Friday, 24 October 2014

Remembrance Day 2014

Hi everybody,

I think that all of us have been affected in some way by the terrible tragedies against Canadians in the last few days.  I can think of no greater tribute to those that continue to protect our way of life than to attend a Remembrance Day ceremony.

Tecumseh Remembrance Day ceremony: https://www.google.com/calendar/render?eid=bzRrYmZkbjcwdXVyMHU1N3U1aDRwdnM5cGMgZjc2Zzh2dDZjc3I2MzRnbmhxMGViaWl0ODRAZw&ctz=America/Toronto&sf=true&output=xml#f

Windsor Remembrance Day ceremony: http://visitwindsoressex.com/twepi_event/remembrance-day-parade-and-ceremony/

Should you hear of other events, please do let me know and I'll post them here.

Don't forget that Scouts Canada has a number of great resources for preplanned programming including Jumpstarts.

Beaver Scout Jumpstart - Remembrance Day
Cub Scout Jumpstart - Remembrance Day

And let me finish this blog post with some poignant words as to why Scouting is important to me:
“Let us go forth from here fully determined that we will develop among ourselves and our youth, a comradeship through the worldwide spirit of the Scout brotherhood, so that we may help to develop peace and happiness in the world and goodwill among men.”
—B.-P. at the First World Jamboree, 1920

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

You guys are amazing!

You know, I keep hearing about all the cool things that our youth are doing in our programs and these things really get me stoked about Scouting!

Did you know?

Did you know that there is a composite group from Windsor and Essex areas that are working on going to WJ15 in Japan?  If you are interested, they are having regular monthly meetings at the Windsor/Essex Scout Service Centre - take a look at the calendar for more information!  They will need some help with fundraising (if you thought that CJ was pricey.... :) so be sure to listen for opportunities to help!

Did you know that we have a Scouting youth member raising funds to build a park in Lasalle in memorial of his friend who passed away after having a brain tumour?  More information on how you might consider helping our Scouting youth towards his goal will be coming soon!

Did you know that the 63rd Scouts have been given a sailboat to build?  Check out the blog of their build here.

Have you heard that there are a number of groups that now have a Group Youth Commissioner including the 95th Lasalle and the 35th Tecumseh?  If you'd like more information, contact the Area Youth Commissioner via SCWindsorAYN@gmail.com.

If you know of other cool stuff that I'd get geeked about, please let me know.  I look forward to seeing you all out and doing cool stuff!

Monday, 4 November 2013

WJ15? Heck yeah!

Well, while it seems a long way off, World Jamboree 2015 is in the planning and early registration stage.  Windsor and Essex Areas are looking at putting together a composite patrol to go to WJ15 in Japan.  We have been gathering all of the information we can and will be having a discussion about it Thursday November 21, 2013 at 7 pm at the Windsor & Essex Scout Service Centre.  If you are a leader who might have youth who are interested, you are who we are looking to communicate with at this meeting.   Once we gauge interest, we'll be scheduling additional meetings.  If you are interested, but can't make this meeting, email WindsorAreaScouting@gmail.com with the Subject of your email: "WJ15 - I want more info" and we'll put you on our email list.

Can't wait to share the information about this amazing opportunity - hope to see you then!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Website back up and information for Remembrance Day activities

Well, the website is back up and running (finally).  We have some content that still needs to be updated, but at least we are on the road to getting back to normal.  I spoke with Amy today and she indicated that the school flyers are now in the hands of the school boards, so we hope that all of the groups will be contacted by members of the public wanting to join the awesomeness that is Scouting in Windsor!

In other news, I found this posted to Facebook today and thought I'd share it with y'all:

We are again offering our suite of free Veterans’ Week materials with updated content to help engage young people in remembrance. The Take Time to Remember activity booklet (ages 5-7), as well as youth
newspapers Tales of Animals in War (ages 5-11) and the Canada Remembers Times (ages 12-18) are all back again this year. Our popular Postcards for Peace, bookmarks and posters are also available, as is the on-line
Veterans Week teacher’s guide. Check out the electronic versions and order your own bilingual copies today at no charge.

www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/veterans-week/educational-resources

While you are on our website, please explore our Veterans' Week web feature for lots more information like details about commemorative events being held across the country and social media tools to allow young people to share their thoughts.

www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/veterans-week

Never too early to plan for upcoming program!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

ICG - I'm in!

