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As noted in Scouters' Tip - PAB, existing inventory for Family Care Challenge Badge should be used before new designs are used. The ScoutShop may not have new Canadian Path based badges until the 2011 program change versions are used. Being wise in the use of your Group's inventory is also recommended

See Personal Achievement Badges - Scouts as well as The Canadian Path - Scout, including:

PAB Resources:

Scouters' Tips:

From the Scouter Manual:

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Scouts Community

Objective: I will explore what it means to be an active and contributing citizen of my community.

When planning your adventure, consider including:

  • an aspect that helps you learn about and/or engage municipal, provincial and/or national levels of government
  • community involvement or service
  • the spirit of the Scout Law or Promise in your adventure

Here are some ideas to get you going on creating your own adventures:

Adventure Idea 1: Become a tour guide! 1. Spend time getting to know about your community. Investigate places of historical interest, local amenities and facilities, recreation opportunities, emergency facilities and more. 2. Interview some people who have lived in your community for a long time. What are some memorable personal stories that you would like to share? 3. Develop a way of sharing a tour of your town. Perhaps it is a photo tour or slideshow tour. Or maybe you will develop a pamphlet with a “do-it-yourself” tour of points to visit and a bit of history or information about each of those points. 4. When your tour is ready, lead your Patrol or another Section on the tour. 5. Offer your tour to be used at a facility in town or the town welcome centre, as appropriate. Adventure Idea 2: Join in a Festival! 1. What festivals or special activities are coming soon in your community? Pick one in which you’d like to participate. Connect with the organizers of this festival or activity and discover in what ways you might volunteer to help. Provide a day or two of service to the festival. 2. Share with your Patrol or Troop or family the highlights of your experience at the festival. If you were to become the organizer of the event, what might you do the same, and what would you do differently? 3. Write or email a thank-you to the organizers, sharing your experience and what you enjoyed about the event. 4. Select an element from the event that you would like to share with your Patrol. You might make a snack that was offered by a vendor at the festival; design T-shirts, buttons or posters similar to those that may have been sold at the festival; or plan to attend a performance similar to one that was part of the festival at which you volunteered. 5. Organize a formal campfire for your Group. Invite every Section to contribute a skit or a song. Work with the Patrols in your Troop to plan some crowd-pleasing entertainment for the rest of your Group. Other Ideas! Start with these and develop the five parts to your adventure.

  • Create a treasure map for your town or a bicycle rally and invite your Patrol to try it out. On the way, make sure they will discover new things about your community.
  • What does your community need? Create a vision for your community. Use models, pictures, slideshows and/or maps. Consider what you’d like to see added to or removed from your community.
  • Create a geocaching spot in your community. Go on a geocaching adventure to find other nearby geocaches.
  • Take a careful look at a nearby playground. What equipment do children enjoy playing with the most? What might need fixing or should be removed for safety reasons? Who would you alert about this? If you were designing the playground, what would you include. Create your design.
  • What service groups are part of your community? (Lions Club International, Kinsmen & Kinettes, Rotary, Elks & Royal Purple, Rebekahs & Oddfellows, Masons & Eastern Star, etc.) What contributions have they made to your community? Contact one of these organizations and offer to come and speak about Scouting in your community (as a way to practise your public speaking skills). Be ready to answer some questions.
  • Visit a part of your community to which you have never been. Look at a map of your community to identify a spot. With a buddy or an adult, explore this area (by bike, vehicle, on foot, etc.), after addressing any needed safety precautions.
  • What is a social or environmental challenge in your community? How can you make a positive difference?

Need some more ideas?

Look at the Trail Cards for 'Rideau Trail' [[Category:Rideau Trail]] (Citizenship), Red Coat Trail (Leadership) and West Coast Trail (Beliefs & Values) to inspire an adventure to try on your own.