accommodation and Meals). This is the same course that is taught to the MedVents and comes with certification from a recognized organization.  Course runs from 7PM on Friday night through to Noon on the Sunday.  Prerequisite: Standard First Aid. All instructors are certified and have vast field experience.

Register at or contact 905-995-0224


Quartermaster Advanced with National Food Safety Certification

 April 12-14, 2019 (First weekend) May 31-Jun 2, 2019 (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.

Link to full details:



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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