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Healthy Youth Relationships Training Opportunity

Please note, this offer is only available to Scouting youth ages 18 to 25 in the following Councils: Greater Toronto, Shining Waters, Central Escarpment, Battlefields, and Tri-Shores.
Healthy Youth Relationships
Last chance to sign up for The Red Cross’ Certified Trainer Course

Scouts Canada’s mission is to help develop well rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world. A significant component of success is having the knowledge and ability to negotiate social settings and develop and maintain healthy relationships. Over the past few years there has been a focus on youth relationship issues, including bullying, sexual harassment, consent, etc. The life issues faced by Scouts Canada’s youth members are reflective of those experienced by all Canadian youth.

To support the positive development of youth, Scouts Canada, in collaboration with the Red Cross, is pleased to offer a great training opportunity for Scouting youth — at no cost to youth participants! In the spring of 2016, the Healthy Youth Relationships Train the Trainer course will be offered in Toronto to a limited number of Scouting youth.

The fee for this training course is $450, which will be covered by Scouts Canada. Space for this course is extremely limited, so apply today.


The Healthy Youth Relationships course offers youth the knowledge and skills to develop healthy relationships and prevent relationship violence. The material from the Healthy Youth Relationships Course will enable our youth to build healthy relationships which will actively contribute to their overall personal development, well-being, and ongoing success.


The training course is 21 hours (three days) in total. After completing the training you will be a certified trainer to deliver the Healthy Youth Relationships Youth Facilitator Training to youth under the age of 18. You then work with Youth Facilitators to deliver the material to other youth in Scouting (ages 13+). Throughout the process you will have access to numerous resources, tools and support to be able to confidently and effectively deliver the material.

An overview of the Healthy Youth Relationship Training can be found online at This document highlights some of the topics covered in the training and what you can expect.


  • The cost of the training course will be covered by Scouts Canada ($450 value).
  • The opportunity to gain the information/knowledge that comes with a well-established and evidence-based program developed by professionals with Red Cross.
  • The opportunity to help youth within Scouting develop skills and knowledge of how to have healthy youth relationships in all areas of their lives.
  • Being a certified trainer is a great addition to a resume.

To participate in this training you must be:

  • 18 years of age or older and in one of the following Councils: Greater Toronto,Shining Waters, Central Escarpment, Battlefields, and Tri-Shores.
  • Able to attend three days of training — April 23, 24 & 30, 2016 at Central Ontario Service Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
  • Able to arrange your own transportation to/from the training.
  • Willing to train a minimum of three Youth Facilitators and then, with the each youth facilitator, lead at least one session within the next calendar year (for a total of 3 sessions).


If you’re interested in signing up for this great opportunity, please send a copy of your resume, along with a cover letter explaining why you’re want to complete the training to: The deadline for submissions is March 21, 2016.

There are limited number of spaces available — a maximum of 10 people can attend. At this time the training will be offered in English only.

Those selected to complete the training will be notified via email by March 28, 2016. Prior to the training you will also be contacted by Red Cross with additional information on the course and other specifics.


If you have any other questions please contact

2016 CEC Annual Reporting Meeting

The CEC Annual Reporting Meeting will be held at the Mohawk Inn, 9230 Guelph Line Campbellville Ontario, L0P 1B0 in the Conservation Hall on Thursday, March 17th from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. All volunteers are welcome.

The business of the Annual Reporting Meeting shall be to:
a) Receive and consider reports
b) Receive and consider the annual financial statements and the auditor’s report for the preceding fiscal year

CEC Wood Badge II – Spring 2016 (Update)

Please be advised that due to insufficient registration the Central Escarpment Council Woodbadge II course has been cancelled.

Other Councils may be offering upcoming courses. We recommend that you check their websites for details.

FLEX/FAST/FOCUS Fiesta! Update

Note to CEC Scouts and Venturers: Due to the scheduling of the 2016 Council Youth Recognition Ceremony, there is a conflict of dates with the training.  For Troops with Scouts who will be receiving their Chief Scout’s Award at the ceremony, we suggest that you register for the Saturday FAST session.  For Venturers who will be receiving their Queen’s Venturer Award at the ceremony, please indicate on your registration under Additional Notes that you will be attending the ceremony on Sunday, and we will make arrangements for you to complete the end of the training earlier so you are able to attend the ceremony.  If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Course Coordinator (Alexander Court) at

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Save the Date – Council Youth Recognition Ceremony 2016

This year’s Youth Recognition Ceremony – recognizing our Chief Scout, Queen’s Venturer, and Medal of the Maple recipients – will be hosted by Burlington Area and held on June 12th, 2016.  Location and time details will become available in the coming months.

Chief Scout and Queen’s Venturer Award application forms can be found here.  Chief Scout and Queen’s Venturer Award forms must be mailed to the Central Ontario Service Centre (10 Kodiak Cres, Unit 120, Toronto, ON, M3J 3G5) and received no later than April 30th, 2016 to be included in this year’s ceremony.

Information and nomination forms for the Medal of the Maple can be found here.  Nomination forms should be submitted to the Council Youth Commissioner at

Code of Conduct


Just a reminder that Scouts Canada’s new Code of Conduct has been released. Please remind your teams that to maintain their membership they will be required to sign the Code of Conduct.

To do so simply click on the link in the e-mail sent to them by Scouts Canada. The code will appear for their review and they can then either accept or decline the Code. Alternately, they can log into and sign the code or contact your Group Commissioner or Group Registrar.

