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Spring into Fun!

There may be snow still on the ground across most of the country but spring is just around the corner.  This edition of the Woggle focuses on getting ready for spring including, ideas for World Water Day and Earth Day coming up in March and April, planting and gardening (have you signed up for Scouts Seeds yet?) and of course spring camping!  We’ve even got some new songs and cheers to share around the campfire too!

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1st CBS Scout Group: Winners for the Around the World Challenge

The Around the World Challenge was Scout Canada’s second Challenge installment after the wildly successful Great 8 Challenge in the spring of 2021.  For eight weeks this fall groups and sections from across Canada ‘pinged’ to different countries around the world, exploring other cultures while also learning about the Scouts for Sustainability Development Goals (SDG’s).  Hundreds of sections participated, including the 1st CBS Scout Group (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) from the Newfoundland and Labrador Council, who were the lucky winners of the Around the World Challenge.  We checked in with the 1st CBS group to get their reaction to the challenge and find out what they have planned for the $2000 winnings!

 

Around the World Winners Which weekly challenge really got the youth excited and why?

The Makin’ Waves Challenge was a highlight; youth were able to use their creativity and see first hand the results of their creations. Our Beaver Colony built boats at home using milk cartons and took them on a hike where they released the boats along a stream. Our Cubs brought materials from home to make boats and floated them with rocks in a fish pan. The Scouts were able to combine that challenge with a canoeing excursion and they discussed various means of water travel.

For the “Our Path to Reconciliation” challenge, it was important as Scouters, to plan appropriate and sensitive programs as it fell during Remembrance Day Week. The Beaver Colony visited the Monument of Honour and discussed various wars and sacrifices made by men and women all over the world. The Cub Pack had a highly successful meeting where Cub Alexander Jackman, who is Inuit, prepared an evening about his heritage with support from First Light NL, a local native support group. Alex, along with his mom, talked about Inukshuks, the Inuktitut language where he highlighted his name, and played some traditional Inuit games. He shared some facts about what being Indigenous means and told a story that helped his fellow Cubs learn how to say ‘green’ in Inuktitut. The Scouts invited veterans and indigenous veterans to come to the Monument of Honour and discuss service, belonging, and how we can ensure people feel included, wherever they are. This was a linked meeting with the Venturers and was a good night.

The Rockin’ Out Challenge provided an opportunity for our youth to explore their physical and mental health. The Beavers completed a series of challenge stations which included, Trivia, Yoga, Floor is Lava, and making a Friendship Chain. The Cubs focused on physical health and had a games night where they played games and had a dance off. Our Scout Troop went on an excellent day hike and did map and compass work, which was good to get outdoors.

What was the most challenging part of the 8-week Challenge?

The biggest challenge for our sections was the pandemic. We faced one instance of public exposure during the “Break the Ice” week which resulted in cancelling that week's meeting. A change in our public health guidelines also resulted in a number of guest speakers having to cancel and Scouters finding other ways to incorporate the challenges. The challenge was helpful during our Virtual Sessions. The videos were also a challenge for the sections. Most of our meetings took place outside during these challenges and it was difficult for the Scouters to show the sections the videos during the meeting. Each of our sections, including our Group and NL Council, shared the videos each week on their social media accounts and included them on their weekly emails. Parents were encouraged to watch the videos with their youth at home.

Around the World Winners What was the Group’s reaction to winning the Challenge?  And what plans do you have for the $2000 prize?

Winning the $2000 was a huge surprise and honour for us here at the 1st CBS Scouts Group. We are pleased to represent our area and province through this win. We plan to develop a youth led, Scouter monitored, committee to decide how to spend the money. Scouters have considered using some of the money to pay for the badges and shipping for the Around the World Challenge for the three sections. The challenge has provided us with the opportunity to learn about the Scouts Canada “Scouts for Sustainability Program” and we have discussed developing a project around these goals. We have also considered some projects, like solar lights, for our Scout Camp, Camp St. George. We also have a close working relationship with the local CBS Community Garden and this is an option we are considering to support.

What do your Scouter's think of the two Challenges so far (Great 8 and Around the World)?

The Scouters and youth have thoroughly enjoyed the two challenges, Great 8 and Around the World. The challenges have provided us with great program material and learning opportunities. They have encouraged us to return to the basics of Scouting and have been very beneficial during times of virtual Scouting.

Is your group planning to participate in the next Claim the Flame winter challenge?

