29th Nepean

Scout Group, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Scoutings Mission

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Scouting Is...


Scouts Canada as a member of the World Organization of the Scout Movement adopts as its Mission, Principles, Practices and Methods the Fundamental Principles of the World body, as summarized below.


The mission of Scouting is 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 is based on three broad principles which represent its fundamental beliefs.

Duty to God: This is defined as "adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the religion that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting therefrom."

Duty to Others: This is 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: This is 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

Scouting Practices and Methods are defined 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, contributing as a family member
  • Use of outdoor activities as a key learning resource.


As a member of the World Organization of the Scout movement, Scouts Canada strives to be recognized by all Canadians as a values-based and dynamic national force in youth education that welcomes all persons and ultimately contributes significantly to the local, national and global communities by developing self-assured and principled young adults. Scouts Canada commits to employing exciting programs that engage youth in their own experiential learning, with support from an increasingly younger and diverse team of high quality volunteer leaders and competent professionals.