Central Escarpment Council

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

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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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1st Ayr Beavers Science Beaver Badge

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

When my son Sam, who is a white tail at 1st Ayr, first got his beaver map he was immediately excited about the science beaver badge and wanted to work on it. In our family was all love science and have done some fun activities ourselves, and he thought that doing some experiments with dry ice would be fun for the beavers and everyone could learn something about safety in science and how much fun dry ice was.

Sam was very excited to share his knowledge about the subject, so here was how he did the Plan-Do-Review for the badge:

Plan

My son came up with a plan of what he wanted to do with the beavers so that they would learn and be safe. Here is the plan that I emailed to the scouters for “approval”:

  • Safety message with making the quarter scream
  • Demonstrate making a big bubble on a bowl of dry ice in hot water
  • Demonstrate making a bubble on the bottle after adding hot water and dry ice
  • Each beaver will get a bottle and can do step 2 on their own in supervised groups
  • In groups, they will get a chance to try to hold a bubble with soapy hands

Do

The night of the experiments went well.

  • Met at our regular meeting hall
  • Sam gave his safety talk (mostly, “don’t touch the dry ice”)
  • He and my wife did some demonstrations and then the beavers each got to do dry ice in a bottle to make bubbles. (supervised by an adult)
  • Each group of beavers got a chance to come up and try to hold a bubble by getting their hands soapy

See some of the photos from the night below (I actually remembered to take them this time) and you can see making bubbles in bottles, the big bubble on a bowl, trying to stick your finger into a bubble and more. Enjoy!

 

Review

  • We discussed as a group what they learned and some of the common answers were that they learned about how dry ice worked (it is frozen but is a gas at room temperature), as well as that they need to stay safe while doing experiments.
  • Discussions with Sam indicated that he thought it went well, but in the future, he would practice the speech he was planning to say as he worried he forgot something.

Overall it was a successful dry ice experiment night. Sam learned a bit about what it takes to be a leader for an activity, that it is important to keep everyone safe, and the preparation is important. The colony had a great time making smoke-filled bubbles and learning a bit about how chemicals work. There has been interest by other beavers into what they have to do to work on a badge of their own. I expect that we will soon see others come forward wanting to share information on a badge that interests them so that the colony can learn more.


Venturer Victoria Day Camporee 2017 – May 19-22, 2017

Victoria Day Camporee began in 1955 and is a competition camp designed for Scouts and Venturers.  With a trophy awarded to the best all round Troop and Company.  Each and every year has provided exciting programs for everyone including Scouters. Whether there’s rain or sunshine, hail or snow this camp is one that everyone enjoys.

The attached flyer will give you information about Victoria Day Camporee May 19-22, 2017 at Camp Nemo for the Venturer Section program.  For complete rules and registration forms please visit http://hwscouting.ca/vic-day/.  Please remember that this is a three-day camp a Category 3 form must be filled out for each youth and accompany the registration form.

Venturer Camp Chief

Gino Sferrazza gsferrazza@scouts.ca

Vic Day Registration – Venturers – 2017

Scouting Life: Start Dreaming Up Your Summer Adventures!

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/03/start-dreaming-summer-adventures/

Canadians are fortunate to experience the four seasons as sharp contrasts to each other. From the snowy depths of winter to the buds and blossoms of spring, to the sunny and stormy days of summer, to the spectacular colours of fall, every season offers a fresh opportunity to appreciate the beauty of nature.

Of course, the different seasons also offer a variety of opportunities for Scouting adventures! While it’s wonderful to hit the trail when the snow melts and wet a paddle when the ice breaks up, Canadians know that spring offers just a hint of what’s to come. There’s no season quite like summer for enjoying the outdoors!

Summer Adventure Week – the last week in March – is all about getting a jump on planning your great, safe, summer Scouting adventures! Now’s the time to give some thought to what adventures you’ll share this June, July and August. Summer’s a unique opportunity to dream a bit bigger. After all, Scouting youth are on holiday from school, so summer’s the perfect time to take an extra day or two (or three or four!) for an outdoor adventure.

It’s also worth appreciating that there are some adventures possible in the summer that really aren’t the same at other times of year. Sure, you can plan a day at the beach in the middle of winter and even build snow sculptures, but it’s not quite the same without a dip in the water! And while winter offers some of the clearest possible conditions for stargazing, there’s something wonderful about watching for shooting stars and not freezing your toes off.

