Programs that provide opportunities for boys, girls and young adults age 5-26 to develop individual and group initiative and responsibility, self-reliance, courage, personal fitness, discipline and other desirable qualities of character through participation in a wide range of organized recreational, educational and civic activities under the leadership of qualified adult volunteers. Troop members work on developing their skills in camping, swimming, citizenship, communication, conservation, cooking, community living, first aid and a wide variety of other areas, and usually earn merit badges when they have demonstrated mastery of the skills that are required for a particular activity. There are a number of independent scouting associations in Canada, the two largest being Scouts Canada and Association des scouts du Canada. Most Canadian programs are coeducational and welcome youth of both genders.
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