The signing of the Code of Conduct was recently moved from September to the new year in order to reduce the workload of Scouters during the busy fall registration period.

Thank you in advance for taking steps to a smooth transition for Code of Conduct renewals, and to ensure that we remain ready to deliver great, safe Scouting adventures to Scouting youth. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send them through the Help Centre, where they will be directed to someone who can help.


Volunteer opportunity for Venturers, Rovers, and Adults


Commitment: Time commitment will include 1-2 hour meetings each month (participation can be via conference call). Other time commitments will depend on the projects you sign up for, or can be limited to 2-10 hours a month if you are contributing to the social media team. Most work is to be done on your own, on evenings or weekends. You should already have the equipment (cameras, computers, software etc.) to perform the tasks you take on. You will also be expected to participate in either the training session or review the training presentation to ensure you understand the Scouts Canada brand, communications and social media rules and the Central Escarpment Council marketing plan for the year.

Major Responsibility:
Help to create and distribute communications for the Central Escarpment Council via current web assets and Social Media platforms currently employed as well as helping to develop new Social Media opportunities.

Duties and Responsibilities include:
1 Actively participates as a member of the Communications and Social Media Team
2 Participates annually in a planning and learning session
3 Assists in developing communication campaigns and post campaign reviews
4 Ensures that tasks assigned to them are completed effectively and on time
5 Supports team members to the best of their ability and ensures that they are an equal member of the team
6 Individual roles are dependent on your skill set and include:
• Photography or videography of Council events, Group events or small group adventures (group meetings, camping etc.)
• Photo or video editing
• Social Media development- especially YouTube, Instagram, Snap Chat, Tumblr
• Posting content to and maintaining Council Social Media sites
• Creative Writing for Web or Newsletter
• Graphic Design

• Excellent communications skills: ability to communicate clearly and professionally both verbally and in writing
• Previous experience marketing or communication a plus
• Outgoing personality, with ability to work well with others
• Time management, planning and organizational skills
• Teamwork
• Familiarity with social media electronic and paper communication tools

If you are interested in joining this committee, please send your resume along with an outline of your current role in Scouts (Parents welcome), background experience and/or skills which you may have.
Please submit to the Council Social Media Advisor: Ken Broad at

Burlington Area Canoe Camp – April 2, June 3-5, 2016


One of Burlington Area’s most eagerly anticipated events is fast approaching. The annual Area Canoe Camp, to be held this year from June 3rd to 5th 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 cover off the requirements for the Paddling Challenge badge, and to gain competencies for the Paddling Outdoor Adventure Skills. 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 3:00pm to 7:00pm at Aldershot Community Pool.

Cost for the event will be $95 per person, food, canoes and accommodation included. Registration deadline is March 27th at 8:00pm.

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

Registration Package

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FLEX/FAST/FOCUS Fiesta! Registration Now Open!

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Registration is Now Open for the Youth Training Event of the Year!  

Central Escarpment Council is offering FLEX, FAST, and FOCUS Courses on the June 10-12 weekend at Blue Springs Scout Reserve.  Each course is a for-youth, by-youth leadership course that focuses on developing skills including teamwork, problem solving, and effective communication through engaging outdoor activities with other youth from across and even outside of the Council!  Not only are these courses a great way to develop your own skills, but they’re also an opportunity to make new friends and have a lot of fun at the same time! Click here for the Fiesta Flyer!

Note to CEC Scouts and Venturers: Due to the scheduling of the 2016 Council Youth Recognition Ceremony, there is a conflict of dates.  For Troops with Scouts who will be receiving their Chief Scout’s Award at the ceremony, we suggest that you register for the Saturday FAST session.  For Venturers who will be receiving their Queen’s Venturer Award at the ceremony, please indicate on your registration under Additional Notes that you will be attending the ceremony on Sunday, and we will make arrangements for you to complete the end of the training earlier so you are able to attend the ceremony.

FLEX and FAST (Cub Scouts and Scouts)
There will be two FLEX and two FAST Courses offered: one each on Saturday and one each on Sunday (each from 8:30am-4:30pm).  You can submit your group’s intent to register here for FLEX and here for FAST (note that you are not fully registered until we receive the registration fee, training application form and registration sheet, and completed 2015-2016 registration form for each person attending).  The training application and registration form can be found here. Please register with your Cub Pack or Scout Troop.

FOCUS (Venturer and Rover Scouts)
There will be one FOCUS Course offered over the weekend.  You can submit your intent to register here (note that you are not fully registered until we receive your registration fee, training application form, and completed 2015-2016 registration form for each person attending).  The training application form can be found here. Please register individually.

All registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Please send your training material to the Course Registrar at: 1375 Stonecutter Drive, Oakville, ON L6M 3C5.  You will receive an email confirming your place in the course once your paperwork has been processed.

If you have any questions, please contact,,, or contact the Course Coordinator (Alexander Court) at  We hope to see you at the Fiesta!

Canadian Cub Jamboree – Call for Offers of Service!

Timber Needs YOU!

Volunteer to be an Offer of Service at CCJ’16 and help make this event fabulous. Opportunities are available in program delivery, site services, sub camp and food services. For info visit:

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Adult volunteers must be currently registered with Scouts Canada. Venturer Scouts must be registered in their Venturer Company from September 2015.

Send in your completed application today with your registration fee of $100, and become part of Timber’s Team. Adult registration form:
Venturer Scout registration form:

Questions? Send an email to