When people think of Scouting, many think of fun outdoor activities like camping, hiking, swimming, sailing, paddling, cycling and horseback riding. Unfortunately, many Groups wind down their Scouting programs for the summer season. There are a variety of understandable reasons for this – for example, many families take vacation time in the summer, and both youth and Scouters may not have as much time free for Scouting as they do during the school year.

While there are certainly some obstacles to sharing Scouting adventures in the summer, the rewards are worth the trouble. Sharing summer adventures strengthens the friendships among youth in a Section – it is an opportunity to keep in touch with one another, and with Scouting. Youth who share summer Scouting adventures report a higher satisfaction with the program overall, and they are more likely to register for Scouting in the fall.

Summer Adventure Week is a celebration of a season that’s still months away. It’s time to start dreaming up and planning your summer Scouting adventures. The Summer Adventure webpage offers a wide variety of ideas for summer adventures for all Sections, in all parts of Canada. Check out the ideas – there may be something you want to try, or someplace you’d like to visit. You might settle on an adventure that’s not on the site, and that’s great too! Whatever you get up to this summer, we’d love to hear about it – #ScoutsDoStuff!

Have a great summer adventure!

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Scouting Life: Planning Your Summer Adventures on the Canadian Path

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/03/planning-summer-adventures-canadian-path/

Summertime: it’s the time of year when your Scouting adventures either get into full gear or stop until September. Why have a summer devoid of great Scouting adventures? The Canadian Path and the Trail Cards that come along with the program are there to help you. We all have that image of a summer camp experience filled with canoes and rock climbing so why not plan those adventures with your Section?

The Canadian Path has four elements that make any adventure great. These elements are Youth-Led, Plan-Do-Review, Adventure, and the SPICES. How do you create an amazing summer experience? Just stick to these elements. Let’s use the example of a canoe trip and apply each of the four elements to the adventure.

Let’s start with Youth-Led. This should be obvious but it doesn’t always happen. Scouts Canada is an organization for youth, shouldn’t it be led by the youth we serve? This one is simple; youth decide what adventures they want to go on, and they divide that adventure up into pieces each of them can take on. Whether it’s planning one portion of the adventure or running point for the trip’s supplies, each youth member can and should participate in the process so that they are part of what comes out of the adventure, good or bad. If they own it, they are invested in its success.

Planning for a March Break Adventure in Canada

Plan-Do-Review: You have most likely already been following the Plan-Do-Review process, but now we have a formal name for it. This is how you can measure how successful your summer outing is. You can plan your adventure by writing out your to-do lists as a group, have everyone take on a task, and have a system to verify that each part is done. To do, simply execute and have fun. To review, meet after the adventure to discuss how it went. Go over the good and the bad, how you can improve, and incorporate this feedback into future outings. For our canoe trip example, you can plan by dividing up the tasks among the youth in your group. Someone can handle booking the campsite while another person reserves the canoes. Do by going on the trip, and review with the youth in your section after the trip is over – you may have realized that someone should have arranged a carpool and planned a better menu, for example.

Adventure: this is what you’re planning right? Well of course it is, but is this a new experience or is this something your Section has done in the past that you are revisiting by changing some of the key components, such as the location or menu? Adventure means learning something new, taking on a different challenge, exploring and experiencing something outside of your day to day activities. For this canoe trip what’s new and different? You may decide on a different location, and Scouts may be attending that are new to canoeing. The youth that have experience canoeing can develop their leadership abilities by teaching watercraft skills.

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Bring the heat to your adventure with the SPICES. Allow the youth to develop their social, physical, intellectual, character, emotional, and spiritual abilities. You might not hit all of them in your outing but for this canoe trip, you may decide to focus on the physical and spiritual components. The physical is obvious but by disconnecting from the outside world youth can focus on nature and their connection to it.

When planning your summer adventures bring these four elements to your meetings, trips and events. By bringing the Canadian Path to your adventure you are ensuring that it is one you will remember. Summer is coming, what do you have planned?

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7th Milton Scouts – Electronics Ewaste Collection

Date: Saturday, April 8
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: John Tonelli Arena, 217 Laurier Ave, Milton

A great way for scouts and their families to participate in waste diversion, environmental stewardship, and fundraise for our Scouting Sections. Start collecting today!

