Scouts Canada, the country’s leading youth organization, offers challenging programs for boys, girls and youth age 5-26 in thousands of individual groups in most cities and towns across Canada.
The following awards are availible to Youth Members of Scouts Canada which cannot be acheived without going above and beyond the role(s) which they hold. Any youth which holds a vollenteer role is eligible to receive either a "youth" or "adult" award.
Medal of the Maple for Distinguished Youth Service:
The Scouts of the World Award:
Chief Scouts Award:
The Chief Scout's Award was created in September 1973 by Governor-General Roland Michener, who was then Chief Scout of Canada. The Award is the highest badge a Scout can earn and recipients are recognized around the country as being leaders in their own Troop and community. Scouts may earn the Chief Scout's Award after completing the requirements, as listed below. They are evaluated on their achievement by their leaders and fellow Scouts. After moving on to Venturers, they have three months to complete any remaining requirements for the Award.
Recipients of this Award are presented with an emblem by their Troop Scouter at an appropriate time and place. They will also receive a certificate at the Region's annual Youth Recognition Ceremony.
- Have earned the Pathfinder award.
- Be currently qualified in Standard First Aid.
- Have earned at least one challenge badge in each of the 7 Challenge Badge Categories.
- Hold the World Conservation Award.
- Investigate Scouts Canada's involvement in World Scouting. Present your findings in an interesting way to your Patrol, Troop or other group. Your presentation should include information on the following:
- Scouts Canada's involvement with:
- The Canadian Scout Brotherhood Fund
- World Jamborees
- The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
- The purpose and location of the World Scouting Bureau
- The current World Scouting membership and how Canada's membership compares to that of other countries.
- Scouts Canada's involvement with:
- Develop yourself further in each Activity Area by:
- Designing a challenging program with a Scouter which includes the requirements to excel in a component of each Activity Area. Citizenship must include providing at least 30 hours of leadership to others. These hours are in addition to the hours required for the Citizenship Activity Area. If at all possible, provide this service outside of Scouting.
- Offering your plans and goals for discussion and approval to your Court of Honour and Troop Scouter prior to beginning.
- Reporting to and being evaluated by the Court of Honour and Troop Scouter on your ongoing progress.
- Leaders should ensure that the Scout has completed the requirements as listed above.
- Download and complete the application for the Chief Scout's Award. Please remember to check off the appropriate award. Deadline date for submitting the Chief Scouts Award application is Thursday April 30, 2015.
- Print the form and obtain all necessary signatures.
- Deliver the form to the Scout Shop. Only after the completed form is submitted will the actual crest be made available for purchase.
NEW!! - Order of the Silver Key for Distinguished Youth Leadership Award
Originally created by Greater Toronto Council Youth Network (CTGYN) in 2013, the Order of the Silver Key is an award for distinguished youth service. As of 2016, Shining Waters Council Youth Network (SWCYN) has adopted this meaningful youth award, to honoue those who significantly contributed to the Movement and the spirit of Scouting through their dedication to their Area, Group, and Community.
All youth that display outstanding service and commitmet to the Scouting Movement are eligible for the Order of the Silver Key. In terms of the award criteria, "outstanding" is defined as leadership and commitmet that exceeds the performance of the ordinary duties and expectations of the youth program, within their Sections, Groups, or local Areas.
Youth must meet the following specified criteria:
1. Be a member of Scouting for no less than two years, and be currently, registered and participating as a youth in the Scouting program. It is anticipated that most recipients will be registered as a Scout, Venturer Scout, or Rover Scout; however Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts who display exceptional skills and thoroughly reflect the Scouting spirit will also be eligible. This will be based on their particiption, community involvement, and dedication.
2. Show outstanding leadership and teamwork capabilities, primarily at the Group and/or Area levels, but can also include the Council or National levels of Scouting.
3. Help organize, run, coordinate, and participate in events that better their community, other Scouting members, or the Scouting community at large.
4. Positively benefit other youth members as a direct result of their work and dedicaton.
5. Provide leadership and display a commitment level that exceeds the faithful performance of the ordinary duties and expectations of the youth program, within their Sections, Groups, local Areas, or other pertinent Scouting associations and bodies.
Steps for Nomination
Please complete the Order of the Silver Key nomination form (attachd) and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are accepting nominations year-round, however we will be presenting our first batch of recipients on June 18th at the CSA Ceremony. If they would like to take part in this event and be among the first recipients ever in Shining Waters Council, please forward all nominations to email@example.com no later than Thursday, June 9th, 2016. This will allow the CYN to review the nominations and if approved, make the appropriate preparations.
The Order of the Silver Key Q&A
Q: What is the Order of the Silver Key Award?
A: The Order of the Silver Key is an award for Distinguished Youth Service. It honours those youth who have significantly contributed to the Movement and the spirit of Scouting through their dedication to their Area, Group, and community.
Q: Who is eligible for the Order of the Silver Key?
A: Any registered member under the age of 26. Exceptions are situational, and will be reviewed by the Shining Waters Council Youth Network (SWCYN).
Q: Can a recipient of the Medal of Maple be awarded the Order of the Silver Key?
A: Yes, however those youth will have more expected of them. Nomination points should be dates after the Medal of Maple was awarded.
Q: How many times can a youth receive the Order of the Silver Key?
A: A youth can receive this Award only once. In Shining Waters Council, there are other available youth awards that aim to recognize youth for their exceptional service and contributions.
Q: Who can nominate a member for the Order of the Silver Key?
A: Any member of Scouts Canada may nominate a youth for the Order of the Silver Key.
Q: What is the adjudication process for the Order of the Silver Key?
A: Nominations are received by the Council Youth Commissioner and adjudicated by the Council Youth Network. All members of the SWCYN will make their recommendation on approving or declining the nomination. Once a complete consensus is reached, a letter from the CYC is sent to the nominator with the decision. If consensus is not reached, the CYC will have the final say.
Q: What if a member of the SWCYN is being nominated?
A: The same adjudication process is followed, but the SWCYN member will be elicited from the process in order to keep the integrity of the Award.
Q: Can a declined nomination be re-submitted?
A: Yes. A youth can be nominated twice during a Scouting year. If the first nomination is declined, the letter from the CYC will state why, and give direction for re-submission. If the second nomination is declined, the youth can still be nominated again, but the adjudication process will not occur until the following Scouting year.
Q: What form of recognition is given to an Order of the Silver Key recipient?
A: An Order of the Silver Key recipient will receive an award certificate, an award crest for their uniform, a congratulatory letter from the SWCYN, and a pendant for keep-sake.
Q: How is the award worn? How is it oriented?
A: The Order of the Silver Key award crest is to be worn on the left sleeve of the uniform directly above the location of a FAST, FLEX, or FOCUS flash would be worn. See the Award Placement Info Sheet for more information.
Q: When and how should the Order of the Silver Key be presented to a recipient?
A: The recipient will be presented with the full package at the SWC Youth Recognition Ceremony by the SWCYN. Other arrangements can be made, as seen appropriate by the SWCYN.
Shining Waters Council Youth Network (SWCYN)