The Scouts of the World Program

The Scouts of the World program is a program created by the World Organization of the Scout Movement and is geared towards youth aged 14-26 (Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts here in Canada). The purpose of the program is engage members of Scouts Canada in the fields of the Environment, Development and Peace, using the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations as a framework to generate positive change in our communities and internationally.

Here’s how it works:

STEP 1: Discovery

A Scouts of the World (SOTW) Discovery is a formalized training event. It’s a hands-on learning experience that will bring members of Scouts Canada directly in contact with organizations that are working towards the theme of the Discovery. The objective is to come away with not only an intricate understanding of the causes and effects of the topic chosen, but to actually develop an action plan for the Voluntary Service portion of the SOTW Award.

The program focuses on three fields. The same goes for the Discoveries. Each SOTW Discovery will look at one of the general themes of the Environment, Development, and Peace. These can be more specifically addressed through one of the eight Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations: eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, achieving universal education, creating gender equality, improving maternal health, decreasing infant mortality, eliminating HIV/AIDS, environmental sustainability, and creating a global partnership for development. Finally, a SOTW Discovery will give Scouts Canada members the training necessary to organize and conduct a Voluntary Service Project in STEP 2 (such as budgeting, conflict resolution, goal setting, etc.).

Because these Discoveries are formalized, you can’t simply go and learn it all off the internet. Get in touch with your local Scouts of the World Ambassador, or contact scoutsoftheworld@scouts.ca to find out when there’s a Discovery taking place near you. If there isn’t one coming up, we’ll get you started with all the materials and know-how to get one going!

STEP 2: Voluntary Service

The Voluntary Service Project is the part of the program where you get to put all that you’ve learned into action. At the end of your Discovery, you’ll have the chance to create an Action Plan. You might decide to conduct an awareness campaign in your community, or take on a community development project within your city. You might even be interested in completing an international development project in another country. Really, the possibilities are bounded only by your imagination. This is your chance to Create a Better World, so get out there and be creative!

You will likely work in a larger group to complete a 14-day Voluntary Service Project, but remember, your Action Plan is your individual goal for the project. Each person in your group could potentially have their own individual Action Plan for the project. This will bring diversity of ideas to the planning stages, but you’ll be surprised how closely linked all your Action Plans will be. In the end, a participant cannot simply be a passive member of a project and still receive the SOTW Award. The Award is about the personal development of capable youth at an age where they should be able to formulate and reach their own goals. This is a fundamental principle and will be assessed during the evaluation phase.

STEP 3: Reporting and Recognition

The final step in completing the SOTW Award is to report on what you did. Individually, you’ll outline your Discovery and Voluntary Service. What was the topic you chose to address? Why did you choose it? What did you learn? What was the purpose of your Voluntary Service? How did you do it? What was the end result? Obviously there’s a lot you’ll need to talk about in this report, so don’t take it lightly. When it comes to the evaluation of your efforts, this will likely be the only time the evaluators will really get to see anything about all your hard work. Be creative, be influential, but most of all, be complete in your report. We’re here for you every step of the way with pointers and information about requirements, so keep in touch with your Scouts of the World Ambassador.

Once you’ve successfully reported on your Discovery and Voluntary Service project, and submitted your completed Passport, we’re ready to recognize you with a cloth badge you can wear on your uniform, and a certificate signed by the Chief Commissioner of Scouts Canada. You’ll then be able to join the Scouts of the World Network, which will help guide others through the program and provide more opportunities to you.

To Earn the Award

Obtain the passport

Complete the Requirements

Each individual will complete the requirements for the award and have their Passport signed by the Course Coordinator and Project Leader/Appropriate Commissioner upon completion.

Return the Passport

Upon having the Passport signed off by the Discovery Course Coordinator and the Voluntary Service Project Leader (or appropriate Commissioner), each participant will make a copy and return the original Passport along with your final report for review to scoutsoftheworld@scouts.ca, or by mail to:

Scouts of the World
Scouts Canada National Headquarters
1345 Baseline Rd
Ottawa, ON
K2C 0A7

Receive the Award

Upon the successful submission of your completed Passport and final report, you will be presented with the Scouts of the World Certificate and Badge.

Become Part of the Worldwide Network

Upon receiving their certificate and badge, award recipients should register to become part of the SOTW Network by forwarding a copy of their certificate to network@scoutsoftheworld.net.

Amory Adventure Award

The Amory Award is given annually to the company which displays the most initiative in conceiving, planning and executing an outdoor adventure activity.

