Working with youth from all racial, linguistic and cultural background and helping them to achieve their personal goals under the new scout revitalization program referred to as the Canadian Path. The one activity that comes to mind is the planning and implementation of our annual Bear Claw Camp held every year for the past 32 years at our Scout Camp called Tamaracouta
While inspiration came from many places, of note is Mr. Edward Schmitt who inspired to educate youth with outdoor activities.
The goal is to bring youth aged 5 to 18, from different races, religions and denominations into this wonderful organization to mentor them, educate them and be hopeful that they may become future leaders.
Scouts Canada employs a system of progressive self-education which includes practices and methods such as commitment to the values in a promise and law, learning by doing, membership in small groups, progressive & stimulating contemporary programs, commitment to the values of doing one's best, contributing to the community, respecting and caring for others, contributing as a family member, and finally the use of outdoor activities as a key learning resource.
Making a Difference:
When a young person that has been mentored for a long period of time says to us, many years afterwards, that they remember what was taught to them and that it helped them in their endeavors within society, and they thank their leaders for that; this is the difference that Scouts Canada strives to make!
The main challenge faced, is dealing with others within the movement who do not have the same shared vision, which can make progress difficult.
Vision for the Future:
Expand the movement, grow membership and be very inclusive to all youth.
As our founder Lord Baden-Powell said, scouting has a profound impact on our social life as we primarily help young people develop into self-reliant, resourceful and responsible adults.
Scouts Canada deals with the education of youth, to perform outdoors activities like camping in the wilderness. We teach the youth how to adapt outdoors. The Scout Mission statement is simple: scouting is to contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society; where race, language and denomination do not play a role. Scouting is based on three broad principles which represent its fundamental beliefs: Duty to God, Duty to others and Duty to self.