Local kids will get the chance to be the boss this coming year, thanks to a new directive passed down from Scouts Canada.

Scouter "Hawkeye" Valerie explained the new programming initiative, where beavers, cubs and scouts get to choose what they activities they do and how they want to do them.

"The Scouters will say 'yes, we're going to go camping' and then the youth have to now decide 'okay, what are we going to do camping?' and then 'how are we going to do it, where are we going to set everything up?'" said Hawkeye. "They have to do their own meal plans and all sorts of activities and things like that."

Parents can rest assured though. Hawkeye explained the new kid-driven programming doesn't mean the little guys will be left to fend for themselves.

"When they get to the scouting age -- 11 to 14 -- they're pretty much in charge. Beavers -- which is five to seven -- we kind of guide them on how to decide what they want to do."

Although the change took place at the national level, it was the local Scout leaders who seized the opportunity to better engage kids this year.

"Scouts Canada, they're based in Ottawa, they come down and say 'this is the new program we're going to start implementing this year,'" revealed Hawkeye. "Each Scouter is given a handbook that says, not should, but this is how you can do it to get the youth more involved in what they're doing."

Registration is still open for interested youth and Hawkeye also noted that volunteers are always welcome.

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