The 1st CBS Scouts Group is excited to participate in the Claim the Flame winter challenge. This challenge is a great opportunity for us to work on some of the Outdoor Achievement badges and get outside. Going into week 2 of the winter challenge, our youth are looking forward to getting out and playing in the snow! Eastern Newfoundland has had quite an underwhelming winter to date.  

Claim the Flame

We’re right in the middle of the Claim the Flame Challenge and it’s amazing to see all the wintery adventures youth are having from coast to coast.  The focus for the Claim the Flame Challenge is two-fold: Winter Outdoor Adventure Skills and Youth-Led. We’re excited to see so many of our youth embrace the youth-led component and promote the Challenge and Scouts Canada in their communities.  Here are just some of the great news stories:

 

What's New

Scout Seeds – Thyme to Start Planting (& shipping is included!)

The Scouts Seeds fundraiser kicked off on February 1st and runs until March 31st. Has your group signed up yet?  Like last year, we’ve partnered with our 100% Canadian supplier Make it Sow to offer an excellent variety of seed kits.

Groups will receive up to 40% of the retail price of the product as profit and more than 5% will be allocated to the No One Left Behind (NOLB) program. Not only a great fundraiser, Scout Seeds is also a great opportunity to tie in the SDGs (Scouts for Sustainability program) to your own programming. 

This year, all advertised prices includes shipping. What you see and what your customer sees is one price, with no additional costs.

Make sure to register your group soon and check out the Fundraising Trello Board to find all the resources you need to run a successful campaign.

LiveDifferent – Circles

We are looking for Venturers, Rovers and Scouters age 14–26 to help lead our Circles program as Facilitators. 

Scouts Canada has partnered with LiveDifferent, a youth focused organization that is passionate about making a difference in people’s lives through youth empowerment presentations, humanitarian build programs and leadership development opportunities.  

So, what are LiveDifferent Circles? 

Circles helps young people build relationships while gathering around important conversations. 

The six-week program helps youth adopt key lifestyle values while participating in meaningful discussions, engaging video content, and compassion-focused community projects.

To learn more about being a Facilitator or to participate in a Circle, visit scouts.ca/circles.

Canada will be sending a Canadian Contingent comprised of youth and adults from both Scouts Canada and L’Association des Scouts du Canada (ASC). Participants must have been born between 22 July 2005 and 31 July 2009, and only Scouts are eligible to participate.  

Registration is now open!!   

Visit us at scouts.ca/wj23 to register and for more information. Ongoing info can be found on our updated FAQ page.  

Our first Canadian Contingent newsletter is now live! Head over to our website and download your copy from our downloads page. Or click the link below to go right to the newsletter.  

Canadian Contingent Newsletter  

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And if you have any questions, please email us directly at wj23canadiancontingent@scouts.ca  

See you in South Korea in 2023!


Creative Services— Volunteer Opportunities

The Communications Functional Team is a collaborative team of volunteers and staff that help create branded resources and messaging to support Groups, Councils and other Functional Teams to drive standardization, integration and consistent communications across Canada.

The team has several open volunteer positions, including graphic designers and youth web developers and graphic designers.

For more information on open volunteer opportunities visit Volunteer Opportunities section.

Apply for a ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge Grant

The ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge is returning from June 1 – 30, 2022. Apply to the ParticipACTION micro-grant program by February 21 to receive up to $1,500 to support activities that get your community active during the challenge. ParticipACTION has earmarked a portion of the funds to specifically support multi-sport projects that engage women and girls through the Sport Canada Gender Equity Fund. To see if you are eligible, please read the grant guidelines or connect with Megan (ParticipACTION outreach coordinator) at projects@participaction.com

 

APPLY TODAY

Scouts for Sustainability badges on Scout Shop

Great News! The SDG badges are in the Scout Shop. If you have been waiting for the badges before starting to incorporate the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), now is a great time to check them out.

Each page on our website has activities for each goal, so you can try them out before embarking on a larger project.

Don’t forget to submit your activities on our Take Action Map so that we can see all the activities that you are doing to change the planet for the better. It is also fully incorporated into Scouts Tracker. Go check it out! 


Reconciliation in Youth Workshop

We are piloting a Trauma-informed Reconciliation in Youth Work workshop generously delivered by our board member Kayla Bernard. As Scouts Canada works through our Inclusion and Reconciliation journey, this workshop is a thought-provoking walkthrough on appropriate allyship, and provides some practical tools to enhance your Scouting contribution to the Inclusion journey on this land.

Thursday February 24 6pm PST / 9pm EST

Monday February 28 on 3pm PST / 6pm EST

Additionally, if there is a dimension of diversity and inclusion you would like to provide input on or believe you can provide valuable contributions to our audit, please submit your interest to become an audit contributor.

