With the launch of the new Canadian Path, there have been some questions from youth and Scouter on how best to transition to the new program as well as some of its logistics. This FAQ will be updated monthly as new questions come in from the field. We invite you to check in periodically for updates.
As part of the implementation of The Canadian Path, youth have been empowered to lead their own programs with the support of dedicated Volunteers. Three enhancements will be made to MyScouts.ca in the coming weeks to support The Canadian Path and further empower youth to be leaders:
- Scouter Role Name Change - To ensure that youth see themselves as the leaders they are, the Canadian Path team has been working to change the terminology pertaining to our Volunteers, specifically moving towards the title of “Scouter” rather than “Leader”. MyScouts.ca will be updated to reflect the change, meaning that all Volunteer roles at the Section level will be updated, as well as various other Volunteer roles.
Please find attached at the bottom of this article an FAQ and the role name change chart
- Top Section Award Process – The Canadian Path introduced new Top Section Awards so that youth in every Section have a cumulative award (like the Chief Scout’s Award) to work towards. In the spirit of youth-led Scouting, Section Leadership Teams have been tasked with approving Top Section Awards for their Sections. As part of this new Group-centric approach to Top Section Awards, MyScouts.ca will be updated to allow Group Commissioners and Group Registrars to add Top Section Award records to youth’s profiles.
*Please visit the Top Section Award article for full information on this process
- Program Quality Assessment entry – To enable Sections to take ownership of the whole Program Quality Assessment process, MyScouts.ca will be updated so that Section Scouters can also input seasonal assessments into MyScouts.ca (in addition to Group Commissioners and Group Registrars). The remainder of the Program Quality process will stay the same. The results of seasonal assessments should continue to be shared with Group Commissioners, as they are ultimately responsible for the quality of the programs being facilitated in their Groups.
*Please visit the How to use Program Quality Awards in Myscouts article for full information on this process.
What material was used to create the Canadian Path Program Maps for Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts?
The Pond Map is made of a washable, colour-fast polyester fabric. The Jungle Map and the Canadian Trails Map are both made of a Tyvek-type material that is highly durable and waterproof.
With what do we mark the spaces on the Pond Map?
The dots on the Pond Map can be coloured in with a felt-marker. A permanent marker can be used, but the ink may seep through the fabric. A regular non-permanent felt-marker works better. See page 114 of The Canadian Path Scouter Manual for more information.
How do we care for the Pond Map?
The Pond Map can be gently washed by hand and hung to dry. We suggest that you take a photo of both sides of the map prior to washing, because the stamps may wash out, depending on the makers that were used. But don’t worry; your Beaver Scout will enjoy filling in the dots a second time, if necessary.
With what do we mark the spaces on the Jungle Map and the Canadian Trails Map?
Use a regular ballpoint pen or a permanent marker to fill in the dots in order to track personal progression, seasonal assessments and badge completion.
How do we care for the Jungle Map and Canadian Trails Map?
These maps were especially designed for weekly use within the Canadian Path program, and to stand up to the wear and tear of being carried in backpacks. A damp cloth can be used to wipe off spills or mud. The included zip pouch is a handy way to carry the map, as well as any other small items such as pencil, notebook or compass.
Why is the Scouter Manual app only available for iPad?
Due to the nature of mobile devices (tablets and smartphones), the Scouter Manual app needs to be built differently for major types of devices (Android vs Apple, or iPhone vs iPad). We needed to start somewhere, and since iPads are one of the most popular brands of tablets, it made sense to start there. We will produce versions for other devices in the near future, as our capacity allows.
What other apps is Scouts Canada developing to support The Canadian Path?
The Canadian Path team is also working on a Venturer/Company Handbook app and a Rover Handbook app. Both of these apps will function similarly to the Scouter Manual app.
We are also in the planning stages of the Outdoor Adventure app. This app will allow youth to track their progress in the Outdoor Adventure Skills, and will also include the content from the Field Book for Canadian Scouting, updated to support all nine Outdoor Adventure Skills.
Why did the Program Quality guide change?
The Canadian Path team received feedback from the Councils that Scouters were confused about how to define and assess Program Quality. The Canadian Path team has updated the Program Quality guide to eliminate this confusion. The process that youth and Scouters should undertake has not changed at all – the updates were merely to make things as clear as possible.
