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1st Ayr Beavers Science Beaver Badge

Written by Mark Hammar, DCC Program for Central Escarpment Council.

When my son Sam, who is a white tail at 1st Ayr, first got his beaver map he was immediately excited about the science beaver badge and wanted to work on it. In our family was all love science and have done some fun activities ourselves, and he thought that doing some experiments with dry ice would be fun for the beavers and everyone could learn something about safety in science and how much fun dry ice was.

Sam was very excited to share his knowledge about the subject, so here was how he did the Plan-Do-Review for the badge:


My son came up with a plan of what he wanted to do with the beavers so that they would learn and be safe. Here is the plan that I emailed to the scouters for “approval”:

  • Safety message with making the quarter scream
  • Demonstrate making a big bubble on a bowl of dry ice in hot water
  • Demonstrate making a bubble on the bottle after adding hot water and dry ice
  • Each beaver will get a bottle and can do step 2 on their own in supervised groups
  • In groups, they will get a chance to try to hold a bubble with soapy hands


The night of the experiments went well.

  • Met at our regular meeting hall
  • Sam gave his safety talk (mostly, “don’t touch the dry ice”)
  • He and my wife did some demonstrations and then the beavers each got to do dry ice in a bottle to make bubbles. (supervised by an adult)
  • Each group of beavers got a chance to come up and try to hold a bubble by getting their hands soapy

See some of the photos from the night below (I actually remembered to take them this time) and you can see making bubbles in bottles, the big bubble on a bowl, trying to stick your finger into a bubble and more. Enjoy!



  • We discussed as a group what they learned and some of the common answers were that they learned about how dry ice worked (it is frozen but is a gas at room temperature), as well as that they need to stay safe while doing experiments.
  • Discussions with Sam indicated that he thought it went well, but in the future, he would practice the speech he was planning to say as he worried he forgot something.

Overall it was a successful dry ice experiment night. Sam learned a bit about what it takes to be a leader for an activity, that it is important to keep everyone safe, and the preparation is important. The colony had a great time making smoke-filled bubbles and learning a bit about how chemicals work. There has been interest by other beavers into what they have to do to work on a badge of their own. I expect that we will soon see others come forward wanting to share information on a badge that interests them so that the colony can learn more.

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-


Announcement announcement announcement!

Attention all Packs!


How would you (and your Pack) like to create the next CECuboree? Here’s your chance to share your ideas for the perfect Cuboree with all of the Central Escarpment Council!


Get your thinking caps on and come up with a theme. Then think of some of the exciting adventures that could happen during the camp. Finally flex your creative muscles and design the crest everyone gets to take home. We want to see you use your imaginations!


1. Name and theme for the 2018 CECuboree
2. A list of activities that you think would be fun and exciting to do Cuboree weekend
3. Design a camp crest


Entries will be displayed at this year’s Cuboree during program time on Saturday and each attending Pack will get the opportunity to vote for the one they like best! Winner will be announced at Camp Closing on Sunday June 11th, 2017.

Winning submission will receive a 2018 crest for each member of your Pack at the 2018 camp, a $50 credit for the 2018 event registration for your Pack, invitation to lead camp opening howl, and uber-bragging rights!
All entries must be received by midnight May 27th. 2017. Please include your Scouting Area, Scouting Group, Pack name (in case of multiple Packs), Scouter contact information, and a full colour image of the crest design.

Please submit to contest@cecuboree.scouter.caand reference 2018 CECUBOREE Contest in the subject line.

“Water for Life – Uganda 2017”

Three youth from 1st Palgrave, Yellow Briar Area are teaming up with youth from 1st Watford (Tri-Shores Council) to undertake a service project in Africa this summer to supply clean water to a village without clean water.