You will be contacted as opportunities arise. Thank you for your interest!

Scouts Canada & Chilly Moose – Joining Forces

We are pleased to announce our new partnership with a great Canadian company: Chilly Moose (Canadian “Cooler” & Drinkware Company). Chilly Moose’s core values and mission include protecting the environment, supporting great outdoor adventures through high quality, long-lasting gear, and giving back to the community - which strongly align with our own Scouting values and mission. As part of our partnership, Chilly Moose will start selling a co-branded tumbler in March, with $10 of each sale going towards our No One Left Behind program. Keep an eye out next month to get a great tumbler to take on your adventure all the while supporting a good cause. 

We’re also kicking off a new initiative with Chilly Moose and our Scouts for Sustainability program at the end of April. Chilly Moose is looking forward to supporting our Scouting groups with their environmental efforts and wants to encourage them to take their environmental programming to the next level. In the next few months, your Group could receive some great Chilly Moose prizes simply by organizing some SDGs related activities and sharing your projects with the Scouting community through our Take Action page. Help us show what an important impact Scouting Groups are making across Canada!   

Keep an eye out as this could translate into some great prizes for Scouting Groups. More to come at the end of April. In the meantime, check out all the wonderful gear you could be receiving on the Chilly Moose website.

Grizzly Den - Coming Soon to Ontario!

Coming soon to Sections in Ontario…the Grizzly Den! This exciting and friendly competition, supported by Hydro One, will allow Ontario Sections to pitch their upcoming adventures for additional funding which would allow Sections to take their adventures to the next level.

This amazing funding opportunity will allow Sections to dream big!

More details coming this spring.

Jump into Spring!

Spring is a great time to start to think about new growth. It can be on a personal level or in the world around you. This is the time to plant those seeds so that they can grow into a plant/ tree or a wonderful dream. Why not buy some Scouts Seeds and start off a beautiful garden full of flowers or vegetables that can be donated to the local food bank.

The next few months have Water Day — March 22nd, Earth Hour — March 26th (8:30PM local) and Earth Day on April 22nd. Try your hand at connecting the Sustainable Development Goals with all your great programming.

There are many activities in our finder that can set you up to have a wonderful, fun year.

Planning Your Spring Cycle

CAMPING IN PATROLS

By Scouter Alan Clapp – 8th Orleans, ON

In these strange times, we are being asked to camp in Patrols, (or Lairs, or Expedition Teams) instead of the large groups of the Pack, Troop or Company that many of us have done in the past. If camping by Patrols is new to you, I’m here to tell you to embrace it - you will only want to camp by small units in the future!

There are so many benefits to the youth when camping in small groups. When you camp as a Patrol, there is more opportunity for each youth member to experience leadership, cooking, fire lighting, dish washing etc. Picture a larger group, how many cooks do you need, two maybe three? What are the other youth doing? Free time and playing are worthwhile activities, but imagine instead of two youth cooking, you had two youth per patrol cooking, and the rest contributing to the success of the camp in other ways. The youth feel more involved, more connected and more part of the success of the camp. Each youth gets more chances to develop all of the skills required to camp, and yes this includes the “not fun ones” like dishes and garbage too. Everyone contributes and everyone feels a part of their Patrol.

So how do we pull this off successfully? Plan – Do – Review

Plan: Each Patrol (or Lair or Expedition Team) develops their own menu, which can vary from Patrol to Patrol. As Scouters, we monitor this process to make sure the menus follow the Canada Food Guide and as long as they do, we let them run with it. We offer guidance as to what might take too long to cook, or be really hard to clean up afterward, but they can choose to ignore our suggestions. It’s called learning, and it is a great opportunity to fail safely.

After the menu is drawn up, move to equipment. What will they need for the weekend? How many tents, tarps, ropes? What cooking equipment will they need. If this is the first time they have done this, they will need guidance (and maybe a lot of guidance), but that’s OK, that is what we are here for.

Then we draw up a Duty Roster. What jobs need to be done each day and who will do them? This ensures one youth doesn’t do all the fun stuff while another gets stuck with the less fun tasks. It also ensures that everyone gets the experience of cooking, or bear proofing the food and garbage. Typical jobs might be cooking, dishes, fire and fire wood, stoves and lanterns, (surprising to many youth, stoves and lanterns don’t refill themselves), food and garbage storage, water etc. Make sure these rotate on a fair schedule (daily, if possible). You may also need to make sure at the next camp that fairness is applied.  If a youth doesn’t get to cook at this camp, they do at the next one, for example.