Youth in my Section don’t seem to be pursuing as many badges as they did before – am I doing something wrong?
The transition to The Canadian Path is a journey for youth and Scouters alike. There is a lot to learn, but understanding the new concepts and processes is important to Sections’ long-term success.
The decrease in the number of youth pursuing badges is most likely a result of this focus on learning the new structure of the program, and will likely self-correct over the next year. The decrease could also be a result of the youth being exposed to new and exciting opportunities thanks to The Canadian Path.
Just because youth aren’t pursuing badges, however, doesn’t mean that they aren’t benefitting a lot from our Scouting program. Badges aren’t the outcome of the Scouting program; they are simply recognition of what youth have accomplished. If youth aren’t interested in badges, perhaps there’s something else that you can do to recognize youth in a way that will make them feel proud of their accomplishments.
How do we involve parents in the Personal Achievement badges?
Just like youth and Scouters, parents need to be brought up to speed on The Canadian Path. Scouters should create an opportunity to introduce parents to The Canadian Path, and specifically the Personal Achievement badges – there’s even a great video on self-set badge requirements that can help explain the concept and reasoning to parents.
Once they’re aware of the concept, each youth can be sent home with a Personal Achievement badge Plan-Do-Review sheet and a request that each youth complete it with his or her parents for the next week. The Plan-Do-Review sheets provide a framework to guide parents and youth through the process of setting goals. This will also provide a great opportunity for youth to share their goals with the others in their Lodges, Lairs or Patrols.
From there, it’s just a matter of encouraging the youth (and their parents, as required) to work towards achieving the goals. It’s important for youth to achieve that first badge in a timely manner so that they (and their parents) see how simple the process can be.
If a 4th-year Scout is working towards her Chief Scout’s Award, should she continue with the old requirements or switch to the new requirements?
There’s a great transition document for the Top Section Awards that walks youth and Scouters through the shift. However, it’s really up to the youth to decide whether they want to work towards the old requirements or the new requirements. Either option is perfectly acceptable. If the Scout does decide to switch, she should take the time to review her experiences and accomplishments from her first three years as a Scout. Her Scouters should help her to focus on what she learned and how she personally progressed with regard to outdoor skills, leadership, community involvement and so on.
Is the World Conservation Award part of the Canadian Path program?
No, the World Conservation Award was discontinued in 2011. As part of The Canadian Path. Scouts Canada has incorporated the World Scout Organization’s World Scout Environment Programme and Award. The WSEP Resource Book and WSEP Award Requirements can both be found on the Personal Achievement page for Scouts on the Canadian Path website. We are currently working to update the Cub Scout, Venturer Scout and Rover Scout requirements for the award.
I can’t seem to find what I’m looking for on the new Canadian Path website; how is it organized?
The Canadian Path website has been updated and moved to a new platform, shared with Scouting Life. The new website is directed mainly at youth, because it’s their program, right? Almost all of the resources can be found by first selecting the Section you’re for which you are seeking resources. From each Sections landing page, there are a few options:
Trail Cards This is where youth will find Section-specific Trail Cards organized by Program Area. For Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, the tabs have the icons from their maps to make it easier for youth to identify what they’re looking for.
Build Your Program This is where planning tools and templates can be found for youth to build their adventures.
Personal Achievement This is where youth can find information on Personal Progression, badges and Top Section Awards.
Section Scouters This is where Scouters can find the resources that apply specifically to them, like Scouters’ Tips.
In addition to each Section being listed in the main menu, there are also options for Outdoor Adventure Skills and All Section resources.
Why are there two different sizes of Top Section Award badges, and how are they supposed to be worn?
There are two different sizes of badges so that youth can continue to be recognized for their accomplishments after they’ve earned a Top Section Award in another Section. Youth should always wear the most recent Top Section Award they earned, but can add the smaller badges to their uniform as they remove a Top Section Award badge to replace it with a newer one they’ve earned. For example, a Scout who has not yet achieved her Chief Scout’s Award but who has achieved both her North Star Award and Seeonee Award would wear the large Seeonee Award on her Scout uniform, along with the small North Star Award. Uniform badge placement information can be found on each Section’s uniform diagram, located on each Section’s Personal Achievement page. See the Scout Uniform Diagram for an example.
