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Scouting in Canada

Bring on the adventure

A short history

Scouting began in 1907 when Lt. Gen. Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell took a group of youth to a camp on Brownsea Island.  The Movement was incorporated as "The Boy Scout Association" throughout the Commonwealth by Royal Charter granted by King George V in 1912.

Scouting came to Canada in the spring of 1908 - just months after the book "Scouting for Boys" was published in England.  The Canadian General Council of the Boy Scout Association was incorporated by an act of the Canadian Parliament on June 12, 1914. 

The Canadian General Council was a branch of the Boy Scout Association until October 30, 1946, when it became an independent member of the Boy Scout World Conference.  A subsequent amendment changed the name to Boy Scouts of Canada.  In 1976 the Scouts Canada logo was introduced and since then Scouting in Canada has become commonly referred to as Scouts Canada.

Leading models of youth development all share a common key principle: youth development and community development are interdependent.

B.P. wrote to Earl Grey in 1910 to ask him to organize Scouting in Canada.  Since that time, every Governor General has been either the Chief Scout for Canada (prior to 1946) or Chief Scout of Canada (after 1946). 

Scouting Today


The important work of developing and educating young people needs to focus on both encouraging their growth as dynamic, multidimensional individuals AND on enhancing the potential for the community to nurture this personal growth. Scouts Canada incorporates this approach in the delivery of all our programs.


2007 marks the centennial of Scouting worldwide. Join with us as we celebrate 100 years of scouting in Canada.

Today, more than 25 million youth and adults, boys and girls, take part in Scouting programs in 216 countries and territories worldwide as part of the World Organization of the Scout Movement.

Scouts Canada Mission

To contribute to the education of young people, through a value system based on the Scout Promise and Law, to help build a better world where people are self-fulfilled as individuals and play a constructive role in society.

Scouting's Mission is achieved by:

  • involving youth throughout their formative years in a non-formal educational process.
  • using a specific method that makes each individual the principal agent in his or her development as a self-reliant, supportive, responsible and committed person.
  • assisting youth to establish a value system based upon spiritual, social and personal principles as expressed in the Promise and Law.


Scouting is based on three broad principles which represent its fundamental beliefs. These include:

  • Duty to God: Defined as, The responsibility to adhere to spiritual principles, and thus to the religion that expresses them, and to accept the duties therefrom.
  • Duty to Others: Defined as, The responsibility to one's local, national and global community members to promote peace, understanding and cooperation, through participation in the development of society, respect for the dignity of one's fellow-beings, and protection of the integrity of the natural world.
  • Duty to Self: Defined as, The responsibility for the development of oneself to one's full potential physically, intellectually, spiritually and socially.

Practises & Methods

Scouts Canada employs a system of progressive self-education which includes the following practices and methods:

  • commitment to the values in a Promise and Law,
  • learning by doing,
  • membership in small groups,
  • progressive and 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,
  • relevant through youth and young adult engagement, and
  • use of outdoor activities as a key learning resource.