Over 70 Sections/Groups from across Ontario will receive additional funding for their adventures thanks to the Grizzly Den program and the generous support of Hydro One. That translates to over 1200 youth participating in amazing and memorable Scouting adventures over the next year.
Launched in the spring of 2022, the Grizzly Den program allowed Groups and Sections to dream big – and really up their Scouting game. Youth in all Councils in Ontario had the opportunity to apply to the Grizzly Den where they would ‘pitch’ their planned adventures to the ‘Grizzlies’ – a group of seasoned Scouters, including Chief Scout Les Stroud – for the opportunity to receive extra funding for their adventure. Hydro One’s generous support of $220,000 in funding, meant groups from all across the province had the chance to receive a portion of funding for their planned adventure.
The response to the program was overwhelming! Close to one hundred Scouting groups from across the province submitted applications and pitched their adventure ideas! And there was no shortage of fantastic ideas! Groups took the ‘dream big’ concept to heart and wowed the Grizzlies with all kinds of fantastic adventure ideas. Here are just a few:
- 15th Fort William Scouts - Northern Ontario ice climbing adventure.
- 57th Catherine Scouts - 4 day back-country canoe/kayak trip in North Frontenac.
- 27th Guelph Beavers - visiting the dinosaurs at the ROM and an overnight ‘camp’ at Ripley’s Aquarium.
- 35th Tecumseh Cubs - a 20KM paddling trip on the Thames River in Ontario.
- 1st Drummond Venturers – mountain adventure in Banff National Park.
For the full list of funding recipients check out the Grizzly Den page and be sure to follow Scouts Canada on social media as we’ll be highlighting some of the great Grizzly Den adventures over the next year!