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Oakville Scouting Celebrates Scout-Guide Week 2017 with Flag Raising at Town Hall

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.

What is your Scouting Story

Jessica Dyet, a Scouts Canada National Youth Spokesperson, wrote a blog post on the website as to why you should share Your Scouting Story.  Here is a link to that post:

One of the key points in our Council Communications plan is to share positive stories and experiences.  Please forward this message to the youth and volunteers in your groups so they have a chance to share their messages. Stories can be posted onto our blog or sent to

Brian Peebles
DCC Communications
Scouts Canada – Central Escarpment Council

This Giving Tuesday, give ‘Thanks’ to those who have made Scouting possible for you

This was written originally on the Scouting Life Website


Most people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know about Giving Tuesday on November 29, 2016?

Giving Tuesday is a new movement in Canada for giving and volunteering. Taking place each year after Cyber Monday, it is a day where charities, companies and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others.

In the spirit of giving, Scouts Canada will be focusing Giving Tuesday efforts on giving THANKS.

Every day Scouts Canada is humbled by the commitment of so many people who make great, safe Scouting adventures across Canada possible. Our Volunteers, staff, parents, funders, community partners and Scouts make Scouting in Canada a truly unique and special experience. Together, they help create lasting memories for youth across Canada.

This Giving Tuesday we encourage you to go online and give ‘Thanks’ to all the people that have made Scouting special or possible for you. Simply visit to give recognition to a Scouter, youth, parent, staff or community member that has impacted you, your child or community in a positive way. You can also join our online campaign by downloading the Scouts Canada’s Giving Tuesday social media poster to help you share your ‘Thanks’ online. Don’t forget to use the #SCGivingTuesday hashtag so we can share your post on Scouts Canada’s official Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts. We will be retweeting your comments all day long!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for a huge thank you to all of our supporters!


Giving Tuesday social media poster

Check out Scouts Canada’s giving Tuesday profile online:

This blog can be read on Facebook!

As the title of this blog post says … You can read posts from the CEC Blog right in your Facebook News Feed.

To set this up log into your Facebook account and search for the “Scouts Canada Central Escarpment Council Blog” Page and “Like” it.

You can also access our Facebook page by going to

We do plan on setting up a Facebook page for CEC to be geared towards the general public.  This page would include posts for recruiting, recognition, promotion of group and section activities, items from Scouts Canada and anything from other Facebook pages that talks about Scouting (WOSM, BSA, Other Scouts Canada Groups/Areas/Councils).


Giving Tuesday and NOLB

You’ve all heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday was created as a national day of giving to kick start the holiday season. This Giving Tuesday (December 1st), Scouts Canada is encouraging individuals to donate to the No One Left Behind program. As such, all social media efforts leading up to and on Giving Tuesday have been designed to promote the great experience of Scouting and the benefits of the No One Left Behind program.

To reach the widest audience possible and to ensure our success this Giving Tuesday, we need your assistance!

How can you help? Scouts Canada will be posting a series of messages about the NOLB program leading up to, and on, Giving Tuesday. We will also be retweeting and sharing members’ posts related to Giving Tuesday and NOLB. We ask that you retweet and share Scouts Canada’s messages and develop social media messages of your own to share with your networks, which Scouts Canada can then retweet and share! The official hashtags should be included in all Giving Tuesday and NOLB messaging and content disseminated. They are: #GivingTuesdaySC and #NOLB.

To find out more about the No One Left Behind program or to make a donation visit:

Here are the various ways one can give:

Keep an eye out for videos that we will be sharing to promote giving on Giving Tuesday, as well an infographic about NOLB (, banners and testimonials which you can share!

Burlington Scouts and their Scouters Honoured for Saving Man’s Life


Congrats to 13th Burlington Scouters Derrick Presswood and Doug Levesque and Scouts James Cowan and Tony Medland who were presented with Certificates of Meritorious Conduct and Scouter Yvonne Young who was presented with the Medal for Meritorious Conduct for actions that they were involved in at Elora Gorge last summer. Presentations were made by DCC Recognition Jenny Beer and Council Commissioner George Christian at Burlington Area’s March 24 All-Scouters Forum. Well done 13th Burlington!  Additional photos can be seen in the Area Photo Archive at

The Burlington Post provided coverage of the presentation and the rescue:

Put a Necker On It Photo Contest – Wrap-Up

Thank you to EVERYONE in Central Escarpment Council who submitted photos for the Put a Necker On It Photo Contest! For the past 11 weeks, from Scout-Guide Week to Good Turn Week, almost 260 photos were submitted for the contest from Groupsacross the Council! There were some great shots of people putting their neckers on just about anything! Now comes the time for judging, and we will be announcing the winners of the contest after May 15th – at that point we will be posting the finalist pictures here on the blog as well as contacting the winners. In the mean time, you can take a look at the submitted photos here, at the links below:

Individual Submissions:
Group/Section Submissions:

Thank you all for helping to make this contest such a great success, and good luck!


Yours in Scouting,

The Council Youth Network


Scout Popcorn – Looking for Help

National’s Communications team is interested in issuing a follow up news release with respect to the popcorn sale. Essentially, the release will announce some of the highlights from the 2013 campaign and include three to five testimonials from some Scouting youth regarding their popcorn selling experience.

If you know of any youth who are selling Scout Popcorn for a specific reason, ie: to attend World Jamboree or other major Scouting event, or pursue post secondary education in a certain field; or a group who wants to purchase canoes for example for their local group, we would love to hear their stories and feature them in our release. These stories will be three to four sentences and describe who they are, role in Scouting, why they love Scouting and why are they are selling popcorn. Top sellers in your Area are also great candidates.

They are hoping to send out the news release at the end of next week so if you do know of any youth who may be interested in providing a testimonial, it would be incredibly grateful. Note that if a youth is included in the news release, media may be interested in speaking with them to get more details on their Scouting story so they should be comfortable with that possibility.

Please forward the stories to me as soon as possible.

Debra Bechamp
CEC Popcorn Co-ordinator

Scouts Canada flags fly over Wellington Area for a second year during Scout Week

Thank you to those organizations that have shown their support for Scouting by flying a Scouts Canada flag during Scout Week. By helping to increase our visibility in the community, we continue to grow and become stronger than ever. We appreciate your support during our Scout Week celebrations as Wellington Area continues to remain a vibrant organization, relevant to today’s youth.

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2. Wellington District Catholic School Board

3. Upper Grand District School Board

4. AOC Resins, Guelph

5. The Centre, Guelph

6. Pinetree Pet Care Centre, Fergus

7. Centre Wellington Administrative Centre

8. Sir Isaac Brock Public School, Guelph

9. Westwood Public School, Guelph

10. Kortright Hills Public School, Guelph

11. Rockwood Centennial Public School, Rockwood“It Starts With Scouts”


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