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Recognition

Thanking A Volunteer Directly Through Myscouts.ca

Did you know?

You can ‘Thank’ someone directly to their volunteer profile through myscouts.ca

  • Log into your myscouts.ca account
  • Find the person you want to recognize in myscouts.ca
    • For example, use the ‘Find an Individual’ link, or Navigate through your Section to the person’s record.
  • On the left-hand side under Admin Options, click the ‘Add Commendation’ link.  The ‘Add Commendation’ modal dialog box will pop up.
    • The Individual Name field should already be filled in with the person you are recognizing.
    • In the Application Date, fill in the approximate date of service you are recognizing them for (for example, the date of the meeting, activity or event), or fill in today’s date if you don’t know.
    • In the Comments field, describe in 3-4 sentences the outstanding act or service the person has performed and the impact on you, the Youth or the community.  You have 450 characters to work with.
    • Leave the Recognition Name as ‘Certificate of Commendation’
    • In the Nominator Field, put in the name of the person making the commendation.  If you wish, you could add the relationship to the person being recognized in brackets.  For example,
      • Linus van Pelt (Fellow Scouter)
      • Woodstock (Cub Scout)
      • Big Bird (Parent)
    • Click Save to send the commendation on for approval.

Note – the Application Date, Comments and Nominator fields are used the same way as if you had entered the commendation through the www.scouts.ca/thanks website and will appear on the Commendation Letter.  By adding the commendation through myscouts.ca, there’s no confusion which person the commendation is being made for, and the approval process will be faster.

 

Albert Fuchigami
Central Escarpment Council Support Team

Thanking our Volunteers as part of the Review Cycle

As the weekly meetings wind down, please take a few moments as part of the Review Cycle of Plan-Do-Review to thank our volunteers through Scouts Canada’s Thanks system.

Why?

  1. It takes a special type of person to volunteer, and we can never thank them enough.
  2. It’s very easy to thank them.  You can do it in less than a minute through either the www.scouts.ca/thanks website, or through myscouts.ca.
  3. These individual citations count towards helping them be recognized for Scouts Canada’s other Outstanding Service Awards.

Anyone can hit the Thanks button and recognize a Scouts Canada Volunteer – Youth, Parents, or other Scouters.  If you are logged into myscouts.ca and can access their record (for example, they are in your section or a child organization you have access to), you can add the commendation directly again their account, speeding up the approval process.

The Thanks system is geared towards recognizing Scouts Canada members who are in a volunteer role.  If you have a Beaver, Cub, Scout, Venturer or Rover who is doing great things as a Program Participant, talk to you Section Scouter or Group Commissioner on how you can best recognize their efforts.

 

Have any questions?  Contact the CEC Recognition team through cec_recognition@scouter.ca

 

Albert Fuchigami
Central Escarpment Council Support Team

2017 CEC Youth Recognition Ceremony – Date and Registration Details

The 2017 CEC Youth Recognition Ceremony will be on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at Sheridan College, 1400 Trafalgar Rd, Oakville, Ontario.

If you earned the Chief Scout, Queen’s Venturer or Canadian Rover Scout Award since May 2016 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 May 1, 2017 to Jen Austin (jenaustin@scouts.ca).

  • In the subject line, please specify “CEC Youth Recognition Ceremony Application – <Group Name> “
  • 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 Council Youth Commissioner, Deanna Di Vito (deanna.divito@scouts.ca)

Oakville’s 4th Trafalgar Venturers Meet the Challenge and Win Amory Adventure Award

With 50 km winds whipping their gear and threatening to blow them off a 370 m cliff in Ontario’s Killarney Provincial Park, Oakville’s 4th Trafalgar Venturer Scouts kept their cool and put their emergency plan into action. They had to. Their fellow Venturer’s life depended on it.

While this may sound like an outtake from an adventure movie, it was a real life experience last summer for Oakville’s 4th Trafalgar Venturer Scouts – Philip Da Costa, Ian Hope, Lucy Horne, Jared Isaacs, Daniel Nelson and James Nelson.

Jared, Philip, Ian, Daniel, Lucy and James enjoy the awe-inspiring views from the top of “The Crack.”

Jared, Philip, Ian, Daniel, Lucy and James enjoy the awe-inspiring views from the top of “The Crack.”