For more info about the project go to –


Any support would be greatly appreciated! Check out –

Donations at GoFundMe:

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Scouting Life: Getting Involved in Scouting and What It Means to Be on the Canadian Path

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog

2007 was Scouts Canada’s centennial year, and it was also the year I was a newly invested Cub in a Pack of 20 other youth in Toronto. Fast forward to the present and now I have a few roles associated with my name – Youth Commissioner, youth spokesperson, camp staff member – and it’s all been an amazing opportunity. This Scouting year is also the year of the Canadian Path’s official launch, which follows an approach that I have been grateful for since I was a child – even though I had not  heard of the Canadian Path back then. My journey within Scouting has been relatively long (I mean, I’m only 18) so when people ask me how I got to where I am now I don’t know what to say, but I do know that the Canadian Path has been with me every step of the way.

I became more involved in Scouts Canada from my role as a youth participant when I learned that there were opportunities available for me to do more. Many people don’t realize that there is a huge team running Scouts Canada from behind the scenes. We often just see the youth participants – the Beavers with their hats, the Cubs running around the gym, the Scouts with all their badges and their adult Scouters. Behind all that are Group Committee meetings, Area teams conducting support visits, Councils and National working together to ensure the best for the organization.

There are several opportunities for youth to take on leadership roles within the organization. Cubs and Scouts can aid younger sections as Scouters, youth can become involved in their Area by becoming a member of their Area Youth Network, and Councils frequently look for youth to join their teams. To those who find working in the media more interesting, Scouts Canada recruits youth spokespeople to aid in social media campaigns, be interviewed by the media and write for them (oh hey!).

Of course, more doors tend to open the older you are. In 2016 the minimum age requirement to apply to be a youth spokesperson was 11 years old, and most Area, Council and National youth networks consists of older Scouts, Venturers and Rovers. It is remarkable that there is even an opportunity for youth involvement.

For myself, the more I got involved the more I wanted to do, and the more I grew. I went from Cub to Scout to Venturer to Scouter to working alongside the Area and the Council teams. I also became more confident in myself, more independent and responsible. Every step of the way I was encouraged and helped by both youth and adult members.

As time went on, I increasingly realised the importance of youth involvement in every level of this organization. After all, we pride ourselves in having quality program for youth, and who knows youth better than the youth themselves?

I increasingly realised the importance of youth involvement in every level of this organization.

Gina Kim

In 2014 I had just become an Area Youth Commissioner and that also happened to be the year the Canadian Path started to roll out. The Canadian Path isn’t a whole new program but a revitalization of what the program was meant to be. Sure, the Canadian Path comes with a new set of badges, requirements and changes in structure but that ensures that the needs and wants of the youth are being met. Older Scouters talk about a time when they were younger and could plan and participate in activities on their own, without their Scouters doing everything for them or their parents dictating their every move. However, somewhere along the way those core values in Scouting – leadership, independence, teamwork and problem solving – were lost. The point of the Canadian Path is to find them once again. The Canadian Path was based on a greater need for youth involvement and to return to the core of Scouting.

If the youth can plan, do and review their own meetings, activities and events, they are on the Path.

If the youth can be leaders and teach the younger sections, their own sections and even their Scouters, they are on the Path.

If the youth can work with other youth and adults to discuss their own opinions, they are on the Path.

The Canadian Path allows youth to make their own decisions, gain responsibility, learn from their past actions and from each other. This allows youth to become engaged with the program, become independent, become more confident and participate in the program they want to be in, not the program that the Scouters want.

Oftentimes, I hear remarks from parents and Scouters that the youth aren’t old enough to make decisions. Sure, a Beaver can’t exactly plan a one week snowshoeing trip, but they sure can decide if they want to go on a winter camp. A Cub may not be able to completely plan their camp meals on their own, but with a little guidance from the Howlers and their Scouters it can be done. Being “little” doesn’t exempt anyone from all responsibilities. Just because they’re young doesn’t mean they can’t become more independent, make smart decisions, have opinions, learn important life skills and have fun all at the same time.

Just because they’re young doesn’t mean they can’t become more independent, make smart decisions, have opinions, learn important life skills and have fun all at the same time.

