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2017 CEC Popcorn Kick-offs

It’s here!  Each Group is encouraged to have 2 representatives at one of these Popcorn Kick-offs to enjoy the fellowship and take part in fun yet informational training:

  • What’s new in 2017
  • Important Sale dates to remember
  • 2017 Group Kick-off package
  • Prizes

4 Locations and Dates to choose from:

  • Tuesday August 22nd 7:00 – 9:00pm
    Kitchener Scout House (upstairs)
    844 Frederick Street, Kitchener
  • Thursday August 24th 7:00 – 9:00pm
    Erindale Presbyterian Church
    1560 Dundas Street West, Mississauga
  • Thursday September 7th 7:00 – 9:00pm
    John’s Anglican Church
    2464 Dundas Street, Burlington
  • Saturday September 9th 9:30 – 11:30am
    Hillcrest United Church
    8958 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown

Please RSVP your attendance by using the link: https://doodle.com/poll/gmp6di2a536kdqkz

 

Want more?  Join us for an additional Workshop to learn how to take it to the next level!

  • How to run a successful Fundraiser
  • Share ideas & success stories
  • How to use Group Level incentives
  • Saturday September 9th 11:30am-1:30pm.
    Hillcrest United Church.
    8958 Trafalgar Road, Georgetown
  • Please RSVP for this session with the above link as well.

 
If you have any questions or want more information, please contact CEC Popcorn Co-ordinator Mike McCoy (mike.mccoy@scouts.ca)

Outdoor Adventure Skills Workshop – Registration NOW OPEN!

BUILD YOUR OWN ADVENTURE AT THE OAS WORKSHOP

Registration for the OAS Workshop is NOW OPEN – click here for full registration details!

The Central Escarpment Council Youth Network is hosting its first ever Outdoor Adventure Skills Workshop! This workshop will focus on the OAS – Scoutcraft which was the popular choice in our survey earlier this year (future workshops will focus on each of the other Outdoor Adventure Skills).

When: Saturday, October 14th, 2017 – drop in anytime between 9am and 4pm!
Where: Camp Manitou (7484 Twiss Road, Milton, Ontario) – all activities will be taking place around McLaughlin Lodge, please walk in from the main parking lot

Early Bird Registration Fee: $10 (if received before September 1st)
Regular Registration Fee: $15

Youth members from Beavers up to Rovers are invited to visit the workshop anytime between 9am and 4pm and can take part in a variety of activities such as orienteering, shelter building, lashings, fire lighting and more! This is a self-directed program so all participants are free to travel from activity to activity, and can participate in as many or as few as they’d like. The workshop is designed to allow individual youth to set their own personal goals and decide which skills and knowledge they’d like to gain.

There will be lots of activity stations set up around the event site that will offer opportunities to learn hands on! Some of the skills the workshop will be focusing on include:
 Knots and Lashings
 Making Camp Gadgets
 Camp Hygiene and Cleanliness
 Outdoors Safety
 Shelter Building
 Nature Identification
 Fire Lighting
 Camp Cooking
 Orienteering
 Trail Safety

The event planners are currently looking for Scouters and Youth members to help plan and run these exciting activities as skill mentors for the youth participants. If you have any questions, or want to get involved in helping with the workshop, please contact Alexander Court (alex.court@scouts.ca).

Appointment – Credit Hills Area Commissioner

We would like to thank Mary Ann Willett in her role as Area Commissioner for Credit Hills. Her passion for scouting was evident in all of her efforts to increase Scouting in the area. She will continue to provide leadership with in her group and we look forward to working with her in the future.

At this time it is also our pleasure to introduce Mark Wyatt as the new Area Commissioner for Credit Hills.

Mark was a youth participant in the Hamilton-Wentworth area, and enjoyed the Beaver, Cub and Venture sections. When Mark’s sons enrolled in Scouting, he wanted to follow in his father Alan’s footsteps and become a Scouter for his son’s sections. Mark started scouting with the 4th Georgetown Colonies in 2014 and has been a contact scouter for the past two years. In May of 2016 he earned his Wood Badge II. Mark has volunteered with many non-profit organizations, is an active Hockey coach in Halton Hills, and is the recipient of the Canada 125 Medal. Mark has worked for Gordon Food Service for the past 20 years where he currently holds the position as a Digital Product Lead. Mark lives in Georgetown with his sons Spencer and Grayson. 

Please help us in congratulating and providing a warm reception for Mark as he takes on this new role.

