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!

Important Web Shortcuts in CEC

If you’re looking for HELP on www.scouts.ca or www.myscouts.ca you may find it useful to visit the Zendesk knowledge base. It’s linked directly on the myscouts.ca site, but you can reference it any time at https://myscouts.zendesk.com/forums .

Volunteer Opportunity – Webmaster Burlington Area

Burlington Area is currently looking for a Volunteer who would like to join the Area Team in the capacity of Webmaster.  This position can be done from your home at times that are best for you.  If you would like to talk more about the position please get in touch and we can arrange to meet.

Area Webmaster

Accountable to: Area Commissioner
Term: Appointed annually by the Area Commissioner.
Time required: 5 to 10 hours per month

Scope of Position:

The Area Webmaster is responsible for effective and appropriate operations of the Area website, electronic communication and other support to membership related to web/tech issues.

Responsibilities:

  • Accept, edit, prepare and post contributions from youth, parents, and volunteers. (Post onto the CEC Blog on behalf of Burlington Area)
  • Ensure that the information contained in the Area website is accurate and is updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in schedules, activity information, and news articles.  (Area Website Maintenance
  • Hold admin capabilities on Area Facebook pages. Moderate posts if required.
  • Assist groups or section leaders, where required, with implementing electronic communication tools

Thanks,
Ken Broad
Deputy Council Commissioner – Communications

ken.broad@scouts.ca

Volunteer Opportunity – Webmaster Wellington Area

Wellington Area is currently looking for a Volunteer who would like to join the Area Team in the capacity of Webmaster.  This position can be done from your home at times that are best for you.  If you would like to talk more about the position please get in touch and we can arrange to meet.

Area Webmaster

Accountable to: Area Commissioner
Term: Appointed annually by the Area Commissioner.
Time required: 5 to 10 hours per month

Scope of Position:

The Area Webmaster is responsible for effective and appropriate operations of the Area website, electronic communication and other support to membership related to web/tech issues.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist all volunteers with email capabilities and functions. (Maintain @w.scouter.ca email forwards)
  • Accept, edit, prepare and post contributions from youth, parents, and volunteers. (Post onto the CEC Blog on behalf of Wellington Area)
  • Ensure that the information contained in the Area website is accurate and is updated on a regular basis to reflect changes in schedules, activity information, and news articles.  (Area Website Maintenance
  • Hold admin capabilities on Area Facebook pages. Moderate posts if required.
  • Assist groups or section leaders, where required, with implementing electronic communication tools
 Thanks,
Doug Lemcke
Area Commissioner – Wellington Area
Scouts Canada
doug.lemcke@scouts.ca

 

Burlington Area Canoe Camp – Pool Session Date Clarification April 2

There was a typo in the original posting of the Burlington Area Canoe Camp that indicated the event was taking place on a Saturday.  Please note that the Pool session is, in fact, taking place on SUNDAY April 2.  The registration package in the original post has been updated.

I apologize for any confustion.

Yours In Scouting,

Bill Kowalchyk
Burlington Area Canoe Camp Coordinator

Appointment – North Waterloo Area Commissioner

 

We would like to take time to thank Shawn Frederick for his commitment to Scouts Canada as the Area Commissioner for North Waterloo these past four years. His hard work and his strong leadership as placed North Waterloo on a strong footing for attaining the goals for Scouts Canada’s five priorities.

In saying thank you to Shawn we are  also  saying welcome to Harry Niezen who has volunteered to be acting Interim Area Commissioner for North Waterloo. We are  confident in Harry’s leadership for the Area and we would ask you all to support him in his role. In accepting the role harry has outlined his priorities for the Area. We look forward to the future in North Waterloo.

Its been my honour and pleasure to be involved as a volunteer in Scouting since 1975.  I am proud of my contribution to the movement and to its youth members. I have served as  a Section Scouter in each of the 5 core sections.  I also have had the opportunity – for many years – to work at both the Area and Council level: most notably as the Council Commissioner in CEC,  For the last 5 years, I have been working as the Group Commissioner and Beaver Scouter with 30th Kitchener.

As I consider the needs of Scouting within North Waterloo, here are my priorities and it is these areas that I promise to direct my energies toward:

– North Waterloo needs a strong, active and visible Area Support team.  Our Groups and Section Scouters need support from Scouts Canada and the Area team would be the first line of that support.  For example, we need Scouters who can provide our Groups and Section Scouters with support in implementing the Canadian Path.

– North Waterloo has a number of Groups that are at risk of folding due to a lack of volunteers.  We need to create some strategic partnerships so that North Waterloo can continue to offer the programs that are currently available and build a foundation for future growth.

– Scouting in North Waterloo needs to be able to celebrate again.  There is a vibrant history in the Area and there are many active and retired members who deserve to be recognized.  Our members should feel proud to wear the North Waterloo crest on their uniform.

