Your personal journey as a Venturer Scout is all about setting challenges for yourself and meeting your goals using a “Plan-Do-Review” process. It is through these challenges that you will make your way from Tree Line to Snow Line, eventually reaching the Summit. This journey is called your Solo Climb, and your progress along the way will be recognized with Personal Progression badges. You will progress at your own pace, and your fellow Venturer Scouts and Company Scouters will support you along the way.
In addition to the goals you set for yourself as part of your Solo Climb, you have the opportunity to pursue a variety of other awards, including the Queen’s Venturer Scout Award – the Top Section Award for the Venturer 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 Scouts Canada Scholarship Program provides financial support to members of Scouts Canada entering or continuing in full-time studies at Canadian Universities or Colleges.
All recipients are motivated youth who, with the help of their Scouting experiences have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and a desire to create a better world. As they progress through life, these skills will be carried with them as they become successful adults in the community. Scouts Canada sees this scholarship program as an investment in the lives of the future leaders of tomorrow.
he 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.
FOCUS (Future Of Canada United in Scouting) is a for-youth-by-youth leadership program aimed towards Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts. It was first developed by the National Youth Committee in 1997 and presented to a delegation of young people in the Scouting movement from all across Canada at a conference in ‘97. Those youth that participated in the event, were given all the necessary materials to bring it back to their local communities; they helped spread their knowledge throughout the country. That’s what makes FOCUS so special—it’s designed such that any member of our older sections can pick up the trainer’s manual, read it, and feel confident enough to present the material to their peers.