Canadian Scout Associations

Canada has several Scout associations

Compiled by Scouter Liam Morland

Here is a directory of Scout associations currently operating in Canada.

The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) is structured to recognize one Scout association per country. In many countries, the national association is a federation of various Scout associations. In Canada, this is partially the case. Scouts Canada and the ASC share WOSM membership. The associations are grouped by affiliation and appear in alphabetical order. Council and group web sites can be found in the Open Directory Canadian Scout Associations category.

Please email if there is any missing or incorrect information, or if you know of any Scout associations not listed.

World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)

Association des Scouts du Canada (ASC)

A French-language Scout association with four councils: West, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic. They are members of WOSM in co-operation with Scouts Canada.

Scouts Canada (SC)

Canada's largest Scout association and National Member Association of the WOSM (in co-operation with the ASC). Scouts Canada was incorporated by act of the Canadian parliament in 1914. Membership in 2006 was about 79,000 youth members and about 24,000 adult members. Scouts Canada offers Scouting programs in all parts of Canada. There are five program sections: Beavers (5-7), Wolf Cubs (8-10), Scouts (11-14), Venturers (14-17), and Rovers (18-26).

Salvation Army Life Saving Scouts (SAS)

The Scout association of the Salvation Army church. Affiliated with Scouts Canada.

World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS)

BPSA (BPSA)

Independent BPSA associations operate Traditional Scouting programs in several provinces, affiliated with the WFIS. The BC organization is incorporated and licences the BPSA trademark to the other associations.

BPSC Canada (BPSC)

Association with groups in four provinces. Affiliated with the Baden-Powell Scout Association, UK. Incorported as Traditional Explorers Association, Council of Ontario Inc.

ZHR Polish Scouts of Canada (ZHR)

Polish-language Scouting association.

Association des Aventuriers de Baden-Powell — Adventurers Association of Baden-Powell (AABP)

The AEBP and the AQAB merged in May of 2007 to form the AABP. The head office is in Laval. The contact for all English inquiries or groups is Normand Urbain.

Federation of North-American Explorers (FNE)

The FNE is a Catholic association consisting of the 1st Four Arrows Group in York Region, Ontario and the 1st North Star Group in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Groups are expected to form in Ottawa and Toronto in fall 2012. The association is a member of the International Union of Guides and Scouts of Europe (FSE).

Plast Ukrainian Youth Association of Canada (Plast)

A Ukrainian Scout association with chapters in eight major cities across Canada.

Polish Scouting Association in Canada Incorporated (ZHP)

Polish-language Scouting association.