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Canadian Path: Overview

Scouts Canada’s Program is The Canadian Path

The Canadian Path program is the way Scouting is done in Canada. Developed by Scouts Canada, this well-rounded program offers youth aged 5 to 26 an opportunity to experience new things, have more adventures and develop into confident and capable individuals, better prepared for success in the world.

From Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts, youth take the lead in deciding what program areas they will pursue. Taking charge, the youth will organize ways to achieve these goals, and will collectively reflect on their experience after the goal is met. With support from adult Scouters, this “Plan-Do-Review” method is one of the many ways that the Canadian Path can help youth develop into critical thinkers, extend their personal progression, and encourage active participation in an inclusive team dynamic.

The Canadian Path brings Scouting back to its roots by using the Scout Method as its basis, which was first introduced by Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout Movement.

Scouts Canada Beaver Scouts
Scouts Canada Beaver Scouts

Beaver Scouts

Ages 5-7

Discover adventures like camping, hiking, playing games and enjoying campfires. Make great new friends along the way, along with lasting memories!

Scouts Canada Cub Scouts
Scouts Canada Cub Scouts

Cub Scouts

Ages 8-10

Embark on outdoor adventures like hikes, weekend camps and canoeing. As a Pack, Cubs are encouraged to try new and exciting activities including STEM projects and cultural experiences.

Scouts Canada Scouts
Scouts Canada Scouts

Scouts

Ages 11-14

Blaze your own trail. Delve into more leadership opportunities and develop self-confidence by planning adventures with your Troop and giving back to the community in a meaningful way.

Scouts Canada Venturer Scouts
Scouts Canada Venturer Scouts

Venturer Scouts

Ages 15-17

Push your potential. Develop life skills to climb the mountain of your goals and reach your personal summit, embarking on greater expeditions and acquiring real-world experience.

Scouts Canada Rover Scouts
Scouts Canada Rover Scouts

Rover Scouts

Ages 18-26

The world awaits. Experience fun and challenging expeditions with peers and drive your personal ambitions with support from a mentor, better preparing you for success.

Scouts Canada Adult Volunteers
Scouts Canada Adult Volunteers

Adult Volunteers

Ages 18+

Gain new skills, join a community and help youth experience countless firsts as they develop into confident and capable individuals.

Canadian Path FAQ

Have questions on how best to transition to The Canadian Path? Visit the Canadian Path FAQ on the Online Support Centre.

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Components of The Path

The Canadian Path is comprised of several components:

  • A non-formal approach to learning
  • The seven components of the Scout Method
  • The Four Elements: Youth-led, Plan-Do-Review, Adventure and SPICES (the six attributes Scouting aims to foster: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual)
  • Six balanced Program Areas: Environment & Outdoors, Leadership, Active & Healthy Living, Citizenship, Creative Expression and Beliefs & Values
  • A personal journey of growth

The Four Elements

There are Four Elements that make up The Canadian Path:

  • Youth-led: The program is directed by its youth members—not the Scouters.
  • Plan-Do-Review: A three-step process informs all activities in the Canadian Path program.
  • Adventure: Scouts explore new things, share new ideas, learn new skills and create new paths.
  • SPICES: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual are the six dimensions of personal development for the Canadian Path program.

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Six Program Areas

The Canadian Path is divided into six Program Areas—categories of the different opportunities that Scouting offers.

Each Section explores all of the Program Areas through age-appropriate activities. As your Section plans its Adventures, you may discover that your plans include more than one Program Area.

Including features from multiple Program Areas makes the Adventure more challenging and encourages development in all of the SPICES. Remember, the Canadian Path is Youth-led, so the youth will decide on Adventures for every Program Area. The ideas below give a sense of the fantastic possibilities the six Program Areas can provide.

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Outdoor Adventure Skills

The Outdoor Adventure Skills program is an invitation for Scouts to try something new—to be outside more, testing themselves with progressive challenges while always staying within their capabilities to stay safe. In short, it’s about having life-changing experiences.

Each Outdoor Adventure Skills pathway is divided into nine stages with a badge awarded for each stage. However, the purpose of the OAS program is not the badge. Rather, the Outdoor Adventure Skills should be seen as tools to support the Plan-Do-Review process.

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Environmental Stewardship

The environment is central to Scouting and is a key element in the development of engaged citizens. Through Scouting, we never miss out on the opportunity to experience and build a relationship with nature. Environmental exploration has played a prominent role in the Scout Movement since it was founded.

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Share Your Adventures

Share your adventures with Adventures on the Path! Adventures on the Path is where all members of Scouts Canada can submit and share their adventures.

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Share Your Thoughts

Share your thoughts with Scouts Canada about The Canadian Path and help us build a better program for today’s youth. You can do so by completing one or all of the below surveys.