“Personal Progression Badges” are based on each Section’s symbolic framework. They are presented annually to youth who successfully achieve their personal goals.
Each Section, from Beaver Scouts through to Venturer Scouts, has Personal Progression badges which are presented following a review process. This review should include both a reflection on personal progression as well as a look back on the Section’s adventures for the year. This is not a pass-or-fail process, but rather an opportunity for each individual youth (as well as the whole Section) to celebrate adventures, growth and learning. It is all about each youth’s personal progression on The Canadian Path, not reaching a predetermined standard.
Youth wear all the Personal Progression badges they’ve achieved in that Section, but do not wear Personal Progression badges from other Sections.
No, Personal Progression badges are meant to be worn only in the Section in which they are achieved.
This really depends on the Section a Scouter is working with and the youth in that Section. There are many ways to ensure Personal Progression reviews happen, including: using the “Patrol System” to facilitate the process, including parents in the process or structuring meeting so that each Patrol (team) has time to review. Routines can help create opportunities for Scouters to chat with youth in the 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 the youth’s parent to not only review progression, but also to help the parent better understand how to support their child on The Canadian Path.
Scouters should talk with the Section Leadership Team members and see how they would like to approach personal progression assessments. It is important that the reviews take place.
Personal Progression badges should be distributed after the youth has reviewed his or her experiences and development in his or her current role. Traditionally, this is at the end of the Scouting Year, or as the youth prepares to move up to the next Section.
This is usually a few months prior to the end-of-the-year ceremony, so youth may wear their Personal Progression badges. Youth should be given the “tail”/ “woggle” corresponding to their role in the Section at the beginning of the Scouting Year.
“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 se. They are meant to represent that the youth was a member of that Section, not that he or she moved between Sections.
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.
If a child joins Beavers or Cubs as a second-year youth (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.
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.
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