Camp cooking volunteers needed, and half-year memberships

Hello 3rd Ottawa parents,

I hope your youth are enjoying the 3rd Ottawa this year – we have had some very active sections and done a number of really fun and adventurous activities in all of them – whether it was the Beavers swimming at Dovercourt or the Scouts and Venturers building a toboggan run into a quinzhee, this has been a great year.

In May, we are planning the first (at least that any of us remember) “All Sections” camp at Scouts Canada Camp Otter Lake.  “All Sections” means the Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers will all be taking part in the weekend.  It should be a ton of fun, particularly during the group meals and campfires.  I guarantee your youth will come home singing new songs (and sorry if they sing them constantly for a while).  We are looking for parent volunteers to help us out in our group kitchen.  It’s a lot of work and standing, there isn’t any running water, you’re working outside, and it will be a nearly constant effort of either cooking or washing.  That said, you will be around dozens of happy youth, help keep them energized and having fun, and maybe learn a few things about big group camps.  Several experienced camp cooks will be on site, so all you need is a willingness to do the work and a spirit for adventure.  Please contact Tim Welch (welcht at gmail dot com) if you are up for it!

Regarding memberships, Scouts Canada has introduced reduced-rate half-year memberships for $95 from February – June.  If your youth wants to bring a friend, this is a great opportunity to have them try out Scouting.  Contact your leader to find out more.

Happy Easter and look forward to seeing you soon!

Tim Welch, Group Commissioner

Apple Day – Sept. 28, 2013 at Real Canadian Superstore on Richmond Rd.

For decades you have seen the Beaver, Cub and Scout groups providing apples to the community as a “thank you” for supporting Scouting in the community (and accepting donations if you would like).  We are really happy to be the oldest continually operating Scouting group in Ottawa, having been a part of the Westboro area since 1914.

On Sept. 28, 2013 our youth will be at the main parking lot entrance to the Real Canadian Superstore on Richmond Road, polishing and providing apples – come on over and say hello to some of the youth and enjoy a wonderful crisp apple as you shop.

Apple Day is a traditional fundraising event that started right here in Canada. This is an annual event that provides our Scouting youth with an opportunity to show their appreciation to the general public for their support throughout the year. Our youth distribute apples as a way of saying “Thank You” to the community. Donations are accepted in exchange, but apples are not sold.

We look forward to seeing you!

3rd Ottawa Cub leader receives commendation

We are pleased to announce that Dave Fortier, the Akela of our Cub Pack at the 3rd Ottawa, received a Certificate of Commendation this week at our monthly Group Committee meeting, along with a very nice letter from the Governor General (the Patron Scouter of Scouts Canada).  Dave works tirelessly to put on a great Cub program, along with his experienced Cub leadership team.  Our pack remains a sellout every year for the past 5+ years.

In real life, Dave is a Director at PiP Animation, an award-winning local animation studio, and is highly active at Churchill School, the Rideau Canoe Club, and much more.  We are proud of Dave’s work at the 3rd Ottawa and know that our youth are having a great Cub Scout experience.

2013-2014 Scouting season is upon us

Once again, the Scouting year is gearing up.  2012 was a big year for the 3rd Ottawa – lots of fun events and camps, culminating for the Scouts in a summer adventure at Camp Haliburton where they took part in everything Scouting from canoeing, hiking and swimming to archery and riflery! What a great way to cap off an amazing year.  The Beavers and Cubs both had some incredible events over the year as well, and the group enjoyed our new Beaver Buggy / Cub Car / Scout Truck track for the first time at area events.

This year holds a lot of promise – a warm fall, area campsites in good shape (not too dry so campfires are ok), and enough water in our waterways to ensure some fun after a hike.  This is a great time to be in the Scouting movement – we have grown for three years in a row and so many new youth are realizing that having fun and adventure happens when you aren’t staring at a digital screen – no matter how high a resolution it is.

For the leaders in Scouting, we are enjoying renewed training programs and components meant to help us be better leaders, help us guide your youth in their adventure, have safe but challenging adventures, and of course, keep all of our youth members safe.  Many training programs are now wholly mandatory before anyone can be with a youth member of Scouts Canada – these include interviews, Police Record Checks, Child and Youth Safety, the famous Woodbadge leadership training program, and more.  Everyone at the 3rd Ottawa is dedicated to ensuring our youth have fun and adventure in a safe and welcoming environment.

What a great year for Scouting!


Two 3rd Ottawa Leaders recognized

As we near the end of the 2012-2013 Scouting season, now is a particularly busy time for leaders in all sections as camps, outdoor adventures, swim-up and other key activities take place – all guided by the efforts of dedicated volunteers.

Tonight, two of the 3rd Ottawa section volunteers were the first recognized under the new Outstanding Service Awards (OSA) program launched by Scouts Canada this year.  The new program aims to recognize high quality programs and the volunteers who enable them more regularly and under more fair processes.  As part of the OSA, for example, length of service was removed as a measure to receive an award; this enables good volunteers of any length of service to participate.  The program is driven by feedback from the Scouting community, parents and youth involved in the Scouting program.

