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Company Scouters

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Company Scouters – Be prepared to climb higher!

The Venturer Scout program provides an exciting and enriching experience at one of the most important periods of development in a young person’s life. Venturer Scouts (ages 15–17) have an opportunity to enrich their Company and themselves by setting and achieving goals, measuring progress, developing in each of the SPICES and realizing their potential as members of Canadian society.

On The Canadian Path, Venturer Scouts focus on the importance of developing character. Less emphasis is placed on Company structure and authority, and more on building a team that takes advantage of the entire skill set of the group. Venturer Scouts may muster into larger groups that provide greater social-development opportunities and allow Venturer Scouts to work together to ensure everyone reaches his or her personal summit. However, the main focus for the Venturer Scout is on personal development—a Solo Climb.

Company Scouters were called “Advisors” in the past, and this remains your role as a Company Scouter facilitating the Canadian Path program. Provide helpful advice to your Company, and give the Venturer Scouts every opportunity to lead and to learn by doing. Don’t forget to check the quick links provided on the right-hand side for easy access to more resources.

PLAN YOUR PROGRAM

The Canadian Path program is the way Scouting is done in Canada. From Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts, youth take the lead in deciding what program areas they will pursue, organizing ways to achieve these goals and 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 program can help youth develop into critical thinkers, extend their personal progression, and encourage active participation in an inclusive team dynamic.

Plan: With the Canadian Path, all youth are involved in the planning process—brainstorming, making suggestions and providing input about the Program Areas they are interested in. Then, with guidance from their Scouters, youth select the activities they will pursue along their Path. Scouters engage all youth in the planning for age-appropriate activities and adventures.

You can read more about the Canadian Path here to get a bit more familiar with it. For new Scouters, you will also be learning more in your Wood Badge Trainings. Visit the David Huestis Centre for more training opportunities such as the Canadian Path Fundamentals training.

 

The Company Planning Guide

The Company Planning Guide is a great way to make sure that your Company gets the most out of their program.  As a senior section within Scouts, it’s important to understand how to facilitate a great youth-led program. 

Company Planning Guide

The Venturer Journey Chart & Solo Climb Plan

For this senior section within Scouts, Venturer Scouts use the symbolic theme of a solo mountain climb to chart their personal progression. Incorporating all the key elements of the Canadian Path, the climb progresses from trailhead to treeline to snowline and then ultimately the Summit.  Venturer Scouts are encouraged to use this chart and template as they navigate their planned adventures.

Scouters Tips

We have developed dozens of Scouting tips to support Company Scouters in their role. If you have a question or would like to receive some practical tips regarding a certain aspect of the program, we suggest that you first take a look at our Scouters' tips as they are a great source of information. Make sure to visit our Forms and Downloads section for the complete listing of those tips.

 

DO YOUR PROGRAM

This is where the fun begins! And there is no shortage of great resources and “ready-to-use” programming to make sure that your Section experiences an exciting and well-rounded program. Take some time to browse all the tools and resources below for inspiration. This is your gold mine for great programming content and ideas.

CANADIAN PATH NAVIGATOR

 

The Navigator describes behaviours you will recognize in your Sections. Discover where you are and how you can take your program to new heights!

Canadian Path Navigator

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SKILLS


 

Explore the nine Outdoor Adventure Skills pathways.
 
 

Outdoor Adventure Skills
Great Canadian Scouting Adventure

 

Explore the natural and historic wonders of Canada and how to incorporate them into your program.

Great Canadian Scouting Adventure

OTHER PROGRAM RESOURCES

activity finder
ACTIVITY FINDER
 

Need an activity? Explore hundreds of activities in the Activity Finder to build your Scouting adventure!  

Activity Finder
Scouts for
Sustainablity

Want to engage youth in environmental initiatives?  Check out the Scouts for Sustainability Program for ideas!

Scouts for Sustainablity
YOUTH ADVENTURE
CHALLENGES

Try a past youth Challenge which offers 8-week or 4-weeks of great programming ideas aligned to OAS or SDGs.

