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(Canadian Path) Program Standard (DRAFT FOR CONSULTATION)

This document has been reviewed extensively by select Group Commissioners and Scouts Canada staff, but it has not yet been formally approved, and does not yet represent requirements for Scouting adventures.

This is your opportunity to read the document and to provide your feedback—please use the form at the bottom of page, and share your thoughts by August 16. We value your feedback, and we will use your constructive criticisms, questions and ideas to make this resources as clear, sensible and robust as possible. Thank you in advance for your contributions.

(Canadian Path) Program Standard (DRAFT FOR CONSULTATION)


Scouting exists to actively engage and support young people in their personal development, empowering them to make a positive contribution to society. Developed by Scouts Canada, this well-rounded program offers youth aged 5 to 26 an opportunity to experience new things, to have more adventures, and to develop into confident and capable individuals better prepared for success in the world. From Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts, the Scouts Canada Program brings Scouting back to its roots by using the Scout Method as its basis; this method was first introduced by Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout Movement. Scouts Canada’s program is titled ‘The Canadian Path’.

The purpose of this (Canadian Path) Program Standard is to outline the minimum requirements and expectations to deliver, and fully implement, the Canadian Path program.

Our Standards

  1. The Standard applies to all Councils, Groups, Sections and other Scouts Canada activities and programs which actively deliver the (Canadian Path) Program to youth participants (e.g. Summer Camps).
  2. The objective of the Program Standard is to ensure that Group and Section plans are developed and implemented with full alignment to the Canadian Path program, to ensure consistency, and high-quality program delivery to meet and exceed the expectations of our parents and youth.
  3. The Program Standard (requirements): Commissioners and Section Scouters shall ensure the following minimum requirements of the (Canadian Path) program are included in annual section plans and implemented in regular section meetings:
    1. The Canadian Path interprets the Scout Method through The Four Elements:
      • Youth-led
      • Plan-Do-Review
      • Adventure
      • SPICES (Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual development)
    2. The Scout Method is a fundamental aspect of Scouting and is expressed through the following components:
      • The Scout Promise and Law:
      • Learning by Doing
      • Personal Progression
      • The Patrol (Team) System
      • Scouter Support
      • Nature
      • Community Involvement
    3. Scouts Canada offers youth a balanced program described through six Program Areas:
      1. Environment & Outdoors
      2. Leadership
      3. Active & Healthy Living
      4. Citizenship
      5. Creative Expression
      6. Beliefs & Values
  4. Group Commissioners and Contact Scouters (‘Scouters-in-Charge’) are responsible for ensuring:
    1. The program is directed by youth members – with support and facilitation from Scouters.
      • Youth are involved, engaged and committed to the outcomes of the Plan-Do-Review process in an age-appropriate way.
      • Programs are conducted in small teams using the Patrol (Team) System as described in the Scout Method.
      • Every youth will have age-appropriate leadership opportunities.
    2. The Plan-Do-Review process is used for all Scouting activities.
      • Sections will have short-term, seasonal, and long-term Program plans
      • Program quality is reviewed seasonally using both the Canadian Path Navigator and the Program Quality Assurance (PQA) processes.
      • Youth should be involved in program review wherever practical.
      • Program plans are communicated to stakeholders.
    3. Scouting activities are adventurous which offer new or unique experience for youth.
      • Programs are conducted safely – consideration is given to both physical and emotional safety of all members.
      • Activities are focused around one Program Area.
      • Youth are offered to participate in activities across all six Program Areas annually.
    4. Personal progression and growth is expressed using the SPICES.
      • Personal progression is reviewed with each youth member
      • Parents are engaged in their child/children’s personal development

Related Policies

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Effective date

September 1st 2019

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: The Canadian Path is quite complex – how do we manage the balance in planning with Program Areas, SPICES, Outdoor Adventure Skills etc..?

A: A good practice is to work with the Section Leadership Teams (Youth) and focus on enabling them to develop plans that consider visiting all of the six Program Areas annually. This does not have to be equal weighting, nor do they all have to be outdoors. Balance and diversity is key. Once the frame is created with the program areas – let the youth consider which Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS) they’d like to develop as part of the adventures in each program area. This may be an iterative process until they gain familiarity with the program areas and OAS. Once a quarter, work with the youth in the Section Leadership Teams to review the program against the SPICES. Using coaching and facilitating techniques, help the youth discover which areas may benefit from revisiting. In this way, the SPICES and program outcomes can be delivered annually with a program planning focus on the six program areas.

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