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Update – CEC Youth Development Weekend

Please note that the Youth Development Weekend scheduled for the October 14-15 weekend has been postponed due to low registrations. There are plans in the works to run it at some point in the future, however no dates have yet been determined. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Yours in Scouting,
Alexander Court – DCYC, Youth Development

FLEX Training – Registration NOW OPEN!

*Please note that the Youth Development Weekend scheduled for the October 14-15 weekend has been postponed due to low registrations. There are plans in the works to run it at some point in the future, however no dates have yet been determined. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.*

When: Sunday, October 15th, 2017 – 8:30am to 4:00pm
Where: Camp Manitou (7484 Twiss Road, Milton, Ontario) – pick-up and drop-off will be at the main parking lot

The Central Escarpment Council Youth Network is hosting a new UPDATED FLEX Training Course for all Cub Scouts! FLEX is a for-youth, by-youth leadership development course designed for Cub-aged youth. Throughout the course, youth will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on and engaging activities that will help to build problem solving, teamwork, effective communication, and conflict resolution skills.

Early Bird Registration Fee: $20 (if received before September 1st)
Regular Registration Fee: $25

Please note that due to the timing of the course, if we are unable to achieve minimum registrations by September 1st, we will be unable to run the course.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Alexander Court (alex.court@scouts.ca).

Outdoor Adventure Skills Workshop – Registration NOW OPEN!

BUILD YOUR OWN ADVENTURE AT THE OAS WORKSHOP

*Please note that the Youth Development Weekend scheduled for the October 14-15 weekend has been postponed due to low registrations. There are plans in the works to run it at some point in the future, however no dates have yet been determined. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.*

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).

Respect In Sports Training Deadline is Soon!

Greeting Scouters,

This is a gentle reminder that the Respect in Sport Training MUST be completed by August 31, 2017. This applies to all Scouting Volunteers. If it is not showing on your training by this date your will not be renewed for the upcoming Scouting year. The training can be accessed via the David Huestis Learning Centre on your MyScouts profile. See attached for FAQs on the training as well as accessing it. I would highly recommend that you make plans to complete this requirement as soon as possible.

Click -HERE- for FAQ sheet

Yours in Scouting!

Youth Development Weekend – Coming Soon!

Save the date for the CEC Youth Development Weekend! Taking place October 14th and 15th at Camp Manitou, there will be two great back-to-back youth development opportunities!

UPDATE: This event will now be taking place at Camp Manitou!

October 14th – Scoutcraft Outdoor Adventure Skills Workshop
This workshop will be an opportunity for any youth from Beaver Scouts to Rover Scouts to drop-in and develop their Scoutcraft skills. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never tied a reef knot before or if you’re a seasoned pro and can lash together a shelter in no time – this workshop will be a chance for every youth to learn something new!

October 15th – FLEX Training (New and Improved!)
FLEX is the leadership development course designed for Cub Scouts, and we’ve got a new updated program ready! FLEX is a for-youth, by-youth training program delivered by Venturer and Rover Scouts.

Stay tuned for more details, including registration information coming soon! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alexander Court (alex.court@scouts.ca).

We’re also looking for any youth and Scouters to help mentor some of the Scoutcraft skills, as well as Venturer and Rover Scouts interested in being facilitators for the FLEX Course. Please let us know if you’re interested!

Basic Canoe Training for Scouters – Registration Now Closed

THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR THEIR INTEREST – ALL SLOTS ARE NOW FULL

June 17th, 2017

Binbrook Conservation Area

$25

The course being offered is a Basic Canoe Tandem (two person) canoe course. This covers ORCKA Basic Canoe levels 1, 2 and 3. This course is perfectly geared to those with no canoe experience, as well as those who have been canoeing for a while with no formal coaching. Canoe skills will be evaluated and improved upon no matter the starting experience. It will provide the foundation for taking further ORCKA courses.

Canoes are being supplied, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Participants providing: PFD’s, personal supplies and lunch.

Payment in full is required to secure your registration.

Cheques made out to Scouts Canada, can be mailed to:

Gregory Cadieux

 39 Morgan Drive, Caledonia, Ontario, N3W1H6

Questions can be directed to Greg at gregworkflow@gmail.com

Hike Ontario: Navigation: Map and Compass Course for Scouters – July 16

Sunday July 16th, 2017

Camp Impeesa, Brant

9 am – 3pm

$60

The course is designed for individuals wishing to apply basic land navigation skills for outdoor activities by using a map and compass. The course will help participants to understand and to use a map and compass in basic navigation situations. Course components include a section on parts of a map and compass, reading a map, taking a bearing on a map and taking a bearing in the field with a compass. the theory portions will be held indoors and the practical half of the course will be conducted outdoors.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion from Hike Ontario.

