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 .

Burlington Area Canoe Camp – April 14, June 1-3, 2018

One of Burlington Area’s most eagerly anticipated events is fast approaching. The annual Area Canoe Camp, to be held this year from June 1st to 3rd 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 14th from 3pm to 7pm at Aldershot Community Pool.

Cost for the event will be $100 per person, food, canoes and accommodation included. Registration deadline is April 7th at 8:00pm – first come, first served as we have limited space.

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

2018 Canoe Camp Registration Package

2018 CEC Youth Recognition Ceremony – May 27, 2018

*** Please note earlier ceremony date and registration deadline for this year***

The 2018 CEC Youth Recognition Ceremony will be on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. (We will be in the Amphitheater of the Bricker Academic Building)

If you earned the Chief Scout, Queen’s Venturer or Canadian Rover Scout Award since May 2017 and would like to be included in this year’s Ceremony, please fill out and submit an application form

– Download a copy  – HERE –
– If you are a Canadian Rover Scout Award recipient, the form has not yet been updated to reflect this award. Please indicate on the form (Add CANADIAN ROVER SCOUT AWARD).

Please send in the forms electronically by April 27, 2018 to Jen Austin (jenaustin@scouts.ca)

– In the subject line, please specify “CEC Youth Recognition Ceremony Application“
– There is no need to send in the original form unless you do not have access to a computer. In this case, please send the forms to the COSC (10 Kodiak Cr., Unit 120, Toronto, ON , M3J 3G5) and mark the envelope Attention: Jen Austin – CEC Youth Recognition Ceremony Application

Presentations for The North Star Award (Beavers) and The Seeonee Award (Cubs) will be done at the Group / Area level.

If there are any questions or issues, please contact our Deputy Council Commissioner – Special Events, Peter Marsh (peter.marsh@scouts.ca)

Volunteer Opportunity – Area Commissioner Wellington Area


AREA COMMISSIONER – Wellington Area, Central Escarpment Council

Have you always wanted to make a real difference in the growth and development of youth in your community? Are you energetic, organized; a natural leader who can work at the top level to support and lead volunteers? Do you enjoy being part of a dynamic team?

You’re invited to submit your application for the volunteer position of: AREA COMMISSIONER – Wellington Area

Appointed by and accountable to the Council Commissioner of Central Escarpment Council, you’ll be required to donate 16 – 20 hours per month (on average) to this position. An Area Commissioner may hold this position for no more than 3 consecutive years, each term being for one year as per By-Law, Policies and Procedures. Working closely with the Area Youth Commissioner, the Area Support Manager and the Area Team you will help plan and manage the affairs of your geographic Area and be the principle contact for your Area regarding program management; service to the group’s membership development, adult development and ensuring a safe environment for youth to learn and develop.

Above all, you’ll play a key role in ensuring your Area Action Plan is consistent with the Council Action Plan and focuses. As a member of the Council Management Team, you will represent your Area at Council Management meetings. Your upbeat, positive attitude will encourage a climate favourable for growth of Canada’s best youth movement. You’ll support the promotion of all five programs currently offered for youth aged 5 – 26. With a keen eye for great leaders who think like you, you’ll selectively recruit, orient and appoint Deputy Area Commissioners and other volunteers for your Area team.

Scouts Canada-Central Escarpment Council-Wellington AC 2018 January

Qualifications The ideal candidate will have….

  • Two or more years experience as a program volunteer
  • Completed Wood Badge I in one or more program sections
  • Committed to undertake further personal development related to the role of Area Commissioner within one year
  • Recognized training qualification or equivalent experience in program, project and
    volunteer management
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • Sound knowledge and compliance with Scouts Canada By-Laws, Policies and Procedures including Risk Management best practices and the Volunteer Recruitment & Development (VRAD) Process
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication with excellent command of the English language and telephone manners
  • Ability to motivate others and be a mentor
  • Sound and effective problem-solving and decision-making skills
  • Access to a computer and proficient in Microsoft applications and email
  • Registered as a member of Scouts Canada or willing to become a member

Contact Information –
Interested applicants are invited to apply to David Frederick, Central EscarpmentCouncil Commissioner at:

A detailed job description can be viewed online -HERE-

Please forward a cover letter and résumé, outlining any Scouting involvement and awards and relevant qualifications for this position.