When will certificates for the new Top Section Awards be available?
The certificates for the North Star, Seeonee and Canadian Rover Scout Awards will be available for Scouters to print from the Canadian Path website by March 2017. Chief Scout’s Award and Queen’s Venturer Award certificates will continue to be available from your Council Support Centre through existing processes.
Who can purchase Top Section Award badges from the Scout Shop?
Top Section Award badges can be purchased from the Scout Shop by any Scouter. Some Councils provide a Chief Scout’s or Queen’s Venturer Award badge to recipients as part of their existing process, and Scouters should confirm with their local Council as to whether that process will continue.
Are Top Section Award requirements cumulative or unique to each Section?
Outdoor Adventure Skill stages are cumulative (i.e. a Beaver Scout who achieved five OAS Stages only needs to achieve five more in Cubs to meet the OAS requirement for the Seeonee Award), while all other Top Section Award requirements are unique to the Section the youth is currently in (i.e. the service hours a Beaver Scout completes do not count towards the Seeonee Award).
Can someone who is physically challenged achieve a Top Section Award?
Unlike some aspects of The Canadian Path, Outdoor Adventure Skill competencies and Top Section Award requirements are fixed and apply to all youth members. A youth who has a physical disability is eligible to earn a Top Section Award, but the youth must achieve the required number of OAS Stages and other requirements. The Personal Achievement Badge framework provides the flexibility for all youth to set and work towards their own goals, enhancing their personal development.
Why did we get rid of the Cub/Scout Handbooks for youth, and replace them with maps?
Before developing The Canadian Path, we asked current and former youth what they liked and disliked about their Scouting program. The youth thought the program was too school-like in a number of ways, but most specifically the handbooks. Youth associate books with school and they did not want a Scouting program that felt academic.
Recognizing that youth still needed a resource to help facilitate their adventures and see what adventures are possible, the Canadian Path team decided (after consulting youth) that large maps would replace the handbooks for Cubs and Scouts.
The Canadian Path team recognizes that this change is a significant one for many Scouters, and one that forces them to rethink the way they facilitate their Section’s program. However, if we want to keep Scouts Canada’s program relevant to today’s youth, we need to genuinely listen to the feedback they are giving us and respond accordingly.
We encourage all Scouters to reflect on how much our society has changed in the last 10-15 years (or even since the youth in their Section were born), and how they can continue to let their Section’s program evolve with the youth who are in it.
When are Personal Progression badges supposed to be presented to youth?
Youth should be given their tail/woggle corresponding to their role at the beginning of the year, while Personal Progression badges should be presented at the end of the Scouting Year, or as the youth prepares to move up to the next Section. Personal Progression badges should be distributed after the youth has reviewed his or her experiences and development in his or her current role.
If a youth joins a Beavers or Cubs as a second-year (Blue Tail/ Tracker), he or she starts at the same level as youth who are the same age, but does he or she receive the Personal Progression badge for the role he or she missed?
No, the youth only receives the Personal Progression badges for the roles in which he or she has acted, and only after he or she has reviewed his or her time in those roles.
Do youth wear all the Personal Progression badges for the Section they’re in, or just the badge for the role they currently have?
Youth wear all the Personal Progression badges they’ve achieved in that Section, but do not wear Personal Progression badges from other Sections.
When are the Canadian Path (linking) badges given out?
The Canadian Path badges (formerly linking badges) should be given out as the youth finish their time in that Section (typically around their advancement ceremony). They are no longer called ‘Linking badges’ because they are no longer for linking per say. They are meant to represent that the youth was a member of that Section, not that they moved between Sections.
How do Sections set their goals for the Program Quality Standard?
Section Scouters should work with their youth to identify their goals for the year. These goals can be very specific (like attending a jamboree) or very broad (like spending 12 nights camping over the course of the year), but it’s important that they are decided on by the youth. Goals can also be set for different timeframes: monthly, seasonal or annual. The Program Quality Standard Guide currently lists some topics that youth may choose to set goals for, but those are only suggestions – youth can set goals for anything they’d like.
It’s also important to note that youth’s goals may change over the course of the year, and that’s to be expected. The process of goal setting (followed by review and realignment) is important because of the learning opportunities it provides.
