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

Heritage Area Klondike Derby 2015

On Sat., Feb.07 2015 the 3rd Ottawa Scouts entered  in the annual Heritage Area Klondike Derby which took place at Lac Beauchamp, QC this year.

This event is in its 51st year, with over 20 challenges ranging from hill traverse and fire skills to physical challenges like the infamous gully crossing. Success demands a high level of teamwork and cooperation.

We are proud to say that our team of Scouts, a mix of first, second & third year scouts competing as “mongoose patrol”  won FIRST PLACE in their category for the event! (Intermediate Category) Congratulations Scouts on a great effort and fantastic result.

3rd Ottawa Venturers supported the event this year, serving 70 litres of hot chocolate at morning & afternoon stations, paying back for their past years of lounging at the HC station.

Go 3rd Ottawa!

Venturer Winter Camp

The 3rd Ottawa Venturer Company held their 2015 Winter Camp Jan 30-Feb 1 at Johnson Lake in the Pontiac.

We had classic winter weather with lows in the mid -20s.  Activities included building a super quinzhee (slept 7), doing some ice fishing, and inventing a new sport…Quinzheebogganing.

Click this link to see a video….Quinzheebogganing

Scout Winter Camp 2015

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3rd Ottawa Scouts enjoyed a brisk winter camp Jan 16-19, 2015.  With the temperature plunging to -30 Saturday AM, it was one of our coldest winter camps to date.   We had to scrounge a bit to find enough snow for our quinzees, but they set up solidly!

With the colder weather, a bit more energy was spent staying warm, but we managed to get in  a spectacular star hike with the milky way clearly visible (no moon), some stories around the campfire, and a bit of tobogganing too.

Click through the slides…

 

Great Canadian Chill 2015

Leaders from all sections (Beavers, Cubs Scouts & Venturers) and 3 members of the 3rd Ottawa Venturer Company participated Jan 1st, 2015 in the Great Canadian Chill…..a quick dip in the Ottawa river.

This event is a great way to start the year & raises funds to support research & services for families affected by Childhood cancers.

3rd Ottawa was the top group fundraiser for the event!

 

 

ROVENT 2014

 

Despite some borderline weather, ROVENT 2014 was a great experience for our Company, 003 Venturers.  We arrived in darkness to Camp Opemikon swarming with almost 350 Guides, Venturers & Rovers.  We managed to find a few square feet to pitch our tents & mingled with the masses at mug-up after munching some brownies (didn’t quite make it to the tastiest treat competition)…

Saturday featured a noble quest, medieval tests of bravery, agility & strength, testing of catapults (the range was a bit short for ours) and a bit of a siege!

 

The day ended with a banquet, dance/campfire and as much of The Hobbit movies as the Company could stay awake for….

 

Sunday started with an offer of service that included transporting the OPE docks for winter storage..apparently they steer just like you’d expect…That’s our guys at the stern.

 

 

Overall an awesome camp, I’m sure we’ll be back next year….

Some more pictures are here…

Fall 2014 Scouts Investiture Ceremony

 

On October 06 (a breezy fall night) 3rd Ottawa Scouts hiked down to an investiture ceremony on Westboro beach.  Members of the 003 Venturer company provided some ambiance with a beachside fire (well contained of course…we are the good guys).   New members of the troop sweated over recitation of the Motto, Law and Promise

3rd Ottawa Venturers Trebuchet build

The 3rd Ottawa Venturer company got together for a few hours on the weekend to work on a Trebuchet for the upcoming ROVENT.

 

A variety of raw materials were turned into a mobile trebuchet.

With a bit of tuning we are now ready for medieval madness!

Trebuchet tuning video

Here are a few images

Klondike Derby 2014

On Sat., Feb.08 2014 the 3rd Ottawa Scouts entered  in the annual Heritage Area Klondike Derby which took place at Wakefield, QC this year.


This event is in it’s 50th year, with over 20 challenges ranging from hill traverse and fire skills to physical challenges like the infamous gully crossing. Success demands a high level of teamwork and cooperation.

We are proud to say that our team of Scouts, a mix of first, second & third year scouts competing as “cougar patrol”  won FIRST PLACE in their category for the event! Congratulations Scouts on a great effort and fantastic result.

3rd Ottawa “Cougar” Patrol takes Junior Category

 

Go 3rd Ottawa!