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Scouting Life: ScoutSafe App — Helping our Scouting youth stay safe

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://bit.ly/2kMMtv9

At Scouts Canada our mission is clear: To help develop well-rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world. In order for us to achieve our mission, we must provide a safe environment for our youth members to grow and flourish. Safety is not only part of what we do, but a part of who we are as an organization.

As the largest youth serving organization in Canada, we hold ourselves to the highest standards when it comes to youth safety and culture. We have taken strides to be at the forefront of youth safety in Canada, and we have developed strategic safety partnerships that help us deliver best-in-class safety training to our members.

As part of Scouts Canada’s Safety Leadership priority, we are pleased to introduce a new resource to our safety program. ‘ScoutSafe’ is Scouts Canada’s new Incident Reporting App and electronic management system. Scouts Canada will be the first youth serving organization in Canada to apply this type of technology towards providing a safer environment for youth and Volunteers.

For me, the best part of ScoutSafe is how excited our youth and Youth Commissioners are about the App. They love the idea of having fun adventures, while staying safe.

Caitlyn Piton, National Youth Commissioner

The ScoutSafe App will make it easier for Scouters, parents and youth to report safety incidents as they happen, enabling our Safe Scouting team to respond to incidents in a more timely and proactive manner. ScoutSafe will not only help with incident reporting, but it will also help Scouts Canada maintain safer facilities for our youth members and Volunteers to enjoy.

The Scout Safe incident reporting app is a welcome step-forward that addresses the need for real-time reporting and further enhances our ability to learn from incidents.

Mark Little, Chinook Council Commissioner

ScoutSafe is available for download on both Android and iOS devices. As a Volunteer, parent, youth or staff member, you can join us in achieving our Safety mission by downloading the App to your smartphone or tablet. Simply click the icon below to download your free version:

Please note: ScoutSafe is an addition to the already existing reporting methods that include email, fax, and direct mail, which will continue to operate as usual.

To find out more about Scouts Canada and Safety, please visit: http://bit.ly/2koasTL.

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North Waterloo – Looking for a hot tent or stove

Our Troop has indicated they would like to try a hot tent this winter.  We have 11 youth and 3 Scouters but may link up with another small Troop.  We may have access to a 10 man tent but no stove.

Does anyone have either a stove we could borrow or a large hot tent with stove we can borrow?

Contact philippe.bertrand@sap.com – Thanks!

 

Thanks,

Philippe Bertrand

Troop Counsellor, 1st Elmira Scout Troop

Share Your Program Planning Expertise with other Ontario Scouters and Youth

Looking for more information on Scouter Activities and Resources to help Youth Plan their Adventures? We are looking to hear from you!
Please contact Scouter Amie Heaslip with any activities you have done and their contact info and/or website link. She is part of a team compiling an extensive list of Canadian Path Suitable Resources such as:
  • Activities and Services that come to your meeting
  • Activities and Tours outside of your meeting hall
  • Attractions you have taken your youth to
  • Parks or Areas in your City Limits that allow Campfires
  • Events you have taken your youth to
  • Festivals, Fairs and Parades
  • Favourite Camps/Campgrounds
  • Favourite Parks
  • Favourite Toboggan hills
  • Favourite Trails or Hiking areas
  • And Anything else you can think of!
Send your links to amie_h@hotmail.com Please put Scouter Links in the subject line. When more complete, the list will be published and available for use by all Members.

North Waterloo Area’s Scout Shop needs your help

Hello.

Peter Miller, our Scout Shop manager for the last 24 years, has resigned due to a heavy workload in his landscape business. We have been most fortunate to have had Peter’s leadership and commitment. Peter will continue to provide guidance‎ and support to operations of the Scout Shop and Scout House.

Michelle‎ Coyle, who has been involved for 8 years in the operation of the Scout Shop, has been appointed as the new Shop manager. Congratulations Michelle!

The continuing success of our Scout Shop requires the help and participation of a few dedicated volunteers. If you have some retail sales experience, or if you would like to assist Michelle, and you can volunteer up to 10 hours a month, we need to hear from you as soon as possible.

With volunteer help, we plan to maintain regular Scout Shop hours resuming September 17:

  • Thursdays‎, 12:00 noon to 8:00pm
  • Fridays, 12:00 noon to 8:00pm
  • Saturdays, 9:00am to‎ 1:00pm.

Please email Michelle at scoutshopnw@gmail.com with a short resume and we will contact you.

As you know, the strength of Scouts Canada is the commitment of volunteers.  ‎Our Scout Shop needs you!