Navigation: Map/Compass & GPS

Payment in full is required to secure your registration.

Cheques made out to Scouts Canada 12th Cambridge, can be mailed to:

Shelley Dyet

 1130 Sheffield Road RR1 Cambridge, Ontario N1R5S2

Questions can be directed to shelley.dyet@scouts.ca

Scouting Life: Woodbadge II on the Canadian Path

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/05/woodbadge-ii-canadian-path/ by Jeff Schroeder

Wood Badge training in Canada is broken down into two parts. Wood Badge I focuses on basic program facilitation knowledge and is usually accomplished through a form of eLearning. As you might imagine, Wood Badge II is “applied Wood Badge I.” Wood Badge II takes the skills learned in Wood Badge I and applies them against practical situations, with particular attention to basic outdoor and Volunteer-support skills.

Completing Wood Badge I has been a requirement for all Scouters, and it continues to be so. Wood Badge I was relatively easy to achieve because one could accomplish it on their own time through the eLearning package provided by Scouts Canada. Wood Badge II, however, required much more time and commitment: Scouters had to set aside a full week, or consecutive weekends, in order to complete the training which was done at Scouting retreats. As you can imagine, this meant that the number of Scouters who had accomplished Wood Badge I was very high, but by comparison those who had achieved Wood Badge II was quite low.

With the implementation of The Canadian Path, Scouts Canada has revised Wood Badge II training to remove the barriers that the time commitment of the previous training model created. Rather than requiring trainees to book time away from their busy schedules, families, and Scouting Groups to complete the training, the new model maps Wood Badge II over The Canadian Path. This makes it a self-directed program that can be completed at the trainee’s convenience, while continuing to offer the opportunity to learn “applied Wood Badge I skills.”

The new Wood Badge II training uses 26 Scouter Development Cards that are available in the Wood Badge II Guide for Section Scouters that is available through the link at the end of this article. Each card has been designed by Scouts Canada to focus on and provide resources for a specific skill relating to Outdoor Skills, Program Facilitation, and Volunteer Support. The basic anatomy of each card includes a description, learning objectives, Plan-Do-Review guidelines, safety notes, online resources, and tips and tricks. Scouters use these Development Cards for self-directed learning using the following eight steps:

  1. Choose a Wood Badge II Support Scouter
  2. Review the Scouter Development Cards and conduct a self-assessment
  3. Select any number of Scouter Development Cards
  4. Review the Learning Objectives of the cards you have chosen with your Support Scouter
  5. Create and implement a plan over the next program cycle
  6. Review your progress with your Support Scouter at the end of the program cycle
  7. Repeat steps 4 to 6 until you have completed all the Scouter Development Cards
  8. Submit your Wood Badge II application to your Council

As you can see, the new model of training is entirely self directed, although you will want to find a good Support Scouter to work with through your training. And important thing to keep in mind, however, is that the Support Scouter is not responsible for your training. They can provide feedback, are available to discuss and review your activities, and provide resources you may need to complete your Wood Badge II training. But the training is self-directed: it is your responsibility to complete everything necessary. That said, Support Scouters must meet Scouts Canada’s Volunteer screening requirements and must have completed their Wood Badge I training as well. So you can’t just pick anyone. It is also an excellent idea to have a good working relationship with whomever you pick as your Support Scouter. You should also make sure that your choice for Support Scouter has the time to work with you on the Wood Badge II program.

With the introduction of The Canadian Path, our Youth are expected, with support, to become more self-directed and take on more leadership roles as a result. But it shouldn’t stop at our Youth. Scouters should also be expected to take responsibility for their own learning and training as well. The updated Wood Badge II training reflects The Canadian Path to allow you to work with a Support Scouter and complete your training on your own time. Scouts Canada is excited about these changes, as it offers a greater opportunity for Scouters to obtain their Wood Badge II certification. For more detailed information regarding the new Wood Badge II training, you can Scouts.ca/WB2 and download guides both for Section Scouters and Support Scouters. Or you can contact our National Learning & Development Team Lead, Ross Benton, at ross.benton@scouts.ca.

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Standard First Aid – CPR C & AED

Hey everyone! 

Back by popular demand, were offering another first aid course.

Standard first aid with cpr level C includes adult, infant and child cpr, choking and AED use.

Note: we have a 6 participant minimum on this course! And a cap of 20 max participants. Spaces will go quickly, register today!

Registration link -HERE-