Scouting in Canada

Scouts Canada currently operates over 3000 individual groups in most cities and towns across Canada with a total membership of 118,000 youth and adults. The Scouting program is designed to fulfil the Scouting Mission described below by adhering to the Scouting Principles and following the Scouting Practices and Methods, also stated below. 


  • To contribute to the development of young people in achieving their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential as individuals, as responsible citizens and as members of their local, national and international communities through the application of our Principles and Practices.

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

  • Duty to God: Defined as Adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting there from.

  • Duty to Others: Defined as Loyalty to one’s country in harmony with the promotion of local, national and international peace, understanding and cooperation, and Participation in the development of society, with recognition and respect for the dignity of one’s fellow-being and for the integrity of the natural world.

  • Duty to Self: Defined as Responsibility for the development of oneself. This is in harmony with the educational purpose of the Scout Movement whose aim is to assist young people in the full development of their potentials.

Practices and Methods:
We define Scouting Practices as a system of progressive self-education including:

  • a promise and law

  • learning by doing

  • membership in small groups

  • progressive and stimulating programs

  • commitment to the values of doing one’s best, contributing to the community, respecting and caring for others, and contributing as a family member

  • use of outdoor activities as a key learning resource 

8th Orleans Scouts has been in the Orleans Community for more than 20 years. We are now integrating the new scouting program (The Canadian Path) throughout our sections.