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BSSR – Rube Goldberg Machine Contest

Attention Venturer Scouts and Rover Scouts

Blue Springs Scout Reserve is Sponsoring a Rube Goldberg Machine Contest as a S.T.E.M. event

Register: Send $20 (per team) to David Wiebe 360 Torrance Street, Apt 610, Burlington, ON, L7R 2R9 by November 1st 2017 and then send a video of your machine in action to by midnight 12/31/2017 Eastern Time (all submissions will receive a confirmation email)

Bonus Points if your machine includes

  1. Tennis Ball
  2. Cheese Grater
  3. Milk Jug
  4. Candle (UNLIT IS OK)
  5. Picture Frame
  6. Pipe Wrench

Super extra bonus points if your machine includes an accordion

The video/machine must be at least 2 minutes long and must end with a flag raise.

Find inspiration anywhere but all video must be 100% created by contestant team.

Judging will take place in January of 2018 and prizes will be awarded by January 31st 2018

If you have any questions feel free to email or text or call 289-439-1024

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 @ Info only NO REPLY(S)

Weather Permitting


Wellington Area is pleased to be able to offer summer programming to Groups in Central Escarpment Council.

Section events will take place at Barber Scout Camp and include a variety of Activities. Activities for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts require that the Youth bring a parent. Scouters at these events will be providing programming and will not be expected to supervise youth who attend.


When: August 9, 6:30pm
Where: Barber Scout Camp
Activity: 26th Scout Group will be providing an evening of activities for Beavers ending with a campfire. Come join us for a summer meeting and meet other Beavers in Wellington Area.

When: August 12, 9:30am to approximately 12:30
Where: Barber Scout Camp
Activity: Join Wellington Area Beavers and Crystal Allan from the Grand River Conservation Authority on an exploration of the Eramosa River to search for fish, crayfish and other aquatic creatures. You’ll help catch and identify several species of minnows and darters, learn how to tell the difference between male and female crayfish, and explore different river habitats to collect aquatic bugs.
Several nets and containers will be available however if you have a net or bug container please bring it along. Youth and parents will be in the water so appropriate footwear is required: closed-toed water shoes, rubber boots or old running shoes. A change of dry clothes and a towel is also highly recommended.

This activity will be limited to a maximum of 25 youth so reserve your spot early at Put Beavers in the subject line.


When: August 14th, 7:00pm
Where: Barber Scout Camp
Activity: Join the 3rd Guelph Pack Team in an evening of activities and games designed for youth of Cub age. Bring your enthusiasm and be prepared to have a good time.


When: August 2nd, 7:00pm
Where: Barber Scout Camp
Activity: Area Adventure Team members Logan and Brad will be holding an evening of activities designed for Venturers. Come out and meet other Venturers who share your interest in Scouting. Please bring a mess kit and songs/skits/cheers.



Wellington Area is pleased to be able to offer summer programming to Groups in Central Escarpment Council for members of all ages – from Beaver right through to the experienced Scouters.

Activities for Beavers, Cubs and Scouts require that the Youth bring a parent. Scouters at these events will be providing programming and will not be expected to supervise youth who attend.


In our “Programming for All Ages” events we have 3 events for registered youth of all ages.


When: Saturday July 29th
Time: 1:30pm
Where: Meet at the Band shell Parking lot of Riverside Park
Activity: Join Peter as he leads a hike for all ages. Activities will incorporate some tree, wildflower and insect identification. Bring with you good Hiking footwear, Quick snacks, Water, Bug spray. We will need the assistance of additional Scouters if you are interested in helping us out, contact us and let us know you can lend a hand.


When: Saturday August 19
Time: 9:00am to 4:00pm (approximately)
Where: Barber Scout Camp
Activity: On August 19th join Matt Pitman and his team for a day of constructing and launching your own rockets. There is a $15.00 cost for this activity to cover the cost of the rockets to anyone who wishes to build a rocket. There is no charge for Parents who are only there to help their child. We will provide you lunch. Numbers are limited so if you are interested in joining us please, reserve your spot at and give us the name and email of those attending and how many of you will be building your own rocket. Please put ROCKETS in the subject line. Numbers will be limited and in order to order the rocket kits, registration will close August 1.


When: Tuesday August 22
Time: 7:00pm
Where: Cuscaro House, Barber Scout Camp
Activity: Our summer programing will culminate on August 22 with an evening of knots at Barber Scout Camp with Bent Anderson, a master of knots, who will show how to tie both functional and decorative knots. There is no cost for this event, all supplies will be provided.


Don’t forget to mark these events on your calendar and plan to join us. We are always in need of help so if you are interested in helping us make these events a success please contact me at the email below.

CEC Summer Nights 2017

Join us for a Summer Night at one of our CEC Scout Camps

Who: Active Scouts and their Immediate Family


Camp Everton


July 12, 2017

Blue Springs Scout Reserve


July 26, 2017

Camp Manitou


August 23, 2017

Time(s): About 7:00PM until dusk 9:00PM /dark 9:30P

Events: Arrive / Greet >> Hike / Activity(s) >> Campfire >> Mug Up* >> STEM star/ moon viewing

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

Cost: Free (Yes, No charge)

Let us know you are coming @ Info only NO REPLY(S)

Weather Permiting

Scouting Life: 26th Halifax Scouts Win Engineering Design Competition

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog by Jeff Schroeder

This year, the 26th Halifax Scout Troop in Nova Scotia took part in the Junior High Engineering Design Competition hosted by Engineering Nova Scotia. It was a fun and challenging afternoon, and it presented those who took part with an opportunity to be creative around current issues of climate change, and to design and engineer a safer and more resilient environment to live in. And I’m very pleased to announce that through the hard work and creative spirit of our Scouts, a team from the 26th took home first prize for their design.

