Scouts are youth aged 11-14 who are learning to blaze their own trail, jumping into more leadership opportunities by planning adventures and giving back to their community in meaningful ways. Scouts can take their outdoor adventure skills to the next level with activities like mountain biking, rock climbing and lots of camping, and explore memorable opportunities like national or international jamborees. Through Scouts, youth discover their unique capabilities and personal progression as they discover the world through Scouting.
A Scout Section is called a “Troop” and youth within a Troop are organized into smaller teams called “Patrols”. As a Scout you are taking a stronger role in the types of adventures your Troop is undertaking and you’re learning more advanced skills. The motto for Scouts is: Be Prepared.
We should ask, what don’t Scouts do? The Scouting Method of learning by doing continues as Scouts take on more challenging adventures. Scouts may be partaking in multi-day camping excursions, completing their axe and saw permit or learning more advanced first aid to help others in a time of need. In Scouts youth will paddle across lakes, build their own campfires and understand the importance of Leave-No-Trace.
Community service is another important part of being a Scout. Whether it’s stepping up to assist during a time of crisis in the community or simply by helping an elderly neighbour, Scouts instills a sense of civic pride and responsibility.
Scouts builds leaders, enabling youth to lead their own path toward outdoor adventure and fun. Through Youth-led programming, youth discover the best in themselves taking on new challenges and experience new things they wouldn’t elsewhere. Along the way, they develop into well-rounded youth better prepared for success in the world.
Every young person deserves to experience the world of adventure, friendship and self-development that Scouting offers. The No One Left Behind program provides financial subsidies to families in need, so every child can experience the fun of Scouting.
Learning by doing is at the heart of the Scouting program. The Scouts program covers a number of areas including: environment & outdoors, creative express, leadership, active & healthy living, citizenship, belief & values and outdoor adventure skills. Scouts will plan all kinds of fun adventures that cover these main areas. As part of the overall Scouting program, there are also additional program elements that Scouts may explore during their time with the Troop, some of them are listed below.
Throughout their time with Scouts, youth will be working towards a number of different badges, whether it’s collectively with their Troop or individually on their own. Below are all of the badges’ Scouts can explore and earn.