Developing Well-Rounded Young Leaders, Better Prepared For Success in the World

“Putting a challenge in front of the youth that they have to overcome to develop leadership skills is a good method for learning.”

— Scouter

Scouts Canada’s all-new Youth Leadership Training courses have been created for all five Sections, from Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts! In fact, the program was spearheaded by a team of youth from across Canada.

After our successful pilots in the spring of 2018, we’ve incorporated your feedback to build an even stronger program with a soft launch for October 2018—offering Youth Leadership Training for all Sections from Beavers to Rovers, with additional materials to follow as we lead up to our full launch in 2019.

The new Youth Leadership Training courses follow the practices, principles and resources of The Canadian Path including Trail Cards, which give the program flexibility and help youth to Plan, Do and Review adventures they choose as a team. Youth Leadership Training represents the exciting evolution of FAST, FLEX and FOCUS, and an opportunity for Scouts Canada to better fulfill its Mission of developing well-rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world.

Each group of youth participants can create a unique collection of adventures to explore five leadership knowledge areas, including Becoming a Leader, Communication, Plan-Do-Review, Problem Solving and Teamwork. Youth from older Sections facilitate the adventures—while adult Scouters take a step back from the action.

Check out Scouting Life to learn more about Youth Leadership Training on The Canadian Path.

Youth Leadership Training Kits

Section-specific Youth Leadership Training kits will be available for order from the Scout Shop in 2019. Stay tuned!

Youth Leadership Training Certificates and Badges

Celebrate the successful completion of a Youth Leadership Training workshop with Section-specific YLT certificates and badges! Youth can wear their badges proudly on their uniforms.

YLT badges are now available from the Scout Shop.

Youth Leadership Training Trail Cards
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Youth Leadership Training Survey

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Youth Leadership Training: Frequently Asked Questions

Why did Scouts Canada develop this new program?

Scouts Canada’s new Youth Leadership Training program has been developed to ensure our leadership workshops are aligned  with The Canadian Path and relevant to today’s youth.

Who was it developed by?

Scouts Canada’s new Youth Leadership Training has been developed by a team of senior youth volunteers from across Canada, with the support of experienced adult Scouters and Scouts Canada staff. The team included the National Youth Commissioner, Assistant National Youth Commissioners and Council Youth Commissioners.

Is Youth Leadership Training a mandatory part of The Canadian Path?

No. Youth leadership at Scouts Canada and within our Canadian Path program empowers youth to decide for themselves whether or not they would like to participate programming like Youth Leadership Training.

What are the specific requirements for successfully completing Youth Leadership Training?

Participants should select two or more Trail Cards for each of the five knowledge areas of the Youth Leadership Training program.

Next, they Plan, Do and Review the adventures described on those Trail Cards. When ten or more adventures have been concluded, participants should review the overall experience of their Youth Leadership Training.

See the Youth Leadership Training Facilitator Guide and Youth Leadership Training Participant Guides for more information.

How long can a Section take to complete Youth Leadership Training?

Ideally, Youth Leadership Training is completed as a series at camp, as a dedicated workshop or over sequential weeknight meetings.

How is Youth Leadership Training entered on MyScouts?

There are five steps to adding Youth Leadership Training to a profile on MyScouts.ca.

Step 1 – Find the youth who has completed his or her Youth Leadership Training: Login to MyScouts.ca and use the ‘Find an individual’ option to find the youth who has completed his or her Youth Leadership Training. Alternatively, use the ‘Find an Organization’ option to find the Group and select the youth from the list of members.

Step 2 – Select ‘Add Training’: Found under ‘Admin Options’ within ‘My Menu’.

Step 3 – Select Youth Leadership Training: Include the training that corresponds with the youth’s Section.

Step 4 – Add Training Details: Add dates and approvals as per the generated fields and select save. Youth Leadership Training is now added to the youth’s profile!