Gina Kim

As an Area Youth Commissioner at that time, it was heartbreaking to think there were Scouters that were against the Canadian Path. The Path consists of four main components – youth-led, plan-do-review, adventure, and SPICES. To be against the Path was essentially being against a program in which the youth could make decisions, do what they wanted, learn from mistakes, go on adventures and grow in different ways. Being against the Path meant to me that people thought that I wasn’t worthy of the roles and responsibilities I held, the qualities that I have gained and the experiences I had. But I knew that I was capable and the other youth were too.

To be on the Canadian Path is to know, acknowledge, and act upon the fact that youth should be involved every step of the way. The youth are the future of the world, what good does it do to hold them back from all their potential?

One might say I’ve done a lot within Scouts Canada but I cannot express enough that I have been extremely fortunate because everyone I have worked with valued youth participation and leadership. Without these values that the Canadian Path contains, there would not have been an opportunity for people like myself to become more involved in Scouting and truly experience what this organization really is.

The post Getting Involved in Scouting and What It Means to Be on the Canadian Path appeared first on Scouting Life.

Contest – Design the Official CEC CJ17 Badge

To one and all.

Do you have an Artists soul? Do you want one of your creations to be immortal? Do you want to be able to say with authority “I made that”?

We will be running a contest to create the Official CEC CJ17 badge. A panel of judges will be making the choice. The winner will be given 25 special bordered crests of their design.

Now the details:
1. Contest is open until midnight March 30 2017. Winner will announced April 6th 2017
2. All entries become the property of Scouts Canada.
3. Open to all Central Escarpment Council members of Scouts Canada.
4. Please send all submissions to
5. Design may be modified for colours and size for the official badge.

Good luck to one and all!

1st Ayr Pack Fishing Adventure

Written by Mark Hammar, DCC Program for Central Escaprment Council.

At 1st Ayr we have been working out how to incorporate the Canadian Path into our program, and I wanted to share one adventure that we have done with the pack to try using the elements of the Canadian Path to improve our scouting.

First the cubs had chosen fishing as one of the adventures that they wanted to do. We had the lairs brain storm different adventures they wanted to do and all four lairs had fishing included, so that was our first adventure to Plan-Do-Review.

Here was how we did the Plan-Do-Review over four weeks:

Week 1 – Plan

  • Played a game where cubs were fish swimming upstream and some were in the middle as bears trying to catch them. If caught a cub became a bear.
  • Had a group discussion on what we needed to bring for fishing (clothing, poles, license).
  • Included discussion on what type of fish we could catch that were in season (trout season was over but bass season was just about to close)
  • Cubs were to bring their poles (without hooks) to the next meeting

Week 2 – Plan

  • Had a special guest come in who was an avid fisherman. Showed the cubs his gear, answered questions and explained the difference between several poles he had.
  • Everyone tried out casting with their poles and a small weight.
  • Confirmed plans on where to meet and what to bring

Week 3 – Do

This took place on a Sunday afternoon as the sun set very quickly on meeting nights in November.

  • Met near the river and prepared tackle. Parents were encouraged to stay if they desired.
  • Fished for several hours (didn’t catch anything L)
  • Had hotdogs over the fire

Week 4 – Review

  • Brainstormed as a group, what do you know now that you didn’t know before? Types of fish in the area, casting, hook safety, river safety.

Overall a successful fishing adventure, even though no fish were harmed in pursuing the adventure. Our next adventure is yet to be chosen, but we are looking forward to it.

1st Ayr Beavers Hiking Adventure

Written by Mark Hammar, DCC Program for Central Escaprment Council.

At 1st Ayr we have been working out how to incorporate the Canadian Path into our program, and I wanted to share one adventure that we have done trying with the colony to try using the elements of the Canadian Path to improve our scouting.

First the beavers had chosen hiking as one of the adventures that they wanted to do. We had the beavers draw pictures onto large sheets that represented different parts of the beaver map, and hiking was one of the popular choices for an adventure they wanted to do.

