Central Escarpment Council

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Scouting Life: Scout Popcorn roadshow!

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/05/scout-popcorn-roadshow/ by Jeff Schroeder

Want some hands-on support when planning your campaign? Not sure how to prepare your Kick-Off? Want to walk through the Popcorn system? Trail’s End and Scouts Canada will be travelling across the country to help you make your Scout Popcorn fundraiser a success! See the locations and dates below. Would you like to register?

Register Here

Are the locations too far from you? We’ll be live streaming the seminars for you to follow along! You can find the links to follow along here.

City Date Location
St John’s, Newfoundland June 5th, 6:30PM-9PM Hampton Inn St John’s – 411 Stavanger Dr, St. John’s, NL A1A 0A1
Halifax, Nova Scotia June 6th, 6:30PM-9PM Hampton Inn Dartmouth – 65 Cromarty Dr, Dartmouth, NS B3B 0G2
Toronto, Ontario June 8th, 6:30PM-9PM Sheraton Parkway Hotel – 9005 Leslie St, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1B2
Victoria, BC June 10th, 10AM-12PM Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour, 728 Humboldt Street, Victoria, B.C. V8W 3Z5
Vancouver, BC June 11th, 10AM-12PM Sheraton Vancouver Airport – 7551 Westminster Hwy, Richmond, BC V6X 1A3
Calgary, Alberta June 14th, 6:30PM-9PM Sheraton Suits Calgary Eau Claire – 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary, AB T2P 5C2
Edmonton, Alberta June 15th, 6:30PM-9PM Sheraton Edmonton South – 7230 Argyll Rd NW, Edmonton, AB T6C 4A6
Regina, Saskatchewan June 16th, 6:30PM-9PM Hilton – 1975 Broad St, Regina, SK S4P 1Y1
Ottawa, Ontario June 17th, 10AM-12PM Scouts Canada National Office – 1345 Baseline Road, Ottawa ON, K2C0A7
London, Ontario June 21st, 6:30PM-9PM Scouts Canada Western Ontario Service Centre – 531 Windermere Rd, London ON

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Scouting Life: Boost your Scout Popcorn fundraiser!

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/05/boost-scout-popcorn-fundraiser/ by Jeff Schroeder

Planning to fundraise with Scout Popcorn and looking for some extra materials to help you reach a higher goal?

We’ve put all the materials you need to get your campaign started! Materials like:

  • Order Sheet
  • Incentive Sheet
  • Youth and Group goal setting sheets
  • Thank you notes
  • Printable Posters and other promotional support materials
  • Scholarship form and information
  • A laminated goal tracking your Groups fundraising goal
  • Incentive prizes

The campaign kit will be sent directly to your Area Commissioners or Area Popcorn Coordinators to facilitate their delivery to you! Your Council coordinator will provide further details.

Sign up for your Scout Popcorn Campaign Kit before May 31st to be included!

Find your Council and sign up below:

Battlefields Council Cascadia Council
Central Escarpment Council Chinook Council
Fraser Valley Council Greater Toronto Council
Manitoba Council New Brunswick Council
Newfoundland and Labrador Council Northern Lights Council
Northern Ontario Council Nova Scotia Council
Pacific Coast Council Prince Edward Island Council
Quebec Council Saskatchewan Council
Shining Waters Council Tri-Shores Council
Voyageur Council White Pine Council

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Scouting Life: To do a Good Turn Every Day…

This was originally posted on the Scouting Life blog http://www.scoutinglife.ca/2017/05/to-do-a-good-turn-every-day/ by Jayne Robertson

A recap of the projects and power of Good Turn Week 2017

The first question I am asked in every interview and conversation about Good Turn Week is always “what is a good turn and what does it look like?” To address this query, I find it is easiest to simply point to the projects envisioned and brought to life by the Youth of Scouts Canada during Good Turn Week. Across Canada, from April 29th – May 7th, 2017, these projects not only strived to make the world a better place through small acts of kindness, but creatively and generously made a positive lasting impact on their communities.