In February 2017 an updated version of the PQS Guide, as well as updated versions of the Section Planning Templates, will be released to simplify and promote the setting of youth goals. Although these goal-setting templates suggest topics, as well as ranges for each topic, youth should be encouraged to think of their own goals.
How long do Group Commissioners have to enter their Sections’ Seasonal Assessments from the end of the season?
There is no time limit for Group Commissioners to enter the completed Seasonal Assessments; however, Group Commissioners should enter them as soon as they can after the results have been shared with the Group Committee. Conversely, Seasonal Assessments cannot be entered until half of the current season has passed (i.e. fall assessments cannot be entered until Oct 15th at the earliest).
Has the training that Group Committee members are required to take changed?
No, Group Committee members are still required to take Group Committee Wood Badge I online through the DHLC or in-person. The online Group Committee WB I will be updated in 2017 owing to changes reflecting the Canadian Path program.
If a youth joins a Section late (e.g. a 6-year-old joining Beavers or a 9-year-old joining Cubs), does he or she start out as a Brown Tail or Runner?
It depends on the Section the youth is joining:
In Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts, youth would join at the same Personal Progression stage as the rest of the youth their age: a 6-year-old Beaver Scout would be a Blue Tail and a 9-year-old Cub Scouts would be a Tracker.
For Scouts and Venturer Scouts, however, youth would start at the first Personal Progression stage and work up from there: a 12-year-old Scout would be a Pioneer and a 16-year-old Venturer Scout would be at the Trailhead.
Regarding Wood Badge I for The Canadian Path, will Scouters who move Sections next year have to redo the whole Wood Badge? Or will they just take a few refresher modules? If so, how many and which ones are the best to take?
All Scouters who move between Sections will be required to complete WB I for The Canadian Path. However, if a Scouter has already completed WB I for The Canadian Path for the Section with which he or she is currently volunteering, he or she will be required to complete any five sessions of his or her own choosing as a refresher. This process should be managed by the Group Commissioner as they begin transitioning the Scouter to a new Section. It’s meant to be a refresher of how to apply the concepts of the CP to a new Section. As of right now, we aren’t tracking this for compliance, so it won’t show up on MyScouts. Scouters will still count for ratio while they are reviewing their five sessions.
How does the age change to Scouts/Venturers affect LDS Scout Groups whose programs are tied to the Aaronic Priesthood?
The Canadian Path and the LDS Priesthood Quorum ages line up quite nicely, except for the 11 year-olds:
Furthermore, it is important that the Bishop of each congregation does not get hung up on interpretation of the Handbook of Instruction or Scouts Canada references, and does what is best for the youth, i.e. if there are only two 11-year-old boys and ten Deacons aged 12 and 13, then they should all be brought together for Scouting activity nights. However, the manual can sometimes be strictly interpreted, and the two 11-year-olds are left out. Priesthood Quorum identity can be achieved on Sunday, at quorum meetings and in service efforts, allowing for youth to participate together on Scouting activity nights.
The Canadian Path, and its focus on youth-led Scouting, encourages a mix of ages within Patrols and activities because it allows older youth to mentor, train and lead the younger youth. The purpose and outcomes of The Canadian Path should be kept in mind when church leadership is making decisions regarding the facilitation of the Scouting program in LDS Groups.
What are the best practices for establishing OAS levels for all of the youth straight off the bat? Is there support material for this process?
There are many different approaches that youth and Scouters can take to establish which Stage each youth is currently at. First, there are some resources to help determine what skills youth in Pack and Troop have, based on the badge they earned in the previous program, but that may not encompass all their skills. Here are a few other approaches that may work for your Section:
- Invite each Patrol (Team) explore Stage 1 of a skill. Then ask each Patrol to share whether everyone has the competencies for Stage 1. If some youth do not have all of the competencies, this is a good opportunity for more accomplished youth to mentor others on the Section’s next adventure on that skill pathway.
- For a younger Section, ask the youth to choose one skill and explore the competency statements together. If any of the youth are missing some competencies for the next Stage, encourage them to plan an activity so that everyone can learn to practise those competencies.
