Leaders Wanted! Scouts Canada Youth Leadership Training

In 2009 and 2010, Scouts Canada’s National Youth Network introduced the most recent versions of three age-appropriate Youth Leadership Training courses: FLEX, FAST and FOCUS. Since that time, many Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers have benefited from what the courses have to offer. They’ve become better, more confident leaders, both in Scouting and in their day-to-day lives.

As more and more Sections get on The Canadian Path, the timing seemed right for the National Youth Network to take a look at FLEX, FAST and FOCUS and make some changes. Plan-Do-Review, right? We wanted to make sure our Youth Leadership Training was in step with the changes we’ve made in other parts of our Scouting program. There’s a lot to be excited about in Scouting these days!

For starters, we wanted a more consistent approach to Youth Leadership Training. We also want people outside of Scouting to know about the fantastic young leaders we have. By transitioning to ‘Scouts Canada Youth Leadership Training’, these courses will have name recognition outside of Scouting and can be included on resumes or job applications. There are five distinct courses (one for each Section), but they share the same name.

Youth-led is one of the Four Elements of The Canadian Path. The new Youth Leadership Training courses just had to make this a part of any changes, and we’ve done just that. While FLEX, FAST and FOCUS did a good job of having senior youth lead youth from younger Sections, we thought it would be better if we found ways that the participants take turns leading each other as part of the course. What better way to learn about leadership than by actually leading? The new Section-specific Youth Leadership Training courses use Trail Cards as a resource that lets facilitators turn the adventure over to the participants themselves. The Trail Cards describe fun activities that support development in skills like communication, project management and conflict resolution. In addition to these new opportunities for leadership-based learning, this approach will also make Youth Leadership Training more accessible to youth across the country.

Personal progression is a key part of The Canadian Path. We wanted to make sure that all youth can develop their leadership skills, and that training opportunities can become meaningful opportunities for individual learning and development. Trail Cards are part of that bigger picture. Overall, we wanted an adaptable format that allows for personal progression. There isn’t really such thing as one size fits all when it comes to something like leadership. Youth have a variety of leadership styles, and individual strengths. We want to play to those strengths, and we want to develop the flexibility to take different approaches in different situations.

Our new Youth Leadership Training courses were developed with the input of youth from all over Canada, and we’ll make them even better with feedback on what we have from even more youth across the country. We have a sneak preview of some new Youth Leadership Training Trail Cards for you below! Try them out with your Section and let us know what you think by filling out this survey . In return for your feedback, we will mail you some Youth Leadership Training stickers for your whole Section!

Our goal is to have final versions of the new Youth Leadership Training courses available to all Sections by the start of summer.

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Youth leadership Trail Cards

Beaver Scouts 

Creating Your Superhero DOWNLOAD (PDF)
Superhuman Hearing! DOWNLOAD (PDF)

Cub Scouts 

North, South, East, West DOWNLOAD (PDF)
Puppet Show DOWNLOAD (PDF)


Blindfolded Skit DOWNLOAD (PDF)
Table Topics DOWNLOAD (PDF)

Venturer Scouts

Leadership Race DOWNLOAD (PDF)

Rover Scouts 

Follow… then Lead DOWNLOAD (PDF)
Paper Folding DOWNLOAD (PDF)


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  • Martin

    Both my scouts wanted to attend the FAST but it was canceled due to lack of registrations. If Scouts Canada wants youth to lead them they need to provide the training. Martin Smith, 27th Guelph