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Fun Safe Spring Adventures!

Spring is here, and Scouts are again gearing up for another season of Fun Safe Adventures! Spring is when the land around us comes back to life from the dormant winter season. Youth ideas are brought to life in scouting adventures, so let’s take to the outdoors this spring and Bring Ideas to Life with Scouts.

In this issue of the Woggle, we are looking at “going the distance” and trekking our way across the country with a new Spring Program initiative: Scout Trek – Coast to Coast. Also, this edition highlights a case study from the Safe Scouting team from a Beaver Colony with some lessons learned about keeping all our youth accounted for during overnight adventures. Lastly, don’t miss out on the great tips from our Scout Shop about selecting your next tent.

Make a fresh pot of your favourite Scout Coffee and read below.

This is The Woggle: Spring 2023.

(And in case you missed the last edition of The Woggle, you can find it here. You'll find even more songs, skits, games, camping hacks, articles, and recipes…)

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Safe Scouting: Case Study

During the winter months of 2022, a beaver group was having a sleepover event in a gymnasium. This was not their first sleepover.

All youth members entered their tents to go to bed. There was a Scouter positioned near each door. Two other Scouters were in a tent with their own youth.

However, one beaver, between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am, left the gymnasium and walked approximately 1km away from the gymnasium.

A neighbour outside their home saw the lost youth and called the police. At approximately 6 am, police contacted Scouters to notify them of the missing youth.

The youth was returned to his mother by police at approximately 6:30 am. 

This is one of every Scouter and Parent’s fears. Read more about how this incident happened. Collectively, we can all learn some valuable lessons from this incident.

Remember, if we can predict it, we can prevent it. If a risk cannot be lowered to a reasonable level, have confidence in being a champion of safety and change the plan to make it safer.


A beaver group was having a sleepover event in a gymnasium. This was not their first sleepover.

All youth members entered their tents to go to bed. There was a Scouter positioned near each door. Two other Scouters were in a tent with their youth.

One Youth, between the hours of 11pm and 6am left the gymnasium and walked approximately 1km after from the gymnasium.

A woman outside her home saw the youth and called the police. At approximately 6am, police contacted Scouters from Beavers to notify them of the missing youth. Youth was returned to his mother by police at approximately 6:30am. 



  1. The Scouters were all asleep during the time of the incident.
  2. There was no additional alarm/notification to be aware of the youth waking up or leaving the gymnasium.
  3. No safety briefing was held before hand establishing the buddy-system or similar practices for bathroom breaks or other activities. 


Safe Scouting Tip

Before participating in activities youth should take part in a Scouter led training session on concepts like:

  • Hug-a-Tree
  • The Buddy-system
  • What to do if they need help from a Scouter
  • What to do if you cannot sleep at an overnight activity


  1. Reinforce Camp Rules. Provide Refreshing on The Buddy-System and the principles of Hug-A-Tree more frequently.
  2. Door alarms for sleepovers and camps where possible.
  3. LED lantern or lights next to sleeping Scouters (outside their tent if camping outdoors in tents). If a youth wakes up, they will easily spot a leader to wake.
  4. Following local fire department guidelines to ensure beds can be moved easily/quickly in case of emergency, sleeping Scouters are placed directly across the door(s). Please check local Fire Department guidelines and standards for more information.
  5. Put in a Lights Outprocedure with the Scouters. (Ex. If lights out is at 11pm, ensure 2 Scouters are awake at least 30 minutes after lights out to ensure safety, all youth are okay, and no one needs to leave the gymnasium for any reason).
  6. Whenever possible – Increase ratios by having additional Scouters present. If you have a youth, get up and need to use the restroom - 2 Scouters go with them, you need to ensure to always maintain 2 Scouters in the gymnasium.

Spring Safety Week

Spring Safety Week, featuring the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Ph.D. - Research Associate and Guideline Developer for the Living Guideline for Pediatric Concussion Care, Dr. Jennifer Dawson, Dr Nick Reed, and Stephanie Cowley.

Our expert panel answered questions about how to identify, treat, and recover from a concussion with a focus on youth. Check out the latest advice.