This award was first presented by the Rt. Hon. Viscount Amory, GCMG, one-time British High Commissioner to Canada. The award plaque has a reproduction of Jacques Cartier’s ship Grande Hermine and the Canadian space satellite Allouette mounted on it.

Eligibility

The competition is open to all registered Venturer Scout companies.

Dates of Competition

Activities must take place before October 31 of the award year. Amory Award submissions – Deadline extended to November 14th. Apply today.

Rules

1. Adults

Persons 18 years and over may not take part in planning, preparing or executing the activity, but may be consulted by the Venturer Scouts. They may accompany the team during its activity only:

  • When the law demands (e.g. to drive a vehicle, enter restricted areas, etc.);
  • As an instructor or supervisor if learning a skill is required for the activity; or
  • When safety demands it.
  • In such cases, these persons must limit their participation to their specific function.

2. Duration

The adventure activity must last a minimum of 4 days, of which at least 84 hours must be consecutive.

3. Logs

Each company will submit an illustrated log prepared by the participants unaided by adults. The log will:

  • State the company number and/or name, the advisor’s name and address, and the name, age and address of each Venturer;
  • State the purpose of the activity;
  • Indicate how and why the activity was chosen;
  • Record details of planning and preparation, including roles played by each participant;
  • Provide a day-by-day account of the activity.

The daily account should:

  • Give a description of the route;
  • Report the type of country, terrain, bush, waterways, hiking trails, flowers, bird and animal life;
  • Describe features of historical interest, monuments, battlefields, ruins, historical routes;
  • Describe human life, industrial and agricultural development, local crafts, and
  • Be illustrated with photographs, sketch maps, sketches, and leaf specimens.

While the competition rules require that the adventure activity log represent the unaided work of the team, Venturer Scouts should seek advice and gain prior experience in log-keeping.

Entry logs should be sent to:

Amory Adventure Award
Scouts Canada
1345 Baseline Road
Ottawa, ON K2C 0A7

Or email a .pdf version of your log to Associate Program Director David Burtt at: dburtt@scouts.ca.

4. Judging

Judges are appointed annually by the National Commissioner, and their decision is final. The judges base their evaluation of the activity on the logs submitted. They assess the activities for:

  • Initiative in the choice of activity;
  • Effort during preparation and execution of the activity;
  • Achievement of purpose; and
  • Quality of the log.

5. Return of logs

Under normal circumstances the logs entered into this competition will be returned. However, Scouts Canada reserves the right to keep them once they are submitted in competition.

All Venturer Scouts who take part in an Amory Award expedition (whether or not they are members of the winning company) receive a participation badge to wear on the uniform. The first-place company’s name is recorded on the Amory Adventure Trophy, which the company may keep for nine months.

Companies that place first, second, and third each receive a trophy of their own to keep.

JOTA-JOTI

The Jamboree on the Air, or JOTA, is an annual Scouting event that uses amateur radio to link Scouts around the world, around Canada, and in your own community. Held on the third full weekend of October each year, this worldwide jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio shack, Scout meeting place, camp or community center.
JOTA started in 1958 (with the World JOTA Bureau located right here in Ottawa, Canada). In 1997, communicating through the Internet was added, and this was called Jamboree on the Internet, or JOTI for short. Both annual events are sanctioned and sponsored by the World Organization of the Scouting Movement.
In short, it’s the best way to talk to half a million Scouts and Guides without having to leave your own community!

International Volunteering

In world Scouting, the opportunities to lead and volunteer abroad are nearly limitless. By representing Scouts Canada abroad, you venture into the world of diplomacy. Whether it’s by joining short-term staff at Kandersteg International Scout Centre, or by representing Scouts Canada at the World Scout Conference (or any and every possibility in between), you will be challenged to put everything you’ve ever learned about international Scouting into working with others for a common goal. By volunteering internationally through Scouts Canada, you will take your first steps to leading the world.

Upcoming Opportunities

Opportunity Location Dates Information
Boy Scouts of America — International Camp Staff Program

Ages 18 to 30

Various locations across the USA Summer 2016 Applications Due by Jan. 1, 2016.

Send applications to intl@scouts.ca

Click here for more information.

Ongoing Opportunities

Opportunity Location Dates Information
Pool of international delegates for Scouts Canada Conferences, forums and workshops all around the world Pool is open from Sep. 1 to Aug. 31 each year Click here to learn how you can apply.
6-12 month volunteer opportunity Scout Activity Centres across the UK (including Gilwell Park) Negotiable Click here for more information.
Short-term Staff (seasonal) Kandersteg International Scout Centre, Switzerland Seasonal Click here for more information.

