2nd St. Albert Scouts has roughly 100 youth registered annually. We currently offer two Beaver Colonies, two Cub Packs, one Scout Troop, one Venturer Company, and one Rover Crew. Regular meetings are held at Bertha Kennedy Elementary School, Muriel Martin Elementary School, or Bellerose High School, with outings around St. Albert and Edmonton. Our sections are encouraged to get outside at least once a month and “Be Prepared” for the weather!
The group has been active since 1960 and we have a few Scouters that have been a part of 2nd St. Albert Scouts since they were Beavers themselves! Our Scouters are all very active and we have a great group of parent volunteers, and would love to get to know you and your family.
We offer programs for boys and girls:
The Canadian Path
The Canadian Path program is the way Scouting is done in Canada. Developed by Scouts Canada, this well-rounded program offers youth aged 5 to 26 an opportunity to experience new things, to have more adventures, and to develop into confident and capable individuals better prepared for success in the world. From Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts, the Canadian Path brings Scouting back to its roots by using the Scout Method as its basis; this method was first introduced by Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout Movement.
The Canadian Path is comprised of several components:
- A non-formal approach to learning
- The seven components of the Scout Method
- The Four Elements: Youth-led, Plan-Do-Review, Adventure and SPICES (Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual)
- A balanced program in six Program Areas: Environment & Outdoors, Leadership, Active & Healthy Living, Citizenship, Creative Expression and Beliefs & Values
- A personal journey of growth
1. A Non-Formal Approach to Learning
A non-formal learning approach allows youth to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills by engaging in adventures individually, in small groups and within larger groups. Youth learn during their participation in an adventure. They also learn with and from each other, and by engaging in both new and familiar experiences. With non-formal learning, the objective is for the youth to try a new skill or activity, and to eventually progress to more challenging activities. The youth learn by doing. This is not limited to learning practical or manual skills. It also applies to responsibility, leadership skills, interpersonal skills and planning.
2. The Seven Components of the Scout Method
The Canadian Path is rooted in the Scout Method—the basis of all of the adventures Scouts experience. It is a non-formal educational process that makes each youth the principal agent of his or her development as a self-reliant, responsible and committed person.
The Scout Method includes seven components:
• Scout Law and Promise
• Learning by Doing
• The Patrol (Team) System
• A Symbolic Framework
• Personal Progression
• Scouter Support
3. The Four Elements
There are Four Elements that make up the Canadian Path:
• Youth-led: The program is directed by its youth members—not the Scouters.
• Plan-Do-Review: A three-step process informs all activities in the Canadian Path program.
• Adventure: Scouts explore new things, share new ideas, learn new skills and create new paths.
• SPICES: Social, Physical, Intellectual, Character, Emotional and Spiritual are the six dimensions of personal development for the Canadian Path program.
4. A Balanced Program
The Canadian Path delivers a balanced program to all youth members. During their journey in Scouting, youth members regularly participate in adventures relating to each of the six Program Areas: Environment & Outdoors, Leadership, Active & Healthy Living, Citizenship, Creative Expression and Beliefs & Values.
5. A Personal Journey of Growth
Scouting is about personal progression. Each member develops on his or her own path, independently or as a team.
No One Left Behind
Developed in 2007, No One Left Behind (NOLB) helps to ensure, through fee subsidization, that every child has an opportunity to experience a local Scouts Canada program. The NOLB expanded in 2011 to fund after school programs, as well as uniforms and camps.
The program is aimed at children from families struggling with financial hardship all across Canada – so that they also get the chance to benefit from the values, skills and experiences offered through Scouting. The opportunity to belong to a group that teaches important life skills, self-esteem and community service has a huge impact on these youth.
NOLB is not intended to cover 100% of a child’s Scouting expenses. It was designed to help pay a portion of the membership fee, uniform, book or subsidize a weekend outing or a trip to summer camp.
There are very few organizations that offer affordable, quality programming for children and families like Scouts Canada does. NOLB offers youth adventures through physically challenging activities, an opportunity for self-development and the creation of positive self-esteem. This program aids us in alleviating barriers to participation and offers a true opportunity for all children to belong.