Just a note; failure is a great teacher, as long as it is not degrading, or makes the whole weekend miserable. If during the equipment planning part, they forget to pick a frying pan, what do you do? You can remind them then and get them to add it to the list; you can bring an extra one to camp, and when they realize they don’t have it you can “loan” them one; or you can say “well you forgot it, you are stuck without one”. All three of these options might be appropriate depending on the level of experience of the Patrol and the level of consequence. Remember, our role as Scouters is to help them learn in a safe manner.

Do: When you set up at camp, make sure there is some separation between the Patrols. The more separation there is, the more they stay in their Patrols and work together.

Encourage the Patrols to work as a team. You want to make sure each member of the Patrol is contributing and not hiding when there is work to do. Remember the 80-20 rule, where 80% of the work gets done by 20% of the people? You want to make sure this does not happen and everyone contributes equally according to their ability. Make sure the Patrol Leader is getting everyone to do their jobs as per the Duty Roster.

Also, make sure the whole group gets together for some activities too, if it’s safe to do so. It’s great to work as a Patrol, but it’s also great to see the others. Wide games, camp fires, Scouts Owns are excellent opportunities for this.

Review: When you do your post camp review, simply do it in your Lairs, Patrols or Expedition teams. What did they do well? What did they learn and how will they make it better next time? Encourage notes to be taken at this stage, so they can apply the lessons to the next camp. “Those that don’t learn from History are doomed to repeat it”, like not bringing the butter again for the grilled cheese sandwiches.

Enjoy camping in your Patrols! 

3 Tips When Planning Your Spring Clean-up Activity

Rosemarie MartinRosemarie Martin is an active Scouter and Group Commissioner with 77th East Glenmore Group. “Shoreline Cleanups have been an activity that our Group has been doing for 10 or more years. The impact that we make for our environment and community is important and covers off many of the major Scouting program areas/badge requirements,” says Rosemarie. 

When considering Safety as a part of the planning process for your Spring Cleanup activity, Scouter Rose recommends:

  1. Be prepared - make sure everyone knows to bring work gloves. Have garbage bags and extra gloves available.
  2. Before starting, remind everyone to stay safe - as that is our first priority. If youth find hazardous material, make sure an adult in the Group is notified and the adult will flag it for pickup by the city/municipality or they will take care of it safely. For younger sections, ask youth what sorts of items they might find but shouldn’t touch to ensure everyone knows what garbage and waste is dangerous.
  3. Dress for the weather – we have held cleanups in less-than-ideal conditions (cool, rain) but if everyone is prepared, we can still pick up garbage! Have sunscreen at-the-ready in case of high UV index too.

Earth Day is on April 22 – when your Group is contributing to a better world, leaving it cleaner, or participating in a Cleanup, plan for safety.

Around the Campfire

As the snow starts to melt and we begin thinking ahead to spring and summer campfires, it’s always good to have a few new campfire songs and cheers to add to mix of old favourites.  Here are few new ones to try with your Group or Section this spring.

The Garden Song

(to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Dig, dig, dig your garden
Make it smooth and neat
Push, push, push that shovel
Push it with your feet 
Plant, plant, plant your seeds
Push them down an inch
Cover your seeds with some soil
Cover with a pinch 

Water, water, water your seeds
This will help them sprout
Spring light and let’s not pour
And don’t let them dry out 

Sun, sun, sun, sunshine
It will turn them green
Carrots and radishes and peppers, too
Tomatoes and some beans 

Watch, watch, watch them grow
See them grow so tall
Put a scarecrow in the ground
To protect them all 

Pull, pull, pull the weeds
Keep your garden clear
To make them grow up and out
And stretch out there and here 

Pick, pick, pick your feast
Cook some veggie soup
You’ll have lots and lots to eat
Enough to feed the group

There was a Tree (Chant)

(Repeat each line after the leader. Chant chorus all together and after each verse)

There was a tree
Just the prettiest little tree
That you ever did see 

Chorus:
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around 

And on that tree
There was a branch
Just the prettiest little branch
That you ever did see 

Chorus: Continue to add the different parts of the tree and then repeat in reverse order for the chorus
And the branch was on the tree,
And the tree was in the ground
And the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around 

And on that branch there was a twig, etc.
And on that twig there was a nest, etc. 
And in that nest there was an egg, etc.
And in that egg there was a bird, etc.
And on that bird there was a wing, etc.
And on what wing there was a feather, etc.
And on that feather there was a flea, etc. 

