The Grizzly Den is an exciting new, one-year program, generously supported by Hydro One, that will enable Scouting sections in Ontario to take their adventures to the next level. Scouting Sections throughout Ontario will pitch their amazing adventures ideas to the ‘Grizzlies’ – a groups of seasoned Scouters and others – who will then award Sections a dollar amount to put towards their amazing adventures. The goal of the Grizzly Den is to encourage and support as many safe, outdoor adventures to more Scouting youth in Ontario as possible and remove the financial barriers that may prevent Scouting Sections from taking their adventures to the next level.
Some of the best memories that youth make at Scouts come from fun, safe adventures. Adventures provide opportunities for learning, growing confidence, developing resilience and having fun. Some Sections rely on generous donations from their local communities for activities. This has become increasingly challenging as community organizations compete for funding support. This is where the Grizzly Den comes in! Through the Grizzly Den, Sections have the opportunity to get a significant amount of funding for their planned adventure. Also, the process of applying is part of the soft-skills development that youth gain through the experience. Coming up with adventure ideas, working with their peers to figure out all the components needed to achieve their adventure; building, designing and pitching their adventure proposal and then, if successful – taking those plans and putting them into action. It all works towards fostering important life skills.
The Grizzly Den application period opens April 8th and runs until May 6, 2022. Initial judging by the ‘Grizzlies’ and pitching will take place throughout May and into June, with winning sections announced the week of June 6th. The program is open to all Scouting Sections in Ontario.
For more information about the Grizzly Den, the application process, timeline and criteria, visit scouts.ca/grizzlyden.
The Grizzly Den program is generously supported by Hydro One.