Scout Paddle Night

With stations including orientation, throw bag rescue, basic paddling & canoe rescue our recent Paddle Night was both fun and informative

Our thanks to the Nepean Rover Crew.


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Scout Trees 2012

The 3rd Ottawa Scouts participated in the 2012 edition of the annual ScouTrees campaign on Saturday, 2012 May 05.

( It was at same site in the East-end that we’ve worked at for the past few years.
That’s good because the Scouts can see the re-forestation progress made year-over-year.)

As in previous years, we met at the church early on on Saturday morning, drove in convoy to the site, planted hundreds of saplings, enjoyed a pizza lunch, then headed back to the church for pickup around 1:00pm.

A few highlight pictures are attached (Click to advance)

Cubs: Spring camp at Otter Lake

Hello Cub Parents,

Our spring camp this year will be just with the 3rd Ottawa pack, at Camp Otter Lake, which is owned by Scouts Canada, and actually located on Hughes Lake outside the town of Otter Lake, Quebec (I know – that is confusing).

The camp takes place June 1-3, 2012 and this campsite is well liked by the cubs, because of its unusual and fun shape – a bowl-like valley through which the Cubs love to play manhunt and capture the flag – as well as one of the best campfire locations in the Ottawa area, on a large table rock right beside the lake.  We are planning on lots of fun and night time activities, as well as some good hiking in the area – the lake has several beavers and we will certainly find downed trees and evidence of other animals.

Make sure you have this weekend booked off for the Cub year-end camp – it is always a fun one! There are directions and links to the camp on our Campsites page under the Resources link.


A water fountain for Westminster

The old fountain at Westminster

The old fountain at Westminster

The new fountain

The new fountain

Parents of 3rd Ottawa youth know that in our primary meeting area, the Westminster gym, there existed an old water fountain that, unfortunately, did not function.  Our last meeting place at Westboro had a functioning fountain that was used at every meeting, sometimes more than once, by the youth. It seems the fountain at Westminster had drainage issues, leaked, and was an older porcelain model that harboured germs and bacteria, and was not up to current code.

As the 3rd Ottawa had a very real and present need for a new fountain, and other groups that use the church would certainly make use of one as well, the 3rd Ottawa group committee decided to donate a fountain to the church.  It is a common practice for Scouting groups to make donations of items, time, and effort to their sponsors – recently the 97th Ottawa donated a new kitchen sink to Woodroffe United.

This past Thursday, the new water fountain was installed and ready to use.  As a result, your youth – and all the users of the church – will now have easy access to fresh, cool tap water at our meetings (the fountain is not refrigerated or powered, the water is at pipe temperature).

Enjoy!  The fountain is located in the hallway from the gym to the lower hall, next to the washroom.

Cub Car Rally 2012

The Heritage Area Cub Car Rally took place this year on March 31, 2012 at the old Ottawa Tech High School.  Roughly 180 cubs showed up with some amazing cub cars this year.  From fast, sleek cars with the look of muscle cars, to animal cars (including zebras, an elephant, a snake and more), to all sorts of car and truck designs.

The 3rd did not win any trophies this year at the Heritage event, but we did have some excellent and fast cars – which was proven in our pack rally on April 3 when the three talented cubs pictured below won first, second and third in speed.  The sumptuous, one-of-a-kind, handmade trophies they are holding we manufactured lovingly by our own Rikki (Steven Molnar).

Great job on the cars this year!

Three winning cubs

Leaders trained on WordPress

On Thursday March 8, some of the leaders of the 3rd Ottawa gathered and learned how to manage and edit the new 3rd Ottawa WordPress site.  The session featured not only learning how to edit the site, but an immediate start to collaboration on the features on the site, functionality, uses, and even naming conventions.

The 3rd Ottawa website just became a community effort!  It was a fun and interactive session with sweet homemade treats from Connie, chocolates as a reward for good questions and comments from Nancy G., donations of beverages and chocolates from Nancy P. and Steven M., and great ideas and participation from all who attended – thank you all.

Parents, youth and leaders can look forward to new content and new capabilities out of the 3rd Ottawa site, and through our Leader resources page we are going to share what we build with the larger worldwide Scouting movement (and in fact have already started!)

We will be holding another training session in April for any leaders who would like a refresher or who could not attend.