Welcome 2014/2015

Welcome to the new season for the Brooklin Scouts.

 I hope that you and your family have had a terrific summer. We are working on what we believe will be an interesting and challenging program for the Scouts.

UNIFORM:

The official Scout uniform is shown in the Scouts Canada Catalog and consists of a green shirt and long tan pants. We will supply the necker.

The youth are welcome to wear their new uniform to meetings. It is not essential that our new scouts have all of their uniform from day one. It is normal to have a full uniform by investiture time.

Please encourage your child to take pride in his/her uniform. If you choose not to buy the official pants, any other tan pants will do. For our regular meetings, jeans and the activity shirt are also acceptable.

Durham Catholic Board of Education regulations require that everyone using their facilities wear clean non-marking footwear. Children arriving without the proper footwear will be required to remove their shoes or boots and may not be able to participate in any of the games due to the increased risk of injury. Just like going to school, “Indoor Shoes” are required.

Many of our activities can (and should) take place outside the school. Be aware that we look on the neighborhood as part of our meeting area. Please ensure that your youth brings appropriate outer wear to every meeting.

When we go on outings, the Scouts should dress appropriately for the weather. Scout shirts & neckerchiefs should be worn. .

INVESTITURE:

The youth will be receiving special instruction from the leaders to acquaint them with the ways of the Troop and to prepare for their investiture into our Troop. The Investiture of the youth and new leaders will be scheduled later in October or early November. We would ask that the parents attend the ceremony. Further details will be provided when they have been confirmed.

OUTINGS:

Parental permission forms are no longer required. However, for planning purposes, “Interest Participation” forms will be sent home for various outings/activities outside of our normal meeting locations. Please ensure that all are submitted promptly so your child will not miss out on the activities.

REGISTRATION FEES & WEEKLY DUES:

The entire registration fee paid goes to Scouts Canada. Our weekly dues and fund raising efforts help pay for our badges, neckerchiefs, craft supplies and equipment.

The dues of two dollars is requested weekly. The collection of the dues helps to instill responsibility in the Scouts. Since dues are an important portion of our budget, we request that they be paid even for meetings that the child does not attend.

In addition, there will be requests for fees for outings and camps.

Scouts Canada policy is that everyone should be able to participate in the Scouting programs regardless of ability to pay. If you are unable to pay for the registration fees, dues, activity fees, or uniforms, please contact a member of the group committee.

SCOUT SHOPS:

Uniforms (and Christmas presents) for the Scouts may be purchased at two locations:

 Samac Scout Shop, 1711 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa, L1G 4Y1  Tel: (905) 725-5722

Toronto Scout Shop, 10 Kodiak Cres Unit 120,  Toronto, M3J 3G6 Tel: (416) 490-6313

MEETINGS:

Meetings will be held Tuesdays, from 8:00 until 9:30 p.m. starting September 16th, 2014. at St Bridget Catholic School on Carnwith Drive, just east of Ashburn Road. In the event there is a time change, we will advise everybody.

Punctuality is important to minimize interruptions to the program activities. If your scout arrives late, he/she may be requested to wait until the completion of the current activity before joining in the group.

Occasionally our meeting space is cancelled at the school due to school activities. When we receive sufficient notice from the Board of Education we try to plan an alternate activity but occasionally we are required to cancel a meeting.

Should we have the unfortunate situation of insufficient leaders for a meeting due to illness or other commitments, we will utilize a call tree in an attempt to inform everyone of the cancellation of the meeting. This will be a new responsibility under the management of the youth themselves.

DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD WITHOUT FIRST CONFIRMING THAT THE MEETING WILL BE HELD.

Scouts Canada policy states that there must be at least two adults (at least one leader) with the youth at any time. In addition, there can be a maximum of six youth for each adult. Please do not leave the premises if your absence would cause us to be in violation of this policy. This policy exists for the protection of both leaders and youth members.

SAFETY:

For safety reasons, it is preferred that the Scouts remain with the troop until their parents or guardians arrive. Please park your car and come into the building when picking up your child.

ACTIVITY BADGES & AWARDS WORK:

The youth are the main decision makers as to how they want their program to run, which activity badges to work on within their patrols. This is a FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE FROM WOLF CUBS. Some of the meetings will be used to plan the activities to achieve those requirements.

Scouts should be encouraged to work on badge and award work outside of the meeting times. .

There is no Official Badge Testing day for the “Challenge Badges”. When the youth is ready, he/she must present to the entire Troop demonstrating the skill/knowledge acquired and fulfillment of the requirements

Presentations can be done any night. Make sure that your scout informs a leader at the start of a meeting what he/she wishes to present on that night. The presentation should last no longer than 10 minutes.

The “Court of Honour“ (if we are big enough to be able to establish one) or all the scouts other than the one presenting, vote on whether or not the presenter has fulfilled all the badge requirements.

There is no requirement for your child to complete any award or badge during their time in scouts. Some scouts will complete all activity badges and many challenge badges while others may not complete any. As long as they are enjoying the program, they are learning.

LEADERSHIP TEAM:

We are fortunate this year that some of our leaders are returning to help lead troop. We also welcome two new leaders who have moved up from Cubs. Once again 1st and 2nd Brooklin Scouts are twining.

We welcome your involvement, either as a leader (full or part-time), or as a volunteer for occasional events. We are looking for an additional 1 to 2 leaders. Once we have firmed up our program, we will be looking for Parental Volunteers for each meeting night. If you have a special skill that would benefit or enhance the experiences of our Troop, please let us know. Your support can only enhance our program.

Anyone interested in assisting as a leader should contact either Scouter Kevin at group@1stbrooklin.com.

Please feel free to contact any of us with any questions, concerns, beefs and yes, we will even accept compliments.

In order to minimize the disruption of our family life, we would ask that you restrict your calls to weeknights between the hours of 7pm and 9 pm.

KEY DATES TO REMEMBER:

Tuesday, Sept 16th 1st Troop Meeting at St Bridget Catholic School

Friday to Sunday, Sept 26th-28th World Brotherhood Camporee (Wellesley Island, NY, USA)

Monday, Oct 13th Thanksgiving – No Meeting

Friday to Sunday, Oct 17th-19th Jamboree on the Air (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Bowmanville)

Saturday, Oct 26th Apple Day

Friday, Oct 24th Popcorn orders are due

Saturday, Nov 1st Road Trail Clean up

 

Scouter Lindy

(Edited for the Web by Scouter Kevin)

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