Youth Challenges
STEM

Discover a variety of STEM activities that you can integrate into your weekly program.
 

Discover STEM
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Explore a collection of resources to help increase the understanding of our relation to Indigenous communities.

Diversity and Inclusion

Review your program

The Program Quality guide is a great way to make sure that your Company gets the most out of the program. Explore the possibilities with your Company and the potential that each Cycle can hold for all Venturers.

 

Program Quality Guide

How do I facilitate Personal Progression Reviews?

Take it further...

King's Venturer’s Award

The King's Venturer’s Award is presented to Venturer Scouts who have acquired competence and skills that will be of considerable use to themselves, their Company, and their community. These Venturer Scouts will have been recognized by their Company, their Scouter, and Scouts Canada as being worthy of receiving the Award.

Please note : we will be updating the certificate and accompanying documents as soon as we have an updated image ( King's Crown)

 

queens-venturer-certificate-fill.pdf

Top Section Awards: Requirements and Transition

    The Duke Of Edinburgh’s International
    Award – Become An Award Leader!

While not exclusive to Scouting, The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program has much in common with The Canadian Path, emphasizing outdoor adventure and community service, and supporting your personal development. Scouts Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding with The Duke of Edinburgh International Awards in 2010. This formalized the cooperative relationship that has existed on an international level between the two organizations for many years.

All members of Scouting between the ages of 14 and 25 are entitled to register for The Duke of Edinburgh International Award for free!

 

Find Out More

Become an Award Leader

Register Here

Scouting and The Duke of Edinburgh International Award

Youth Leadership Training

Scouts Canada’s Youth Leadership Training courses have been created for all five Sections, from Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts! In fact, the program was spearheaded by a team of youth from across Canada.

Each group of youth participants can create a unique collection of adventures to explore five leadership knowledge areas, including Becoming a Leader, Communication, Plan-Do-Review, Problem Solving and Teamwork. Youth from older Sections facilitate the adventures—while adult Scouters take a step back from the action.

 

Explore Youth Leadership Training

VOCATIONAL VENTURERS

Within the Venturer Scouts Sections there are some groups that are geared towards specific vocations, such as First-Aid, Police, Fire, Paramedic and even Culinary! These Venturer Sections generally focus on specialized training in a particular field. Often these groups will be a combined Venturer/Rover group. 

Groups focused on emergency training may be referred to as “MedVents” and are often sponsored by local Emergency Services. MedVent groups are an opportunity for youth to learn about Emergency Medical Service, Policing, and Firefighting and there are a number of these specialized groups across Canada. Check out Medvents.ca a site maintained by the 1st Downsview Group which provides more information on Medical Venturers/Rovers. These groups put their training to good use providing volunteer First-Aid and support at Scout camps and charitable events. There are also Police Venturers/Rover and Fire Venturer/Rover groups that are sponsored by their local police/fire departments.  These groups often assist with local crime prevention initiatives, community events, learn firefighter procedures and equipment and train in medical first response.

NEED BRAND RESOURCES? FIND THEM ALL ON TRELLO!

Trello is our online brand centre - here you can find all the brand resources you need; everything from logos and graphics to campaign-related materials and fundraising resources. Social media graphics, Canadian Path graphics, Bring A Friend resources, Recruitment materials and more! It's all on Trello! 

 

Visit Trello

VENTURER SCOUT UNIFORM

The Venturer Scout uniform consists of the Venturer shirt, neckerchief and neckerchief woggle. The Venturer Scout uniform can be found online at scoutshop.ca. The necker and the woggle will be supplied by the Group.

Venturer Insignia Placement

Got Questions? The Online Support Centre has the Answers

The Online Support Centre (OSC) is Scouts Canada’s virtual Help Centre. It is a collection of articles designed specifically for Scouters to help find answers to frequently asked questions. From step-by-step directions on how to navigate MyScouts, to detailed articles on volunteer screening, to best practices on almost every topic, the OSC will help simplify your Scouting experience.

Can’t find what you are looking for? Submit a request through the OSC and our Help Centre team will be happy to assist you.

 

Online Support Centre