Amory Adventure Award

The Amory Award is given annually to the company which displays the most initiative in conceiving, planning and executing an outdoor adventure activity.

This award was first presented by the Rt. Hon. Viscount Amory, GCMG, one-time British High Commissioner to Canada. The award plaque has a reproduction of Jacques Cartier’s ship Grande Hermine and the Canadian space satellite Allouette mounted on it.

Eligibility

The competition is open to all registered Venturer Scout companies.

Dates of Competition

Activities must take place before October 31 of the award year. Logs must be postmarked no later than October 31 to be considered.

Rules

1. Adults

Persons 18 years and over may not take part in planning, preparing or executing the activity, but may be consulted by the Venturer Scouts. They may accompany the team during its activity only:

  • When the law demands (e.g. to drive a vehicle, enter restricted areas, etc.);
  • As an instructor or supervisor if learning a skill is required for the activity; or
  • When safety demands it.
  • In such cases, these persons must limit their participation to their specific function.
2. Duration

The adventure activity must last a minimum of 4 days, of which at least 84 hours must be consecutive.

3. Logs

Each company will submit an illustrated log prepared by the participants unaided by adults. The log will:

  • State the company number and/or name, the advisor’s name and address, and the name, age and address of each Venturer;
  • State the purpose of the activity;
  • Indicate how and why the activity was chosen;
  • Record details of planning and preparation, including roles played by each participant;
  • Provide a day-by-day account of the activity.

The daily account should:

  • Give a description of the route;
  • Report the type of country, terrain, bush, waterways, hiking trails, flowers, bird and animal life;
  • Describe features of historical interest, monuments, battlefields, ruins, historical routes;
  • Describe human life, industrial and agricultural development, local crafts, and
  • Be illustrated with photographs, sketch maps, sketches, and leaf specimens.

While the competition rules require that the adventure activity log represent the unaided work of the team, Venturer Scouts should seek advice and gain prior experience in log-keeping.

Entry logs should be sent to:

Amory Adventure Award
Scouts Canada
1345 Baseline Road
Ottawa, ON K2C 0A7

Or email a .pdf version of your log to Associate Program Director David Burtt at: dburtt@scouts.ca.

4. Judging

Judges are appointed annually by the National Commissioner, and their decision is final. The judges base their evaluation of the activity on the logs submitted. They assess the activities for:

  • Initiative in the choice of activity;
  • Effort during preparation and execution of the activity;
  • Achievement of purpose; and
  • Quality of the log.
5. Return of logs

Under normal circumstances the logs entered into this competition will be returned. However, Scouts Canada reserves the right to keep them once they are submitted in competition.

All Venturer Scouts who take part in an Amory Award expedition (whether or not they are members of the winning company) receive a participation badge to wear on the uniform. The first-place company’s name is recorded on the Amory Adventure Trophy, which the company may keep for nine months.

Companies that place first, second, and third each receive a trophy of their own to keep.