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Scouting During COVID

August 31, 2021

As Northern Lights Council (NLC) prepares for Fall programming, we are advising that both Alberta Councils

will be moving to Stage Four of the Scouts Canada Pandemic stages immediately.

This means that:

In-person Scouting activities should be split into patrols of 8 or fewer. Observe the Patrol Method.

Physical Distancing of 2 meters should be maintained

Self-assessment screening checklists to be completed before arriving at a Scouting Activity

The activities that our Groups value can still be done with some modifications.

These changes are based on the Alberta Government guidelines on the Guidance for activities for youth under 11documents as well as direction from local school boards and municipalities regarding screening and masks.

We must ensure that all Municipal, Provincial, and Federal guidelines are followed, doing our best to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

We strongly encourage reviewing the Scouts Canada Stage Four pandemic guidelines and engage with your youth, families, and Scouters in conversations on safety practices within your group, outlining clear expectations to give everyone the ability to participate safely.

If you have any questions on this, please reach out to your Relationship Manager.


  1. Alberta Government guidelines on the Guidance for activities for youth under 11
  2. Scouts Canada Stage Four pandemic guidelines

Yours in Scouting,

Tryton Harper

Council Youth Commissioner

Norm Kerr

Council Commissioner

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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 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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