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Program Quality Standards & Canadian Path in 8 Steps

A presentation submitted by Scouter Vanessa, to the Summerside Group 2018

Step 1: Is your section Youth-Led? 

1. Follow the Smart Chart

Includes YouTube links and info cards to help stay on track
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Step 2: Scouting Basics 

1. Personal Progression

In addition to weekly programing, every age has their own objectives to learn during the year (i.e. first years to the program learn their promise). See Leadership Roles in the Scouter Manual for more information.
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2. Snapshot

This "snapshot" informs parents on Scout promise, motto, & law, badge placement and more. 

Step 3: Discover your Path  

1. Brainstorm

Checkout online for various ways to get the discussion started. Try using post-it notes or "Paws Up", for example. Use Trail Cards to discover new challenges

2. Patrol Planning Template - Cycles

Discuss with your section page 2 of this PDF. Then after Brainstorming, enter youth's activities for each month (page 3). Using your Youth Leadership Team (ie White Tail Council) fit in the events in the monthly calendar plan the next cycle referring to the frequency on page 2 and activities on page 3.
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2.1  FYI: Each cycle has between 10-12 weekly meetings. Check to see how many are designated as "Youth planned" meetings.

Fall Cycle          September 1 - November 30 
Winter Cycle     December 1 - February 28 
Spring Cycle     March 1 - May 31
Summer Cycle  June 1 - August 31

3. Adventure Maps 

Also available through Scout Shop. Youth use this during the year to keep track of their experiences and as a reminder during cycle reviews. 

Step 4: Activities to Challenge 

1. Trailcards


2. Trailcards - STEM


3. Trailcards - EnvironMental


4. Trailcards - Bring A Friend

> Include a BAF Event once per cycle

5. Youth Leadership Training

Checkout Youth Leadership Training to find out more about this certification. 

Step 5: Fundraise to make it happen 

1. Budget

Once your cycle planning is complete, plan your goal with your group.

Step 6: Plan-Do-Review in practice

1. PLAN: Before your closing ceremony, refer to your completed Planning Template to finalize next meeting and fill in any blanks.
2. Next meeting, DO
3. REVIEW - ASAP: Before your closing ceremony or leaving for the day, take 5 minutes review with your section about that activity.
Scouters can use the following SPICES questions. If you can, take notes on the activity trail card on how to make it better next time and save for next year. 
• What do you know now that you did not know before?
• How did you challenge yourself?
• How did everyone take part?
• What surprises were there on this adventure?
• What did not work out as planned?
• How did everyone stay safe?
• What did you learn about safety from your adventures?
4. PLAN Again: Before your closing ceremony or before your next meeting, refer to Planning Template to finalize next meeting and fill in any blanks.

Step 7: Review your cycle

Take the PQS: At end of each Cycle, Scouters prepare seasonal assessment using Jouney Cards
1. As a patrol…
discuss the past cycle and fill in page 1. Page 2 is filled out at the end of year per individual (before graduation). 
2. …with Scouts 
A. Ask questions to your Patrols, found in your section here and fill out page 8 of your completed Patrol Planning Template.
B. This info is copied and emailed to your Group Commissioner to enter into myscouts.
3. … and your section's Scouter team
Ask your Scouters questions found in your section

Step 8: CONCLUSION Why is Canadian Path important? 

a. Launched in 2016-17 Scouting year, this is the preferred way to run your section by Scouts Canada - National
b. Award Recognition of your hard work can be found under> Find a Group. Minimum of 3 completed cycles in a row to maintain award (Summer PQS is optional)
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