Canadian Path

The NEW Canadian Path Scouting Program is the revitalization of Scouting in Canada! It is exciting! Youth are encouraged and taught leadership! They are encouraged to develop their own program through planning adventures and learning things that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn

The Canadian Path exists of:

  • 4 elements

    • Youth Led
    • Plan- Do – Review
    • Adventure
    • SPICES
      • Social
        Through participation in Scouting Adventures, youth begin to understand how they depend on others, and how others depend on them. Scouting Adventures allow them to be part of a diverse group and develop cooperation and leadership skills.
      • Physical
        Scouting Adventures provide many opportunities for youth to be responsible for the care and well being of their bodies.
      • Intellectual 
        Through Scouting Adventures, youth have opportunities to develop in their ability to think, to plan, to innovate and to use information in an original way to adapt to new situations.
      • Character

        Scouting Adventures guide youth to take responsibility for themselves while still respecting the needs of others, helping them to create a lifelong personal values system.
      • Emotional
        Through Scouting Adventures, youth members are given opportunities to recognize and respect their own feelings and to learn to express them in a healthy manner while respecting the feelings of others.
      • Spiritual
        In the midst of Scouting Adventures, youth members have experiences in which they recognize that they are part of a larger spiritual reality and learn to respect the spiritual choices of others. (Note: The larger spiritual reality could include, but is not limited to: a relationship with God, Allah, Jehovah, Heavenly Father, Supreme Being, the eight-fold path of Buddhism, a Higher Power, a connection with nature and the earth and a connection with the global community.)
        The SPICES shape our program; by including objectives from each area, we can ensure that we are meeting the needs of young people. Each of the SPICES should be fully explored as a youth member moves through the Scouting program, with some activities from each of the SPICES taking place each year, throughout each Section, and throughout the program as a whole.
  • 6 programs

  • Outdoor Adventure Skills (9 Skill Areas)

  • STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

    • Scouts Canada, the Imperial Oil Foundation and Exxon Mobile Canada have partnered to promote interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) among Scouting youth.The new Scouts Canada STEM program is designed to ignite curiosity, foster innovation, and create a climate in which youth can see themselves as future leaders of science and technology, limited only by the boundaries of their imagination.
    • STEM for BEAVERS
    • STEM for CUBS
    • STEM for SCOUTS

The Elements are like a GUIDE for the the CORE of the program which is the Outdoor Adventure and STEM.  Activity badges will be released early in 2016. For now the program will be a mix of old and new with the focus on the active, engaged and excited kids enjoying their own scouting program.

Please explore the Canadian Path!

Beaver Scouts Canadian Path

Cub Scouts Canadian Path

Scouts Canadian Path

Ventures Scouts Canadian Path

Rover Scouts Canadian Path



As Leaders:

  • ‘Your main role is to inspire the youth. You are there to help them get excited about the Adventures that are possible. You can help them catch the vision of being part of a worldwide moment.
  • As Scouter, you have the opportunity to mentor youth and help them achieve what they never thought they could. There is nothing quite as wonderful as having a youth, who struggled through Cubs and began to shine in Scouts, come up to talk to you 10 years later, full of pride because he or she is now a successful young adult – one who has embarked on a dreamed-of career.
  • You are a role model for youth. Whether at the Scouting meeting or at non-Scouting venues and activities, the youth you know through Scouting are watching you.
  • You are responsible for the safety, respect and wellbeing of the youth. While the youth lead and make decisions about their own program, you (as Scouter, and along with the other Scouters in your Section) are responsible for each youth feeling safe and respected in the program. You create the atmosphere in which every voice is valued and each person is understood to have something to contribute. You develop risk assessment practices that ensure the wellbeing of everyone participating in an Adventure. You set the tone and create the space in which youth can thrive in Scouting.

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The Canadian Path is defined by its four key elements: Youth-led, Plan-Do-Review, Adventure and SPICES.

The Four Elements provide youth with the opportunity to play an active role in facilitating and creating their own Youth-Led Path and program. The Plan-Do-Review element creates a more engaged and reflective process for our members, which they can apply to all their Adventures –and there will be many Adventures! SPICES will provide youth with a program that fosters well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world.

This year Scouts Canada Groups embark on this new journey. It’s going to be something special.

Join us on the Canadian Path!

Explore the Four Elements

  • Youth-Led
  • Plan-Do-Review
  • Adventure


There are a number of resources available to aid the implementation of the Four Elements of the Canadian Path.

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“I have to say I’m happy when youth tell me they will leave a hockey or soccer practice early (or just skip it) just so that they can join a Troop camp (that they put a lot of effort into planning) instead of the other way around.”

Kit, Ambassador Support in Shining Waters

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About Scouts Canada

About Scouts CanadaWith more than 100,000 members, Scouts Canada is the nation’s premier youth-serving organization.

With every new member, with every camp and every community service project, Scouts Canada makes one simple promise to Canadian youth, parents and society:

Scouts have fun adventures
discovering new things and experiences
they wouldn’t discover elsewhere.
Along the way they develop into capable,
confident and well-rounded individuals,
better prepared for success in the world.
Scouts is the start of something great.
It starts with Scouts.

Scouts Canada’s national office is located in Ottawa. Scouts Canada is a not-for-profit organization (Charitable Registration No. 10776 1694 RR0028) and a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.


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