Central Escarpment Council

This BLOG is maintained by the Council and its Areas – Burlington, Credit Hills, Mississauga, North Waterloo, Oakville, Wellington & Yellow Briar

Welcome to the BLOG

Welcome to Scouting for another year.  This blog is maintained for Central Escarpment Council and its’ Areas.  Using the categories to the right you can quickly find information of interest to you.  For contact information see the ‘About & Contact Us’ link above.  You can return to this home page at any time by clicking on ‘Home’ above.  Great Scouting!

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Update – CEC Youth Development Weekend

Please note that the Youth Development Weekend scheduled for the October 14-15 weekend has been postponed due to low registrations. There are plans in the works to run it at some point in the future, however no dates have yet been determined. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Yours in Scouting,
Alexander Court – DCYC, Youth Development

Volunteer Position – Yellow Briar Area Commissioner

Yellow Briar Area is seeking a dynamic action-oriented volunteer for the position of Area Commissioner. This is a position that requires 18-24 hours per month on average.

The Area Commissioner (a registered member of Scouts Canada) is the recognized point of contact on issues of program evaluation and support. The successful candidate is to be committed to the Scouts Canada Five Focus Areas, Growth & Retention, Safety, Group Capacity, Volunteer Support Toolkit, and the ongoing rollout of the Canadian Path.

Working closely with the Council Commissioner, Area Youth Commissioner, the Area Service Manager, and a team of volunteers, the Area Commissioner is responsible for supporting Scouting Groups of the Yellow Briar Area.

Interested individuals can apply via email to ken.broad@scouts.ca

Thank you

Deanna Devito – Central Escarpment Council Youth Commissioner
David Frederick – Central Escarpment Council Commissioner
Ian Foss- Executive Director Scouts Canada

Volunteer Position – Burlington Area Commissioner

Burlington Area is seeking a dynamic action-oriented volunteer for the position of Area Commissioner. This is a position that requires 18-24 hours per month on average.

The Area Commissioner (a registered member of Scouts Canada) is the recognized point of contact on issues of program evaluation and support. The successful candidate is to be committed to the Scouts Canada Five Focus Areas, Growth & Retention, Safety, Group Capacity, Volunteer Support Toolkit, and the ongoing rollout of the Canadian Path.

Working closely with the Council Commissioner, Area Youth Commissioner, the Area Service Manager, and a team of volunteers, the Area Commissioner is responsible for supporting Scouting Groups of Burlington Area.

Interested individuals can apply via email to ken.broad@scouts.ca

 

Thank you

Deanna Devito – Central Escarpment Council Youth Commissioner
David Frederick – Central Escarpment Council Commissioner
Ian Foss- Executive Director Scouts Canada

Co-Op Camp: Vikings – September 22-24, 2017

The Norse Legends Come To Life As The Vikings Invade Co-Op….

When: Sept 22, 23 & 24 2017

Where: Camp Manitou, Milton

Who: Open to Scouts, Guides &, Pathfinders

Cost: Campers $18.00 per person, Offer of Service $15.00 – (Venturers, Rangers, Rovers)

Co-Op Camp Purpose: To enable members of Girl Guides & Scouts to live, work & play together in a fun situation common to both organizations. This will help them realize their similarities (in interests, challenges & skills) & make them aware of areas where they can help each other.

 You come self-contained…we provide the program!

A full and exciting schedule including …Friday fun night with karaoke, campfire, storytelling, Saturday group challenges/games, Saturday night dance, movies, campfire, awards, badge trading & much more.

As we must limit the camp to no more than 1000 campers we suggest you get your pre-registration in early. A completed Full Registration form and Camp fees are to be paid by Friday, September 15, 2017.

 It’s first come, first served so register early.

 Looking for more information?

Download a registration form from our website! Full registration forms are available online at http://www.coopcamp.org. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @co_opcamp!

2017 CEC Popcorn Kick-offs

It’s here!  Each Group is encouraged to have 2 representatives at one of these Popcorn Kick-offs to enjoy the fellowship and take part in fun yet informational training:

  • What’s new in 2017
  • Important Sale dates to remember
  • 2017 Group Kick-off package
  • Prizes

4 Locations and Dates to choose from:

  • Tuesday August 22nd 7:00 – 9:00pm
    Kitchener Scout House (upstairs)
    844 Frederick Street, Kitchener
  • Thursday August 24th 7:00 – 9:00pm
    Erindale Presbyterian Church
    1560 Dundas Street West, Mississauga
  • Thursday September 7th 7:00 – 9:00pm
    John’s Anglican Church
    2464 Dundas Street, Burlington
  • Saturday September 9th 9:30 – 11:30am
    Hillcrest United Church
    8958 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown

Please RSVP your attendance by using the link: https://doodle.com/poll/gmp6di2a536kdqkz

 

Want more?  Join us for an additional Workshop to learn how to take it to the next level!

  • How to run a successful Fundraiser
  • Share ideas & success stories
  • How to use Group Level incentives
  • Saturday September 9th 11:30am-1:30pm.
    Hillcrest United Church.
    8958 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown
  • Please RSVP for this session with the above link as well.

 
If you have any questions or want more information, please contact CEC Popcorn Co-ordinator Mike McCoy (mike.mccoy@scouts.ca)

FLEX Training – Registration NOW OPEN!

