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September 15-17, 2017 – Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Rovers
Participant fee: $65.00
(Fee covers: Event, Crest, Meals)
Registration will open June 1st and close September 1st.
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Did you know?
You can ‘Thank’ someone directly to their volunteer profile through myscouts.ca
- Log into your myscouts.ca account
- Find the person you want to recognize in myscouts.ca
- For example, use the ‘Find an Individual’ link, or Navigate through your Section to the person’s record.
- On the left-hand side under Admin Options, click the ‘Add Commendation’ link. The ‘Add Commendation’ modal dialog box will pop up.
- The Individual Name field should already be filled in with the person you are recognizing.
- In the Application Date, fill in the approximate date of service you are recognizing them for (for example, the date of the meeting, activity or event), or fill in today’s date if you don’t know.
- In the Comments field, describe in 3-4 sentences the outstanding act or service the person has performed and the impact on you, the Youth or the community. You have 450 characters to work with.
- Leave the Recognition Name as ‘Certificate of Commendation’
- In the Nominator Field, put in the name of the person making the commendation. If you wish, you could add the relationship to the person being recognized in brackets. For example,
- Linus van Pelt (Fellow Scouter)
- Woodstock (Cub Scout)
- Big Bird (Parent)
- Click Save to send the commendation on for approval.
Note – the Application Date, Comments and Nominator fields are used the same way as if you had entered the commendation through the www.scouts.ca/thanks website and will appear on the Commendation Letter. By adding the commendation through myscouts.ca, there’s no confusion which person the commendation is being made for, and the approval process will be faster.
Central Escarpment Council Support Team
On Sunday, June 11th, 2017, Central Escarpment Council held its annual Council Youth Recognition Ceremony to recognize youth in the council for their fantastic achievements throughout the past year.
This year, we had a total of 31 Chief Scout Award achievers, 15 Queen’s Venturer Award achievers, and 3 Medal of the Maple achievers. We were honoured to have John Estrella, the National Commissioner, and Mahfuz Chowdhury come out to join us. John spoke about how Scouting had impacted his life and made his relationships with his kids so much stronger. He encouraged the youth and adults to get more involved with the organization, finding their volunteering “fit” – whether that be at a group, area, or council level. Mahfuz was our guest speaker, and he spoke to the youth (and parents) in the room about finding your “why” and how you can harness your passion, drive, and experiences to succeed in life. Thanks so much to John and Mahfuz for joining us on this special occasion!
We also had a special activity this year – all the youth were given a BINGO card after the ceremony, and encouraged to network with the other award winners to fill in two rows of the BINGO cards. The four youth who completed the BINGO card first won a Starbucks giftcard. Congratulations to those youth, and to all the other youth who worked hard to complete the card. I really appreciate that you all took some time to meet other youth and got to know them. Keep your eyes peeled for more exciting youth events in the future!
I would like to extend another congratulations and large round of applause to all the youth who were recognized this past Sunday. It was amazing getting to know some of you after the ceremony, and I was able to see everyone’s kindness and determination. Your hard work and effort does not go unnoticed, and your commitment to achieve these awards is extraordinary. I hope you are all proud of what you have accomplished. I wish everyone continued success in their future endeavors and upcoming adventures!
Yours in Scouting,
Deanna Di Vito
Central Escarpment Council Youth Commissioner
Wow! This year (so far) we were so lucky to have three Medal of the Maple recipients in Central Escarpment Council.
Congratulations to Ian Hope from 4th Trafalgar, and Hossam Ibrahim and Peter Smyth from 1st Erindale on receiving the Medal of the Maple for Distinguished Youth Service!
For those who do not know, the Medal of the Maple is a by youth, for youth award, created by the National Youth Committee. It was introduced to represent the importance of youth in the Scouting movement. The Medal of the Maple is awarded to youth who have significantly contributed to the Scouting movement and demonstrates the spirit of Scouting through community service and in their day to day life. Read more about the award here. Anyone can submit an application for a youth – so please, talk to the youth, Scouters, and parents around you if you notice a deserving youth (I’m sure we have many more than just three in the council!).
Ian, Hossam, and Peter are amazing youth.
