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A Message from the Board of Governors
A message from the Board of Governors
Last month, Scouts Canada held its Annual General Meeting in Ottawa. The AGM overlapped with the National Conference for Council Key 3s and the national leadership teams. This made for a great chance to catch up with Scouters from across Canada and to hear about what is going on with our Groups and Councils. Some of our Voting Members (representatives from each Council who vote at the AGM) also attended in or online, and it was great to spend time with them.

The conference saw a lot of open discussion about the state of Scouting in Canada. There was a good overview of some of our newer programs, including Group Commissioner Training (over 330 GC’s trained in 2018–19, with 93% recommending the program), as well as updates on longer-standing priorities such as Safe Scouting and property operations. I thought there was a real sense of energy and momentum in all the sessions, matched with robust conversations about where we need to focus in the coming year.

Our Annual Report is now available online, and I’d encourage you to take a look at the summary of our activity from the past year. Discover youth impact, highlights of meaningful Scouting moments and our financial position, which I would characterise as strong.

I hope you are able to continue having great Scouting adventures as we get deeper into winter — all the best for the holidays!

  • World Scout JamboreeOver 750 Canadian Scouts joined 45,000 youth and Scouters from over 150 countries to celebrate world-wide Scouting.
  • Group Commissioner Orientation330 Group Commissioners trained.
  • Group Support Centre Launched — An online hub providing 600 Groups with a wide array of tools and resources, 24/7. Of these Groups, 170 have more youth participating in the program than last year.
  • Head Safe — Building safer communities and extending our culture of safety to 34,000 Scouts Canada members and 5 Ontario communities, in partnership with Hydro One.
In This Issue…
3rd Fonthill’s New Venturer Company
Driven by youth-led Scouting ideals and supported by knowledgeable Scouters, 3rd Fonthill’s new Venturer Company has been highly active since its formation in September. The Company is a great example of how 3rd Fonthill is both attracting new members and finding fun ways to keep existing members involved in Scouting.
Give the Gift of Scouting!
Last year, over 4,200 economically marginalized youth across Canada were given the gift of Scouting through our No One Left Behind program, which provided over $700,000 in subsidies to families who face economic barriers at home.
This holiday season, you can help us ensure even more girls and boys can experience the joys and benefits of Scouting by giving to families in need through No One Left Behind program.
Gear Up for the Holidays
The holiday season is a great time to gear up at the Scout Shop. Discover quality gear for your 2020 adventures! Here are 11 Scouting essentials to keep in mind for your next visit to the Scout Shop.
Scouts for Sustainability
Ho Ho Hold the Waste this Holiday Season
The holidays are a time of great gatherings, decadent meals, and reconnecting with friends and family. While ‘the most wonderful time of the year’, the extravagance of the season can have a big impact on the planet.
So what can you do? Don’t despair! There are many great alternatives you can take up this holiday season.
Scouting Groups are Spreading the Holiday Spirit!
Will your Group be involved in community-building activities this holiday season, like toy, food or clothing drives? Share how your Group supports your local community and spreads holiday kindness by tagging us in your social media posts: @ScoutsCanada #ScoutsDoStuff.
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Safety Tip
Stop the Spread of Colds and Flus — December Safety Tip
As the days grow shorter and temperatures drop, Canadians spend more and more time in close quarters. This means that we need to take a few extra precautions to avoid catching a bug.
Check out December’s Safety Tip to find out what you can do to reduce the likelihood of getting sick.
Discover the New David Huestis Learning Centre
Discover the New David Huestis Learning Centre
Scouts Canada is very excited to have partnered with D2L (Desire2Learn) to implement a new Brightspace Learning Management System. We officially launched the new David Huestis Learning Centre on November 22.
Get the most out of your Scouter Development journey with the new Learning Centre using the Scouter Development Map and the complementary self-assessment quiz — and these new features are just the start!
Jamborees and International Opportunities
Jamborees and International Opportunities
Is your Group fundraising for future summer adventures like the very first Atlantic Jamboree, World Moot, Kandersteg International Scout Centre, Eurojam 2020 or other summer adventures right here in Canada? There are 23 international Scouting events in the 2020-2021 year alone. Don’t miss an opportunity to raise funds for the adventure of a lifetime.
Canadian Jamboree Update
As there has been no interest expressed to date from a volunteer team in putting on a Canadian Jamboree, it is unlikely that there will be a CJ in 2021. While the Canadian Jamboree is accredited and supported by Scouts Canada, it is ultimately a volunteer initiated and run event.
To better support the delivery of fun, safe and high quality events for youth, like a Canadian Jamboree, Scouts Canada has developed a new Event Standard which is now available online for your review and feedback. The new Event Standard was developed with significant volunteer input from across the country. We’re excited for many successful events across Canada in the years to come.
Stay tuned to future editions of ScoutScene for more details on how you can apply to organize a Canadian Jamboree.
Atlantic Jamboree
Ride the Tidal Power in the Summer of 2020 at the Atlantic Jamboree
The Atlantic Canada Councils will be greeting the world with the very first Atlantic Jamboree from July 11 to 18, 2020! Experience Canada’s east coast at beautiful Camp Nedooae on Brown Lake, Nova Scotia. This 107-hectare site is home to numerous hiking and biking trails, and a climbing and repelling tower. Brown Lake will host paddling and other water-based activities.
Join our New Team of Communications Volunteers
Join Our NEW Translation Network!
Are you passionate about providing French program resources and content to our Groups across Canada? On the Translation Network team, which is part of our new Communications Functional Team initiative, you can apply your skills in a fun and inclusive environment, helping us to continually develop well-rounded youth who are better prepared for success in the world.
Join an innovative team of Scouts Canada staff and volunteers, enhance your professional development and connect with bright peers across the country!
We are still looking to recruit a Translation Network Commissioner (revisor) and a few volunteer translators to join our team.
Chief Scout
Throughout the year, Terry Grant, Scouts Canada’s Chief Scout, travels the country to attend camps, award presentations and social events.
The demand is high, so don’t delay — submit your applications for events.
Scouts Canada Careers
Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth? Are you interested in finding a fun, flexible and fast-paced opportunity in the non-profit sector? You might be the right person to take on a role at Scouts Canada.
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