*Please note that the Youth Development Weekend scheduled for the October 14-15 weekend has been postponed due to low registrations. There are plans in the works to run it at some point in the future, however no dates have yet been determined. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.*

When: Sunday, October 15th, 2017 – 8:30am to 4:00pm
Where: Camp Manitou (7484 Twiss Road, Milton, Ontario) – pick-up and drop-off will be at the main parking lot

The Central Escarpment Council Youth Network is hosting a new UPDATED FLEX Training Course for all Cub Scouts! FLEX is a for-youth, by-youth leadership development course designed for Cub-aged youth. Throughout the course, youth will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on and engaging activities that will help to build problem solving, teamwork, effective communication, and conflict resolution skills.

Early Bird Registration Fee: $20 (if received before September 1st)
Regular Registration Fee: $25

Please note that due to the timing of the course, if we are unable to achieve minimum registrations by September 1st, we will be unable to run the course.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Alexander Court (alex.court@scouts.ca).

Outdoor Adventure Skills Workshop – Registration NOW OPEN!

BUILD YOUR OWN ADVENTURE AT THE OAS WORKSHOP

*Please note that the Youth Development Weekend scheduled for the October 14-15 weekend has been postponed due to low registrations. There are plans in the works to run it at some point in the future, however no dates have yet been determined. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.*

The Central Escarpment Council Youth Network is hosting its first ever Outdoor Adventure Skills Workshop! This workshop will focus on the OAS – Scoutcraft which was the popular choice in our survey earlier this year (future workshops will focus on each of the other Outdoor Adventure Skills).

When: Saturday, October 14th, 2017 – drop in anytime between 9am and 4pm!
Where: Camp Manitou (7484 Twiss Road, Milton, Ontario) – all activities will be taking place around McLaughlin Lodge, please walk in from the main parking lot

Early Bird Registration Fee: $10 (if received before September 1st)
Regular Registration Fee: $15

Youth members from Beavers up to Rovers are invited to visit the workshop anytime between 9am and 4pm and can take part in a variety of activities such as orienteering, shelter building, lashings, fire lighting and more! This is a self-directed program so all participants are free to travel from activity to activity, and can participate in as many or as few as they’d like. The workshop is designed to allow individual youth to set their own personal goals and decide which skills and knowledge they’d like to gain.

There will be lots of activity stations set up around the event site that will offer opportunities to learn hands on! Some of the skills the workshop will be focusing on include:
 Knots and Lashings
 Making Camp Gadgets
 Camp Hygiene and Cleanliness
 Outdoors Safety
 Shelter Building
 Nature Identification
 Fire Lighting
 Camp Cooking
 Orienteering
 Trail Safety

The event planners are currently looking for Scouters and Youth members to help plan and run these exciting activities as skill mentors for the youth participants. If you have any questions, or want to get involved in helping with the workshop, please contact Alexander Court (alex.court@scouts.ca).

Kerry’s Place Golf Tournament

Scouters;

Every year Central Escarpment partners with Kerry’s Place Autism Services and the Kiwanis Club of Mississauga to deliver day camps and residential camps for youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over 800 young people have benefitted to date. We were even able to expand the program this year. In order to ensure that families can take part with a minimal financial burden, we raise funds annually through a golf tournament.

We need your help!

If you golf, join us for a great day!

If you can access prize donations for our golfers or raffle, it will be much appreciated!

If the business you work for may be interested in a sponsorship donation, it will also be appreciated.

Help us give these special young people a memory of a lifetime!”

BSSR – Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

Attention Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts

Blue Springs Scout Reserve is Sponsoring a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest as a S.T.E.M. event

Register: Send $20 (per team) to David Wiebe 360 Torrance Street, Apt 610, Burlington, ON, L7R 2R9 by November 1st 2017 and then send a video of your machine in action to wiebedavid66@gmail.com by midnight 12/31/2017 Eastern Time (all submissions will receive a confirmation email)

Bonus Points if your machine includes

  1. Tennis Ball
  2. Cheese Grater
  3. Milk Jug
  4. Candle (UNLIT IS OK)
  5. Picture Frame
  6. Pipe Wrench

Super extra bonus points if your machine includes an accordion

The video/machine must be at least 2 minutes long and must end with a flag raise.

Find inspiration anywhere but all video must be 100% created by contestant team.

Judging will take place in January of 2018 and prizes will be awarded by January 31st 2018

If you have any questions feel free to email wiebedavid66@gmail.com or text or call 289-439-1024

Appointment – Credit Hills Area Commissioner

We would like to thank Mary Ann Willett in her role as Area Commissioner for Credit Hills. Her passion for scouting was evident in all of her efforts to increase Scouting in the area. She will continue to provide leadership with in her group and we look forward to working with her in the future.

At this time it is also our pleasure to introduce Mark Wyatt as the new Area Commissioner for Credit Hills.

Mark was a youth participant in the Hamilton-Wentworth area, and enjoyed the Beaver, Cub and Venture sections. When Mark’s sons enrolled in Scouting, he wanted to follow in his father Alan’s footsteps and become a Scouter for his son’s sections. Mark started scouting with the 4th Georgetown Colonies in 2014 and has been a contact scouter for the past two years. In May of 2016 he earned his Wood Badge II. Mark has volunteered with many non-profit organizations, is an active Hockey coach in Halton Hills, and is the recipient of the Canada 125 Medal. Mark has worked for Gordon Food Service for the past 20 years where he currently holds the position as a Digital Product Lead. Mark lives in Georgetown with his sons Spencer and Grayson. 

Please help us in congratulating and providing a warm reception for Mark as he takes on this new role.

It Starts With Scouts
Deanna DeVito – Central Escarpment Council Youth Commissioner
David Frederick – Central Escarpment Council Commissioner
Ian Foss- Executive Director Scouts Canada
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