Voyageur Award

Voyageur Award Year Round Fall Award Personal Development Award Outdoor Skills Award Leadership Award Citizenship Award


Requirements to qualify as a Voyageur Scout:

  1. Successfully complete the Pioneer Scout requirements and be invested as a Scout.
  2. Complete the requirements in each of the following Activity Areas, Citizenship, Leadership, Personal Development and Outdoor Skills at the Voyageur level.
  3. Earn four (4) Challenge Badges of your choice from at least 2 different Challenge Badge categories.
  4. Earn either the Spring or Fall section of the Year Round Camping Award.


  1. Contribute to your community by actively participating in three different community projects e.g. Terry Fox run, school crossing monitor, community food banks, etc.
  2. Describe what to do at the scene of an emergency, including how to report fires, accidents or crimes using the "911" service or other emergency service used in your community.
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of your community by being able to give simple directions. e.g. major features of the community such as police station, hospital, shopping centre, sports facilities...
  4. Choose one of the local public services and meet with a representative to learn how this service functions within the community. e.g. fire department, police service, ambulance, engineering department...
  5. Describe your provincial or territorial symbols and emblems e.g. provincial flowers, birds, flags... ( sketches or pictures should be used in your presentation)
  6. Demonstrate the correct care and use of the Canadian Flag while participating in a flag ceremony.
  7. Describe verbally and/or with the use of diagrams the following flags:
    1. Canada's flag
    2. Scout section flag
    3. your provincial or territorial flag
  8. Creatively demonstrate your knowledge of the History of Scouting as described in the Canadian Scout Handbook.


  1. Show your ability to be a contributing member of a small group (Patrol) and a larger group (Troop) by participating in planning a portion of Troop activity which meets a Voyageur level requirement of the OUTDOOR program.
  2. Discuss the difference between a "boss" and a "leader" with your Court of Honour or Patrol in Council. Provide examples of each style through role play with your Patrol members.
  3. Select a person who has a leadership role in your community. Discuss and evaluate their methods. Then, in your own words, explain what makes them a good leader; some suggestions and examples are.. coaches, Scout leaders, teachers, service club members, etc.
  4. Describe the roles and responsibilities of the Patrol leader, Ass't Patrol Leader, Activity Leader and Scout leader.
  5. Help plan a skills or activity session for the troop and evaluate how the session went.
  6. Discuss the function and purpose of the Court of Honour and Patrol in Council.
  7. Develop and practice a home fire plan with your family. Discuss the successes and identify the short comings of your plan


With members of your patrol and/or Troop participate in the following outdoor activities;

  1. Camp outdoors for a minimum of six (6) nights. (2 nights must be consecutive)
  2. Participate in two (2) hikes/outings of approximately 6 hours duration each. One will have an overnight stay in the outdoors (one of these may be included in the camps detailed above).
  3. Demonstrate your knowledge of weather conditions and the hazards that can be encountered including knowledge of the causes, symptoms, signs, prevention and treatment of the following:
    1. hypothermia
    2. hyperthermia
    3. frostbite
    4. sunburn/sunstroke
    5. dehydration.
  4. Demonstrate your knowledge of environmental conditions and the hazards that can be encountered when in the outdoors by:
    1. Describing the dangers of severe storms and how to protect yourself during a lightning or hail storm or tornado etc.
    2. Describe how to deal with biting and stinging insects when outdoors.e.g. What colours attract insects, what clothing to wear, how to handle allergic reactions etc.
    3. Describe what dangers can be encountered from wild animals when outdoors. Give examples of how dangerous encounters can be minimized. e.g. give examples of how you would react in the presence of a mother bear and her cub
    4. Research what poisonous wild plants may be encountered in areas where your patrol camps. Describe the first aid treatment for one of them.
  5. Prepare a list of basic personal equipment you require for an overnight camp. Know about its uses and maintenance.
  6. Discuss the rules and procedures your troop uses to prevent getting lost or separated from the group. Describe what you would do should you become lost or separated from your patrol.
  7. Prepare a personal emergency kit. Describe the contents and purpose of each item.
  8. Demonstrate the safe use of your troop equipment, e.g. Knives, axes, saws, stoves and lanterns.
  9. Demonstrate your knowledge of maps, both road and topographical, and compass.
    1. know the 16 points of a compass and their corresponding degrees
    2. know basic map symbols
    3. know how to take and follow compass bearings.
  10. After exploring the potential impact of outdoor activities on the environment, develop your own "Environmental Code". Share your ideas with your Patrol/Troop.
  11. Participate for at least a day in an Environmental Project of your choosing.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to lay, light and safely extinguish a fire leaving no trace.
  13. Cook a simple outdoor meal.
  14. Demonstrate how to ensure safe drinking water.
  15. Demonstrate safe campsite layout paying particular interest to fuel, equipment and food storage and fire safety.
  16. Demonstrate the ability to use 5 common knots and describe their correct use. e.g. Reef knot, locking bowline, clove hitch, sheetbend, round turn and 2 half hitches, woven figure 8 bend, etc.


Purpose: To encourage the Scout to get camping experience in the Fall.

  1. You must spend at least two nights in tents or other temporary shelter.
  2. As a patrol, for each camp you must:
    1. obtain written parental permission to camp
    2. select the campsite and obtain permission to use it
    3. arrange transportation. If you use a vehicle, you must travel the last kilometre on foot and carry in all your gear with your patrol members.
    4. develop a menu and buy the food you need
    5. prepare the patrol camping equipment suitable for the season
    6. plan the program activities for the camp
  3. Get the approval of your Troop Scouter or Patrol Counsellor for all of your actions related to the items in #2.
  4. Evaluate each camp with your Troop Scouter or Patrol Counsellor within two weeks of the camp. Discuss with that leader both your preparations and the camp's outcomes.


  1. Spiritual
    1. Lead an opening or closing spiritual activity in a troop setting, e.g. readings, prayer, grace...
    2. Participate in the planning and conducting of a Scout's Own.
    3. Attend the faith service of your choice and/or participate in Troop Scout's Own.
  2. Social
    1. Record ways that you have used the Scout Promise and Law in your daily living, THEN
    2. Discuss with your Troop Scouter and members of your patrol what you have done over a one week period.
    3. Demonstrate the effects of peer pressure. Describe how peer pressure effects you.
    4. participate in a discussion about the effects of alcohol, tobacco and drugs.
  3. Intellectual
    1. Explain the importance of goal setting.
    2. Demonstrate setting personal goals including the steps that will be required in order to achieve your goal.
    3. Discuss your goals with your Scout leader and family.
  4. Physical
    1. Show that you understand the following aspects of personal health and hygiene, as they pertain to a camping environment:
      1. care of skin, hair and nails
      2. care of eyes, ears and teeth
      3. proper amount of sleep
      4. function of the main organs of the body
      5. care of allergies.
    2. Understand general public health measures which include water treatment and immunization.
    3. Explain the value of exercise.
    4. Participate in and show ability in an individual or team sport.
    5. Demonstrate basic fitness level in five different exercise areas:
      1. push-ups (5)
      2. shuttle run (14 sec.)
      3. partial curl-ups (17)
      4. standing long jump (1.35 m)
      5. 50m run (10 sec.)
      6. endurance run (1600 m 10 min, 15 sec)
    6. Show successful participation in an appropriate Physical Fitness program.