Last chorus:
And the flea was on the feather
And the feather was on the wing
And the wing was on the bird
And the bird was in the egg
And the egg was in the nest
And the nest was on the twig
And the twig was on the branch
And the branch was on the tree
And the tree was in the ground and the green grass grew all around, all around
And the green grass grew all around

Cheer – The Rain Cheer

(This cheer works best if everyone is sitting in a circle, but whatever shape your seating in will be fine. The person leading the cheer should start doing an action and moving quickly around the circle – inside the circle is best if there’s safe space between the circle and the fire. They should do each action and as they pass the audience, the audience should start doing the action. This will mean the different sounds move through like a wave.)

The resulting cheer should sound like a rainstorm that builds, reaches its peak and then calms.

1st action: rub your hands together

2nd action: snap your fingers

3rd action: slap your knees

4th action: stomp your feet

5th action: slap your knees

6th action: snap your fingers

7th action: rub your hands together

Scout Popcorn by the Numbers

It was another a-maizing fall Scout Popcorn fundraising campaign!  There were a few more challenges during this campaign than anticipated, but in true ‘Plan-Do-Review’ fashion the team is hoping to iron out as many bumps as possible so next year’s campaign runs smoothly.

391 groups from across Canada participated, selling over $841,036 in product. Group profits totalled over $260,550 with the No One Left Behind program also receiving $105,000. The top selling products were: Simple Mix, Family Size Flavour Bundle and the Sweet Mix. Over 3,700 crest were also sold!  


Top 5 Popcorn Selling Groups

144th Lake Bonavista Group $17,590
239th Northern Hills Group $16,551
1st Paradise Group $15,531
21st Capilano Group $14,640
288th Calgary Chinese Group $12,178

Top Selling Youth

Malcom – 2nd Gatineau Group $2,520
Liam – 19th Chatham Group $1,580
Tyson – 23rd Sarnia Group $1,315
April – 288th Calgary Chinese Group $1,220
Carter – 12th St. Albert Group $1,110

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Program Partners

Scouts Canada partners with numerous like-minded organizations, including these three highlighted below.   

 

Live Different

Youth are facing more challenges than ever, often with a common thread: a lack of connection and purpose. Scouts Canada has partnered with LiveDifferent to implement their Circles program for Scouts and Venturers across Canada. We will be creating virtual Circles so that youth can link with other members across the country and work together to create connections and do projects with a purpose. This six-week program will allow youth to meet new people, form new bonds and find more purpose in this ever-changing world. We are currently recruiting facilitators (Venturer-aged youth) and will soon open registration for participants (Troops/Patrols, Venturer Companies, or solo Venturers). Check out scouts.ca/Circles for more information.

Water Rangers

Water Rangers is a Canadian non-profit organization that provides educators and communities with easy-to-use water quality test kits, so that everyone has the tools they need to engage in water monitoring! Their open data platform means you can easily share your data with everyone. So far, thousands of volunteers in over 20 countries have joined the movement. Ready to dive in? Visit waterrangers.ca

Check out our co-branded resource with Water Rangers to get started.

  What's With Water

  Follow that Water

International Institute of Sustainable Development

IISD Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA) is the world’s freshwater laboratory—a natural laboratory comprised of 58 small lakes and their watersheds in northern Ontario that have been set aside for scientific research. IISD-ELA is best known for producing groundbreaking and policy-relevant scientific research on freshwater ecosystems. In 2021, IISD-ELA partnered with Scouts Canada to share resources on multiple Scouts activities, including We All Love Water and Pond Dip. Our favourite collaboration so far is on a new series of fire-related activities, on which IISD-ELA partnered with Indigenous knowledge keepers to provide the Scouts with resources on Anishinaabe traditional knowledge on sacred fire. The incredible staff at Scouts Canada even launched some brand-new activities to give everyone a chance to engage with these teachings! We are so excited for the new activities to launch, and we hope you will love them as much as we do.

  Discover Fire

  Prevent a Wildfire

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Mark your Calendars

February 

February 1–28 — Black History Month

February 14 — Valentine's Day

February 15 — National Flag Day of Canada

February 21–27 — Scout-Guide Week

February 22 — Sir Robert Baden-Powell's Birthday

February 23 — Pink Shirt Day

 

March 

March 8 — International Women’s Day

March 16 – Scout Scene Newsletter

March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

March 22 – World Water Day

March 26 – Earth Hour – 8:30PM local time

 

April 

April 13 – International Day of Pink

April 22 – Earth Day

April 24-30 National Volunteer Week

Coming up in the Next Edition of The Woggle

Tick and Lyme Disease Awareness and Summer Camps!


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