- For an older Section, give each Patrol (Team) a skill and ask that they develop a plan to teach a younger Section an appropriate stage of that skill. If the youth can successfully teach other youth up to a certain stage, they have demonstrated the competencies for that stage. Don’t forget, mentoring is built into the competency statements, so introducing that aspect at the beginning will set the Section up for success in the future.
- Ask the Section Leadership Team if it, and its Patrols (Teams), has an interest in a specific skill. If it does, support the SLT as it plans a camp around that skill.
What is the ceremonial formation for Beaver Scouts?
Riverbanks! All of the Beaver Scout ceremonies take place in the Riverbanks formation: opening ceremony, closing ceremony, badge presentations, investiture, Northern Lights Quest ceremony and swim-up. Beaver Scouts form Riverbanks (two straight lines on either side of an imaginary river) and stay in Riverbanks, no longer moving to Build a Dam for these ceremonies. See the Canadian Path Scouter Manual, pages 126-135, for diagrams and description for each of these ceremonies.
In the development of The Canadian Path, it was decided that Beaver Scouts should have their own ceremonial formation, Riverbanks. The circle formation has been reserved for Cub Scout ceremonies. Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts will continue to use the horseshoe formation for their ceremonies.
Calling for Build a Dam (see Scouter Manual p.126) can still be used, on its own, to gather Beaver Scouts in a circle for informal activities such as forming a circle for a game.
For Top Section Awards, what’s the difference between a ‘Meaningful Service Project’ (or ‘Capstone Project’) and ‘Community Service Hours’?
Pages 60-62 in the Scouter Manual provide a great overview of the Top Section Awards, but the difference between community service hours and the project is whether the youth ‘owns’ it. Community service is volunteer time committed to an organization or project that that the youth joins; the organization or project likely continues after the youth stops volunteering. A senior youth who volunteers with a Beaver Colony is a good example. The youth may only volunteer for a season or two, but the Colony will carry on after the senior youth leaves – it is not a project that the volunteering youth ‘owns.’
The meaningful service project, on the other hand, is something that the youth decides on, does the work to get it going, completes the work and then ends the project with a review. A project is a temporary endeavour. Here are some broad examples of what the meaningful service project could be:
- Build a bench for a local park
- Organize and participate in a clean-up of a local park
- Organize a sock drive for a local shelter
- Knit hats to donate to a local shelter or charity
- Start some sort of campaign at school (healthy lunches, anti-bullying, etc.)
- Build water filters for third-world countries
- Start a local emergency preparedness kit campaign
- Start a no vehicle idling campaign at school or at another community building
The point of the service project is that it’s something that the youth owns and entirely oversees: from planning, to doing and then reviewing.
Does the 2017 anniversary badge go on the uniform?
The 2017 badges do go on the uniform. The uniform diagrams on the CP website have been updated to include them. Here are direct links to each Section’s uniform diagram:
Does the ‘I’m on The Canadian Path’ crest go on the uniform?
The ‘I’m on The Canadian Path’ crests do not go on the uniform; they are just crests. It is suggested that youth proudly display their crests on their campfire blankets. Remember, there are four additional pieces that fit around that crest, meant to be given as Sections complete their Seasonal Assessments. They are available from the Scout Shop.
How do we plan with Beavers? They get bored after two minutes!
Do not plan with Beavers the same way you do with Scouts – that’s for sure! Planning needs to be made into a game so that you can keep the Beavers’ attention. Just talking with them will not work. For activity ideas, check out the Myth Slayer video, “Beavers can’t do Youth-led”. In the description below the video, you’ll find a summary of all the fun planning activities shown.
What is the Northern Lights Quest?
The Northern Lights Quest is outlined on pages 119 and 120 of the Scouter Manual. The quest guides White Tail Beaver Scouts through the steps to achieve their North Star Awards. A resource to help Beaver Scouts on their Northern Lights Quests (a scroll with instructions) is currently in development and will be ready for Colonies to use early in the new year.
Personal progression: how can I sit with one kid at a time?
This really depends on the Section you’re working with and the youth in that Section. There are many ways to ensure Personal Progression reviews happen, including: using your Patrols (small teams) to facilitate the process, including parents in the process or structuring your meeting so that each Patrol (team) has time to review.
Routines can help create opportunities to chat with youth in your Section. Remember that the Two-Scouter Rule should always be respected. If this presents a challenge, one Scouter could sit down with a youth and their parent to not only review progression, but also to help the parent better understand how to support their child on the Canadian Path.
