Personal Achievement Badges are designed to allow youth to explore and expand skills and knowledge in areas that are of particular interest to them.
In The Canadian Path, Personal Achievement Badges are strictly optional. They are not a core part of the program, and they are not an essential part of a youth’s personal progression. Personal Achievement Badges are not a requirement for any Top Section Award. It is recognized that activities outside of Scouting add to youth’s growth in the SPICES and to their personal progression. No one comes to Scouting as an empty vessel.
Working on Personal Achievement Badges allows youth to further develop individual interests and skills and to have that development recognized as part of their growth and progression within The Canadian Path.
The Canadian Path is all about developing well-rounded individuals by encouraging youth to participate in a wide range of activities.
Scouting is not about collecting badges. The badges of the Canadian Path are used to celebrate the personal journey of youth in Scouting. They mark the milestones of the journey and celebrate youth achievements.
These are achieved in stages and continue with youth from one Section to the next. They mark progress in gaining specific competencies within the Outdoor Adventure Skill (OAS) area. Only the highest stage earned in any particular skill area is worn on the uniform.
These are achieved by completing the personal progression within the Sections, leading or contributing to projects of personal significance that have an impact in the community, and attaining the specified number of OAS stages.
Personal Achievement badges allow you to explore things that are special to you.
Look at the different badges. You are bound to find at least one that interests you. You can use the ideas for the badges you want to achieve, or you can use your own ideas.
Personal Achievement Badges for Parents:
Personal Achievement badges are designed to allow Scouting youth to acquire skills and knowledge in areas that are of particular interest to them, and to have that development recognized as part of their growth through Scouting. They give your child the opportunity to try something new, and to set achievable goals. Personal Achievement badges are generally pursued individually, and outside of weekly meetings. They can be pursued by Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts.
In 2010, the National Youth Network began working on two new Youth Leadership training programs aimed at the younger Scouting sections. These courses are called FLEX (Fun Leadership EXperience) for Cub Scouts and FAST (Fun Active Scout Training) for Scouts. FLEX and FAST trainers will help youth learn the skills to become the greatest leaders they can be. These modules on core leadership skills will help youth take on the kinds of leadership opportunities that will take them to the next level and achieve truly great things.