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Welcome to Scout Scene! Scouts Canada’s National quarterly newsletter. In each edition, we’ll share updates on fundraising, national initiatives and highlight some of the great partnerships that help support Scouting youth across this great country. 

Scouts: Always Up for a Challenge!

After the overwhelming response to the spring Great 8 Challenge, Scouts Canada is poised to launch another fall Challenge, aimed at getting kids back to Scouting while supporting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Around the World in 60 Days Challenge will take youth to all corners of the world, learning about different cultures, biodiversity and the climates of different countries.

Collaborating with National Scouting Organizations (NSOs) from five different continents and eight different countries, youth will get to see the impact first-hand that the Scouting movement has had world-wide. Videos from the NSO’s will kick-start each week’s challenge and youth will discover how easily activities can connect and impact SDGs. Youth can look forward to learning about things like how to transport water and the connection to SDG #2 Zero Hunger.  Or how to build a boat and its connection to SDG #14 Life Below Water.  In addition, the weekly challenges are supported by challenge partners such as Ocean Wise, Zero Waste Canada and 4H Canada, and allow youth to expand their knowledge and learn more about how these organizations are supporting a healthy and sustainable future.  

The goal of the challenge is two-fold: to encourage as many unique youth adventures across the country as possible during the eight weeks and to demonstrate that collectively, every small activity or challenge that Scouts do across the country, can build towards reaching a more sustainable planet for the future.     

Be sure to keep up with all the fun when the Around the World in 60 Days Challenge kicks off on Oct 4th, 2021.  Follow along on our Scouts Canada social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) or by checking out the hashtag #ExplorersNeeded. 

Scouts Canada Scholarships — 2021 Recipients

Back to school is in full swing and Scouts Canada is proud to provide financial support through the Scouts Canada Scholarship Program to motivated and deserving youth who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and a desire to create a better world.

The Scholarship Program provides support to Scouts Canada members who are entering or continuing in full-time studies at Canadian universities or colleges. The organization views the Scholarship Program as an investment in the lives of tomorrow’s leaders.

Scholarships of up to $6000 are awarded in several different categories, including:

  • Scouts Canada Foundation Scholarship
  • BP Guild Scholarship
  • Camp Opemikon Return Staff Scholarship
  • The Calgary/Chinook Scout Foundation Scholarship

As part of the application process, youth must:

  • Demonstrate Scouting history, involvement and achievement
  • Leadership contributions to Scouting
  • Community leadership and contributions outside of Scouting
  • Scholastic achievements up to the time of application
  • Attitude and aptitude
Scouts Canada is proud to announce this year’s Scholarship Recipients:
Amount Scholarship Remarks Recipient
$6,000 Scouts Canada Foundation Scholarship (3) Youth registered with Scouts Thomas Rickus
$6,000     Michael Paine
$6,000   *Herb Pitts Memorial Scholarship; awarded to a youth with outstanding leadership Amy Kehoe
$2,000 The Chinook Scholarship (3) Awarded to a youth in the Chinook Council Dylan Conley
$2,000     Brooklyn Rhead
$2,000     Gracie Wolf
$1,000 Opemikon Staff Scholarship (2) Awarded to an Opemikon returning staff Fiona MacPherson
$1,000     Rea Grace O’Brien
$1,000 The B.P. Guild Scholarship (3) Youth registered with Scouts — Eastern Canada Matthew Hillier
$1,000   Youth registered with Scouts — Ontario Chelsia Yim
$1,000   Youth registered with Scouts — Western Canada Cindy Ho

Truth & Reconciliation Week and Upcoming Listening Sessions

The Government of Canada recently passed legislation to make September 30th  a federal statutory holiday called the “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.”  This day provides an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize and commemorate the legacy of residential schools. The week around the occasion, September 27th to October 1st, is Truth & Reconciliation Week.  

As an organization we will be encouraging members to participate in an activity that builds their understanding about what Indigenous Reconciliation means in Canada and support them in their own learning.

 

LISTENING SESSIONS

As we begin the process of learning about the Reconciliation movement in Canada, hearing from our Scouts Canada community is an important ongoing component of our journey.

INDIGENOUS SCOUTERS: WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU

Our first listening session will be an open Consultation Session with Indigenous Scouters. This will be an opportunity to receive early advice and recommendations from our existing Indigenous community members.

We are early in our journey. We invite our Indigenous members of the Scouting movement in Canada to have a conversation with volunteers, youth, and our Director of Diversity and Inclusion to recommend how our organization must go forward.

 

Thursday October 7th 1:30 PM EST 10:30 AM PST 2:30 PM ATL REGISTER NOW

 

In this early stage, we ask our broader membership: what are your biggest needs, thoughts, and suggestions around Reconciliation?  Join us in a listening session at your convenience! We would love to hear from you.

 

Tuesday October 14th 1:30 PM EST 10:30 AM PST 2:30 PM ATL REGISTER NOW
Monday November 8th 6:30 PM EST 3:30 PM PST 7:30 PM ATL REGISTER NOW
Thursday November 25th 8:00 PM EST 5:00 PM PST 9:00 PM ATL REGISTER NOW
Youth-Specific Session: 
Monday November 29th
6:30 PM EST 3:30 PM PST 7:30 PM ATL REGISTER NOW

Spring Scout Popcorn by the Numbers

This was the first year that the Scouts Popcorn campaign, which is traditionally run in the fall, was run in the spring.  With a new Canadian supplier on board and loads of great popcorn to choose from the spring Scout Popcorn fundraising event proved to be a winning combination. But don’t worry you can still get your Scout Popcorn fix this fall, as the campaign kicks-off on October 1. 

  • Spring Scout Popcorn campaign dates: April 15 to May 15, 2021
  • 400 Groups from across Canada participated
  • Groups sold over $468,630 in product
  • Group profits totaled over $93,952
  • The No One Left Behind program also received $66,535

Did you know?

Scout Coffee will be returning as a year-round campaign starting October 15. Keep an eye out to load up on some good coffee, all the while supporting a great cause.

 

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Consider a Legacy Gift

Creating a legacy gift as part of will planning is a generous and thoughtful way to provide a lasting impact.  Your legacy gift could help Scouts Canada create more exciting opportunities and new programs to help youth discover their true potential. 

 

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Corporate Partnership

When you partner with Scouts Canada you demonstrate to Canadians, your community and your customers a commitment to youth, families and the future of Canada.  Impact over 75K households across Canada, directly connect with over 56K Canadian youth with a proven media reach of over 30 million impressions annually. 

 

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