Spring Things & Flap Jacks 2018

When: Saturday March 3rd, 2018 10 AM to 2 PM

Where: Blue Springs Scout Reserve

Who: Beavers and Cubs

Cost: $15.00 for Youth / $10.00 for Adults

Events include –

Hay Ride
Maple Syrup Demonstration
Other Activities

Please register online by Feb 24th -HERE-

Parking and Registration at Blue Heron

For more information contact: mark@scouter.ca

UPDATE: Youth Development Weekend – FLEX/FAST Training

Please be advised that the Youth Development Weekend planned for March 17/18, 2018 has been cancelled. Unfortunately we were unable to achieve minimum registrations to make the course financially feasible and have had to cancel it. We do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please keep an eye on your emails and the Council Blog for news and updates on potential future courses, and be sure to sign up early so organizers have a good idea of the interest in the course. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Yours in Scouting,
Alexander Court
DCYC – Youth Development

Mississauga Area Beaver Buggy/Kub Kar/Scout Truck Rally 2018

Date – Saturday March 3rd 2018

Time –
Beaver Buggies – 10am – 12pm
Kub Kars/Scout Trucks – 9am – 3pm

Location – Ontario Flower Growers’ Co-op, 910 Mid-Way Blvd, Mississauga (near Derry/Tomken)

Please check the following link for more information/registration info for Beaver Buggies – http://mississauga.scouter.ca/images/Beaver–registration_letter_kubkar_beaverbuggy_scouttrucks.docx

Please check the following link for more information/registration info for Kub Kars/Scout Trucks – http://mississauga.scouter.ca/images/Cubs_Scouts_Venturers–registration_letter_kubkar_beaverbuggy_scouttrucks.docx

BP&P Consultation Sessions & Webpage

Folks, please see below a message from Brenda Sweeney and Doug MacDonald in relation to the BP&P Review and feedback next steps.

Dear NST Members,

The BP&P Review project has made great progress since we spoke with you at the National Conference.

We wanted to keep you in the loop about this work so that you can respond to questions from our members and other Scouts Canada stakeholders.

Starting Saturday, January 20, 2018, we will be kicking off 14-days of consultations for the updated Scouts Canada policies.*

Everyone connected with Scouts Canada – Scouters, youth ages 14 and up, parents/guardians, donors and community partners (sponsors) – are encouraged to participate. There are two consultation options: an online survey and telephone conference calls.

This week, articles in Scouting Life and Scout Scene will be sent out which explain the consultation options, provide the conference call schedule and outline how to sign up.

Commissioners (Council, Area and Group) and Council deputy elections officers will also receive invitations to participate in some special consultation sessions. Invitations for these sessions will come from directly from Doug Macdonald.

For more information, please see the new BP&P Review Project webpage.

If you have additional questions, feel free to email either of us.

Thank you for your support of this important project!

Yours in Scouting,

Doug Macdonald

Executive Director, Special Projects

Brenda Sweeney

Chair of the Governance Committee

*Procedure consultation sessions will happen after the policy sessions are completed.

Youth Development Weekend – FLEX and FAST Training


Central Escarpment Council is hosting new UPDATED FLEX and FAST Training Courses for all Cub Scouts and Scouts! FLEX and FAST are for-youth, by-youth leadership development courses designed for Cub-aged youth (FLEX) and Scout-aged youth (FAST). 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.

FLEX Training (Cub Scouts)

When: Saturday, March 17th, 2018 – 9:30am to 5:00pm
Where: Blue Springs Scout Reserve (14009 6th Line Nassagaweya, Acton Ontario) – pick-up and drop-off will be at the main parking lot (Blue Heron side)

Early Bird Registration Fee: $20 (if paid registration is received before January 26th)
Regular Registration Fee: $25

Click here for the FLEX registration package and complete details

FAST Training (Scouts)

When: Sunday, March 18th, 2018 – 8:30am to 4:00pm
Where: Blue Springs Scout Reserve (14009 6th Line Nassagaweya, Acton Ontario) – pick-up and drop-off will be at the main parking lot (Blue Heron side)

Early Bird Registration Fee: $20 (if paid registration is received before January 26th)
Regular Registration Fee: $25

Click here for the FAST registration package and complete details

Please note that if we are unable to achieve minimum registrations by January 26th, we will be unable to run the course.

We strongly encourage all participants to register early to secure a space in the course as well as to give organizers a good idea of whether there is enough interest.

Please note you are not fully registered in the course until we have received the registration fee, training application form, and completed 2017-2018 Registration Form with medical information for each person attending. You will receive an email confirming your place in the course once your paperwork has been processed.  Refunds are made only if notification of inability to attend is received at least four weeks prior to the opening date of the course (February 17th, 2018) or if the application cannot be accepted.  Make cheques payable to: SCOUTS CANADA – 2ND BRAMALEA.  No post-dated cheques. ALL REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 17TH, 2018. Same-day registrations will NOT be accepted.

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

24th World Scout Jamboree Early Registration Deadline

Once every four years the Scouting youth of the world come together and celebrate what it means to be a Scout! This once-in-a-lifetime experience brings the entire world to your fingertips, where all Scouts can freely and enthusiastically share their cultures with one another in the spirit of the Scout Law. Each and every Scout has but one opportunity to attend a World Jamboree as a Participant.

More than 40,000 Scouting participants from over 150 countries will gather together for WSJ 2019 – join them and represent Canada on the world stage!

The early registration rate ENDS December 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Register now to save

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