Throughout Good Turn Week, Scouting Youth were encouraged to put their heads together and come up with ideas for good turns that would set an example for their communities. The Youth answered this challenge enthusiastically, initiating a range of projects that helped the homeless, the environment, less fortunate youth, and addressed many other issues our society faces.

Since the implementation of the Canadian Path has encouraged Scouters to foster a more youth-led program, many of the Good Turn Week projects were driven by Scouting participants and address what they see as an act of kindness in our modern world. With that in mind, it is awesome to see the generous and compassionate spirits of the Youth reflected in their planning and project choices, some of which were truly remarkable.

One of these fantastic projects was the Scouts’ Knit-a-Thon for those in need, which took place in Mississauga on April 30th. This initiative was created by a 1st Sandalwood Cub Scout who wanted to see her Group knit 100 scarves for people in their community in need of warm winter clothes. This was a unique and exciting project which highlights the growing youth awareness of homelessness and poverty fostered by Good Turn Week’s many events.

Another project that addressed the less fortunate in our communities was the Youth-to-Youth Caring Project, which was constructed by the 215th Strathcona’s Cub pack “A”, and was specifically centred on having the Cubs themselves build care packages to be distributed to less fortunate kids. The Cubs decided which issue they wanted to deal with and child poverty was their number one concern. I had the benefit of working with this Group and I know first hand how enthusiastic the Scouters and Youth were about this project. It was led by the Cubs from beginning to end, and the care packages they constructed will certainly make a difference in the lives of several young people in their city.

Some groups decided to work on helping not just other people, but the four-legged members of their community as well. The 23rd Elsie Roy Scout Group did this by having each section create care packages for their local pet foodbank, Charlie’s Foodbank. Donations included toys, food, and treats for dogs, cats, and other small animals whose humans need a little help to get them the things they need.

Other groups decided to go a different route and look at issues around the environment. One of these events was the Bee Houses for St. Albert. The entire 2nd St. Albert Scout Group implemented this initiative that built bee houses to improve the bee populations in their city and protect their local plant and insect life. It was led by all members of all ages. It was a large project that had all five sections working as a team to design, construct, and place the bee houses around the city.

These are only a few examples of the many Good Turn Week projects that took place across the country. To read about more of these inspiring Good Turn Week events, check out the website at Scouts.ca/goodturnweek, and social media platforms (#goodturnweek).

To really get a grasp on just how amazing the Good Turn Week events were this year, I would recommend that you look at the Scouts Canada Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages to see photographs and commentary on the projects. As Youth work on projects like tree planting and food drives, the smiles on the faces of Beavers, Cubs, and Scouts are bright and contagious.

Many of the good turns you can see include work with Scout Trees, our initiative to raise money and plant trees in deforested areas. The participation through Scout Trees is doubly powerful, as Youth can tackle tree planting and Good Turn Week at once, highlighting both projects in one big good turn towards the environment.

While the local Scout groups worked on individual projects, on a national level Scouts Canada worked tirelessly to promote these projects, emphasizing the fabulous job all the Youth and volunteers have done to make their good turns a success.  Youth Spokespeople helped with the promotions by giving interviews and working with programs to advertise the campaign, while creating their own regional good turn week initiatives.

Overall, Scouts Canada has really gone out of their way to make Good Turn Week 2017 something spectacular, spreading awareness on both a local and national stage. Through each act of kindness, the event instilled in Youth the drive to follow in the footsteps of Baden-Powell, who believed that we should all try to make the world a better place, one-step at a time.

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Call for Nominations – Scouts Canada Board of Governors

Fellow Scouters

I am writing on behalf of the National Nominating Committee to invite nominations for the National Board of Governors for 2017-2018.

We are seeking nominations for the positions of Chair and Vice-Chair – Strategic.  We are also potentially looking for new members (called Member-at-Large) for the Board of Governors, including at least one youth member.