It Starts With Scouts
Deanna DeVito – Central Escarpment Council Youth Commissioner
David Frederick – Central Escarpment Council Commissioner
Ian Foss- Executive Director Scouts Canada

Free Program Evening! August 23rd, 2017

Grab your traders and mugs and head to Camp Manitou on Wednesday August 23rd! for an evening of badge trading and a campfire. This event is open to all Scouting members from Beavers to Adults and their immediate family. This is a great opportunity for fellowship and learning about Badge Trading. There is no cost but please bring your own mugs! Program begins at 7 pm and will finish around 9 pm (weather permitting)

Register at cec_marketing@scouter.ca

CEC is looking for some GREAT Stories!

Attention CEC!

The Central Escarpment Council is full of many great stories! And we want to hear them all!

We are currently looking for both youth and adult members to provide content for our blog, Area websites, Facebook pages, as well as our soon to be released Council Newsletter.

As one of the largest Councils in Canada we have lots of active members having exciting adventures! So lets share them with the world.

It could be an awesome camp adventure. Perhaps a cool STEM activity. Maybe a fantastic place you went. The possibilities are limitless and we want to hear them all!

Just write you adventure, success, or ideas down and send them to ken.broad@scouts.ca

Remember to include photos when possible.

So lets be #Scoutproud and tell the world!

YiS

Ken Broad
DCC Communications
Central Escarpment Council

ARGOS SCOUTS FAMILY and FRIENDS DAY

ARGOS SCOUTS FAMILY and FRIENDS DAY 

Date: August 19, 2017

Time: 4:00 pm

Location: BMO Field (170 Princes’ Blvd Toronto, ON M6K 3C3)

Cost: From $25

SCOUTS DAY WITH THE ARGOS!

Calling all Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, Rovers, family & friends! Support your section on Scouts Day with the Argos – $5 from each ticket goes back to your group or section!

Join friends & family at the CNE and watch the Argos take on their rivals at BMO Field! Share your link to grow your group, raise more money, and unlock fun prizes!

Discounted game ticket includes FREE admission to the CNE on gameday! PLUS Scouts will receive a special Argos Patch at the game!

Get your tickets & invite friends here:  http://www.argonauts.ca/scouts

CEC Summer Nights – July 26th

Join us this Wednesday July 26th for a Summer Night at Blue Springs Scout Reserve

Who: All active Scouts and their Immediate Family

Events: Arrive / Greet >> Hike / Activity(s) >> Campfire >> Mug Up* >> STEM star/ moon viewing Time(s): About 7:00 PM until dusk 9:00 PM /dark 9:30 PM

* Bring own mug (We’re leave no trace) & refreshment

Cost: Free (Yes, No charge)

Let us know you are coming @ cec_marketing@scouter.ca Info only NO REPLY(S)

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Scouting Life: Staying Safe while on a Hike

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/07/staying-safe-hike/ by Jeff Schroeder

Hiking can be both a rigorous and rewarding experience. You can challenge yourself to climb to new heights, experience changing terrain, and witness the hidden beauties that await over mountain peaks, along coastlines, or tucked away in the forest. Risks are inevitable when exploring these remote and rugged terrains; however, by taking the right safety precautions, you will find the last step of your trail scratch-free.

Growing up as a Scout, much of my knowledge has come from personal experience, or from the experiences of Scouters and other youth. My hiking experience as a Scout has taught me about the top nine risks you are most likely to face while heading off on the trail, and how to ensure they do not interfere with your adventure.

1. Dehydration

Dehydration is a common risk for hikers. Depending on the duration of your hike, it is important to consider the amount of water you will need and the sources available to you.

Most trails are established near streams, rivers, or lakes; however, if you plan on going out for more than a few hours, you should ensure that these resources are close to the trail and permit water extraction. It is also important to carry filtering equipment with you to remain safely hydrated.

Once you have established your sources of water for the journey, remember to drink early and often. Hydropacks offer an easy to carry and drink format that usually carries around 2 L of water. These are ideal for those who want to avoid having to refill their bottles halfway through a hike, or constantly having to stop to hydrate.

Personally, when hiking, I find myself getting thirsty and dehydrated because I forget to stop for breaks while enjoying the views and wildlife. Having a hydropack straw readily available to drink from allows me to constantly keep hydrated without having to change the way I am enjoying the journey

2. Wildlife

Wildlife is one of the biggest attractions while on a hike. Stories of seeing large mammals, intricate foliage and even insects are fun to share with friends and family upon return, but it is important to remain cautious.