Can one person accomplish all of this?  I do not know.  All I know is that if we do not try, then we can be assured that these goals will not be met.

“We Be of One Blood, You and I”

Scouter Harry 

Please help us in congratulating Harry in his new role and we look forward to what the Future hold for Central Escarpment Scouting and Scouts Canada.

It Starts With Scouts

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


1st Ayr Pack Fishing Adventure

Written by Mark Hammar, DCC Program for Central Escaprment Council.

At 1st Ayr we have been working out how to incorporate the Canadian Path into our program, and I wanted to share one adventure that we have done with the pack to try using the elements of the Canadian Path to improve our scouting.

First the cubs had chosen fishing as one of the adventures that they wanted to do. We had the lairs brain storm different adventures they wanted to do and all four lairs had fishing included, so that was our first adventure to Plan-Do-Review.

Here was how we did the Plan-Do-Review over four weeks:

Week 1 – Plan

  • Played a game where cubs were fish swimming upstream and some were in the middle as bears trying to catch them. If caught a cub became a bear.
  • Had a group discussion on what we needed to bring for fishing (clothing, poles, license).
  • Included discussion on what type of fish we could catch that were in season (trout season was over but bass season was just about to close)
  • Cubs were to bring their poles (without hooks) to the next meeting

Week 2 – Plan

  • Had a special guest come in who was an avid fisherman. Showed the cubs his gear, answered questions and explained the difference between several poles he had.
  • Everyone tried out casting with their poles and a small weight.
  • Confirmed plans on where to meet and what to bring

Week 3 – Do

This took place on a Sunday afternoon as the sun set very quickly on meeting nights in November.

  • Met near the river and prepared tackle. Parents were encouraged to stay if they desired.
  • Fished for several hours (didn’t catch anything L)
  • Had hotdogs over the fire

Week 4 – Review

  • Brainstormed as a group, what do you know now that you didn’t know before? Types of fish in the area, casting, hook safety, river safety.

Overall a successful fishing adventure, even though no fish were harmed in pursuing the adventure. Our next adventure is yet to be chosen, but we are looking forward to it.

Scouts Day with the Toronto Marlies

Scout Appreciation Night with the Toronto Marlies March 25th 5:00 PM  at the Ricoh Coliseum

Toronto Marlies Vs Springfield Thunderbirds

Get your tickets today for just 26.00

ATTEND as a GROUP or INDIVIDUALLY

SCOUT DAY ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

HIGHEST SELLING GROUP: DRESSING ROOM TOUR

2ND HIGHEST SELLING GROUP: FAN TOUR EXPERIENCE

SCOUTS IN GAME ACTIVITY (untie-a-knot challenge)

Scout Crest Swap & Toronto Marlies Patch

contact John Whelly to Order your tickets

416-815-5554 | John.whelly@mlse.com > marlies.ca

Check out the flyer for more details.

Appointment Announcement – DCC Communications

(Read the Appointment Announcement here)

I would like to announce the appointment of Ken Broad as Central Escarpment Council’s Deputy Council Commissioner for Communications.

Ken has been involved in Scouting since 2003, with his first role being a Beaver Scouter in Brampton. He has worked with all sections since then, as well as serving on both the old Brampton Area and current Yellow Briar service teams holding various roles with including webmaster, social media and communications. Most recently he was appointed the Central Escarpment Council Social Media Advisor.

Ken works for First Student Canada – Caledon Division as a dispatcher where he is responsible for the management of 300 plus drivers, delivering effective communications between school boards, parents and employees. Ken has strong experience with several web-based publishing platforms including Joomla and WordPress as well as the major Social Media outlets. He is a keen supporter development of Social Media as a way to promote Scouting program to the public.

Ken assumes his new position effective February 1st; his email address is ken.broad@scouts.ca. He succeeds Brian Peebles who was appointed recently to the role of National Team Lead for Internal Communications after 4 years with the communications portfolio. Brian will continue his role as Council Webmaster for Central Escarpment. He can be reached at brian.peebles@scouts.ca in his new role.

Please help me in congratulating Ken in his new role and we look forward to what the future holds for Central Escarpment Scouting and Scouts Canada.

It Starts With Scouts

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

 

Burlington Area Canoe Camp 2017 – April 2, June 2-4, 2017

One of Burlington Area’s most eagerly anticipated events is fast approaching. The annual Area Canoe Camp, to be held this year from June 2nd to 4th at Camp Wheeler near Haliburton, is an opportunity for Scouts to learn valuable canoe skills in a controlled environment, and from experienced instructors. One of the overall objectives of this event is to build competencies for  several stages of the Paddling Outdoor Adventure Skills badge. And, of course, it’s a ton of fun!

