Scouts Canada’s Chief Scout

The role of the Chief Scout is to actively represent Scouts Canada nationally and internationally, attend Scouting events including Jamborees and national award ceremonies, interact with members, promote Scouting with the public and inspire Canada’s young people and adults to get involved in the Scouting Movement.

Canada’s Governor General has served as Scouts Canada’s Chief Scout since 1910. In 2009, Scouts Canada adopted the Action Plan for Canadian Scouting, which was a roadmap to enhance Scouting as a relevant, dynamic youth organization of the 21st century. The plan’s major elements included making learning and programming resources more accessible to volunteers, enhancing organizational capacity, achieving more meaningful youth involvement and enhancing Scouts Canada’s image. It was decided at that time to elevate the Governor General’s role to Patron Scout, where they will continue to play an honorary leadership role and redefine the Chief Scout role to be an active promoter of Scouting both with members and the general public.

In April 2013, the Scouts Canada Board of Governors announced the appointment of Terry Grant, best known as the star of the reality hit series, Mantracker, as the first person to assume the role of the renewed Chief Scout role.

Grant, a 25-year veteran of the Foothills Search and Rescue Team, is an expert in utilizing clues such as footprints, probable path and other signs of human presence to track prey. As a consultant he has worked with the British Military Chiefs to provide basic ground and track awareness training and is one of the few ‘civilians’ who have been invited to the K-9 Training Facility for the Edmonton Police Service. Grant is a popular speaker, appearing at functions hosted by law enforcement, private groups, fundraisers and schools.

  • Invite the Chief Scout to your event

    Throughout the year, our Chief Scout, Terry Grant, will make an effort to participate in both local and national Scouting events. To invite him, please download the request form and email it to Scouts Canada’s Help Centre with the subject line “Chief Scout Request”.

    Please provide as much detail as possible about your event, and please submit the form with as much lead time as possible – ideally six months prior to the event – as Terry’s schedule fills up quickly.

    Download the Request Form

Terry Grant is best known as the star of the reality hit series, Mantracker, where he demonstrated the almost-lost art of tracking for six seasons. Growing up in Creemore, Ontario, Grant joined Scouts Canada at the age of 11 and fondly remembers his time with the organization as something special. He attributes many of his wilderness and tracking skills, love of the outdoors, careful preparation and attention to detail to his experiences in Scouting.

His renowned skill was honed by trailing and gathering cattle on some of the most remote ranches in southern Alberta, complimenting his many years as a guide and outfitter in the unforgiving Rocky Mountains. His ability to read signs became a keen interest and he constantly studied in the wilderness, developing and refining his skill to a now legendary level.

A 25-year veteran of the Foothills Search and Rescue Team, he is an expert in utilizing clues such as footprints, probable path and other signs of human presence to track prey. As a consultant he has worked with the British Military Chiefs to provide basic ground and track awareness training and is one of the few ‘civilians’ who have been invited to the K-9 Training Facility for the Edmonton Police Service. Grant is a popular speaker, appearing at functions hosted by law enforcement, private groups, fundraisers and schools.

Grant has taken on the honourary role of Chief Scout for Scouts Canada and will represent Scouts Canada nationally and internationally. Outdoor adventure is a big part of Grant’s life and with Scouts Canada the role is a natural fit. He is eager to take on this new role and help youth discover a wealth of new outdoor experiences through Scouting.