Scouts raise flag at City Hall to honour program founder

By Contributor
March 9th, 2016

The 1st Robson Scout Group celebrated Lord Baden Powell Day, founder of Scouts, on February 22 (his Birthday- Born February 22, 1857, Died January 8, 1941) by raising the Scouts Canada flag at City Hall with Mayor Chernoff and Fire Chief Gerry Rempel.  Our Scouts had petitioned City Council to allow for the flag to be flown at City Hall in recognition of Scouting week earlier in the month at the monthly Council meeting. 

Lord Baden Powell started Scouts in 1907 so internationally we are in 108th year of existence and it is the 100th year celebration this year since the initiation of Cub Scouts portion of our program.  I am unsure of how long scouting has been in Castlegar but it did arrive in Nelson in 1909!

Additional celebrations included a potluck dinner held Feb 29 where we recognized some members for their service , including 10 year service awards for Deidre Price and Dean Christianson.  Dean Christianson received the Bar to the Medal for Good Service and Alyssa Christianson received a Commendation for her youth volunteering.  1 Scouter, Bronwen Lewis, 1 new Cub Scout and 2 Scouts were also invested into the program. 

Scouting is about developing our youth’s leadership and citizenship through an outdoor based program.

Recent activities by the youth and leaders included:

· Winter camping for 2 nights at Nancy Greene Park by the Scouts and some of the Cub Scouts

· Kub Kar / Scout Truck Rally held in Trail and hosted by the Beaver Valley Group on February 27th

· Fall Camp At Syringa, included a hike and Tomahawk throwing

Current plans for the near future include Nite Trek, a Cuboree in East Kootenays, spring camp.

We fund a significant portion of our activities through Scouts Popcorn sales and I would like to take this opportunity to thanks all of the local Castlegar residents that supported us through their purchases. 

We currently have 15 youth in our Scout and Cub Scout program and are now meeting at the Kinnaird Hall.  We currently do not have our Beaver Scouts or Venture Scout sections running due to lack of adult volunteers to run the program which would allow more youth into our Programs.  We require a minimum of 2 Scouters with the youth at all times and for more than 10 or 12 youth depending on age Group we require additional adult volunteers as well.  In order to become a Scouter it requires Police record check, interview, some online course and an annual commitment to our code of Conduct.

Anyone interested in information on our program can contact Dean Christianson 250-365-7136 or check out the national website www.scouts.ca


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