Visit our Safety Week page for newly updated materials and all the resources available for the Spring Safety Week.


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Scout Trek — Coast to Coast

Jonathan and Matthew hikingHiking is an incredible way to challenge yourself physically and mentally while enjoying the beauty of nature. Recently, Scouter Vesna and her two kids, Jonathan (Cub) and Matthew (Beaver), hiked 55 kilometres over the course of 4 months and 12 different hikes as part of the Wilderness Rendezvous Hiking Challenge. When asked, Mathew reflected, “I liked looking for mushrooms and hiking with my mom. My favourite part was also finding rocks.”  

Well, Mathew, we have great news for you!

Inspired by the Wilderness Rendezvous Hiking Challenge, Scouts Canada is launching a NEW Spring/Summer Program Initiative called Scout Trek – Coast to Coast.

Hiking is an incredible way to challenge yourself physically and mentally while enjoying the beauty of nature. Recently, Scouter Vesna and her two kids, Jonathan (Cub) and Matthew (Beaver), hiked 55 kilometres over the course of 4 months as part of the Wilderness Rendezvous Hiking Challenge. When asked, Mathew reflected, “I liked looking for mushrooms and hiking with my mom. My favourite part was also finding rocks.”

“I liked looking for mushrooms and hiking with my mom. My favourite part was also finding rocks.”

Mathew continues to add, “Sometimes the hikes were too long, and my feet hurt.” In fact, the brand-new pair of shoes bought at the beginning had very little life by the end. Jonathan reflects on the hikes a bit differently, reflecting that “The most challenging parts of the hike is climbing uphill with my backpack full of water!”

Worn out shoeWith help from Vesna, the brothers planned their trails in well-known hiking routes along the Bruce Trail through the Niagara Region and Halton Hill in southern Ontario, with extra focus on exploring some fun stops along the way. By the end, Jonathan had set a lofty goal “to finish Bruce Trail before I go to university.”

Well, Jonathan, we have great news for you!

Inspired by the Wilderness Rendezvous Hiking Challenge, Scouts Canada is launching a NEW Spring/Summer Program Initiative Called Scout Trek – Coast to Coast.

Scout Trek offers a variety of ways to move, including hiking, biking, climbing, swimming, sailing, or any way you can think of to go the distance.

When combined with the kilometres of the 38,000+ Scouts across the country collectively, our journey will cross the vast and beautiful landscape of Canada. And visit some great Scout Camps along the way!

Learn more about the Scout Trek Coat to Coast Initiative.

Whether you're an experienced adventurer or just starting out, this initiative offers something for everyone. How far can you test your physical and mental strength and give you a taste of the incredible natural beauty that your part of Canada has to offer?

Scout Trek is designed to challenge you physically and mentally but also to highlight some of our great Scouts Canada Camps across the country.  …So, what are you waiting for? Download the Scouter’s Guide and start your adventures across Canada!

Learn More about Scout Trek – Coast to Coast


Borrelia Burgdorferi …
Hard to Say, Easy to Avoid

Tick and Lyme Disease Crest Design WinnerLyme disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, is spread through the bite of infected ticks. What is the best way to protect yourself from contracting Lyme disease? Preventing tick bites!

Earlier this year, we asked Scouts to put their creativity, knowledge, and talents into designing a crest, highlighting the importance of avoiding tick bites and highlighting Lyme disease awareness. We are thrilled with all the fantastic submissions. Congratulations to Calvin Bell from 1st Nottawa Group, in Shining Waters Council, for this inspiring design.

Coming Soon: next step is to have this created into a crest that will be available in the upcoming months.

How can I prevent a tick bite and Lyme disease?

  • Wear long sleeves and pants
  • Pull your socks over your pants so they can’t crawl in!
  • Use bug spray that has DEET
  • Stick to the trail and cleared areas
  • Wear light clothing so they are easier to spot on your body
  • When you take a break, check your clothes and entire body for ticks. Make sure to check all over your head, neck and behind your ears
  • Do an extra-thorough check at the end of the day
  • Purchase an effective tick remover
  • If you have a pet, check them for ticks before they come into the house after being outside



Scouts Canada Scholarship Program

Applications for the Scouts Canada Scholarship Program are now open! If you or someone you know are planning to attend a post-secondary institution in the 2023–2024 school year, and are currently an active and registered member of Scouts Canada, our Scholarship Program might be able to financially help you in your endeavours!

