Scouting in the News and on the Web
Teen follows in footsteps of father and grandfather in earning the highest Scout level award.
This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/06/lets-celebrate-canada-150-like-scout/ by Jayne Robertson
It’s exciting to be a part of something, don’t you think? Feeling part of something important is what has kept me coming back to Scouting for years growing up — all those Adventures with my friends, those are memories I get to keep forever. Even now, as an adult, I know that I am part of something larger than myself: an organization that I can give as much to as I want to get back. And I get to watch Youth experience their Adventures that keep me motivated to experience more. When you think about it, it’s kind of awesome.
This year, Canada is turning 150 years old, which is incredible. There’s even a word for it that will probably take you 150 years to pronounce: sesquicentennial! Try saying that 150 times fast! But even if you can’t pronounce it, that’s even older than Scouting in Canada. Ever since Scouts Canada was founded in 1914 it has been an integral part of our nation, helping to teach our youth to be helpful and capable citizens in a country we should be proud to celebrate. And so the fact that Canada is turning 150 years old next week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate as only Scouts can! Why not celebrate with 150 themed adventures like a 150 km hike (ok, maybe several hikes totaling 150 km), or performing 150 hours of community service, or even planting 150 trees? You could even eat 150 hot dogs at your next camp, but I would highly recommend that you accomplish this as a Group — don’t try to do it by yourself!
Remember (I’m thinking of the 133rd hot dog here) — there is strength in numbers, and that is one of the reasons why Canada is something to celebrate. We all get to experience this 150th year together, and we all got here together thanks to our parents and our parents’ parents, and yes even their parents — everyone has made it possible. So there is a lot to remember and to celebrate. And to help you and your group celebrate Canada’s mighty sesquicentennial (you’re still trying to pronounce it aren’t you) Scouts Canada has prepared this terrific guide that is full of ideas to help you and your Group celebrate all things Canada as our great nation turns 150 years old.
This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/06/group-growth-13th-bramalea-group/ by Jeff Schroeder
Raising public awareness through inclusivity and strong community service
By running a youth-led program driven by community service and engagement, it is no surprise that the 13th Bramalea Group grew 121% over the last Scouting Year! Group Commissioner Matthew Monid was kind enough to chat with Scouts Canada about this achievement and the impact of following the Canadian Path.
“Throwing public events to allow potential members to find out more about our Group played a key role in new youth joining,” said Matthew, “bring a friend and community initiatives also contributed to our large growth.”
At the end of every Scouting year, the Group holds a BBQ for the community that includes Scouting activities for the kids and provides information on the program for parents. Semi-annual Bring a Friend nights also helped. By hosting a table at yearly school open houses, the 13th Bramalea Group was able to reach parents looking for activities for their kids. Using events such as this went a long way in raising the Groups local profile.
“Our priority of building a strong program on the Canadian Path that focuses on youth led activities and community service has been vitally important,” said Matthew, “it is great to see our youth take on leadership roles while giving back to the community.”
The Beavers enjoy putting a smile on the residents of local senior’s homes over Christmas every year. They spend hours making crafts, Christmas ornaments and cards. By taking care of homeless pets at the local animal shelter, they were also able to earn their pet badge. The Group goes above and beyond to give back, their yearly community service also includes garbage clean ups and park adoptions, where they grow food for those less fortunate.
A strong youth led approach wherever possible keeps members coming back! Even Beavers take turns leading activities such as green light red light. Engaging local parents through online advertising and a vibrant Facebook page full of adventure also contributed to increasing numbers.
And of course, you can’t forget the adventure! Frequent visits to the Blue Springs Scout reserve give the Group an opportunity to have incredible outdoor experiences.
A round of applause to the 13th Bramalea Group!
On February 25, 2017, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers from across Oakville raised the Scouting flag at Oakville Town Hall to celebrate Scout-Guide week 2017.
As the Scouts Canada flag was hoisted at Town Hall, 4th Trafalgar Group Commissioner Scott Barber welcomed Councillors Dave Gittings, Tom Adams and Natalia Lishchyna to the celebration.
“Thank you for joining us as we celebrate Scout-Guide week and more than 100 years of Scouting in Oakville,” Barber said. “Through Scouting, each year hundreds of Oakville youth participate in safe, youth-led, adventurous programs. Along the way, they develop into capable, confident and well-rounded individuals, better prepared for success in the world.”
Scout-Guide week honours the birthday of Lord Robert Baden-Powell (Feb. 22), who, in 1907 started the Scouting Movement with his wife, Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the World Chief Guide. This annual celebration for Scouts Canada and Girl Guides of Canada brings together two worldwide youth movements to honour their heritage and recognize the good work both movements do for the Oakville community.
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