By Annabelle Loder, Youth Spokesperson
Looking back on 2015, this year seems to have flown by for Scouts across Canada. Scouting activities started right away in January with the annual Safety Week from January 18th to the 24th. Great resources were produced and shared for all Scouters, youth members and their families.
Scout-Guide Week took place February 15th to the 22nd. This is an important part of our Scouting tradition and is an opportunity to recognize the great work our Volunteers do. During that week many Scout Groups held banquets, ceremonies and joint events with both Scouts and Guides.
Good Turn Week this past year was held from April 25th to May 3rd. In 2015, many Scout Groups joined in and helped out their communities. They did this in many different ways including clean-ups of local parks, collecting food for local food banks or electronic waste collections.
Throughout the year Scouts Canada has been leading the way along the Canadian Path. Information sessions were held across Councils providing the tools and information for Leaders to ensure that their Groups are heading out on the Path. This year saw the launch of the adventure maps and symbolic themes for each Section. We also saw the unveiling of the Outdoor Adventure Skill Pathways. The new Scouter’s Manual was also released in two parts this past September and October.
From coast to coast, July was Jamboree month not only in Canada but also around the world. Both the Pacific Jamboree and ScotiaJam took place that month at either end of the country. Scouts had the opportunity to not only go to either one of these Jamborees but also a Canadian contingent attended the World Scout Jamboree held in Japan from July 28th to August 8th. These camps gave the opportunity for many Scouts to experience new adventures and make new friends.
September was the start of a new Scouting year. For many groups this was their first steps along the Canadian Path. Youth-led programming started to grow. The excitement and accomplishments lit up social media.
November was busy with the Annual General Meeting in Montreal. This was an exciting moment as we welcomed John Estrella and Caitlyn Piton as the new National Commissioner and National Youth Commissioner.
A big day in December was Giving Tuesday. Everyone knows about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but Giving Tuesday provides people the opportunity to help others out. This year Scouts Canada encouraged people to support the No One Left Behind Fund. A success with the fund being increased to $450,000 to ensure that more youth could experience just how great Scouting is.
With January here, it is time to start thinking about all the new and great adventures that Scouting and the Canadian Path will lead us to in 2016!