Preparing for a Formal Scouting Group Campfire

Preparation Scheduling (several Months before) This should be put on the Group Agenda for the year as soon as possible in the year, even possibly the previous year. Organization and Contributors (1 month before) Determine who will: Be the Campfire Chief Do cheers (who and which ones to avoid duplication) Sing songs (who and which ones to avoid duplication) Do skits (who and which ones to avoid duplication) Tell stories (who and which ones to avoid duplication) Be the photographer Purchase and bring refreshments (juice & cookies – remember allergies!) Reimburse the person who purchased refreshments Send out invitations to parents (they can sit … Continue reading

Planning Your Beaver Scout Colony’s Program for the Year

Planning a program for a Beaver Colony for a year can seem like an overwhelming task. However, if you break it down, it can become much easier and even manageable. Use a printed calendar at your meetings will help you work out the logistics of your plan and accomodate those who are more visual. Start by creating a 1 year plan, filling it in first with holidays, school closures; area, group and council activities; leader training, camps Deciding on monthly themes for the year. For example: September — Back to Beavers Month (learning about meeting structure, who is who and … Continue reading

Interpersonal Skills That Can Change Your Life

Want to improve your relationship with your spouse, children, employer, employees, customers, strangers or even yourself? It’s not complicated. Stop focusing on yourself! Start seeing things from their perspective. The following are the cornerstone interpersonal skills to master that can change your life include: Attentiveness: Making eye contact, listening without interrupting and accepting nonjudgementally the other person’s inherent world. Acknowledgement, Appreciation: Noticing the others efforts to be helpful or nice and commenting on them positively. Empathy: Recognizing other’s circumstances, imagening what they must be like, acknowledging in a respectful manner how they must feel. Think about someone with whom you are having … Continue reading

Making a Family Emergency Plan

During an emergency here in Canada, it can take a while before help arrives so it is essential to be prepared for those times. Public Safety Canada offers important advice for Canadians: Know the most important risks you face where you live, such as earthquakes, floods, blizzards or wildfires. Develop a family emergency plan that lays out where family members should meet in an emergency, how to escape from your home or neighbourhood, how to deal with children at school or daycare and other matters. Put together a basic family emergency kit with enough water and imperishable food for three … Continue reading

Making a Scout Staff

There are several steps involved in making a scout staff which include: Selecting the right piece of wood Preparing the wood Adding things to your Scout staff Depending on what you want to add to your Scout staff, you may want to only apply the finishing after you have added accessories which require you to mark or carve into the wood. Selecting the right piece of wood You can make a walking stick from almost any type of wood however green wood is not suitable and sound conservation practices mean never cutting a living tree. Hardwoods such as ash, oak, … Continue reading

The Scout Staff (A.K.A. a Walking Stick)

Long before Lord Baden-Powell spoke about the importance of a Scout staff in Scouting for Boys, staves (plural for staff) have been important symbols. Moses carried a staff while leading his people; Robin Hood and Little John had staves; Forst Nations people have used staves as symbols of power; and bishops carry a special staff called a shepherd’s crook to symbolically herd their flocks. Scouts have long known the usefulness of staves in back-country hiking and camping. But a staff is more than just a stick you’ve picked up off the ground. What is the Purpose of a Scout Staff? … Continue reading

Water – Essential To Life

Water, who needs it? We all do actually. Depending on your age, our body is made up of  55% to 90% water. In fact, the only thing more important to our body is air. The general rule is that a person can go without air for 3 minutes, without water for 3 days and without food for 3 weeks. I would say this makes water pretty significant. And yes, I some people can go longer. The rule of 3’s is just a general rule. Some people won’t last a day without food and others can go for much longer. Besides … Continue reading

Your Personal First Aid Kit

I take my personal first aid kit with me when ever I leave the house, whether it is to go for a walk, bicycling, hiking, camping or most other activities. It has not only saved me from pain, I have often been able to help others with their scrapes and bruises. There is no perfect First Aid Kit. All you can do is find a good balance between being prepared and convenience. Be sure to add anything you believe might be important. Also take the type of activity you will be doing into consideration. For example, sunscreen won’t be required … Continue reading

FUNdraising and Scouting – a Perfect Match!

FUNDRAISING! Oh there’s that word that sends shivers up and down the spine of otherwise great parents and Scouting Leaders. Besides the obvious financial reasons, which sometimes get offset by parents willing to just pay more, why must a movements such as ours do fundraising? IT’S A FANTASTIC OPPORTUNITY: Fundraising is a fantastic opportunity to teach youth important life skills including planning, budgeting, goal setting, communication, teamwork and working with a purpose. It give them self-confidence by teaching them basic public speaking skills, develop a sense of responsibility and teaches them that they can earn their own way. It offers … Continue reading