Personal Achievement for Scouts

Personal Achievement Badges are designed to allow youth to explore and expand skills and knowledge in areas that are of particular interest to them.

In The Canadian Path, Personal Achievement Badges are strictly optional. They are not a core part of the program, and they are not an essential part of a youth’s personal progression. Personal Achievement Badges are not a requirement for any Top Section Award. It is recognized that activities outside of Scouting add to youth’s growth in the SPICES and to their personal progression. No one comes to Scouting as an empty vessel.

Working on Personal Achievement Badges allows youth to further develop individual interests and skills and to have that development recognized as part of their growth and progression within The Canadian Path.

Personal Progression

Just like great Canadian explorers, you will progress in stages by becoming a Pioneer, a Voyageur, a Pathfinder and finally a Trailblazer.

Personal Achievement Badges

Personal Achievement badges allow you to explore and expand skills and knowledge in areas that are of interest to you.

Here are some key things to know about the Canadian Path Personal Achievement (PA) badges:

  • There are 16 PA badges for Scouts.
  • The PA badges are achieved individually by youth who choose to make these badges part of their personal Scouting journey. The PA badges are not part of the program adventures. However, at the end of a Troop or Patrol adventure, if you want to keep exploring the adventure’s theme, you can plan other adventures for yourself to achieve a Personal Achievement badge.
  • The PA badges follow the Plan-Do-Review process.
  • There are no set requirements for the badges. Instead, each badge has ideas for possible adventures from which you may choose. You are also encouraged to use your own ideas.
  • The adventure activities to be completed for the badge must be done specifically for the badge. Credit is not given for something already completed at school or in another group. However, a new project that is done jointly for the badge and for another purpose could be part of the badge adventures.
  • A PA badge may be accomplished more than once, as long as a new plan is made with new adventures.
  • Most importantly, completing the adventures for the badge must be exciting, fun and challenging!

Personal Achievement Badges for Parents:

Personal Achievement badges are designed to allow Scouting youth to acquire skills and knowledge in areas that are of particular interest to them, and to have that development recognized as part of their growth through Scouting. They give your child the opportunity to try something new, and to set achievable goals. Personal Achievement badges are generally pursued individually, and outside of weekly meetings. They can be pursued by Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scouts.

PAB Guide for Parents

World Scout Environment Award

The World Scout Environment Award is an international award based on the framework provided by the World Organization of the Scouting Movement. Some of the requirements may also be completed in support of select Personal Achievement badges and Outdoor Skills. Likely, many senior Scouts will complete some or even all requirements for this award as part of their personal progression.

FAST Training

FAST Training BadgeIn 2010, the National Youth Network began working on two new Youth Leadership training programs aimed at the younger Scouting sections. These courses are called FLEX (Fun Leadership EXperience) for Cub Scouts and FAST (Fun Active Scout Training) for Scouts. FLEX and FAST trainers will help youth learn the skills to become the greatest leaders they can be. These modules on core leadership skills will help youth take on the kinds of leadership opportunities that will take them to the next level and achieve truly great things.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Canada

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a challenge program of leisure time activities for young people between the ages of 14 and 25. It is operated and proclaimed worldwide. While it is not a Scouting award, it is one in which you are encouraged to achieve.

Scouts Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Duke of Edinburgh Awards in 2010. This formalizes the cooperative relationship that has existed on an international level between the two organizations for many years.

All members of Scouting are entitled to a flat fee of $30 to register for the award. When you register for the award you will be registered for a specific level within the program (Bronze, Silver or Gold). That registration fee will cover you for as long as it takes to complete that level. Once your award has been approved and you make the decision to continue to the next level there will be a registration application and fee for the new level. There will no longer be a renewal fee.

A Scouter, working closely with the Court of Honour, Venturer Scout or Rover Scout executive, may assess, approve and present the Bronze Award once he/she has completed training from the local Duke of Edinburgh office.

Important components to be aware of:

  • Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Bronze level is for youth 14 and up.
  • A number of the requirements must be completed over a certain period of time (i.e. Service – 15 hours over six months).
  • A youth must be registered with the Duke of Edinburgh local office. This involves paying the $30 registration fee.
  • Only those activities completed after registering with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award will be applicable to any level of the Award.

For requirements and more information download the Award Summary of Conditions chart or visit dukeofed.org.