The event took place at the Central Halifax Library on the 25th of March 2017, and it was a city-wide competition open to junior high aged youth. The teams that entered were given only vague details about the parameters of their design projects prior to the competition. Everyone knew that the theme of the competition had something to do with climate change, but that’s about it. Each team was given the parameters of what they were to design and engineer at the start of the competition, and everyone had an hour to complete their design.

The main idea was to build something (what that was wasn’t specified, it could be anything) that would prevent toxic waste from spilling out of a container during an earthquake. The toxic waste was represented during the competition by coloured water, and the container was represented by a cup. The teams were not allowed to cover the top of the cup as part of their design, and the top of the copy had to be at least 10cm above the surface of the table. Teams were also provided with a variety of materials they could incorporate into their design: elastic bands, BBQ skewers, tape, string, popsicle sticks, and pipe cleaners.  Each item provided was priced, and the teams were limited to a total budget of $150.  For instance, a popsicle stick would set the teams back $10, so you had to be “wise in the use of resources.”

26th Halifax Scout Group

At the end of the allotted hour, the designs were tested using an earthquake simulator provided by the organizers, and the designs were judged on their ability to keep the “toxic waste” from spilling, as well as taking into account the overall cost of the design and the team’s presentation (sales pitch) of their design.

As a Scouter, I was proud of our Scouts.  They understood the problem, worked together well as a team, and got a functional design working in an hour, under budget. In relation to the overall turnout for the event, this in and of itself was an accomplishment: most other teams weren’t able to complete their designs.

Our Scouts created a design that came out as a tripod – something our Scouts have built in real life at camps – so in many ways Scouting gave them the basis for a good STEM design. Our Scouts have also had some prior experience with design and build. As a Troop we have made really good use of the “Let’s Talk Science” outreach program offered by Dalhousie University ( So pioneering, combined with some design/build experiences as well as some fine teamwork served our Scouts well. In addition to this, Ryan Greene, who was one of the Scouts on the team, is a National Youth Spokesperson. He did a great job “selling” the design to the judges. Yet another place where participation in Scouting helped.

26th Halifax Scout Group

We all had a great time and a ton of fun. Through the great work of our Scouts we received $100 towards our CJ’17 fund for winning. I’d encourage everyone in Nova Scotia to consider checking out future events hosted by Engineering Nova Scotia. They host events during March, which is National Engineering Month. Maybe we’ll see you next year at the Design Competition!

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Fill out a Survey for STEM for a chance to Win!

It has been almost 4 years since Scouts Canada’s STEM program was launched at the Canadian Jamboree 2013 in Alberta. Over the past 4 years, the STEM team volunteers and staff have worked hard to create fun and exciting resources and opportunities for Scouting youth: Trail Cards and STEM kits that helps youth better experiment with the natural connections between Scouting and STEM and STEM station at various national and provincial Jamborees.

Now we need our Scouters’ feedback to see how the program is working and what we can do to make it better. Whether they are a STEM guru in their Scouting world, or have never heard of the program before; Whether they have used Scouts Canada’s STEM resources, or are hearing about them for the first time, we want to hear from them. And we want to ask you to promote the survey so that we can get as many responses as possible. Please distribute this link to the Scouters you work with and ask them to share their thoughts and feedback:

As an added bonus, if they fill out the survey before May 7th, they will be entered into a draw to win a $50 Scout shop gift card. So there’s really no reason not to do it!

STEM at Steam

The Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology is the solution to all of your Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics programming needs. All of our programs ensure that your Scouts learn something new, in an exciting, hands-on way. Each of our programs fits well into the Plan-Do-Review method, allowing for Scouts to take charge of their own learning. Prior to the visit, Scouts are able to Plan what they want to learn. Upon arrival, Scouts will Do the program, with the option to do an on-site Review. Once complete, each Scout will receive a Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology badge to remember their visit.


Witness and be delighted by Hamilton’s 150-year-old Waterworks, demonstrating social and mechanical life during Canada’s early industrial revolution. This National Historic Site preserves two 70-ton steam engines, thought to be the oldest surviving Canadian-built engines of their kind. The historic Hamilton Waterworks is a Civil and Power Engineering Landmark.


Here at the Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology, we are the leading site for STEM programming in the Hamilton area. We are well known for the high-quality programming we deliver, and we are excited to team with up with Scouts Canada to offer STEM programming for those on the Canadian Path.


The programs we offer are specifically designed to supplement both the Canadian path and the Ontario School Curriculum and are sure to be both educational and entertaining. Each program offers an introduction, including a water pumping demonstration and a water quality testing experiment, which is then followed up with the program of choice.


Let us work for you! We offer programs outside of our regular business hours in order to help accommodate everyone’s busy schedule. The cost of each program is $8 per child and supervisors are free. Included in this fee are a two-hour program and a Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology badge. It is possible to book more than one program per visit; the charge is $2 for a second program.
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Beavers on the move!!

Join us Oct 22nd for our Beaver Fun Day!

Play with rockets, planes, boats and cars with a little STEM tossed in too! Dress for the weather and be prepared to have fun!

Where: St. Joseph of Nazareth Church 290 Balmoral Drive Brampton When: Saturday October 22nd, 2016. 10 AM to 2 PM

(Check in begins at 9:30 AM)

Cost: $15 Beavers – $5 Extra Scouters (beyond ratio)

Registration due October 15th. The organizers ask if each participating group provides 1 volunteer to help run the stations. We will gladly sign off Volunteer hours for Venturers. Please note this event will run rain or shine and is partly outside so dress for the conditions! Any question can be sent to Hope to see you there!

Click here for the registration form beavers-on-the-move