The Chair of the Board shall act as chair of all meetings of the Board and all meetings of Scouts Canada’s Voting Members. Working closely with the National Key 3, the Chair plays an important leadership role as an Officer of the organization.

The Vice Chair of the Board – Strategic is responsible for the development of the strategic plan of the organization, and assists the Chair of the Board, and chairs the Board should the Chair of the Board be unable, for any reason, to carry out the responsibilities of that office.

Members-at-Large contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Board through participating actively in all aspects of Board business.  As defined in the Bylaw, the Board of Governors is responsible for ensuring that the organization adheres to its Mission and Principles and has a strong strategic direction to guide its activities.  The Board ensures that appropriate policies and procedures are in place to ensure appropriate fiscal and risk management. In addition, the Board ensures that an appropriate management team is in place to direct and oversee the activities of the organization.

For the at-large positions, the Board of Governors would especially welcome nominations of individuals with experience of expertise in one of the following areas:  development/fundraising, strategic human resources, property and asset management, law, and executive leadership.

Board members are expected to attend a minimum of four weekend meetings per year.  Board members also participate in committee work between board meetings.

For the above positions, you may submit your name for consideration or recommend others.  Each submission must be accompanied by a CV/resume and a written confirmation from the individual acknowledging that they are willing to serve and that they have an understanding of the position.  All submissions must be sent to Steve Kent, Chair of the National Nominating Committee (skent@scouts.ca) by midnight PST, June 30, 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with me any time.  I can be reached at skent@scouts.ca.  Thanks!

Yours in Scouting

Steve

STEVE KENT

Past Chair – Board of Governors  |  Chair – National Nominating Committee  |  Canadian Head of Contingent – 24th World Scout Jamboree – 2019  |  Scouts Canada

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:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P6XFNV5

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!

Note to all Scouters re: MyScouts

There has been an issue with “myscouts” and some Scouters might find they have been made inactive. Scouts Canada is aware of the issue and are in the process of correcting the problem. Further updates will follow.

2017 Central Escarpment Council Election – Call for Nominations

Scouts Canada is a corporation created by an Act of Parliament. Each Council has a say in the governance processes of the corporation through three voting members who are elected pursuant to Policy 1014. All Scouts Canada members born before December 31, 2003, are eligible to serve as Voting Members and to vote for their Council’s Voting Members.

The Voting Members represent Councils at the Scouts Canada Annual General Meeting and vote on a series of governance resolutions, including the election of the Board of Governors. They also represent their Councils at Special Meetings, if one is called during their term. Council Voting Members are elected for a one-year term. One of the three Voting Member positions is reserved for a youth member, but it should be noted that all three Voting Members from a Council may be youth members. By-law No. 2 defines youth members as those who are under the age of 27 years on September 1, 2017.

The 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on November 18, 2017, in Toronto. Councils may ask their Voting Members to attend by webcast, video conference, or teleconference. Online voting facilities are made available for this purpose.

Candidate Eligibility

A Candidate must:

  • be an Ordinary Member and be registered and active within the Council that he or she proposes to represent;
  • be nominated in writing by 5 Ordinary Members who are registered with the same Council as the Candidate;
  • have attained the age of 14 years in the calendar year in which the election is conducted.

Filing a Nomination

Interested members may download a Nomination Form here. Nominations must be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer via e-mail (elections@scouts.ca) no later than 5:00 PM EST, May 22, 2017. A Candidate may make a Candidate Statement of no more than 750 words for distribution to the Ordinary Members. A Candidate Statement may contain external links and must be capable of being reproduced in a digital file format which when printed will not exceed one 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

Voting Process

Policy 1014 governs the voting process. Information about the voting process, timelines and frequently asked questions can be found here. The voting uses the single transferable vote system. Voters rank candidates in order of preference. This process is explained in more detail here. All Ordinary Members born prior to December 31, 2003 may may participate in electing their Council’s Voting Representatives. Voting will be online through MyScouts.ca; please ensure that your MyScouts account has been setup. Detailed instructions as to how to vote will be sent out closer to the date of the election period.