Resources

Have a question about International Volunteer Opportunities? Consult the Volunteer Opportunities FAQs page for more information.

International Development

Where will Scouting will take you? To another side of the world, working side by side with other members of the Scouting community, fighting poverty and inequality or working towards environmental initiatives to make a lasting change in the world.

From as early as Beaver Scouts, we learn to help take care of the world, to do our best, be prepared, challenge ourselves and serve others. International development projects through ScoutsAbroad put everything you’ve learned to the test. You get the opportunity to grow, build your resume, find your passion in life, and change the world. It’s youth development through international development, and it starts with Scouts.

Upcoming Development Projects

Project Project Description
Madagascar 2014 The 2014 project is a continuation of the work that started at our first meetings in 2008. This summer, we’ll be building another three classrooms in a building next to the one completed in 2012. We’ll also be building a fresh water reservoir, which will be fed from the wells that we sponsored in 2009. Water from this reservoir will be available for drinking, cleaning and cooking and will go into irrigation for a food garden for the school. Not only that, but it will provide water for the washroom facility we built in 2012.

Click here for more information on Madagascar 2014 »»

Opération Solidarité Haïti 2014 Since the earthquake in January 2010 in Haiti, members of l’Association des Scouts du Canada (ASC) have been sending young scouters to Haiti to work on various development projects in collaboration with l’Association Nationale de Scouts d’Haiti (ANSH) and Scouts et Guides de France (SGdF). For a second year, Scouts Canada and L’ASC is participating in this initiative in hopes of strengthening a solid partnership between the organizations while engaging Scouting youth in an exciting adventure to help others around the world.

Click here for more information on Opération Solidarité Haïti 2014 »»

Paraguay 2014 (Quebec Council) Focusing on achieving universal primary education.
Interested in planning your own international development project? Contact the International Committee today to get started.

Resources

Have a question about International Development Projects? Consult the International Development Projects FAQspage for more information.

Past Development Projects

Project Project Description
Kenya 2012 In 1991 Scouts Canada traveled to Kenya with the goal of building a small health centre for a rural community. The clinic now treats 250 people a day and it was time to return for an upgrade and expansion.
Madagascar 2012 Following through on a promise made in 2008, 22 Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts and Scouters traveled to the village of Ambato Boeni to work with the community to build a school and a washroom facility, but the impact was much, much greater than just that.

Read the Madagascar Project Final Report »

Read the Madagascar Project Six-Month Project Update »

Mexico 2011 In July 2011, a group of 35 Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts, Leaders and parents traveled to Vicente Guerrero, Mexico for 16 days to help build four houses to help local families to break the cycle of poverty.
South Africa 2010 In August 2010, youth and adults from across Canada and South Africa traveled to Welkom, South Africa to build community food gardens and rainwater reservoirs. During the three weeks spent in South Africa the project participants upgraded eight different schools with reservoirs, including building and installing downspouts and water tanks.

Read more about the South Africa Project »

Paraguay 2009 In July 2009, a combined group of youth, Scouters and support staff from Tri-Shores Council traveled to the village of Nemby, Paraguay to rebuild a school which was forgotten and crumbling. The school now has the capacity to house 250 students and is the home to a breakfast program run by local Scouts.

Read more about the Paraguay Project »

Peru 2009 In August 2009. the 25th Dunbar Heights Venturer Company from Vancouver, BC completed a community development project in Cusco, Peru. The project improved the quality of life for Peruvians through the construction of a chicken coop at a local school in order to provide a food source for the students as well as a source of revenue for the local community.
Gambia 2007 In July and August of 2007, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts from Nova Scotia Council traveled to Sanyang, Gambia to develop a facility that would allow for economic growth in their community. The central focus of this project was a large lodge that can be used for training purposes for youth and leaders, national meetings and events and general purpose workshops.
Belize 2006 In August 2006,  contingent of Venturer Scouts, Rover Scouts and Scouters from Tri-Shores Council traveled down to the Valley of Peace, Belize to build a hurricane shelter/community centre with the community. For three weeks, the group worked, played and learned alongside Scouts from across Belize and the people who lived in the Valley of Peace.

