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 reflecting 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 Troop Planning Guide
The Troop Planning Guide is a great way to make sure that your Troop gets the most out of your program. This guide includes templates that you can use each season as you plan your Troop’s adventures.
Troop Planning Guide
The Canadian Trails Map
The Canadian Trails Map for the Scout Section depicts the six Program Areas of the Canadian Path as trails scattered across the country. Encourage your Scouts to use this map when planning and reviewing a program cycle. The Canadian Path is a balanced program that serves Scouts Canada’s mission to develop well-rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world.
In addition to the full Canadian Trail Map, you can download a smaller version with just the map and Program Areas to aid in planning. For tips on using the map download the “Using the Scout Map” tip sheet.
Weekly Scout meetings are the backbone of the movement, here you’ll find some great tools to assist with your weekly meeting planning, whether it’s indoors or outside.
We have developed dozens of Scouting tips to support Troop 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.