Talk with your Section Leadership Team members and see how they would like to approach personal progression assessments. It is important that the reviews take place.
Can we do Personal Achievements badges for the whole Section?
Goal setting is important life skill and it is a huge part of Scouting. Although Sections can set a goal for the whole Section and allow everyone to work towards it, it is not encouraged and should not be done regularly. Making goal setting a Section activity is great, when you’re setting the goals for the season or year. However, Personal Achievement badges, as the name implies, are meant to be personal goals.
Every youth is different. Individual goals will vary from youth to youth for each badge. Allow each youth to set personal goals and support them while they work to achieve their goals. Remember to review the experience when the adventures are done. This is the process that will maximize individual growth, which is the objective of The Canadian Path.
If a Section decides to create Personal Achievement badge goals for the whole Section, Scouters should be very diligent to ensure that none to the youth can already demonstrate the required skill or goal. This can often be a challenge, which is why this practice is not encouraged.
We only have two Howlers in a Pack with four Lairs – what should we do?
First, don’t panic! Trackers will fill in nicely. Allow the youth to choose a couple Trackers they believe are up to the challenge of leading their Lairs, and they will get a bit more responsibility. Or, you could also rotate all the Trackers through this role, so they all have a chance for increased responsibility.
However, do not call them Howlers; they will get that name in their third year.
Other options could include:
- Allow the Howlers to work with multiple Lairs. Bear in mind that this can be a significant challenge for the Howlers.
- Divide your Pack into two large Lairs. The ideal size for Patrols (Lairs) on The Canadian Path is six to eight youth. However, if it would work better for your Section to have Lairs of nine (or even ten) then it’s an option.
The important part is that youth learn how to work well within the team environment and use those experiences to build their leadership skills.
The Program Quality Standard: what do I submit?
Youth and Scouters should provide their Group Committee with a summary of their Seasonal Assessment (review). It should include information about what the youth liked or didn’t like, how the youth are progressing towards their goals for the year and what adjustments they are going to make moving forward as a result of their review.
This does not need to be a formal report. It should be a conversation between the Group Committee and the Section about the Section’s overall health and progress towards the youth’s goals. This conversation may be very different depending on the Section.
The Group Committee’s role is not to pass judgement, but rather to encourage the Section to continue improving its program and meeting the goals the youth have set out. It is the Group Committee’s role to find out how it can better support the Section in the achievement of the youth’s goals.
How can Sections achieve the Program Quality Standards?
In order to achieve the Program Quality Standards, Sections must conduct a review of each season (cycle) with the youth, Scouters and possibly even the parents. They should review and discuss things like: what went well?, what didn’t go well?, did they go outside enough?, did they go camping enough?, did they meet the youth’s goals?, did they try new things?, etc. A list of possible questions for each Section can be found in the PQS Guide. Based on this discussion, the Section should review their plan for the next season (cycle) and make adjustments as necessary. The results of the discussion, and realignment of goals/plans, should then be shared with the Group Committee and finally entered into MyScouts.ca by the Group Commissioner. If a Section completes at least 3 seasonal reviews, and they are entered into MyScouts.ca by their Group Commissioner, they achieve their PQS.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The PQS Guide outlines possible goals for each month/season/year that youth may choose to work toward. These suggested goals ARE NOT standards and Sections are NOT required to meet these suggestions in order to achieve their Program Quality Standards. These goals were created by adults as an example of what youth’s goals could look like. What’s important is that Scouters are working to achieve the goals and aspirations of the youth in their Section, and the only way to do that is to discuss them with the youth on a regular basis. You can also reference the PQS FAQ here.
Scouters ≠ leaders – why is this shift in terminology so important?
One of the foundational Four Elements of The Canadian Path is ‘Youth-led’. If youth are calling their Section Volunteers ‘Leaders’, it will be more difficult for them to see themselves as the leaders of their program. Scouters are there to support, encourage and facilitate the youth’s program, and help the youth to develop their leadership skills. This leadership development happens in many ways, but starts with the youth believing in themselves and their ability to lead. Calling volunteers the leaders is prohibitive to this fundamental approach.
