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Our Impact: Recognizing Generosity

Your support, combined with staff and volunteers, have given youth across Canada the opportunity to grow, to challenge themselves, and to experience incredible adventures that they will only find in Scouting.

Thank you for enabling opportunity for today’s young leaders.

Pathways to Your Future

Ann Marie Sweeney, B.A. LL.B wanted to fund a program for older youth that focuses on their needs at two key crossroads in their lives: finding their post-secondary educational path and navigating their route from school to work. 

With Mrs. Sweeney’s generous gift, Scouts Canada developed The Pathways to Your Future Program that will launch in 2020. This special initiative will offer 100 participants career counselling, skills development and mentorship as they complete their individual, youth-proposed and youth-led Scouting project. 

Furthermore, youth who participate in the Pathways to Your Future program will receive professional career coaching in one of two tracks: Career Exploration or Workforce Entry Support. By way of providing Scouting youth with the necessary real-world skills and experiences to become ready for post-secondary education or the workforce, this Scouts Canada program will help us follow our Mission of developing well-rounded youth, better prepared for success in the world.   

It is with utmost gratitude that we thank Brenda Sweeney and her family for providing Scouting youth with this influential gift. Connect with us below to learn more about this meaningful program. 

Learn More about Pathways to Your Future

Supporting Group Commissioners 

Robert W. Clark has been a long-time supporter of the Scouting movement, generously leaving a portion of his estate to Scouts Canada. Mr. Clark’s estate has provided us with the means necessary to develop our Group Support Centre – and the newly defined role of Group Commissioner – enabling thousands of young Canadians to further engage in safe, youth-led programming nationwide.   

Accountable to the assigned Relationship Manager, the Group Commissioner provides leadership to ensure safe, high-quality programming and effective delivery of our core curriculum, The Canadian Path, at the Group and Section level.   

As our front-line volunteer managers, Group Commissioners play a critical role in building a healthy and vibrant Scouting movement in Canada. They are the visible ambassador of Scouts Canada within their communities. We thank the Clark family for providing us with an opportunity to develop this influential role in Scouting. Their kindness has enhanced our brand promise to deliver incredible, first-time experiences that will help youth build self-confidence and forge lifelong friendships.  

The David Huestis Learning Centre

David Huestis is certainly a well-known name in Scouting. As a supporter of Scouts Canada, as well as the Scouting Movement internationally, Mr. Huestis has devoted significant time and resources to our organization—including the sponsorship of our eLearning platform, the David Huestis Learning Centre.    

Before our volunteers are able to put on their Scouter uniform and begin working with Scouting youth, they need to be Scouter-ready. In other words, volunteers must first complete their training in Scouting Fundamentals. The David Huestis Learning Centre is Scouts Canada’s eLearning platform; it allows our volunteers to conveniently acquire the skills and knowledge they need to facilitate a quality Scouting program.    

Through David Huestis’s generosity, Scouts Canada volunteers have the tools they need to be successful in their role. We thank Mr. Huestis for sponsoring this important initiative.    

“The principles and practices of the Scouting promise are needed more today than in any other time in mankind’s history. It is no accident that Scouting is the largest youth movement (51,000,000) in 155 countries around the world with its foundation of the Scouting promise and values."

- David Huestis

The Herb Pitts Memorial Scholarship

In addition to 44 years of uniformed service, including serving with distinction overseas and receiving the Military Cross, Major General Herb C. Pitts dedicated much of his life to Scouts Canada. Herb’s significant contribution to our organization has influenced youth in communities within Tri-Shores Council, across the country in his role as National Commissioner and abroad as International Commissioner.  

Honouring the considerable impact he had on youth in Scouting, Herb was awarded the Silver Wolf and Medal of Merit. Passing away in 2018, Mr. Pitts will forever be remembered as a true role model.  

In 2019, the Scouts Canada Foundation approved the naming of one of our scholarships in his memory. This award, the Herb Pitts Memorial Scholarship, is to honour the long-standing loyalty of Mr. Pitts to Scouting.

Major General Herb C. Pitts continues to shine a light on our Scouting youth. We are honoured to carry on his legacy through our Scholarship Program so that youth in Canada are given an opportunity to explore their academic interests and achieve future success. We thank him for his dedication and service to the Scouting movement.  

To speak with one of our team members and receive more information on our Scholarship Program, please contact us:

 613-224-5134 ext. 290

giving@scouts.ca

No One Left Behind

Daley Family No One Left Behind

The Daley Family, No One Left Behind Recipient – 2018

Paula and Wayne Daley both volunteer with their local Scout Group. With six children between the ages of seven and 14 in the program, the Daley’s are an outdoor-loving, adventure-seeking family, who have been recipients of Scouts Canada’s No One Left Behind program for several years, and dedicated members of the Scouting community for many years prior. 

“All six of our kids have been involved with Scouts since they were very young and it is a huge part of our family’s life. I can honestly say I don’t know what we’d do without it.”  

Paula and Wayne’s six children – Lucy May, James, Caitlyn, Phillip, Faith and Khloe Rose – have each flourished in their own unique ways through Scouting. Being outdoors – connecting with nature, learning new skills and burning off energy – has been particularly advantageous for two of the Daley children who have ADHD/ODD and ADD respectively, as well as for two of their daughters who are selectively mute.   

Both Paula and Wayne strongly believe that being involved in Scouts Canada’s programming has brought out the best in each of their children. 

Learn More about the NOLB Program

“They’ve worked hard, and are proud of their accomplishments,” says Paula. “Every badge represents a step they’ve taken to becoming a more empowered and more confident person.”     

With six kids, the Daley’s embrace generous support from Scouts Canada’s No One Left Behind program, which has continuously provided their blended family with subsidized fees – including assisted coverage on the costs of sleeping bags, uniforms and summer camp fees. Without No One Left Behind, Paula states, “[Scouting] would not be possible,” and goes on to say that she is a “firm believer that all kids and young people with an interest in Scouting should have the opportunity to be a part of its life-changing experiences, even if their parents can’t afford it.”   

Scouting is an invaluable learning experience that prepares young people for what life may offer them. We thank Paula and her family for sharing their inspiring story with us. If you’d like to provide families across Canada with the gift of Scouting, we encourage you to give to No One Left Behind today.