Mike Seufert, a Troop leader, and Wesley Rodney, or “Turtle” a Beaver leader, were both awarded the Certificate of Commendation for Service to Scouting, along with a certificate and a special badge to wear on their uniforms.  Mike has worked tirelessly in the Cub and Scout sections to drive quality programs and give the youth the adventure promised in the Scouting program; his energy and enthusiasm for the programs shine through, working with the team of Troop leaders to do everything from long hikes to trips to Germany.  Wesley works to provide an unparalleled Beaver program for our youngest members, who enjoy his boundless energy and drive to provide quality programs – along with the entire team of Beaver leaders (he would want us to say that!)

Congratulations to Mike, Wesley, and all of our Colony, Pack and Troop leaders who provide such amazing programs to our youth at the 3rd Ottawa.  You inspire us all!

Sincerely Yours in Scouting,

Tim Welch
Group Commissioner
3rd Ottawa

3rd Ottawa gets a new Race Track!

The 3rd Ottawa is the proud owner of a brand new Race Track for the Beaver Buggies, Kub Kars, and Scout Trucks.  In 2012 the Group Committee determined that the 20+ year-old wooden track the 3rd was using had reached the end of its service time.  Nicks and bumps and irregularities in the surface of the track were causing cars to crash unexpectedly and causing disappointment in the youth.

After some research, the Group Committee decided to purchase a track instead of building one – many of the leaders are very busy and it was determined this would be both cost effective and easier for all involved.  That said, it will also be a track that lasts a long time – we have purchased a track made of extruded aluminum, along with an electronic finish line – a purchase that should give the 3rd Ottawa decades of racing excitement.

In February, 2013 a former Cub and Scout, Eric Welch, along with Tim (his Dad and Group Commissioner) built a pine and birch carrying case for the track and all of its components.

Curious?  For parents and youth in the 3rd, join us at our pot luck on Feb. 20 and check out the new track!

Nov.11, 2012 – Remembrance Day

On Sunday, Nov.11, 2012, the 3rd Ottawa will be participating in the 10:30am service at Westminster Presbyterian and then serving coffee and tea after the service.

During the Remembrance Day service, we will have one of the 3rd Ottawa youth lay a wreath with a veteran.

We look forward to seeing as many youth, parents and leaders as possible at the service.  For more information contact the leaders in your Section.

Tim Welch

Welcome to the 2012-2013 Scouting season

Hello Scouters and families,

Welcome to a new Scouting year at the 3rd Ottawa, it is a year of change and growth for the 3rd.  Our Group Committee and some of our leadership teams are seeing some changes, however with lots of continuity to maintain our excellent programs.

Our registration night will be Sept.5, 2012 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Westminster Presbyterian, and everyone should note that our Beaver and Cub sections are once again quite full; this is a testament to our excellent program.  Our Scouts have room only because so many of them are now of Venturer age; and there is a plan to have a Venturer Company once again at the 3rd this year – this is great news!

I have accepted the role of Group Commissioner, taking over from Stephen McFaul who has ably and professionally provided support to the 3rd for several years.  Stephen’s unwavering support and quiet work in the background has made our group run like clockwork during his tenure, and our relationship with headquarters consistent and clear; his calm approach to everything is one I would like to emulate – I would like to thank, and I know all of the leaders join me in thanking Stephen for his excellent service to the 3rd Ottawa.

At the same time, I will be stepping down from a decade at the helm of the Cub section.  I could not be more pleased to have David Fortier stepping into the Akela position, and look forward to his leadership and fun style at Cubs.  David has served the 3rd in both Cubs and Scouts, and brings lots of experience and energy to the role, along with a patience I admire – he’ll be a great Akela.

Wes Rodney and Mike Seufert will continue their outstanding programs in Beavers and Scouts, respectively, and will be aided by new leaders as well as existing ones.  Mike will also be helping out in Cubs.  Our leadership teams in all Sections remain strong and everyone brings new experiences and expertise to the group.  It looks like a great year ahead!

Yours in Scouting,

Tim Welch


Cubs Otter Lake Camp

The 3rd Ottawa spring Cub Camp at Otter Lake was a blast.  Despite the (at times heavy) rain on Friday and Saturday nights, we enjoyed games, hiking, good food, then swimming (for some!) and a fantastic campfire on the lake.

We had a campfire going most of the weekend near our cooking shelter, and the Cubs themselves rekindled it from ashes on Sunday morning (under the watchful eye of a few leaders – they did a good job!)

One of our swimming cubs

Roasting marshmallows is part of the Cub experience

The food this camp was plentiful and traditional – eggs, bacon, spaghetti, beans and hotdogs.  Added to that was a Canadian treat, bannock (in essence, the dough for scones cooked over a fire).  Cubs wrapped their hot dogs in bannock, roasted it on a fire and – voila, instant delicious treat.

A great camp, with great leaders, and fantastic cubs!