Who belongs to the Section Leadership Team in each Section?
Section Leadership Teams are comprised of the senior (final year) youth from that Section, as well as two Scouters. Scouters’ involvement in the team and its meetings should reflect an age-appropriate facilitation style for that age group; Scouters would have a much more hand-on role to play in Beavers as opposed to Scouts. In Troop specifically, the Troop Leader chairs the meeting and Patrol Leaders, 4th year Scouts and two Troop Scouters would also be members of the Troop Leadership Team. For more information, see pp 172-176 of the Canadian Path Scouter Manual.
Why is the Scout Shop selling washable stamps for Pond Maps?
The Canadian Path team considered a number of options for marking the Pond Maps. Some of the factors influencing the decision included: how different types of markers bled on the maps, the typical behavior of 5-7 year-old youth, the pros and cons of permanent and non-permanent stamps and markers, and the availability of products. After careful consideration, the Canadian Path team recommends using washable stamp markers so that accidental stamps can be washed from the Pond Map, rather than necessitating the purchase of a new one. The washable stamp marker also doesn’t bleed through the Pond Maps, and it’s available from a variety of retail outlets. Sections can use whichever type of marker they’d prefer, but the considerations mentioned above should be noted.
What if one of the Sections in a Group chooses not to pursue the Outdoor Adventure Skills, while the other Sections do pursue the Outdoor Adventure Skills?
The decision of whether or not to pursue the Outdoor Adventure Skills should be left to the youth in each Section. If the youth would not like to explore the OAS competency framework (and, as a result, pursue their Top Section Awards), the Scouters should support that decision. However, Scouters should still aim to facilitate a balanced and exciting program for the youth to participate in based on their interests. Scouter should also re-confirm the youth’s decision occasionally in case they have a change of heart. Scouters should be aware of youth who are interested in pursuing the Outdoor Adventure Skills, regardless of what the majority of youth decided, and help to facilitate that aspect of the program for the interested youth to the best of their ability.
Are Outdoor Adventure Skill cards going to be available anywhere soon?
Outdoor Adventure Skill cards are for recognizing youth’s achievements and encouraging them to work towards the next stage. They are already available from the Scout Shop in full sets of 81 cards. They can also be purchased as individual cards.
What is the recommended way for youth to track their progress in the Outdoor Adventure Skills?
Currently, Scouters and youth can print a single page from the larger OAS document. With few exceptions, all of the competency statements for an OAS stage will fit on a single page. Youth can carry these pages to and from meetings in a Program Map pouch. Progress can be tracked using the check boxes. The Canadian Path team is looking to revamp the existing Field Book for Canadian Scouting and add the OAS framework. Look for more details on that project in the summer of 2017.
If the youth are assessing other youth’s OAS competencies, how can the Scouters know they actually do have the competency?
Often, youth will be more critical of other youth than Scouters will be, but youth at least two stages above are able to test and sign off on the skill/competencies required for the OAS, as are external instructors and Scouters. If Scouters are concerned that there is an issue, they can ask some simple questions of the youth trying to complete the stage. If Scouters think the problem is systemic, they should address it with the Section Leadership Team.
What about youth with special needs? How can they pursue the Outdoor Adventure Skills?
All youth are encouraged to work towards the OAS framework and develop their personal abilities. However, the competency statements for each stage of each skill are set, and apply to all youth.
If a youth has fulfilled all of the competencies for certain OAS stage but has not completed all of the competencies for the previous stage, should the youth’s accomplishments at the higher stage be recognized?
No, a youth should fulfill all competencies of earlier stages before being recognized for the highest stage independently attained.
OAS badges - Can we have Velcro badges if we need to sew on/off for new badges?
This option was explored by the Canadian Path and Scout Shop teams, and was deemed to be too expensive. It would have increased the cost of badges dramatically. Badge Magic sheets designed specifically for the OAS badges are available from the Scout Shop, and the glue is easily removable with Goo-Be-Gone. If Groups would like to explore a Velcro option, there are many off-the-shelf options available at craft, sewing and department stores.
Can youth make their own Personal Achievement badges?