There are two main parts to this year’s process:

  • Call for Nominations is open from April 22, 2017 until May 22, 2017.
  • Voting opens on June 1, 2017 and closes on June 22, 2017.

The Chief Elections Officer will announce results within seven days after voting closes.

Have questions?

For more information, please contact your Deputy Elections Officer David Wiebe elections@scouter.ca or Chief Elections Officer Chris Pike at elections@scouts.ca.

Mississauga Area Haliburton Composite Camp: JULY 29 – AUG 5 2017

Scouts and Venturers, it’s time to start planning your summer activities!!! Once again a few Scouters are getting together to help you plan some of your summer time fun by organizing a Mississauga Areas Composite Camp at the Haliburton Scout Reserve. You may ask yourself why you should attend the camp. Well here are some of the reasons:

The Haliburton Scout Reserve A Paradise for Scouts of all ages located 250 km (150 miles) north of Toronto, this 5000 acre reserve is richly forested and has 10 sparkling lakes providing wilderness homes for many animals, birds and fish. The Reserve is the largest Scout Camp in Canada and the summer home to countless thousands of Scouts, Venturer Scouts, and Scouters from all over Canada, the United States, Britain and many other countries.

The Activities

Weather permitting, the camp activities include:
  • Archery
  • Riflery
  • Rappelling
  • Sailing
  • Survival Island
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Climbing Wall

New this year for Venturers

We will be letting the Venturer aged youth camp, cook, and clean on their own, and take part in the activities of their choice. We will all be on the same campsite but the Venturers will be separate from the Scouts. There is an opportunity for the Venturers to do some hikes and other off camp activities by themselves.

Mandatory Pre-Camp meeting

There will be a mandatory Pre-Camp meeting held in Mississauga in June. Space is limited and registration is held on a first-come-first-served basis.

Registration

Register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  Camp fees include bus transportation to and from camp (Applewood Heights Secondary School).   See the following registration form for more information and to register.

Red Cross – Good Turn Week Event

For more than 100 years, youth in Scouting have committed themselves to do a good turn for their neighbours each day. It is a reflection of Scouts Canada’s vision – Canadian youth making a meaningful contribution to creating a better world – and it is something that Scouting youth take quite seriously.

As part of the 8th Annual Good Turn Week (GTW) initiative the Canadian Red Cross has joined Scouts Canada in offering a series of FREE first aid workshops for youth aged 9 to 16 years of age. These workshops are taking place in four major city centres: Ottawa, Vancouver, Halifax and Mississauga. These workshops have been developed to provide meaningful first aid education experiences and to increase resiliency in local communities.

As a practice, first aid should prevent further suffering, protect life, and promote recovery. The workshop will explore both prevention and response concepts, focusing on increasing the confidence of the learners and inspiring action when they are presented with an emergency situation and the opportunity to help someone in need.

Date of the event:  Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30

Time:  There will be two sessions each day:  9 – 12 and 1 – 4,

LocationMississauga Red Cross Office, 5700 Cancross Court, Mississauga, ON L5R 3E9, Peel Training Room
Capacity: 20 participants

How do I register?

Here is the link to register (Look for the workshops located in Mississauga)

https://www.eventbrite.ca/o/scouts-canada-amp-the-canadian-red-cross-13470159668

CECuboree Planning Meeting – Sunday April 30th

CECuboree Planning Meeting:
When: Sunday April 30th, 7 to 9 PM
Where: Hillcrest United Church, 8958 Trafalgar Rd (Trafalgar at 5th Sideroad)
Agenda:
Volunteer Status, Camp Layout, Emergency Plan Review, Registration update, Activity status
Opportunity for groups to bring in registration payment as well if not already mailed. If groups have questions they can contact us at contact@cecuboree@scouter.ca. Please also follow our Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/CECuboree/
We welcome posts!
CECuboree Team 2017
See you then!