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Council COVID Update -- Oct 30, 2020

Voyageur Council COVID Update
October 30, 2020
No Changes to Regional Stages at this Time
Groups may be in Stage 1 or Stage 2 based on local Public Health Unit recommendations
Dear Scouters,
Over the past week, since our last Council email, there have been no significant changes to the recommendations made by Public Health Units in our Council. As such, we do not have any changes to report to Stages within our Council at this time (please see below for a reminder of last week's email).
However, there is still lots of great Scouting going on in our Council and elsewhere, and there are a variety of events, programs, and opportunities that we want to make sure everyone is aware of:
  • Check out the training modules available through the David Huestis Learning Centre including Welcome Back to Scouting 2020 for great tips, tricks, and resources for virtual and outdoor Scouting.
  • Sign up for the upcoming Scouts Canada Virtual ScoutCon! This virtual ScoutCon will be run through the David Huestis Learning Centre, and you can register now for some amazing courses throughout November 2020! Each course will be offered more than once and they are generally aimed at Scouters who have been with Scouts Canada for less than 3 years (or who want resources to plan out their next adventures). This awesome program will offer sessions on:
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 
  • Personal Achievement Badges 
  • Patrol Systems and Section Leadership Teams Winter Adventures 
  • Gamestorming 
  • Outdoor Adventures
  • Winter Adventures
  • Virtual Scouting 
  • ScoutsTracker - Introduction & Get the Most out of the Platform 
  • Behaviour Management 
  • Mental Health
  • Missed out on the Raising Resilient Children webinar with Dr. Hanely-Defoe but still want to see what it was all about? You can watch a recording of the webinar through the David Huestis Learning Centre!
  • Wondering about Scouts Canada's goals and plans for all the Scouting properties across the country? After listening to and engaging with members throughout the organization, A New Vision for Scout's Canada's Camps has just been released and details all the survey results and feedback received from members across the country (including many from Voyageur).
This message, as with our previous emails, will be made available on our Council COVID page and on our Facebook Group.
Thank you once again for all that you've done, all that you continue to do, and for all that you contribute to Scouting.
Yours in Scouting,
Voyageur Council Key 3
Paige Gladwin (Council Youth Commissioner),
Nicolas DesRoches (Council Commissioner),
Christopher Blais (Interim Council Relationship Manager),
Voyageur Council COVID Stages are now PHU-Aligned
While we have previously moved forward with a modified Council-wide implementation of Stage 1 Scouting, growing differences in recommendations by specific public health authorities means that this approach does not accurately reflect current circumstances. As such, Voyageur Council has implemented a geographically-limited model which will align each Group with their respective Public Health Unit (PHU) and the restrictions that their PHU have put in place, as well as provincial and federal guidelines.
We encourage all Scouters and Groups to determine which PHU their Group falls under, and to look at the specific restrictions in place in their region. For clarity, all Groups continue to need to abide by provincial and federal regulations as well.
This means that effective today, October 23, Groups that fall under the following Public Health Units may re-open limited in-person activities according to Scouts Canada's Stage 2 guidelines:
Groups that do not fall under the Health Units listed above remain restricted to Stage 1 Scouting at this time. This includes all Groups under:
Please note that, in all cases, whether or not a Group can move to Stage 2 depends on the normal meeting location(s) of the Group pre-COVID. Additional clarity around this point, as well as further details about future potential changes to the Scouting Stage of each Council/Group in accordance with changing situations, is available at the new COVID-19 FAQ on the Scouts Canada website. As noted in the updated COVID-19 FAQ, Groups based in Stage 1 regions may not travel to Stage 2 regions to conduct Scouting activities, nor may Groups in Stage 2 regions travel to Stage 1 regions to conduct Scouting activities. For additional clarity around this point, please see the first five questions under the new COVID-19 FAQ. We encourage all Groups to consult with their Relationship Manager to ensure that everyone is clear as to which Public Health Unit guidelines they need to abide by, on top of provincial and federal regulations.
Some Voyageur Council Properties Opening for Day Use!
For those of you moving to Stage-2 Scouting, Camp Opemikon will be opening to groups as of November 7th for outdoor day use and Apple Hill Scout Reserve will be opening for day use on October 31!.
Camp Opemikon is located in Maberly Ontario, just one hour from Kingston. For more information or to book your space, please go to If you have any questions or would like to discuss your booking options in detail, please feel welcome to contact the Camp Director, Alisha Behme, at or (613) 246-2222. 
For more information about Apple Hill Scout Reserve, including the specific policies being followed for day use during Stage 2 Scouting, please visit


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