Step 5 – View the newly added Youth Leadership Training: To see the newly added Youth Leadership Training, return to the youth’s MyScouts account. Youth Leadership Training will be listed within the youth’s profile under ‘My Training’.

Is Youth Leadership Training a requirement of the Top Section Award?

No, Youth Leadership Training is not a requirement for the Top Section Award; however, time committed to facilitating Youth Leadership Training can be included when tracking hours of community service. Similarly, youth may organize a Youth Leadership Training workshop for members in younger Sections as a Top Section Award service project.

Do youth have to complete the previous Section’s Youth Leadership Training before taking part in a workshop for their current Section?

No. Any youth can take part in Youth Leadership Training, regardless of past leadership training experience. There are no prerequisites for Youth Leadership Training.

Can Scouters facilitate the training?

Yes, Scouters can facilitate Youth Leadership Training; however, it is best to have senior youth facilitate for youth from younger Sections whenever possible. It may be helpful to coordinate with a Section from another Group to make this possible, or to arrange Youth Leadership Training for youth from a number of Groups at the same time (likewise facilitated by more senior youth).

Is there anyone in my Council who can help me with Youth Leadership Training?

Contact your Council Relationship Manager or Scouting Relationship Manager for support to host Youth Leadership Training.

Where is the Youth Leadership Training badge worn on the uniform?

Youth Leadership Training badges are worn on the left sleeve of the Cub, Scout, Venturer and Rover uniforms, just below the Council crest.

Can we buy the badges right now?

Yes, badges are available in-person at Scout Shops across Canada and Scoutshop.ca.

What are some selling points of Youth Leadership Training that I, as a Scouter, can express to youth and/or their parents?

Scouts Canada’s new Youth Leadership Training helps our organization to better fulfill our Mission: To help develop well-rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world.

Youth Leadership Training supports personal progression and fosters a variety of leadership styles. The program is by no means a “one size fits all” approach—it is both flexible and youth-led. Best of all, Youth Leadership Training is fun! There are opportunities for many different games and activities, all of which help youth to become stronger and more confident leaders.

What about FAST, FLEX and FOCUS?

FAST, FLEX and FOCUS are no longer supported programs; however, youth who have completed these programs should still be celebrated, and what insights and techniques they gained through these programs remain valid and valuable. Scouts Canada’s new Youth Leadership Training better reflects the practices of The Canadian Path and offers a great program opportunity in service of our Mission: To help develop well-rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world.

If youth have taken part in FAST, FLEX or FOCUS training, can they take the Youth Leadership Training for the same Section?

Yes. The new Youth Leadership Training offers new content, new adventures and new skills for youth who have already taken part in FAST, FLEX or FOCUS training.

Can youth still wear their FAST, FLEX and FOCUS badges?

Absolutely! Youth who have completed FAST, FLEX and FOCUS should continue to proudly wear their badges on their uniforms if they so choose.

What does a ‘Soft Launch’ for the Youth Leadership Training mean?

The resources currently available on the Youth Leadership Training webpage do not necessarily represent final versions. Resources will be updated in light of survey responses from participants and facilitators. Additional resources will be added to this webpage on an ongoing basis.

Youth Leadership Training kits will be available for order from the Scout Shop in 2019. These kits will represent a more complete version of Youth Leadership Training, including more resources and updated content.

What are the plans for a full launch?

Pre-orders for printed Youth Leadership Training kits will be offered through Scoutshop.ca beginning in early 2019. Youth Leadership Training kits will be shipped by spring of 2019. By the time Youth Leadership Training kits ship, Youth Leadership Training resources online will be fully updated.

Which resources are ready now?

Trail Cards are currently available for the Beaver, Cub and Scout Sections, with a limited yet growing selection for Venturers and Rovers. More Trail Cards will be added to this webpage in the months ahead, so check back when planning a Youth Leadership Training workshop.

Aside from Trail Cards, Youth Leadership Training resources include a Facilitator Guide and Section-specific Participant Guides. Certificates and badges are available.