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Back-to-school means back to Scouting!

That time of year has snuck up on us once more: As some get back to packing lunches and setting bedtimes, some of us have been busy planning camping trips and activities at our weekly Scout meetings.

Last year was the first year back to Scouting since COVID began, and although it had its challenges it must be said it was a resounding success. Howick Beavers (ages 5-7) Cubs (8-10), and Scouts (11-14) each met once a week, and the Huntingdon Beavers and Cubs enjoyed meeting monthly.

We’re happy to announce that this year, Ormstown will once again have a Scout group. Registration opens September 1 on Scouts.ca, or if you have any questions at all, feel free to contact us at dunnmemorialcamp@gmail.com.

Each age group meets once a week, and we usually do an outing once per month such as a camp or museum visit. Our first camp of the year is already planned! We’ll be spending the weekend of October 14 at Dunn Memorial Camp in Elgin. We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful and completely natural campground so close to home! So many wonderful volunteers help keep it a special place for children to explore nature.

 

Members of the Huntingdon and Howick cub scouts camping earlier this year at the Dunn Memorial Camp in Powerscourt.  PHOTO Philippe Duval-Baillargeon

 

There isn’t room to thank everyone here, but Tannahill Transport Ltd. and Gite Centaure B&B recently donated materials to start new projects, for which the local Scouting groups are exceedingly grateful. They are keen to get working!

Scouting is not only a great way for kids to get out in nature and learn all kinds of valuable skills, but it can actually take you all over the world. Recently the Huntingdon Scouts traveled to Scotland for the 38th Scottish International Patrol Jamborette, with guidance from Cecile Antink and Ken Watson.

Antink, or “Miss Sunshine,” tries to take the Howick Scouts on a big adventure at least once a year; this year they are going to Florida for two weeks, and next year they hope to return to Scotland.

Antink has been volunteering with Scouts Canada for over twenty years. Even though her children have aged out of Scouting she has stuck with it, and last year she was attending meetings three nights a week while also prepping for camps, organizing bottle drives, and serving hundreds of pounds of grillades at the Ormstown Fair (some jokingly wonder if she is secretly two people!).

Antink has kept Scouting alive in the Chateauguay Valley, and when asked what motivates her to continue each year, she always gives the same answer: “It’s all worth it when you see the smiles on their little faces.”

If you or someone you know would like to help out this year, please don’t hesitate to contact us. For the first time in many years, we are nearing the point where we have more children signing up than we have leaders to guide them.

We hope to see you around this season; we’re all excited to get back into nature!

 

 

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