Bob Kalbfleisch
bob.kalbfleisch@bell.net

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Friday November 7 – Sunday November 16 , 2014
Direct Energy Centre, 100 Prince’s Blvd, Exhibition Place, Toronto, ON
SAVE 10% off the regular General Admission* ticket price when you buy in a Group
Bonus- 1 complimentary ticket for 30-39 paid | 2 complimentary tickets for every 40 paid*
Individual group members may attend on their own, on the day of their choice during the fair. General Admission Tickets may be redeemed once for any day during the fair.

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is the largest indoor fair of its kind in North America. Come for an hour and stay for the day – fun for the whole family! Horse Shows, Agricultural Competitions, Petting Farm, Dog Shows and more. Full schedule and features coming soon

For more information please view the flyer and activity schedule.

ScoutsTracker Price Increase

Hello Area and Council Commissioners,

Please be advised that after remaining frozen for three years, there will be a slight increase to the pricing of ScoutsTracker this fall.

The basic annual cost for a section ScoutsTracker account will be $44.95.

Additionally, there will be an additional level of volume discounts offered, as follows

  • 4-9 sections: 25%
  • 10-19 sections: 30%
  • 20-99 sections: 35%
  • 100+ sections: 40%

The multi-year discounts will not be affected.

These price changes will take effect Aug 15th, 2014.  However, because it can be challenging to get all the relevant parties together during camping/vacation season in order to approve a purchase, I will honour the current pricing for any group that contacts me (support@scoutstracker.ca) with an expression of interest before the price increase.

 

Cheers,

Dave Caughey

You’re invited to a Popcorn Workshop

Attached is a flyer for the Popcorn Workshop being held on May 31st with a RSVP of date of May 26th.  This does not replace the Council Popcorn Kick-off’s held in August/September; this workshop is to assist Groups organize and prepare for the fundraiser in order to provide a memorable Scouting year for our youth.
It’s more than just handing out the forms.  Get some tips and resources on how to get everyone engaged and raise the funds you need to run an outstanding program.
If you have any questions, please let us know.
Mike McCoy,
Mississauga Area Popcorn Coordinator

Central Escarpment Council Website

I would like to announce that the Central Escarpment Council Website has been updated to have the same look and feel as the Scouts Canada Website.  You can view the website by going to cec.scouter.ca/index.php

Please check out the following enhancements:

  1. Top Drop-Down menu
    The Website now uses a drop-down menu to access many of the features and pages.
  2. Content space/Modular width
    Following the layout of the Scouts Canada Website, we were able to increase the space for the content section and remove the left modular column.  The space for the right modular column was also increased.
  3. Search Engine Friendly links
    It will be easier for the visitors of the Central Escarpment Council Website to link to our web pages.

I encourage everyone to pass this information on to all scouters in their groups.

If you have any questions about the website, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Brian Peebles

Webmaster/Communications
Scouts Canada – Central Escarpment Council

Email: cec_webmaster@scouts.ca

CEC Scouting Conference 2014 – March 22, 2014

It’s half way though the Scouting year and you’ve gotten through Registration, Fall Camps and the Polar Vortexes. Are you ready to take your Program to the Next Level?

Central Escarpment Council is running a Program Conference on Saturday March 22, 2014. It’s for anyone who’s involved with helping our Youth get exciting program – Section Scouters, Senior Youth, SITs, ALs, and Support Scouters.

 

When and Where?

  • Saturday, March 22, 2014 between 9:30 am – 4pm at College Heights Secondary School in Guelph, Ontario (College Ave and the Hanlon Parkway).

How’s it going to run?

  • A series of sessions during the day on various topics to help people run great program. Conference Attendees will pick the sessions they want to attend when they register.
  • Come learn the latest coming from the Program Revitalization Team. There will be displays and mini-sessions dedicated to keep everyone informed on what’s happening
  • There will be a Market Fair area with displays from different Groups and Teams.
  • The popular Scouter’s Corner will be back with coffee, refreshments and experienced Scouters to answer your Scouting questions.

What’s it going to cost?

  • $10 per person for pre-registrations received by March 7, 2014 and $15 for those received afterwards and at the door. Fees include admission to the Conference, Lunch and Snacks.
  • Online Registration are open. Click -HERE-!

 

The goal is to provide our Frontline people with tips, knowledge and resources they can use right away in their home Groups, and with the new Program when it launches.

If there are any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us at conference@scouter.ca.

 

Keep watching the Blog for more details!