Scouts Canada Claim The Flame

Scouts Canada has issued a challenge for kids to get outdoors this winter and learn some new practical skills in a four-week outdoor skills challenge! Claim the Flame launches on January 31 and is designed to get kids and young adults ages 5 to 26 outdoors and socializing with their peers, while discovering their capabilities, developing important life skills and building resiliency.

"As a youth-serving organization, we recognize the impact the pandemic is having on children and youth. We are committed to supporting communities at this time by continuing to provide a safe and fun place where kids can simply be kids,” says Andrew Price, Executive Commissioner and CEO, Scouts Canada. “Scouts Canada’s upcoming Claim the Flame challenge will give young people something exciting to look forward to each week while offering adventure and outdoor activity at a time when they need it most.”

Scouting is a youth-led program, with children and young adults responsible for determining their own path forward. The challenge will provide the framework for Scouts to launch their own ideas and lead the activities, promoting resourcefulness, imagination and leadership.

This fun challenge will see youth engaging in activities like building survival shelters, campfire cooking, embarking on a winter trek, or practicing winter first aid, all designed to help strengthen Scout’s competencies in four key areas: sports and physical activity, building and creativity, camping culinary skills, and adventure and exploration.

Kids can participate with their Scouting Group, their families or individually at home, depending on your local pandemic restrictions and individual level of comfort. Safety will be at the forefront while also prioritizing socialization, mental health, personal growth and skills development.

The first challenge is focused on sports and physical activity, inspired by the spirit of the Olympic Games, but with a twist. Kids will be able to take traditional summer Olympic activities and transform them into a winter game, such as snow volleyball or snow golf, or build and participate in their own winter triathlon.

The great outdoors is an incredible environment for learning and self-discovery that helped me build a pathway towards success,” says Survivorman Les Stroud, Scouts Canada’s new Chief Scout. “Scouts Canada’s winter outdoor skills challenge will be a powerful experience for young people to discover their potential and learn some important skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.”

Research shows that outdoor recreation is a fundamental need for children. It support physical development, but also contributes to cognitive functioning, creativity, problem solving, and positive self-esteem, among other benefits. Canadian guidelines recommend children ages 5 to 17 engage in 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity daily, and getting outside is a great way to achieve this.

For non-Scout families who want to participate:

Canadian families who are not in Scouting are invited to join in on the fun by accessing the weekly challenges at scouts.ca/claimtheflame. Registration is free and you can download the guide to participate. Scouts Canada will also be launching a video every Monday starting January 31 for four weeks detailing the week’s challenge. The videos will be live on the website and Scouts Canada’s YouTube page.

About Scouts Canada

Kids and young adults in Scouts chart their own path of discovery. Through a variety of fun experiences with friends, outdoor adventures and contributions to their community, Scouts build resilience and skills that set them up for life. Scouts Canada is the country’s leading co-ed youth organization, offering programming for children and youth aged 5-26 in multiple languages, reflecting Canada’s multicultural landscape and communities. For more information, visit Scouts.ca.

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