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Scouting During COVID

POSTED FEB 11, 2022


In response to the Government of Alberta’s announcement, both Chinook Council and Northern Lights Council will be moving to the Scouting Stage 5 Pandemic Standard. This change does not have an impact on Scouts Canada’s Vaccine Mandate. The mandate remains in effect and full details can be viewed here.

The use of mandatory face coverings indoors for youth 12 and under, still remains in place as part of the Government’s updated public health measures until February 14th. The full details can be found here.

Controls, including the use of mandatory face coverings indoors, remain in place as part of the Government’s updated public health measures. We recommend physical distancing in areas of congestion, both indoors and outdoors. For indoor activities, there is a government requirement to screen for symptoms. We are reviewing these details and more information will follow. For now, the screening tools are still required as per the Provincial Order, the checklist we recommend is the Alberta Government Daily Checklist.

We will be reviewing all our measures to determine if any additional steps must be taken to ensure the safety of our youth and Scouters.

For now, it’s time to open your groups and get out on an adventure. We strongly encourage you to partner with your relationship manager. They will be calling you to chat about your next adventure, what that looks like, and how they can best support you to get out safely, have fun, and enjoy all that scouting has to offer.


NLC & Chinook Council Key 3's


  1. Alberta Government guidelines on the Guidance for activities for youth under 11
  2. Scouts Canada Stage 5 Pandemic Program & Activity Modifications — STAGE 5
  3. Scouts Canda Vaccine FAQ

Welcome to Northern Lights Council

Discover skills, friendships & adventures you just won’t find anywhere else.

The Northern Lights Council serves Northwest Territories and Alberta, as far south as 20km south of Red Deer, carrying out Scouts Canada’s mission of developing well-rounded youth prepared to make the world a better place. Our programs provide significant value, run year-round, and offer adventures that Scouts remember for a lifetime!

We support Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Venturer Scouts, and Rover Scouts all following our Canadian Path throughout one of the largest council territories in Canada. With included cities such as Edmonton, St. Albert, Grande Prairie, and Yellowknife--as well as dozens of small communities and rural centres--we’re proud to offer members an exciting diversity of experiences, including our on-the-lake camp, Camp Woods!

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With programs for boys and girls, aged 5 to 26, Scouts is built on a tradition of adventure, cooperation, generosity, and fun! Scouting makes a difference in the lives of children, youth and young adults. Providing youth-led opportunities, members determine what areas they would like to grow in as they achieve new “firsts” and develop into global citizens. With a versatile array of program areas to focus on, Scouting welcomes youth with diverse interests and goals.

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Northern Lights Council Boundaries

Northern Lights Council encompasses central and northern Alberta, 20 kilometres south of Red Deer and as far north to include Northwest Territories. Included in our service area are the cities of Edmonton, St. Albert, Grande Prairie, and Yellowknife.

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