Ian is highly involved within 4th Trafalgar, and consistently volunteers his time outside of Scouting, continually giving back to the community. He has a “can do” attitude and is never afraid to go the extra mile. He gives his tasks and duties the effort and time they deserve, and helps to organize fundraising events, camps, and other events; assists others at school, and participates in research abroad. Ian has a talent for pulling a team together in difficult situations. When faced with a challenge on a lightweight hike, he was able to effectively deal with the challenge and encouraged the team to continue on and finish strong. Ian is described as calm, respectful and honest, and this definitely shines through in everything he have completed so far. Ian – congratulations on your achievement, and I can’t wait to see what you achieve in the future!
Hossam is a Venturer with 1st Erindale, and a fantastic youth. What stands out to me is the time that he spends sharing his passion with other youth. He consistently gives his time back to his group – helping with fundraising initiatives, participating in park clean ups, and giving magic shows to younger sections. At camps, Hossam will tell others about the stars in the sky, sharing his astronomy knowledge with those around him. By sharing his passions, he is able spike passion in others and encourage further understanding of these topics. He is always ready to help wherever needed; always ready to learn something new, and always looking for opportunities to share his knowledge and help to teach others. Hossam – congratulations again, I’m looking forward to seeing what else you achieve in the future!
Peter is an amazingly involved youth with 1st Erindale. He consistently gives back to the community. His commitment to volunteering and giving back to the community is unparalleled by anything I’ve ever seen before. Some people struggle to even get the 40 hours you need to graduate high school. Peter has far surpassed that, and is well on his way to 1000. He is always willing to lend a hand, no matter the task. Within Scouting, he often helps to instruct and mentor the younger youth in the group. The time he puts in at camps and events to teach, show, and demonstrate camping concepts is invaluable. Youth teaching youth is a pillar of Scouting, and definitely something Peter takes to heart. The positive influence he has on others inspires and encourages others to also give back, volunteer, and be that positive influence for another. Peter – congratulations on your achievement, and I hope you never stop giving back!
It gives me great pleasure to congratulate these three individuals on their fantastic achievement! I wish you all the best of luck in your future adventures.
Yours in Scouting,
Deanna Di Vito
Central Escarpment Council Youth Commissioner
As the weekly meetings wind down, please take a few moments as part of the Review Cycle of Plan-Do-Review to thank our volunteers through Scouts Canada’s Thanks system.
- It takes a special type of person to volunteer, and we can never thank them enough.
- It’s very easy to thank them. You can do it in less than a minute through either the www.scouts.ca/thanks website, or through myscouts.ca.
- These individual citations count towards helping them be recognized for Scouts Canada’s other Outstanding Service Awards.
Anyone can hit the Thanks button and recognize a Scouts Canada Volunteer – Youth, Parents, or other Scouters. If you are logged into myscouts.ca and can access their record (for example, they are in your section or a child organization you have access to), you can add the commendation directly again their account, speeding up the approval process.
The Thanks system is geared towards recognizing Scouts Canada members who are in a volunteer role. If you have a Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venturer or Rover who is doing great things as a Program Participant, talk to you Section Scouter or Group Commissioner on how you can best recognize their efforts.
Have any questions? Contact the CEC Recognition team through firstname.lastname@example.org
Central Escarpment Council Support Team
This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/06/no-campsite-no-trails-no-problem/ by Jeff Schroeder
I take a deep breath, and enjoy the fresh air as it passes into my lungs. I look around…I see the grass, the trees, and a bird flying from one tree to the next. Where am I? It might surprise you to hear that I am taking a walk around my neighbourhood.
Summer is a time when everyone wants to be outdoors. The great weather, the time off…it’s the perfect opportunity to go camping and hiking, or simply just enjoy the outdoors. But what if you don’t have access to these spaces?
That’s where I come in! Don’t fret, there are still many ways to connect with nature (even when you’re in the middle of a city). And if you’re not in the middle of the city, these tips can help you feel closer to the nature that’s right in your backyard.
#1: Channel your inner youth and visit a neighbourhood park or playground. Chances are you need to walk to this area, meaning you get some fresh air and new views. Once you’re there, why not have some fun and play on the playground? I promise, it never gets old.