We see the Scholarship Program as a stepping-stone toward evolving the lives of today’s youth into the well-rounded, motivated adults of tomorrow. Scholarships are awarded to Scouting youth who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities, and a desire to create a better world.

The deadline for submission is June 30, 2023.

To learn more about the different scholarships and the application process — visit the Scouts Canada Scholarship page. Good luck! 



Land Conservancy and Stewardship is Brought to Life at Scouts

Bruce Trail Conservancy and Scouts Canada Team Up with a New Partnership

It is core to Scouts Canada’s mission for youth to experience a connection to the natural world by developing an appreciation for the stewardship of nature while making new friends through outdoor adventure—a new partnership between The Bruce Trail Conservancy and Scouts Canada will achieve just that.

Nature conservancy and scouting are not new. Especially when it comes to the Bruce Trail, let us introduce you to Scouter John from Greater Toronto Council. Hear about the story of his local Rover Crew and how they have been rebuilding the bird population along the Trail.


Land Conservancy and Stewardship a New Partnership: Scouter John’s Story

Scouter JohnScouter John from the Greater Toronto Council and volunteer for the Bruce Trail Conservancy is no stranger to restoration projects. In 2015 Scouter John’s Rover  Crew started making nesting boxes for the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC). They have now progressed to Stage 3 of the project, which involves organizing the cleaning and repair of the boxes annually and installing new ones. The crew has partnered with other Scout groups and the Toronto Bruce Trail Club to tackle more significant projects. The Bluebird nesting boxes contain the vacated nests of different bird species, including Eastern Bluebirds, Tree Swallows, Black-capped Chickadees, House Wrens, and Great-crested Flycatchers. They have also found Wood Duck nesting boxes that their Venturer Company made in 2017, bringing the project full circle.


Haliburton Scout Reserve – Scouter Development

Scouters, have you wanted to organize a weeklong camp with youth but were unsure of how it's done?

Come and experience and explore Haliburton Scout Reserve  just like a youth participant. Scouters will learn how to plan, organize and take their youth safely and confidently to HSR. During your week's stay, you will be able to participate in all the programming available for youth at HSR. Pick a week in either July or August, and let the Adventure begin. It's time to be a kid again!

Sunday July 16th - Saturday July 22nd, 2023 - Twister Point Site


Sunday August 13th - Saturday August 19th, 2023 - Big Bear Site


Scouter Scott's Story

Scouter Scott and his sonMeet Scouter Scott from Dundas Ontario.

"I'm thrilled to share my excitement for the upcoming week at Haliburton Scout Reserve as a Scouter. I am looking forward to all these new adventures since I did not experience them as a youth. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and bonding over the campfire, and sharing stories under the stars.

I’ve heard so much about all the programming – sailing, paddleboarding, archery, rappelling, etc. There are so many firsts that our youth can experience at HSR. I want to give those opportunities to my youth in my section, and this week will allow me to expand my knowledge on taking youth into the outdoors. I will learn how to mentor and coach youth and consider the safety and well-being of the youth. I will have plenty of chances to expand and practice my Outdoor Adventure Skills as I experience HSR through the lens of a youth.

Most importantly, I'm looking forward to creating unforgettable memories that I'll cherish for years to come. Camping offers a unique opportunity to disconnect from technology and reconnect with what matters most – our loved ones, ourselves, and the natural world. This is an opportunity for Scouters to experience new things, explore their skills and discover their thing.

I can't wait to share my experiences from the trip with others and inspire them to explore the great outdoors. The countdown is on, and I'm ready for an adventure of a lifetime!" Retro Camp...Be a kid again- Here I come!



