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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 

Camp Samac, 275 Conlin Rd E, Oshawa, Ontario
COURSE DATE: November 17-18, 2018:  
Register by : Oct 30th. No Walk-Ins 
Instruction will take place Saturday and Sunday
$80.00 Fees include course materials, meals, snacks and indoor accommodations on bunk beds.
Download the flyer. 

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

Venturer Rover Expedition Leader Workshop - the Canadian Path

Saturday January 19, 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at Bowmanville High School, 49 Liberty St N, Bowmanville, ON L1C 2L8. The cost to attend is $18 (includes lunch).

Owasco, Whitby & Oshawa Areas is offering an Expedition Leader training course, open to all Venturer and Rover aged members. It is for all youth currently serving as an Expedition Leader or considering a position but need more information. You will learn the skills necessary to organize and run a high performing Venturer Company/Rover Crew and special events or trips, etc. The training will be held with social time built in to the schedule to share ideas and network with other Venturer Companies, Rover Crews and their members.

Link to Venturer/Rover Expedition Leader Workshop for more details.

Register online:


FOCUS Workshop for Venturer Scouts

December 7-9, 2018  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

November 22 & 23, 2018.  Cost: $135 + HST (minimum class size is 6). Location:  Bowmanville. 8:00am – 5:00pm both days.  Pre-requisite: none. All instructors are certified and have vast field experience

Register at or contact 905-995-0224.


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 


CPR Recertification:

Starting mid November, 2018.  Every Wednesday (Bowmanville).  $30 + HST. All instructors are certified and have vast field experience. 4 Classes/day (9am, 11am, 1pm or 3pm)

Register at or contact 905-995-0224.  


Range Line Safety Officer (RLSO) Camp Samac Range

Saturday, December 8th 

  9:00am – 12:00pm Archery     1:00pm – 4:00pm Pellets

Saturday, January 12th

  9:00am – 12:00pm Pellets      1:00pm – 4:00pm Archery

Online registration 

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 19, 2019 - Bowmanville High School, 49 Liberty Street, Bowmanville, Ontario

Join in for a day of workshops and fellowship, vendor exhibits, luncheon.

Registration open soon. 

Calling for workshop proposals

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

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.
Flyer is attached direct link is


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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