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Canadian Path

SPICES

Start your Path with SPICES!

The SPICES concept gives the Scouts Canada program a useful framework to ensure well-rounded program offerings.

At each Section level, Scouters use the Canadian Path to support youth development and growth in each of the following areas:

Social

Social

Through participation in Scouting Adventures, youth begin to understand how they depend on others, and how others depend on them. Scouting Adventures allow them to be part of a diverse group and develop cooperation and leadership skills.

Physical

Physical

Scouting Adventures provide many opportunities for youth to be responsible for the care and wellbeing of their bodies.

Intellectual

Intellectual

Through Scouting Adventures, youth have opportunities to develop in their ability to think, to plan, to innovate and to use information in an original way to adapt to new situations.

Character

Character

Scouting Adventures guide youth to take responsibility for themselves while still respecting the needs of others, helping them to create a lifelong personal values system.

Emotional

Emotional

Through Scouting Adventures, youth members are given opportunities to recognize and respect their own feelings and to learn to express them in a healthy manner while respecting the feelings of others.

Spiritual

Spiritual

In the midst of Scouting Adventures, youth members have experiences in which they recognize that they are part of a larger spiritual reality and learn to respect the spiritual choices of others. (Note: The larger spiritual reality could include, but is not limited to: a relationship with God, Allah, Jehovah, Heavenly Father, Supreme Being, the eight-fold path of Buddhism, a Higher Power, a connection with nature and the earth and a connection with the global community.)

The SPICES shape our program; by including objectives from each area, we can ensure that we are meeting the needs of young people. Each of the SPICES should be fully explored as a youth member moves through the Scouting program, with some activities from each of the SPICES taking place each year, throughout each Section, and throughout the program as a whole.

“We are incorporating the SPICES more now than at the start. The response from parents and youth so far has been super positive; this is just the direction and renewal we've been waiting for! We are extremely grateful for this opportunity. Thank you so very much.”

Crystal, Mentor in Fraser Valley


Explore the Four Elements

  • Youth-Led
  • Plan-Do-Review
  • Adventure
  • SPICES

The Four Elements provide youth with the opportunity to play an active role in facilitating and creating their own Youth-Led Path and program. The Plan-Do-Review element creates a more engaged and reflective process for our members, which they can apply to all their Adventures –and there will be many Adventures! SPICES will provide youth with a program that fosters well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world.

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RESOURCES

There are a number of resources available to aid the implementation of the Four Elements of the Canadian Path.

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TESTIMONIALS

“After the food bank service, my youth will move on to the "Review" phase at the next meeting; it's not really formal, but my Scouts will usually reflect on their new view of poverty, not wasting food, and insights from the food bank staff.”

Kit, Ambassador Support in Shining Waters
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