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Scouting During COVID

Return to Scouting Stage 4 updated on June 12th, 2021--for Groups in ALBERTA.

All Groups in BC, NWT, and Saskatchewan that are supported by NLC MUST follow their respective provincial guidelines. Please contact your Relationship Manager for more details.

Newest Alberta Public Health Order (PHO): CMOH Order 31
Alberta Stage 2 Reopening Plan: Enhanced Public Health Measures

Under a Scouts Canada Return to Scouting Stage 4, planned and Group Commissioner approved in-person meetings both indoors and outdoors are permitted, as long as both the provincial and Scouts Canada guidelines are followed. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Meeting in-person outside, with members of different households always maintaining two-meter distancing.
    • Maximum size for organized outdoor event is permitted with up to 150 people
  • Meeting in-person inside at maximum of 1/3 of fire code occupancy, with members of different households always maintaining two-meter distancing. Masks must be worn when not engaging in high-intensity physical activities
  • Overnight camping is allowed with restrictions. Please contact your Relationship Manager PRIOR to initiating planning process

Full description of Scouts Canada’s Return to Scouting Stage 4 Standards: Pandemic Standards

We strongly recommend that all planning of activities continues to be done using technology and practices that do not involve meeting in person. While we can ease some restrictions, we must ensure we are following the provincial guidelines and doing our best to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Please discuss options for meetings with your Relationship Manager.

Meeting in-person and overnight camping is still at the group’s discretion as approved by the Group Commissioner and is not mandated by Council. A modified-AAF form will be required.

Our request to Scouters, families, and youth is to please keep Scouting open and accessible. While how we Scout is changing, why we Scout has stayed the same; you are still making a positive impact on the lives of our youth even when the delivery method is different.

Scouting is essential to the well-being of youth—now more than ever. Let's keep the Scouting spirit alive and continue to show our youth and the world why we Scout!

For all questions about this, please contact your Relationship Manager.

Have a great weekend!

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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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There are a number of camps within the Northern Lights Council territory including Camp Woods.