Over 130 Scouters gathered in Port Credit, Ontario on Saturday, February 9, 2019 for the CEC Scouter Summit to learn more about the Canadian Path and to brush up on some Scouter Skills. The day was an outstanding success!
Graham Ketcheson, Executive Director of Paddle Canada, was the keynote speaker and launched the day with his insights into introducing and encouraging youth to experience outdoor adventures. Graham’s stories, videos and photos clearly illustrated how adults can support youth-centered activities and give youth the ability to explore the outdoors.
Following Graham’s remarks, the numerous workshop sessions began with Scouters having the option to choose from over 60 different topics. Most of the sessions focused on the Canadian Path with topics such as Plan-Do-Review, Incorporating STEM into the Program, and Facilitating Program Quality Assessment (PQA). Other sessions explored other topics and tools in of interest to Scouters such as ScoutsTracker, Introduction to Edible plants and What I wish I knew when I became a Commissioner. The topics and discussions were as varied as the individuals who took part.
The Summit also included a Canadian Path Face-to-Face Woodbadge where 20 Scouters updated their knowledge by completing the on-line training as a group. This dynamic group had lively conversations and share insights as they completed the on-line modules.
In between sessions, Scouters could also explore the Display Expo. The expo consisted of numerous different adventures opportunities and service teams that support the Canadian Path experience including theme-based Scouts, local Scout camps, and of course the World Scout Jamboree and Home Hospitality displays. The expo also included a Canadian Cub jamboree table with their mascot “Timber” who did fundraising spot with Mike McCoy from Scout popcorn.
The day also included celebrating the incredible achievements of our volunteers. At the start of the day, Scouter David Gagen was presented with the Bar to the Silver Acorn for his continued especially distinguished service to Scouting.
The day also concluded with the celebration of Scouter Jennifer Levitt Birdsall’s 35 years contributions to Scouts Canada.
The success of the day would not have been achieved without the outstanding contributions of the volunteers. Over 25 Scouters devoted their time as presenters and facilitators of the workshops. Scouter Jennifer Levitt Birdsal, CEC’s DCC of Scouter Development, was the driving force behind the event and ensured all the participating Scouters gained valuable knowledge and skills. Working with Jennifer were other key volunteers who promoted the event effectively through social media (Mark Wyatt, AC – Credit Hills), ensured a high-tech experience (Chris Hewitt, AC – Wellington), or kept everyone well fed (Paul Schandenberg, Randy MacPherson, Debbie Macpherson, Gina Moreno, and Krystie Purvis).
The event was such a success, everyone can look forward to CEC Scouter Summit in 2020.