Scouts Canada is one of the country’s leading youth organizations offering a world of adventure, outdoor experience and friendship for boys, girls and young adults aged 5 to 26. Scouting youth discover the best in themselves and the best in others. Our programs help kids develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. At its core, Scouts is about helping young people find their way forward, matching skills with their interests and ensuring that youth receive the support and guidance they require.
Scouting youth have a lot of fun discovering new things and experience adventures they wouldn’t have elsewhere. These experiences include activities such as international trips, white water rafting, rock climbing, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), just to name a few. Scouts Canada youth members are more likely to demonstrate greater self-confidence and optimism about what the future holds. They express a strong sense of civic responsibility and have a desire to “pay back” the community. They become more physically fit, energetic, outgoing, conscientious and compassionate.
As a highly diverse organization, Scouts Canada offers programming in multiple languages, reflecting Canada’s multicultural landscape and communities. These core programs include:
Beaver Scouts (Ages 5-7)
Beaver Scouts opens the door for your child to discover the world. It is filled with a little bit of everything – outdoor activities, games, music and sports. Along the way, Beaver Scouts meet new friends, learn cooperation and teamwork and develop self-confidence.
Cub Scouts (Ages 8-10)
Challenging hikes, weekend camps and an introduction to water activities like canoeing or kayaking are just a few of the fun outdoor adventures that Cub Scouts enjoy. Learning important first aid skills, paddling a canoe for the first time, or leading a game at camp will open the door for Cubs to try other adventures they never thought possible.
Scouts (Ages 11-14)
Scouts is about having fun while gaining value leadership skills and self-confidence. Scouts enjoy outdoor adventures like mountain biking, rock climbing and lots of camping while working together with other young people to accomplish thrilling challenges.
Venturer Scouts (Ages 14-17)
The Venturer Scout program offers exciting, real life, hands-on experiences for youth. Venturer Scouts learn to nurture an active, healthy lifestyle, acquire the knowledge and skills for career development and participate in thrilling outdoor adventures.
Rover Scouts (Ages 18-26)
Rover Scout programs are exciting, adventurous and provide opportunities to practice new skills. Rover Scouts participate in activities like mountain climbing or white water rafting. Helping in their local communities Rover Scouts run service activities such as food drives, park clean-ups and tree plantings. They act in leadership roles with younger Scouting Sections.
Scouts is the start of something great.
Letter of endorsement from Scouts Canada’s CEO
The Young Citizens Foundation and Scouts Canada are committed to assisting Canadian youth as they grow and develop into well rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world. To showcase this commitment, Scouts Canada and The Young Citizens Foundation have partnered to provide an annual post-secondary scholarship to a worthy Scouting youth. The Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship Award will be presented to a Scouting youth who has shown overall excellence and development as a young Canadian and noted achievement as a contributing youth leader.
On behalf of Scouts Canada, I would like to thank the Young Citizens Foundation for their contribution and commitment to Canadian and Scouting youth. As partners, we can provide youth with an opportunity to move forward with their formal education and excel as citizens and leaders.
Executive Commissioner & CEO