These six Venturer Scouts, ages 14 to 17, organized an eight-day hiking trip from August 22 to 29, 2015 along Killarney’s La Cloche Silhouette Trail. In the 10 months before the trip, they: planned their route, took remote and wilderness first aid training, dried their own food, and built up their endurance through practice hikes. Their goal was to live the Venturer motto “challenge” and push themselves physically and mentally along the 80 km route.

 

Oakville’s 4th Trafalgar Venturer Scouts achieved their goals and were awarded Scouts Canada’s Amory Adventure Award for their ambitious hike. This national award is given annually to the Venturer expedition team that displays the most initiative in conceiving, planning and executing an outdoor adventure activity.

4th Trafalgar Venturers receive the Amory Award at the Central Escarpment Council Youth Recognition Ceremony, June 12, 2016. (L to R: Front, Ian Hope and Philip Da Costa; Back, Steve Isaacs, Dave Frederick, James Nelson, Daniel Nelson, Andrew Lewis, Lucy Horne, Jared Isaacs, Brenda Sweeney, Deanna DiVito, John Estrella)

4th Trafalgar Venturers receive the Amory Award at the Central Escarpment Council Youth Recognition Ceremony, June 12, 2016. (L to R: Front, Ian Hope and Philip Da Costa; Back, Steve Isaacs, Dave Frederick, James Nelson, Daniel Nelson, Andrew Lewis, Lucy Horne, Jared Isaacs, Brenda Sweeney, Deanna DiVito, John Estrella)

 

Team leader, Daniel Nelson, summed up their experience, “We never thought we’d win the Amory Award, but it’s an awesome, exciting moment to stand on stage and receive that monster plaque with your friends.”

Heaven Lake, Killarney Provincial Park

Heaven Lake, Killarney Provincial Park

“Unexpected things kept challenging us all along the route,” said Venturer Ian Hope. “At one point, the trail had us hiking nearly 10 m across the ridge line of a beaver dam.”

Hiking along the top of a beaver dam on Wagon Road Lake.

Hiking along the top of a beaver dam on Wagon Road Lake.

 

“Riding in a helicopter also wasn’t on my plans for this trip,” noted Venturer James Nelson. “But, flying 1,000 feet above the park, I could really see how vast Killarney is. I was glad we had prepared so well.”

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On the bog near Ruth Roy Lake

“It wasn’t the bears I was worried about,” chimed in Venturer Jared Isaacs. “It was the Crack. Everyone we talked with said it was going to be a tough climb and it was. But the view at the top was spectacular.”

Ian and James conquer “The Crack” by clambering over boulders the size of small cars.

Ian and James conquer “The Crack” by clambering over boulders the size of small cars.

The Venturers were inspired to take this trip by Canadian artist, Ed Bartram, and his painting of Topaz Lake. They were challenged to plan an Amory adventure by a guest speaker to their Venturer company, Dr. Jim Sweeney, a member of 3rd West Vancouver’s Ki-Ups Company 1983 Amory award-winning team.

Venturer Scouters Steve Isaacs and Brenda Sweeney accompanied the Venturers on this backcountry trip while Shaun Hope, Ann Harvey-Hope and Don Nelson provided logistics and emergency support.

 

The expedition team thanks everyone at 4th Trafalgar who helped them prepare for this challenging and rewarding journey, and look forward to many more Scouting adventures.

 

The Amory Award was first presented by the Rt. Hon. Viscount Amory, GCMG, one-time British High Commissioner to Canada. The award plaque has a reproduction of Jacques Cartier’s ship Grande Hermine and the Canadian space satellite Allouette mounted on it.  For more information about the application process and deadlines, please visit the Amory Award page.

 

Congratulations 4th Trafalgar on this major achievement!

Congratulations to Daniel Nelson!

Congratulations to Daniel Nelson on receiving the Medal of the Maple for Distinguished Youth Service! Daniel is a current member of the 4th Trafalgar Venturer Company, and has been involved in 4th Trafalgar since Beavers. Within his Venturer Company, he assumed the role of Vice President and helped to ensure that the Company was planning events and running smoothly. He was also an expedition leader for the Amory Expedition, which won 1st Place in 2015. Daniel has achieved his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award, and just recently achieved his Queen’s Venturer Award.