The camp will also include an overnight out trip for Scouts working on the Advanced Tripping badge or higher Stages of the Paddling OAS, and an Island overnight for Scouts wanting to learn lightweight camping skills.

Prior to attending the camp at Wheeler, all Scouts will be required to attend a mandatory Skills session and Pizza party, to be held at a Burlington public swimming pool. This has been scheduled for April 2nd from 2:30pm to 7:30pm at Aldershot Community Pool.

Cost for the event will be $95 per person, food, canoes and accommodation included. Registration deadline is March 26th at 8:00pm.

For further information contact Scouter Bill Kowalchyk at Bill.Kowalchyk@scouts.ca or 905-520-9517.

Revised Registration Package (Adobe PDF)

1st Ayr Beavers Hiking Adventure

Written by Mark Hammar, DCC Program for Central Escaprment Council.

At 1st Ayr we have been working out how to incorporate the Canadian Path into our program, and I wanted to share one adventure that we have done trying with the colony to try using the elements of the Canadian Path to improve our scouting.

First the beavers had chosen hiking as one of the adventures that they wanted to do. We had the beavers draw pictures onto large sheets that represented different parts of the beaver map, and hiking was one of the popular choices for an adventure they wanted to do.

Here was how we did the Plan-Do-Review over four weeks:

Week 1 – Plan

  • Played a game to learn about the buddy system on a hike. In pairs, beavers took turn leading each other through an obstacle course with the following buddy being blindfolded.
  • Made lanyards to hold a water bottle for the hike. Decorated water bottles and lanyards so they would have water on the hike.

Week 2 – Plan

  • Discussed clothing to wear on the hike.
  • Talked about the compass. Played North-South-East-West to learn the major points of the compass.
  • Each beaver made their own trail mix in a bag from a collection of different ingredients (raisins, peanuts, yogurt raisins, etc.). These were packed for a Scouter to bring to the hike.

Week 3 – Do

  • Met at the camp and played a gathering game with flashlights.
  • Went on our hike (with water bottles) including a break for snack and a story.
  • Stopped and tried to call owls with a recorded owl song. (none answered)

Week 4 – Review

  • Discussed in lodges three questions (5 minutes):
    1. What was your favourite part of this adventure? walking, snack, story, calling owls,
    2. What didn’t you like about this adventure? Wet, mud, lights off, fog,
    3. What do you know now that you didn’t know before? North/South/East/West, how dark it gets, friendship stops fighting

Overall it was a successful hiking adventure. The beavers all seemed to enjoy the process of planning and even the review. In addition, many of the requirements for the level 1 hiking outdoor adventure skills were learned and demonstrated on our hike. We all seemed to have learned something from the adventure, and we are looking forward to our next adventure which is planning activities for our group camp.

Note: Mark has kids registered with the 1st Ayr Group, he wanted to write a blog post as a sort of case study to show people what his kids have done.

Healthy Youth Relationships Training

Scouts Canada and the Canadian Red Cross have partnered to offer the Healthy Youth Relationships Course to our youth. The course is designed for Scout and Venturer-aged youth, and is in-line with the Ontario curriculum for those age groups. The program covers topics including:

  • building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • communication and conflict resolution
  • dating violence, emotional violence, physical violence
  • consent and sexual violence
  • how to intervene and respond to dating violence
  • promoting healthy relationships

Additionally, the content is presented in an interactive format, where youth will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of exercises and activities to reinforce the messages of the program.

I have been trained in the program and am able to both deliver it as well as train youth facilitators to support me in this. Because the course is made up of 12 sessions to be delivered to youth, I do not anticipate that I will be able to organize and deliver the training to a section before the end of this Scouting year. Instead, between now and August 31st, my goal is to recruit and train youth facilitators to be able to support me in delivering the program, and then once we get into the fall, we will be ready to deliver the program to different sections. Because it is made up of 12 sessions of varying lengths, I do not want to deliver all of the sessions through weekly meetings as that would take up a lot of valuable time for your youth. Rather, my plan is for sections who would like to take the training, we can run the first few intro sessions through one or two meeting nights, but then the bulk of the sessions can be done through a weekend camp.

At the moment, I’m keeping the training to sections within Mississauga since that is the most accessible for me at the moment.

With this information, of course if you have any questions please feel free to ask. I would ask that if you have any Venturers or Rovers who you think might be interested in helping to deliver this training as youth facilitators to please let me know (there is a two-day training piece for facilitators, but it’s mainly just going through the content and becoming familiar with the pieces that the facilitators are able to run). As well, if your sections (Troops or Companies) might be interested in participating in the program, please let me know so we can start planning for the fall when I start rolling this out.

Thanks,
Yours in Scouting,
Alexander Court
alex.court@scouts.ca

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