Your personal journey as a Rover Scout is all about setting and achieving goals that matter to you, all with the valuable support of a mentor. It is by following a cycle of Personal Development Plans that you make your way to The Portage – the final leg of your Rover Scout journey. Unlike in other Sections, your personal progression in Rover Scouts is not recognized with a badge. The journey is its own reward.
However, as a Rover Scout there are a number of awards that you can pursue, including the Canadian Rover Scout Award – the Top Section Award for the Rover Scout Section. You can also progress in the Outdoor Adventure Skills, explore your faith and achieve the Religion in Life award, earn the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and demonstrate your proficiency in a second language to achieve your Language Strip.
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.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a challenge program of leisure time activities for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. It is operated and proclaimed worldwide. While it is not a Scouting award, it is one in which you are encouraged to achieve.
Scouts Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in 2010. This formalizes the cooperative relationship that has existed on an international level between the two organizations for many years.
All members of Scouting are entitled to a flat fee of $30 to register for the award. When you register for the award you will be registered for a specific level within the program (Bronze, Silver or Gold). That registration fee will cover you for as long as it takes to complete that level. Once your award has been approved and you make the decision to continue to the next level there will be a registration application and fee for the new level. There will no longer be a renewal fee.
A Scouter, working closely with the Court of Honour, Venturer Scout or Rover Scout executive, may assess, approve and present the Bronze Award once he/she has completed training from the local Duke of Edinburgh office.
Important components to be aware of:
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze level is for youth 14 and up.
A number of the requirements must be completed over a certain period of time (i.e. Service – 15 hours over six months).
A youth must be registered with the Duke of Edinburgh local office. This involves paying the $30 registration fee.
Only those activities completed after registering with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will be applicable to any level of the Award.
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.
Scouts Canada’s all-new Youth Leadership Training courses are now available online! Workshop resources have been created for all five Sections, from Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts. As a great example of youth leadership in action, the entire program was spearheaded by a team of youth from across Canada. Youth Leadership Training workshops are facilitated by youth, for youth—all while following the principles of The Canadian Path.