Scouts & The Award

 

The Canadian Path is all about developing well-rounded individuals by encouraging youth to participate in a wide range of activities, and closely mirrors The Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

3rd & 4th year Scouts (ages 14 and over), Venturers, Rovers, and young Scout leaders can use some of their program activities towards the Award. Participants ​are not restricted to only Scout activities, and may also choose to use other activities they participate in their schools or communities in their Award design.

What is the Award?

In order to earn the Award, participants are required to participate in community service, learn a skill, engage in physical fitness, and learn about the natural environment in an extended outdoor trip known as the Adventurous Journey. At the Gold level, participants are also required to spend time away from home working towards a shared, purposeful goal with a group of people who are not their usual companions. For more information, see our Award Framework.

Like all other participants, Scouts must adhere to the requirements of the Award and its framework, which include setting clear SMART goals.

Not all program activities count towards the Award. Check the list of commonly accepted activities below. For more information about bringing the Award Program to your Scout group, contact our Program Coordinator.

Examples of Scout activities

This list is a guide of common activities only. To ask about whether an activity qualifies, contact the Division Office.

Select each category for more detail

Service
  • Community gardening
  • Get Out the Vote
  • National/Provincial Challenges
  • Scout Popcorn
  • Scoutrees
  • Shoreline cleanup
Skill
Any skill you learn towards getting a badge, including:
  • Birding
  • Boat maintenance
  • Bow drill
  • Company Leadership Team
  • Cooking
  • Fly tying
  • Gear repair
  • Journaling
  • Knitting
  • Lashing
  • Sailing Navigation
  • Taxidermy
Physical Recreation
  • Alpine skiing
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Ice climbing
  • Kayaking
  • Orienteering
  • Running
  • Sailing
Adventurous Journey

Some, but not all, Scout camps can be counted as Adventurous Journeys.

Many Scout camps, conferences for Unit Leaders/OOS/Venturers/Rovers, Scouts Abroad, Jamborees, and conferences & competitions are more suited towards a Gold Project for the purposes of the Award, and will not be accepted as an Adventurous Journey. To avoid being disappointed, we strongly suggest contacting the Division Office to discuss planning your Adventurous Journey.

Gold Project

Many Scout camps, conferences for Unit Leaders/OOS/Venturers/Rovers, Scouts Abroad, Jamborees, and conferences & competitions qualify towards a Gold Project.

A Gold Project can be ​done and banked for the Gold level as long as:

  • the participant is least 16 years old, and;
  • they are registered and working towards any level of The Award