Read more about the Belize Project »

International Exchanges

As we go through Scouting, we learn what values we have in common with others around the world. By going on an international exchange, you’ll learn firsthand about the amazing similarities and differences that all people share, and the qualities that keep global Scouting youth connected.
By experiencing another country and culture, you’ll be able to better understand your own place in the world. You’ll also have the opportunity to host your international partner right in your own hometown. You’ll meet more people, learn new things and experience the world.

Upcoming Exchange Opportunities

Interested in starting an international exchange with your group or section in the 2017-2018 Scouting year? Contact the International Committee today. We already have youth going all around the world. Don’t miss your opportunity to start planning your own international exchange!

Resources

Have a question about International Exchanges? Consult the International Exchanges FAQs page for more information.

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International Events

This is where it all starts. Members of Scouting from around the world get together for Camporees, Jamboree, and Moots. These events are the perfect opportunity to meet others and learn about the world of Scouting. By participating in an international event, you’ll have the opportunity to get out and encounter the entire world all at once.

Events with Registered Scouts Canada Contingents

Event Date Location More Information
JamCam Ecuador Dec 27, 2016 to Jan 2, 2017 Guayaquil, Ecuador Click here for more information
Boy Scouts of America National Jamboree 2017 July 19 to 28, 2017 Bechtel Summit Reserve, West Virginia Click here for more information

#BSA2017

15th World Scout Moot July 25 to August 02, 2017 Near Reykajavik, Iceland Click here for more information

#moot2017

24th World Scout Jamboree July 22 to August 02, 2019 Bechtel Summit Reserve, West Virginia Click here for more information

#WJ2019

Other Upcoming Events

Event Date Location More Information
III InterAmerican Region Moot 2018 July 27 to August 05 2018 Imperial City of Cuzco-Peru, in the Andes Mountains Click here for more information

#IARMoot2018

Resources

Have a question about International Events? Consult the International Events FAQs page for more information.

Pen Pal Program

Here’s your chance to discover a whole world of Scouting outside your meeting hall. By participating with your Group in the ScoutsAbroad Pen Pal Program, you’ll have the opportunity to talk with members of Scouting from around the world. You can make connections and learn all about what Scouts do in other countries. This is your opportunity to get involved in international Scouting even at a younger age. Imagine all the places in the world and new international friends that are waiting to be discovered by you!

Countries Available for Pen Pals

Country Preferred section to link with
Australia Beaver Scouts (Colony – ages 5-7)
Africa All Sections, Girls only
United Kingdom Beaver Scouts (Colony – ages 5-7)

Groups in Canada Available for Pen Pals

Group Location Preferred section to link with
Nanaimo, BC Eastern Canada, Cub Scouts

Resources

Have questions about the Pen Pal Program? Consult the Pen Pal Program FAQs page for more information.
Want to participate? Contact the National Coordinator at PenPal@scouts.ca.

Program Partnerships

Scouts Canada STEM Program Partnerships

Scouts Canada is partnering with Canada’s leading STEM organizations to deliver an engaging, innovative and hands-on STEM program.

To help foster the curiosity and practical skills in areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, Scouts Canada has developed and integrated STEM programming into our overall program. By providing informal educational activities for youth and young adults, aged 5 to 26, we hope to excite, engage and evoke a passion for STEM subjects and nurture the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians.

We are partnering with some of Canada’s leading STEM organizations and working collaboratively to extend the reach and impact of our STEM programming among our 100,000 members across Canada. If STEM education and program delivery is part of your mandate, please connect with us to discuss further opportunities.

For more information about STEM partnerships, please contact us at stem@scouts.ca.

Let’s Talk Science

Let's Talk Science LogoLet’s Talk Science and Scouts Canada have joined forces to assist Scouts and Scouters with running STEM activities in their Sections. Let’s Talk Science is a national charitable organization that focuses on science education and outreach support to youth development. They create and deliver unique, accessible learning programs and services that engage children and youth in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

With this partnership, Let’s Talk Science’s network of 3,500 trained volunteers, based at over 40 university and college campuses across Canada, will engage Scouting youth ages 5 to 17 in a wide variety of meaningful STEM-related learning experiences using real-world examples and exciting activities. Volunteers will work with Scout groups to provide mentorship, support and instruction for STEM projects, provide access to materials and university laboratories, and develop and implement activities that match the interests of the youth.

Sections and Groups looking for help when running STEM activities can easily request assistance from their local Let’s Talk Science Outreach site. A complete registry of all Canadian sites may be found online at: outreach.letstalkscience.ca.

For more information about Let’s Talk Science, please visit letstalkscience.ca.