The Canadian Path - Scouts


Scouts can take their outdoor adventure skills to the next level with activities like mountain biking, rock climbing and lots of camping, and explore memorable opportunities like national or international jamborees. Through Scouts, youth discover their unique capabilities and personal progression as they discover the world through Scouting. Embark on a Scout Adventure!
The Canadian Adventure Map provides a wide variety of Canadian Trails to use as the basis for delivering an effective and adventurous Scout journey. The Trails are based on real tracks and geographic regions of historic and cultural significance. Scouts will explore the Trails as a symbolic framework supporting their personal progression (though, of course, they may be inspired to actually visit and explore some of the actual trails as well). Finally, youth are encouraged to blaze their own Trail.

While planning their adventures, Scouts may include more than one Program Area, making the adventure more challenging and encouraging development in all of the SPICESTrail Cards are a great way for Scouts to map their plan for achieving each of the six Program Areas throughout the year. With new activities to enjoy through fun team building games, Trail Cards help Scouts discover the world around them.

The selected Trails logically correspond with six program areas, and ensure that the personal progression of Scouts is measurable and balanced.

  1. Red Coat Trail: Leadership
  2. Lake Superior Trail: Healthy and Active Living
  3. The Bruce Trail: Outdoors and Environment
  4. The Ottawa River: Citizenship
  5. The Cabot Trail: Personal Interest
  6. West Coast Trail: Beliefs and Values


Scouting promotes activities that encourage youth to:
  • express and respond to their own spiritual values and beliefs while showing concern for others
  • develop self reliance
  • pursue hobbies and personal interests
  • develop self discipline and the skills of working cooperatively with others
  • cooperate in setting and achieving small group and personal goals
  • practise leadership skills
  • relate with adults
  • be of service to others
  • camp, explore the outdoors, and develop good conservation practices
The outdoors is an essential part of the Scout program. Weekend events, extended hikes, no trace camping and seasonal sports opportunities round out the Scout experience. Developing an active, healthy lifestyle is the prime goal. See Scout Journey Card.



Scouts can work towards receiving Personal Achievement Badges (PAB) using the Scouts Plan-Do-Review PAB template. These badges are designed to allow youth to explore and expand skills and knowledge in areas that are of particular interest to them.  For more information, check out the Guide to Scout Personal Achievement Badges.