#2: Take a walk on the wild side and go out at night instead of during the day. Once the temperatures start increasing, it can be a little hot to be outside in the daylight. Why not beat the heat and go for a night hike in your neighbourhood? See if you can find the moon or the stars (or maybe a passing airplane or satellite, if you’re lucky).
#3: Cultivate your green thumb by planting flowers, fruits, or vegetables. Pick your favourite, and get started by planting them inside your house. Move them outdoors when they grow just a wee bit bigger. No backyard? No problem! There are many plants that can be grown on balconies (one example is tomatoes. But feel free to do some research to discover the other plants you can grow!).
#4: Did someone say picnic? Take your lunch break outside one day, or grab some friends and food, and head to a nearby park for lunch one weekend. Think about it: friends, food, and fresh air… I know what I’m doing this upcoming weekend!
#5: Take your workout out of the gym and into the outdoors. Sometimes a change of scenery and some vitamin D can be refreshing and keep you motivated. Added bonus? You don’t have to wait for workout machines! Try it out sometime this summer, and who knows, you might enjoy exercising a little bit more than usual.
#6: Grab a pencil and a notebook, and observe the world around you. Contemplate why trees are green, or why you find that one flower so pretty. Try your hand at drawing, doodling, or journaling about what’s around you. Taking that step back from what’s happening in your life and reconnecting with nature can leave you refreshed and ready to face whatever happens next.
Summer time is truly a great time for adventures in the outdoors. Make sure to spend some time this summer finding nature in your own backyard.
Right now, my nature is having a picnic, so I’ll catch up with you after lunch!
This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/06/group-growth-13th-bramalea-group/ by Jeff Schroeder
Raising public awareness through inclusivity and strong community service
By running a youth-led program driven by community service and engagement, it is no surprise that the 13th Bramalea Group grew 121% over the last Scouting Year! Group Commissioner Matthew Monid was kind enough to chat with Scouts Canada about this achievement and the impact of following the Canadian Path.
“Throwing public events to allow potential members to find out more about our Group played a key role in new youth joining,” said Matthew, “bring a friend and community initiatives also contributed to our large growth.”
At the end of every Scouting year, the Group holds a BBQ for the community that includes Scouting activities for the kids and provides information on the program for parents. Semi-annual Bring a Friend nights also helped. By hosting a table at yearly school open houses, the 13th Bramalea Group was able to reach parents looking for activities for their kids. Using events such as this went a long way in raising the Groups local profile.
“Our priority of building a strong program on the Canadian Path that focuses on youth led activities and community service has been vitally important,” said Matthew, “it is great to see our youth take on leadership roles while giving back to the community.”
The Beavers enjoy putting a smile on the residents of local senior’s homes over Christmas every year. They spend hours making crafts, Christmas ornaments and cards. By taking care of homeless pets at the local animal shelter, they were also able to earn their pet badge. The Group goes above and beyond to give back, their yearly community service also includes garbage clean ups and park adoptions, where they grow food for those less fortunate.
A strong youth led approach wherever possible keeps members coming back! Even Beavers take turns leading activities such as green light red light. Engaging local parents through online advertising and a vibrant Facebook page full of adventure also contributed to increasing numbers.
And of course, you can’t forget the adventure! Frequent visits to the Blue Springs Scout reserve give the Group an opportunity to have incredible outdoor experiences.
A round of applause to the 13th Bramalea Group!
THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR INTEREST – ALL SLOTS ARE NOW FULL
June 17th, 2017
Binbrook Conservation Area
The course being offered is a Basic Canoe Tandem (two person) canoe course. This covers ORCKA Basic Canoe levels 1, 2 and 3. This course is perfectly geared to those with no canoe experience, as well as those who have been canoeing for a while with no formal coaching. Canoe skills will be evaluated and improved upon no matter the starting experience. It will provide the foundation for taking further ORCKA courses.
Canoes are being supplied, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Participants providing: PFD’s, personal supplies and lunch.
Payment in full is required to secure your registration.
Cheques made out to Scouts Canada, can be mailed to:
39 Morgan Drive, Caledonia, Ontario, N3W1H6
Questions can be directed to Greg at email@example.com