This year we will also be collecting bottles to support those attending the Canadian Jamboree in Nova Scotia.

Funds raised go towards operating costs, equipment maintenance and replacement, and keeping scouting affordable for parents.

For more information, you can download the flyer 2017 7th Milton Scouts Ewaste or contact Tim at leaders@7thmiltonscouts.ca

 

Standard First Aid – CPR C & AED

Hey everyone! 

Back by popular demand, were offering another first aid course.

Standard first aid with cpr level C includes adult, infant and child cpr, choking and AED use.

Note: we have a 6 participant minimum on this course! And a cap of 20 max participants. Spaces will go quickly, register today!

Registration link -HERE-

CECuboree 2017!

Dear Cub Scouters, Venturers, Rovers and Scouters who may be interested in delivering activities for a great weekend camp,the CECuboree team is pleased to announce our website is live for taking registrations for Cub Packs, and for individuals interested in providing Offers of Service.

You can find it at http://cecuboree.scouter.ca/. Packs are encouraged to register early. Space is limited!

For individuals who may be interested in Offers of Service, your assistance is invaluable to delivering our event. We have a number of options available to fit busy schedules if you can only make it for the Saturday, or if you’d like to join us for the whole weekend. If you’d like to help enhance an activity or add one of your own by all means we want to hear from you at contact@cecuboree.scouter.ca.

Help us make this an incredible experience for our youth!

Yours in Scouting,

CECuboree Team 2017

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PLAN THE 2018 CECUBOREE CONTEST

Announcement announcement announcement!

Attention all Packs!

PLAN THE 2018 CECUBOREE CONTEST

How would you (and your Pack) like to create the next CECuboree? Here’s your chance to share your ideas for the perfect Cuboree with all of the Central Escarpment Council!

PLAN

Get your thinking caps on and come up with a theme. Then think of some of the exciting adventures that could happen during the camp. Finally flex your creative muscles and design the crest everyone gets to take home. We want to see you use your imaginations!

DO

1. Name and theme for the 2018 CECuboree
2. A list of activities that you think would be fun and exciting to do Cuboree weekend
3. Design a camp crest

REVIEW

Entries will be displayed at this year’s Cuboree during program time on Saturday and each attending Pack will get the opportunity to vote for the one they like best! Winner will be announced at Camp Closing on Sunday June 11th, 2017.

Winning submission will receive a 2018 crest for each member of your Pack at the 2018 camp, a $50 credit for the 2018 event registration for your Pack, invitation to lead camp opening howl, and uber-bragging rights!
All entries must be received by midnight May 27th. 2017. Please include your Scouting Area, Scouting Group, Pack name (in case of multiple Packs), Scouter contact information, and a full colour image of the crest design.

Please submit to contest@cecuboree.scouter.caand reference 2018 CECUBOREE Contest in the subject line.

INVITATION: Brampton 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge

Hello Scouters,

Scouts Canada has been extended an invite from the Royal Canadian Legion in Brampton to attend a service to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.  The Lieutenant Governor will be in attendance and they will have WWII vehicles, and WWI bi-planes flying overhead. They will also conduct an Aboriginal Smudge Ceremony and have a Francophone choir.

The Royal Canadian Legion would like to invite Scouts Canada to attend and have an area roped off for their use where they will be able to see the entire ceremony easily. (They will need to arrive between 9:35am and 9:50 am at the latest as the WWII vehicles will start to arrive shortly after 10 am)

Date: Sunday April 9 2017
Time: 10:30 (need to arrive between 9:30 and 9:50)
Location:  Brampton Cenotaph (Memorial Square Cenotaph, City Hall, 2 Wellington St. W.)
RSVP by: Wednesday April 5 2017
Contact: Henry Verschuren CD, Parade Commander, RCL Branch 15 Brampton henryver@rogers.com

If your section/group is interested in attending please contact Mr. Verschuren (email address is listed above) by the RSVP date.

Please also check out our Scouts Canada Trail Cards from Remembrance Day (http://www.scouts.ca/canadianpath/scouts-remember.html) for some additional programming that will tie into this event.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself or Henry directly.

Justin Way
Area Support Manager – Supporting Credit Hills and Yellow Briar
Scouts Canada – Central Escarpment Council
jway@scouts.ca

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