Youth have a lot of flexibility with the Personal Achievement badge framework, and most goals that youth would like to pursue should be compatible with at least one of the badges. Youth are not required to pick from the suggested Personal Achievement badge adventures provided; they may choose any adventure that interests them and is related to that badge. That being said, we did communicate in the Scouters’ Tip on PAB’s that if youth would like to earn an old Activity/Challenge badge using the new PAB framework, they should be encouraged to do so.
Is there a Section/personal specialty badge for the new Personal Achievement badges?
No, there is not. If the youth are interested in pursuing a common goal, a Section could set goals for all the youth in the Section and work towards it together.
Can the Personal Achievement Badge Plan-Do-Review TEMPLATE.PDF be made fillable?
The PAB Plan-Do-Review templates are meant to be completed by each individual youth, with a Scouter, parent or Howler/Patrol Leader. The Canadian Path team will look into making the templates fillable, but this will not be a convenient format for most meeting locations. You can, however, purchase tear-away packs of 25 Section-specific PAB sheets from scoutshop.ca or your local Scout Shop. Or you can print your own from the website.
Do youth wear Personal Progression badges from a previous Section after moving up? That is, should a first-year Cub wear a White Tail badge on her Cub uniform?
No, Personal Progression badges are meant to be worn only in the Section in which they are achieved.
Are the community service hours cumulative for Top Section Awards?
Community service hours can be cumulative within a Section, or can be reasonably completed within a single year. Service hours from previous Sections do not count towards the current Section’s Top Award.
Will there be breadth or depth requirement for Top Section Awards, with regard to the Outdoor Adventure Skills?
No, the OAS stage requirements for Top Section Awards are wide open. As long as a youth reaches the required number of stages, the requirement is fulfilled. Youth can be specialists (achieving many stages in a few skills) or grazers (achieving fewer stages, but in more skills) depending on their own interest. Either is acceptable.
Will the Chief Scout’s Award and Queen’s Venturer Scout Award retain the four credits of accreditation with the BC Ministry of Education when on The Canadian Path?
Yes, they will. The Scouts or Venturer Scouts would need to show their CSA or QVA Certificate to their High School Counsellor or Principal to receive their credits. A letter from the Council will also be provided.
At what age can Beavers and Cubs wear the badges on their uniforms?
Beavers and Cubs can proudly wear badges on their uniforms as soon as they are achieved, regardless of age.
Is there a Canadian Path WBI Online Training FAQ?
There is an FAQ available here.
What about Wood Badge II training?
WBII training for The Canadian Path is currently being developed and is expected to be available for Councils in early 2017.
How will WB I Canadian Path be tracked in MyScouts?
Wood Badge I for Canadian Path will appear on members’ profiles as: Wood Badge I for The Canadian Path (TMS1/CP). This training milestone course satisfies the training requirement for all Section Scouters.
Can Scouters pursue and wear the Outdoor Adventure Skill badges?
No, the OAS badges are for youth only. While Scouters are encouraged to attain the knowledge and skills needed to support the OAS framework for their youth, the badges themselves are for youth only.
Can Scouters who were youth members of Scouts Canada wear the Canadian Path Link badges?
If Scouters who were youth members of Scouts Canada would like to wear the new Link badges on their uniforms, the Canadian Path team sees no reason to object.
Is there a place online where Sections can share Trail Cards they have created for the Program Areas?
Yes, it was launched in the Sept 2016 ScoutScene, and is called Adventures on the Path. You can access it through the new Scouting Life website or directly from here.
Is there an online list of STEM kits available at each Scout Shop?
Yes, there are lists of the locations from which the different STEM kits are available on each kit’s respective webpage:
Are Canadian Path Starter Kits still available?
No, but all the resources are available online at scoutshop.ca or in your local Scouts Shop.
Why are the badges so tiny? (Progression, OAS)
The badges are small so that youth can fit them all on their uniforms. In general, the badges are not significantly smaller than they were with the previous program. The Personal Achievement badges are the exact same size as the previous Activity/Challenge badges, for example.
Why aren’t we using many of the Canadian Path videos as PSA’s or general advertisings?
Scouts Canada mainly advertises our programs online, through targeted campaigns. These campaigns focus on showing parents the exciting adventures that their youth will experience through Scouting and typically use videos of Scouting youth taking part in various adventures. The Canadian Path videos are intended to help our existing members understand The Canadian Path and how they can bring it to life within their own Section.
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