Programs that establish operating standards for camping programs, review the extent to which standards are met by applicants, issue or deny accreditation status, and revoke accreditation status or take other disciplinary action if accredited camps fail to continue to meet the standards.
Programs that develop, maintain and make available to the public, facilities that are set aside and equipped for vacationing individuals and families who are camping. Also included are private camp sites that are available for rental to groups. Camp sites are usually located in the mountains, forests, deserts or other recreational areas and vary greatly in the amenities that are available which may include water, showers, toilets, electrical hookups, picnic areas, firepits and/or a variety of indoor and outdoor recreational facilities.
Programs that provide opportunities for boys, girls and young adults age 5-26 to develop individual and group initiative and responsibility, self-reliance, courage, personal fitness, discipline and other desirable qualities of character through participation in a wide range of organized recreational, educational and civic activities under the leadership of qualified adult volunteers. Troop members work on developing their skills in camping, swimming, citizenship, communication, conservation, cooking, community living, first aid and a wide variety of other areas, and usually earn merit badges when they have demonstrated mastery of the skills that are required for a particular activity. There are a number of independent scouting associations in Canada, the two largest being Scouts Canada and Association des scouts du Canada. Most Canadian programs are coeducational and welcome youth of both genders.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.