Registration: $499 

Sunday, July 16 to Saturday, July 23 — Twister  

Sunday, August 13 to Saturday, August 19 — Big Bear Point  

*20 max. participants — 2 patrols 

Is More Than One Moose, Meese?

New Product in our Scouts Line-up

Following the success of our co-branded Chilly Moose — Scouts Canada tumbler launched in 2022, we are pleased to announce that we are building on our partnership with our friends at Chilly Moose and introducing two new products. You can purchase two exceptional co-branded Chilly Moose — Scouts Canada water bottles. Whether you’re looking for a perfectly sized bottle to send with your Scouts at school or during their Scouting adventures, or whether you’d like to find a durable, double-wall vacuum insulated bottle for your various needs, we’ve got you covered!

Visit the Chilly Moose website to find out more about the co-branded 25oz Whitney model and the 14oz Jasper model.

Thyme has Run Out

Scout fundraising is an essential part of supporting your group activities and adventures. Scout Seeds was a great opportunity.

Gardening is a popular pastime and fun activity for families to do with their kids, and they make a great fundraising product for Scouts.

Here are some updates on the campaign so far:

  • 261 Groups Registered
  • $65,000 raised so far

The store closed on April 30th.

By selling seeds, you not only raise funds for your Scout Group but also promote sustainable and eco-friendly practices. Encourage your customers to plant their seeds and watch them grow, and remind them of the positive impact they can have on the environment.

Remember, fundraising is a team effort, and everyone in your group can play a role in making your Scout Seed sale a success. With some planning and effort, you can raise the funds you need to support great safe scouting adventures while promoting a love of gardening and the great outdoors.

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Gear Guide: Tenting Basics

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In Scouts, we need equipment and gear that doesn’t just work in the great outdoors but thrives in them. In the coming edition of the Woggle, we will showcase some guides to help you learn, select, and get the most out of your gear. This season we are focussing on your shelter.

When planning great Scouting adventures, the reality is that nearly half of your time in the outdoors is spent sleeping. Getting a good night’s rest is one of the essential components of a fun and safe experience.  To get a good night’s rest, you need a safe, comfortable shelter.

Mackenzie 4 tentWe Recommend The Mackenzie 4 — Eureka/Scouts Collaboration

The Mackenzie 4 by EUREKA! is specially made for Scouts Canada.

Modelled after the El Captain Tent but with scouting youth in mind, this tent is an excellent choice for your scouting adventures and is an unbeatable price of $329.99

These tents are as tough as the campers they cover.

Get yours today. Limited quantities available. 


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Here are a few things to consider when selecting your perfect Scouting shelter.


Mackenzie 4 tentArguably the first place to start your selection journey is to identify the season you’ll be using your tent. A summer tent is typically built using lighter fabrics, has much more airflow to keep you cooler on hot summer nights, and aside from a heavy thunderstorm, summer tents tend to have less structural integrity. This makes them lighter to backpack with but unsuitable for supporting heavy snowfall on top of the tent.

Winter or 4-Season tents have a more rigorous build. They often have more poles and are heavier. Airflow is still crucial, while winter camping moisture will accelerate the risks of hypothermia. Hence, winter tents often have vents strategically placed to allow the moisture in your breath to escape while keeping the heat from your body from dissipating too quickly into the environment.

3-Seaon tents are an excellent go-between the lightweight summer tent and the rugged winter tents; they balance airflow and structural integrity to be able to breathe and also sustain a light snow load.

Number of People:

For a new camper or quartermaster of a Scout group. The number of people in-tent is a funny quirk. Often when a tent is advertised as sleeping a certain number of people, the manufacturers seem to think people enjoy being squished together like sardines in a can. Scouting adventures are all about safe, fun adventures, and part of the fun is getting a bit messy; after a long day hiking with some of our best friends, the last thing we want to do is crawl into bed with our noses snuggled up to their smelly feet.

Our advice is to purchase a tent for one extra person then needed, let’s call it “breathing room” so that you have enough room in the tent to move around a bit. Extra room in your tent is also a good idea for those days with less-than-ideal weather and your activities need a warm, dry place to let a storm pass by.

Get yours today. Limited quantities available.

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