You often hear that making noise is important for allowing animals to be aware of your presence. This is best done by having constant conversation with whoever you are with. If travelling by yourself, thinking out loud is often the best way to maintain enough noise to warn animals. Yes, this means talking to yourself, but what better place to do this than when no one is around?

If you do encounter animals while hiking, speaking softly and moving slowly is most ideal for smaller creatures, but for larger mammals such as bears and moose, it is extremely important to remain still and wait for them to move away from the area.  If they intend on staying longer and are blocking your path, slowly turn back while keeping an eye on the animal.

3. Plants

Plants can also pose a threat to humans, whether it be poison ivy or thistles, they can all impact the enjoyment of your hike. Knowing what these plants look like and remaining on the trail are the best ways to avoid unwanted encounters with both these plants and other types of wildlife.

4. Bugs

Bugs are often overlooked in the wildlife department but insects, mosquitoes and flies can be just as dangerous as plants and animals. Mosquitoes are a nuisance everywhere; however, in the backcountry they can be worse if you are travelling through a moist lowland region. Bug spray may not be effective in these areas, and if that is the case, wearing longer sleeves and pants will keep your skin out of their reach.

5. Know your abilities

Know your physical abilities when going hiking, especially when enjoying the outdoors with a group of friends with different skill levels. Taking the time to review the trail together is extremely important in ensuring everyone is comfortable with the exertion that is required. Your review should include the changes in elevation throughout the journey, and the overall distances of the trail.

Often one of the biggest mistakes made in this review is only looking at the net elevation of the trail. This is a dangerous mistake to make because if the trail starts in a valley and goes over a mountain into another valley, the net elevation will be nil; however, there could be a 2000ft climb in the middle that is overlooked.

6. Dress the part

Dress the part when going for a hike. Proactively wearing layers, appropriate footwear in the right materials will ensure a smooth journey. Hikes can take you from cool shaded forests to dry sun-exposed ridges within a few kilometres. Or, from a 30 degree summer day to a damp single digit reading within a couple hours, so it is important to ensure you’re equipped for all types of weather.

Personally, I like to start off with a t-shirt, followed by a thin breathable long-sleeved layer, topped with a thicker layer and a waterproof layer. I can quickly take these layers off as I go, and put them back on as it cools down.

A common complaint of hiking is blisters. Proper footwear, starting with your socks is the best way to minimize these little guys. Wool socks that allow feet to breathe will keep moisture off your feet and keep the blister environment to a minimum.  Often, I wear two pairs of socks, a thin tighter layer underneath and thicker layer on top (both wool). Hiking, walking or running in new shoes is battle you do not want to face, so if you are investing in new shoes, wear them around your house and when you are training for your hike.

7. Hiking alone? Tell someone

Hiking alone may bring you the spiritual, calm and quiet side of nature, but it does come with added risks. It is important to let someone know your plans by telling them where you are going, when you are leaving, when you will return and when you have returned. That way if they do not receive a call within a couple hours of your estimated time of arrival, they can notify local emergency crews that you could possibly be injured or lost in the area.

8. Be prepared

Being underprepared should never be an issue for a Scout but this must not be overlooked. In the event of getting lost, taking longer on the trail or getting caught in bad weather, it is important to have enough materials to survive. Always pack more than you need, include lightweight snacks, a comprehensive first aid kit, extra warm clothing, matches, and technological independent equipment for directional help, like paper maps and compasses.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Don’t forget to enjoy yourself! Spend an extra few minutes taking in the view or watching a spider spin his web. Cater your planning to your situation and lifestyle, so you can ensure it doesn’t interfere with your enjoyment; and make the safety measures a part of the regular enjoyable routine.

The post Staying Safe while on a Hike appeared first on Scouting Life.

CEC Summer Nights – July 12th

Join us this Wednesday July 12th for a Summer Night at Camp Everton

Who: All active Scouts and their Immediate Family

Events: Arrive / Greet >> Hike / Activity(s) >> Campfire >> Mug Up* >> STEM star/ moon viewing Time(s): About 7:00 PM until dusk 9:00 PM /dark 9:30 PM

* Bring own mug (We’re leave no trace) & refreshment

Cost: Free (Yes, No charge)

Let us know you are coming @ cec_marketing@scouter.ca Info only NO REPLY(S)

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