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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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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.

Mississauga-Wellington Spring Competition Camp Apr 28-30 2017

Come to the 2nd Annual Multi-Area – Mississauga-Wellington Competition Camp, held at Blue Springs Scout Reserve.

This is a competition / program ready style camp whereby patrols are marked on their camping and pioneering skills. In each category, patrols compete for trophies and for prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishes. This event allows youth to camp on their own with minimal supervision, to be contained and self-sufficient for the weekend. Patrols will be marked on every skill and camping aspect from the Hike Start point on Friday night, to breakfast on Sunday morning. Patrols camp on their own within earshot of “Hub/Sub-camp” staff the entire weekend.

PRIZES RANGING FROM STOVES TO SLEEPING BAGS MAKE YOU EFFORTS WORTHWHILE!

Click here to register your Group, and for contact information.

20th Jamboree on the Trail (JOTT)

Saturday May 13th, 2017

Starting time: 10:am
Approx. Ending time: 3:pm
Location: Blue Springs Scout Reserve
Who should attend: Everyone
Cost: $15 each (include snack, lunch and crest)
Deposit required: No deposit is required
Registrar: Dave Wiebe
Registrar’s e-mail: wiebedavid66@gmail.com

(NOTE: This e-mail address is for questions only. Do NOT use this address to register.)

Register On Line: http://www.spiderlair.ca/bssr/register01.php?filename=2017/17Jam0513.txt
For more information: http://www.spiderlair.ca/bssr/2017/jott20.pdf

Night Hike: 20th Jamboree on the Trail (JOTT)

Friday May 12th, 2017 – Saturday May 13th, 2017

Starting time: 7:pm
Approx. Ending time: 7:am
Location: Blue Springs Scout Reserve
Who should attend: Rover Scouts, Venturer Scouts and Scouts
Cost: $12 (includes mug up and crest)
Deposit required: No deposit is required
Registrar: Dave Wiebe
Registrar’s e-mail: wiebedavid66@gmail.com

(NOTE: This e-mail address is for questions only. Do NOT use this address to register.)

Register On Line: http://www.spiderlair.ca/bssr/register01.php?filename=2017/17Nig0512.txt
For more information: http://www.spiderlair.ca/bssr/2017/jottnight.pdf

CJ Pre-Camp for CEC and GTC Patrols

Hello CJ2017 Participants…

This note is going out to all CJ Patrol Contact Leaders, Offer of Service, Council Key 3, ASM’s and Area Commissioners. Chris Case has forwarded this same note to his team in GTC. Please distribute widely.

Chris and I are pleased to announce that the Central Escarpment Council and the Greater Toronto Council CJ Support Team have booked Everton Scout Camp for our Pre-Jamboree Camp. We anticipate having about 80 Patrols participate in the weekend which means there will be up to 800 Youth, Volunteer and Offer of Service participants involved in the event!
The camp will run from Friday June 2 – Sunday June 4 and all CJ Participants are expected to attend. This will be your opportunity to see what it will be like when you arrive at Camp Nedooae. At Everton, we will do our best to simulate the pack-in, set-up, tear-down and load-out to ensure that you have the time to make any changes to your set up.
In addition, we will run Saturday Activities just like a “Day at CJ” with a wide range of fun activities. We will also make sure that all Participants become familiar with some of the unique Jamboree activities such as Badge Trading.
Please SAVE THE DATE June 2 – 4, 2017. Additional information will be coming your way by mid-March. 
PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ALONG TO YOUR PATROLS. 
ASM’s and AC’s please forward to your Group Commissioners to pass along to any interested parties who have not yet registered for CJ!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rob Byce for CEC Patrols (rob@byce.org / 647.478.8097) or Chris Case for GTC Patrols (chrisacase@gmail.com / 416.659.7231).
If you are an Offer of Service, we will be calling on you to assist us with the Camp, just as you will be at CJ.
Thanks for your time.
Regards…Rob Byce & Chris Case
CJ2017 / WJ2019 Service and Support
Greater Toronto Council & Central Escarpment Council
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