|What is Scouting?
| MISSION | PRINCIPALS |
Scouting had its start in the
experiences of Lt. Col. Robert Baden-Powell (B.-P.). He was a career
soldier who served in India and Africa. His love of the outdoor life
and his interest in the welfare of his troops led him to introduce
many innovations into service life. All of them revolving around
making soldiers more self-reliant.
the Army, B.-P. wrote a book entitled Aids to Scouting. In essence, it
was a skill-development book that elaborated on outdoor survival
activities. The book became quite popular and and was used to train
boys in a number of schools and clubs. Following this, B.-P. rewrote
the book and called the new version Scouting for Boys. It was such a
success that he decided to organize the very first Scout Camp, to test
his theory in 1907.
groups sprang up spontaneously as boys (and girls) applied the lessons
from B.-P.¹s book. Scouting continued to grow in England and spread
to other countries around the world. The first Scout groups in Canada
were formed in 1908. In 1920, B.-P. decided to hold a rally for Scouts
in Olympia Stadium in London, England. This is regarded as the first
World Jamboree. A World Scout Conference was held in 1922 and the
World Organization of the Scout Movement was formed.
years, the Scouting program has been updated and revised to remain
relevant to the needs of youth. A program for younger youth was
designed in 1914 and called Cub
Rover Scouts for "graduates" of
the Scout program was formed in
1918. Venturer Scouts, a program for teens,
was initiated in Canada in 1967 and Beaver
was started in 1974. Scouting continues to grow and develop in Canada
and around the world as it continues to meet the needs of modern
children. In over 100 years, Scouting has served generations of Canadians
and improved the way of life in countless communities across the
more than 100,000 members, Scouts Canada is the
nation’s premier youth-serving organization.
every new member, with every camp and every
community service project, Scouts Canada makes one
simple promise to Canadian youth, parents and
Scouts have fun
things and experiences
Along the way they
develop into capable,
better prepared for
success in the world.
Scouts is the start
of something great.
It starts with
|Scouting is based on three broad principles
which represent its fundamental beliefs. These include:
- Duty to God:
Defined as, The responsibility to adhere to
spiritual principles, and thus to the religion
that expresses them, and to accept the duties
- Duty to Others:
Defined as, The responsibility to one's local,
national and global community members to promote
peace, understanding and cooperation, through
participation in the development of society,
respect for the dignity of one's fellow-beings,
and protection of the integrity of the natural
- Duty to Self:
Defined as, The responsibility for the
development of oneself to one's full potential
physically, intellectually, spiritually and
Canada engages youth, involving them throughout their formative years in
a non-formal educational process, using a specific Method that makes
each individual the principal agent of his or her development as a
self-reliant, supportive, responsible and committed person. The Scout
Method is an approach unique to Scouting throughout the world (World
Association of the Scouting Movement's Scouting: An Educational System)
and includes each of the following seven elements:
- Scout Law and Promise
- Learning by Doing
- The Team System
- A Symbolic Framework
- Personal Progression
- Adult Support
Each program section
follows this method at a level appropriate to the age range and capabilities of the
members in that section. Together the programs for all sections combine towards the
development of the whole person and an in-depth appreciation and commitment to the
principles of Scouting.
The five programs of Scouts Canada are:
Beaver Scouts - a program for 5 to 7 year olds designed around
the concept of sharing.
Cub Scouts - designed especially for 8 to 10 year olds, this
program provides children with the opportunity to work and play with others developing
responsibility and increasing their skills in hobbies and crafts.
Scouts - provides the opportunities for children aged 11 to
14 (with the option to remain until age 16) to have membership in small friendship and
interest groups, to try a variety of challenging and appealing activities based on
learning by doing, to develop health and fitness, an appreciation of and experience in the
community and the outdoors.
Venturer Scouts - is a program for youth, ages 14 to 17 which helps
them adapt to a rapidly changing world by meeting people, going places and doing things.
Rover Scouts - is a program for adults ages 18 to 26 which helps
individual development and self-discovery.
affairs of the Corporation of Scouts Canada are governed by a
Board of Governors and administered and managed by the National
Canada grants charters to Councils to administer Scouting within the area as
defined in the charter. Councils can also charter local councils to administer
Scouting within defined areas.
groups are sponsored. Working in partnerships, Scouts Canada provides
programs for community based groups to use in their work with youth.
These community groups include religious institutions (as is the case
with 15th Strathcona), service, fraternal and civic clubs, professional,
business and occupational associations; military bases, public and
private schools; Home & School associations and groups of
The sponsor/partner is free to
choose and use any or all of the programs and to receive services from
Scout councils provided they accept the Mission and Principles and follow
the policy of Scouting as set out in By-law, Policies & Procedures.
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