Congratulations to the 2017 Award Recipients!
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