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Scouting During COVID


In light of the pandemic, Scouts Canada is taking further steps to ensure the health and safety of our membership. With that in mind, we are implementing a new mandate regarding COVID-19 vaccinations. This mandate represents a single national position for Scouts Canada and will be effective in all Councils. As such:

All individuals participating in in-person Scouts Canada activities who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine must be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021.

More detailed information will be released on September 15 and will be found here.

As safety leaders in our community, Scouts Canada is ensuring the health and safety of our membership. We believe the health and safety of our youth and adult members is priority #1, and a responsibility for all to share. Considering the ongoing risks posed by COVID-19, requiring mandatory vaccination will help to keep our communities safe and contribute to slowing the spread of COVID-19 and its variants. We are asking our Scouts Canada members to play an essential role in keeping themselves, their friends, their Scouters, and our community healthy. Any individual who cannot be vaccinated based on medical or religious reasons can request an exemption. Those who remain unvaccinated will be able to participate in virtual activities.

In Northern Lights Council, we will still operate under the Stage 4 Pandemic Standard, which requires your group to follow all municipal, provincial and federal guidelines as it relates to the COVID-19 Pandemic. We also strongly encourage you to work with all members of your Scouting community to ensure a safe, fun and fulfilling experience for all involved.

Below is a link to the FAQ document that should answer some of your questions.

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

We look forward to working with you to get our youth outside and having adventures.

Tryton Harper

Council Youth Commissioner

Norm Kerr

Council Commissioner


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