Scouts Winter Camp 2014

gopr4309We held our annual Scout Winter Camp for Winter 2014 Jan 17-19

Like the previous couple of years we held this camp at the beautiful facilities at Gracefield.  We headed out in the morning of January 17 and were setting up tents and piling snow for Quinzees by noon.
Saturday morning was beautiful and after a satisfying boiling-bag meal we excavated our Quinzees.
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Some of the scouts had a chat with coyotes
In the afternoon we hiked up to the look-out (through some pretty deep snow) and did some compass work

In the evening we had some stories and songs around the campfire under the starry sky

..before sleeping snug in our Quinzees
It was the first winter camp experience for 8 youth & 2 Scouters and all of us slept in Quinzees
Sunday morning saw us packing up, after working hard to bring down our Quinzees and working on a fire-lighting challenge.

Here are some more pictures (click to advance)

 

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

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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 Scouts Summer Camp 2013: June 29-July 6

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Having a troop summer camp used to be a standard practice for Scouting.  Over the last few years our troop has been having 5 camps spread through the scouting year with a three day camp in June.  This year we have decided to trim back one of our regular camps to allow for a week long camp at the start of summer….

When: Saturday June 29 to Saturday July 06

Where: Haliburton Scout Reserve:

Haliburton Scout Reserve (HSR) is one of the largest semi-wilderness Scouts Canada camps in Ontario with almost 5000 acres of forest and lakes. With most camp sites only accessible by boat, HSR offers a unique camping environment.

The camp has an on-site doctor, nurse and medical facilities that are open 24-hours, a grocery store and a souvenir shop.

Belonging to Scouts Canada, Greater Toronto Council,  HSR is located just south of Algonquin park.

What:  HSR offers a variety of fun and adventurous activities to enjoy including: canoeing, rappelling, rock climbing, snorkeling, mountain biking and archery & more with program delivery staff on-site.

Cost:  Approximately $400-500 for the week depending on cost of transport to & from the site

Scouts Winter Camp 2013

We have had our annual Winter Camp for Winter 2013 Jan 25-27

Like the previous couple of years we held this camp at the beautiful facilities at Gracefield.  We headed out in the morning of January 25 and were setting up tents and piling snow for Quinzees by noon.

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Saturday morning was beautiful and after a satisfying boiling-bag meal we excavated our Quinzees.  In the afternoon we rolled across the lake..Well some of us anyways!

In the evening we had some stories around the campfire and a night hike under the starry sky, before sleeping snug in our Quinzees

Here are some more pictures (click to advance)

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!

Klondike Derby 2013

"Cougars" travel between stations

On Sat., Feb.09 2013 the 3rd Ottawa Scouts entered  in the annual Heritage Area Klondike Derby which took place at Wakefield, QC this year.

This event in it’s 49th year, with over 20 challenges ranging from compass and fire skills to physical challenges like the infamous gully crossing 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!  Indeed they finished with 186 points, just half a point back of the overall trophy winners.  Congratulations Scouts on a great effort and fantastic result.

Klondike 2013 Trophy

 

Go 3rd Ottawa!