Dear Scouts Canada: You have a risk problem…

Where is everyone?

It starts with Policy

  • Asking Scouters to comply carries the risk of them telling you to find someone else; the demand for a volunteer role is simply too expensive, time consuming, etc. Fewer Scouters…fewer kids…fewer registration dollars…rinse, repeat
  • Ignoring the Policy introduces the Risk of Scouters hand picking the policies they agree with; policies lose their meaning and weight.
  • Avoiding true adventures carries, in my mind, the greatest risk of all: Mediocre programming risk and declining enrollment. Parents shake my hand at the end of an Adventure, thanking me and the other Scouters for introducing their kids to risk and challenge. I dread the idea of that not being available, of kids spending their time in the park pretending to be interested in latest safe game or craft.
  • Removes a big part of what draws kids to Scouting
  • Doesn’t happen through certification
  • Isn’t as important as you might think

Kids enjoy Risk

Being Certified Doesn’t Always Make You an Asset

So, How Risky Is It Anyhow?

Conclusion

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Husband and Father. Wilderness First-Aid Certified. Terrible at tying knots. I play Squash. I like things that Trade. Leafs fan. FRC and Scouts Canada

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Husband and Father. Wilderness First-Aid Certified. Terrible at tying knots. I play Squash. I like things that Trade. Leafs fan. FRC and Scouts Canada

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