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It's no longer a requirement that parents accompany Beaver Scouts on camps and other overnight excursions!

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Ken is rejoined by Hawkeye to talk about how taking Beaver Scouts (the youngest section within Scouts Canada, comprised of youth between the ages of 5 and 7) camping has changed in recent years. Before about 2014, it was mandatory that parents accompany their Beaver Scouts on camping excursions, but that requirement was lifted ahead of the new Canadian Path program being ushered in. Now, as long as the proper ratio of youth to Scouters is maintained, Beaver Scouts can go on camps — even outdoors — without needing to be accompanied by their parents. This can present some challenges, to be sure, but it also gives youth tremendous opportunities to demonstrate personal growth and leadership.

See also: Beaver Scout Camping, a booklet prepared by Scouts Canada for the 40th anniversary of Beaver Scouting.

Shout-Outs

We'd like to give a shout-out to the planning team of the 2017 Alberta Beaveree, both for putting together an excellent camp, and for their resilience and ingenuity in the face of inclement weather.

And we'd like to give a shout out to our fellow Scouter, Rainbow, who has recently become a listener!

And as always, a big thank you to the folks at Scouting Radio for rebroadcasting Scouting Stuff episodes to their worldwide Scouting audience. If you're listening to us on Scouting Radio right now, let us know; reach out and get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

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