Outside of Scouting, he is involved in his school community as a tech crew member. He is also involved within his community at large through the Oakville Speed Skating Club, where he is a meet official and provides mentoring to younger speed skaters. He was a Flag Bearer at the Pan Am and Para Pan Games in the summer of 2015.

Daniel is described as showing outstanding leadership and teamwork capabilities, and is always supportive of the other youth around him. He encourages other youth to challenge themselves and push themselves into their growth zone. Daniel is a positive influence, and benefits other youth as a result of his involvement within and outside of Scouting.

In which Daniel looks fabulous, and Dave, John, and I have no clue a picture is being taken. Congratulations Daniel!

In which Daniel looks fabulous, and Dave, John, and I have no clue a picture is being taken. Congratulations Daniel!

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate him on this fantastic achievement! I wish you the best of luck in your future adventures.

Yours in Scouting,

Deanna Di Vito

Central Escarpment Council Youth Commissioner

Congratulations to all of our Award Recipients!

On Sunday, June 12th, 2016, Central Escarpment Council held its annual Council Youth Recognition Ceremony, hosted by Burlington Area this year, to recognize youth in the council for their fantastic achievements throughout the past year.

Group photo of the 2015-2016 youth award recipients.

Group photo of the 2015-2016 youth award recipients.

This year, we had a total of 57 Chief Scout Award achievers, 21 Queen’s Venturer Award achievers, and 2 Medal of the Maple achievers. At the ceremony, we also recognized the 2015 Amory Adventure Award winners. This was very exciting, as two groups from CEC placed in the top three! The Amory Adventure Award is an award that goes to the Venturer Scout Company in Canada which displays the most initiative in conceiving, planning, and executing an awesome outdoor adventure activity. Congratulations to 4th Trafalgar for placing first, and to 31st Burlington for placing third! Both groups planned exciting trips, and should be proud of the hard work they put into their trips and logs.

4th Trafalgar, the first place winners of the Amory Adventure Award.

4th Trafalgar, the first place winners of the Amory Adventure Award.

I would like to extend another congratulations and large round of applause to all the youth who were recognized this past Sunday! Your hard work and effort does not go unnoticed, and your commitment and determination 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

Wellington – Thanks and Congratulations

Wellington Area recently held their Volunteer Appreciation Bar B Q and we were able to personally thank a number of members who have contributed so much to what happens in Wellington Area. And Congratulation to everyone in Wellington Area who was recognized for the great work that goes on here. This year – from September 1, 2015, members received:
5 members received 5-year service pins
9 members received 10-year service pins
3 members received 15-year service pins
1 member received a 20-year service pin
1 member received a 35-year service pin

For those of you who are adding this up its amounts to 215 years of service. That’s a fantastic commitment to supporting youth in our community.

As well as the long service pins member also received 70 Certificate of Commendations
And to top that off:
22 members received the Medal of Good Service
7 members received the Bar to the Medal of Good Service
9 members received the Medal of Merit
1 member received the Bar to the Medal of Merit
1 member received the Bar to the Silver Acorn
1 Award of Fortitude was awarded

Because I like statistics I started looking at the amount of time that our 220 members may have put in over the course of a year. If each member puts in the “one hour per week” for 50 weeks that would amount to 11,000 hours of programming for our youth. Realistically with all the commitments made to Scouting, if the average were say 3 hours per week that would amount to a total of 33,000 hours over the course of a Scouting season. I would think that with all the extra activities and camps that happen we are looking at more than 50,000 hours of donated time over the course of one Scouting season.

How many organizations ask that of their volunteers? And how many organizations can brag that members have committed to that many hours gladly and enjoyed every minute of it? I am extremely proud of our membership and the commitment they have made to our youth. I know that every one of our 220 members deserve to be thanked for what they have done. When you see a Scouter say thanks. Better still go to the Wellington Website or the Scouts Canada website, hit the THANKS button and take a minute to thank those Scouters who have committed their time to providing an exciting adventurous time for the youth of Wellington Area

Thanks

Doug Lemcke
Area Commissioner – Wellington Area
Scouts Canada

Council Youth Recognition Ceremony 2016

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Honouring Chief Scout, Queen’s Venturer and other Youth Award Recipients

Hosted by Burlington Area

Sunday June 12th, 2016

Recipients should arrive at 1:00pm,

Awards Ceremony starts at 1:30pm.

Location: Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, 2333 Headon Forest Dr, Burlington ON L7M 3X6

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