The excitement is building and Scouts Canada is already being mentioned in the media for the role we are going to play in the closing ceremonies!  Obviously we are pretty excited about Windsor being a host for an international event and further that we'll get to party with the athletes too!

Take a look in the article about the closing ceremonies and the parade and check out the mentions we are getting already.  Won't it be an incredible experience leading a group of similarly aged youth into their closing ceremonies where they'll be celebrating their efforts?  Think about how cool its going to be to be a part of that!
http://shopping.windsorstar.com/SS/Page.aspx?secid=135863&pagenum=4&sstarg=&facing=false&

If you are a 3rd year Cub Scout, Scout, Venturer Scout (and sure, we'll take Rover Scouts too) and haven't told us you are interested, send us an email windsorareascouting@gmail.com with the subject line ICG - I'm in!

Friday, 2 August 2013

Sometimes I even post stuff I find interesting!

So, if you are a 3rd year Cub, Scout, Venturer or Rover, hopefully you've heard from your leaders about the awesome opportunity to carry a flag in the closing ceremonies of the ICG.  If you haven't, email WindsorAreaScouting@gmail.com and let us know you want more information!

I sometimes even find cool stuff on the internet.  I found these two items and I think they might be of interest to you (remember, you can't believe everything you find on the internet, but you can believe almost everything your parents tell you :)


Hope you are having a great summer!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Meet-A-Machine

Kids and machines - they go together don't they?  Even the kids in us adults can get excited about some cool  machine.  Well, here's a free opportunity to have your youth go out and see "big machines" on June 15 at WFCU Centre.  Why don't you email your parents and let them know about the opportunity?  Its just one more touch point between us in Scouting and the youth in our programs.  Take a look at the flyer and last year's event here: http://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/socialservices-/Childrens-Services/Ontario-Early-Years-Centres/Pages/Meet-A-Machine.aspx

Monday, 13 May 2013

Super excited!

Hi all,

Sometimes I wonder if anyone reads my ramblings, but then I'm resolved to the idea that at least I can look back and see how certain things got me excited for Scouting again.

I wanted to first offer my sincere congratulations again for the Windsor Area Chief Scout and Queen Venturer award winners.  You've joined an elite group - welcome and great job!

Next, Windsor Area is working hard on starting up a Rover Crew.  If you are between 18 and 26 and are interested, shoot the Windsor Area an email - windsorareascouting@gmail.com and we'll get you in touch!

Last (for now :), the thing I'm super geeked about!  We've been offered an awesome opportunity.  Some of you might be heading to CJ or to some other summer Scouting adventure and you'll be meeting people from all over Canada or the country you are visiting.  Well, that has nothing on the opportunity coming up!

I'm still waiting for more details, but think about the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and they are in your backyard!  Think of Scout and Venturer aged people!  And then think about the best party you've been to with a Much Music video dance and food and friends your age.  And then think free - and you are almost there!

Leave Sunday August 18 open on your calendars!  More information to follow as soon as I can get it!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Introducing the new Windsor Area Youth Commissioner!

It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce the new Windsor Area's Youth Commissioner: Brad Renaud.

Here's what the Council Youth Commissioner had to say about Brad:

It is my sincere pleasure to announce the appointment of Brad Renaud as the Area Youth Commissioner for Windsor Area - effective immediately.
Brad is a very dedicated participant and Scouter within our movement, always approaching tasks with enthusiasm and energy. Over the past year, he has been a volunteer with the 95th LaSalle’s Cub Scout Pack as a Scouter-In-Training and he is the secretary of the Group’s Venturer Scout Company.
Outside of Scouting, Brad is a member of the Essex Region Conservation Authority and is a part of his school’s band. I am confident that his vision, charisma and passion will create great things within Windsor Area.
Brad is excited to take on this role as Windsor Area Youth Commissioner. Please join with me in welcoming Brad to the Council Leadership team!

Yours in Scouting,

Heather Eskritt
Tri-Shores Council Youth Commissioner


Brad can be reached using the following methods:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SCWindsorAYN
Twitter: www.twitter.com/WindsorAYN
Email: SCWindsorAYN@gmail.com

Why don't you have your youth extend an invitation to have Brad come out and see the cool stuff your youth are doing?