Here was how we did the Plan-Do-Review over four weeks:

Week 1 – Plan

  • Played a game to learn about the buddy system on a hike. In pairs, beavers took turn leading each other through an obstacle course with the following buddy being blindfolded.
  • Made lanyards to hold a water bottle for the hike. Decorated water bottles and lanyards so they would have water on the hike.

Week 2 – Plan

  • Discussed clothing to wear on the hike.
  • Talked about the compass. Played North-South-East-West to learn the major points of the compass.
  • Each beaver made their own trail mix in a bag from a collection of different ingredients (raisins, peanuts, yogurt raisins, etc.). These were packed for a Scouter to bring to the hike.

Week 3 – Do

  • Met at the camp and played a gathering game with flashlights.
  • Went on our hike (with water bottles) including a break for snack and a story.
  • Stopped and tried to call owls with a recorded owl song. (none answered)

Week 4 – Review

  • Discussed in lodges three questions (5 minutes):
    1. What was your favourite part of this adventure? walking, snack, story, calling owls,
    2. What didn’t you like about this adventure? Wet, mud, lights off, fog,
    3. What do you know now that you didn’t know before? North/South/East/West, how dark it gets, friendship stops fighting

Overall it was a successful hiking adventure. The beavers all seemed to enjoy the process of planning and even the review. In addition, many of the requirements for the level 1 hiking outdoor adventure skills were learned and demonstrated on our hike. We all seemed to have learned something from the adventure, and we are looking forward to our next adventure which is planning activities for our group camp.

Note: Mark has kids registered with the 1st Ayr Group, he wanted to write a blog post as a sort of case study to show people what his kids have done.

What does BP mean to you?

As written by Deanna Di Vito, Youth Spokesperson for Central Escarpment Council.

What does Baden-Powell mean to me? This question is one that crosses my mind every February as we approach Scout-Guide week. Every year, I take advantage of the opportunity to reflect on how Baden-Powell has affected my life and changed me for the better.

Scouts are about developing the whole person, being happy, enjoying life, and leaving the world in a little better shape than when we found it. Thanks to Baden-Powell, the Scouting movement is strong across the world and has had a hand in developing many world leaders. Alas, I’m not a world leader (yet), but Scouts has taught me much about myself and how I can make an impact in the world. Still, this doesn’t answer the question of what BP means me to me.

In simple words, BP is opportunity, growth, adventure, fun, and friendship. Baden-Powell and the program he created showed me what it is like to have friends across the country, and across the world. I know that no matter where I go, and regardless of whatever language barrier may exist, I will be able to find a Scout group and connect with them, making friendships that will last a lifetime. He also demonstrated the role that fun and enjoyment play in learning and growing. Scouts provide the opportunity for growth and learning but do so in such a way that every individual has fun and enjoys themselves. I do not think I would have gained as much from the program if it had been strictly regimented and did not give me the chance to explore, make mistakes, and go on adventures with friends. Furthermore, Scouts is about adventure. I have travelled on many trails, portages, and lakes, and ventured into unknown territory seeking adventure and new experiences. The outdoor skills and knowledge I gained from the Scouting program have helped me to plan and execute these trips with a team of youth, and by myself. Lastly, BP is growth and opportunity. Thanks to Scouts Canada, I have had the opportunity to become a Youth Spokesperson and the Central Escarpment Council Youth Commissioner (CYC). I love both these roles for different reasons. Being a Youth Spokesperson allows me to talk about my love for Scouting and its various initiatives over different mediums, and this has helped me develop and refine my communication skills. On the other hand, being a CYC allows me to connect with youth from across my Council and support them in their endeavours to ensure that they are having the experience they want. Developing meaningful relationships with youth helps me see the impact that BP is having in other lives.

Thank you, Baden-Powell, for helping me to grow, teaching me how to have fun while learning, and giving me many new friendships. You have taught me some ways that I can leave the world a little better than when I found it, and by participating in and giving back to the Scouting program, I hope that I’m doing just that.


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