Program Maps are how we choose adventures; Program Maps guide the youth to include all six Program Areas in their planning for adventures. For Venturer Scouts and Rovers Scouts, the six Program Areas are included in program cycles and Personal Development Plans.
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.
What other apps are available to support The Canadian Path?
Due to the nature of mobile devices (tablets and smartphones), the Scouter Manual app needs to be built differently depending on the device. The Scouter Manual app is currently available for iOS on iPads and Android tablets. We will produce versions for other devices in the near future, as our capacity allows.
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 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.
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 markers also doesn’t bleed through the Pond Maps, and they’re 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.
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.
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.
Still need help? Please feel free to contact the Scouts Canada Help Centre