This is the original core level of Scouting, now involving girls and boys, ages 11-14. (age determined by birthday landing in the same calendar year as registration, same as the schools, essentially Grade 6-9)
It is a program of indoor and outdoor activity. Active and healthy lifestyle.
Growth, learning, and self-determination.
Scouts actually control a lot of their own program, discipline, and internal group planning.
Weekend camps are the norm, as is a week away in the summer at the Haliburton Scout Reserve.
As part of our program, we do use a structured badge system, to enhance the adventure and recognize personal progression. Details and resources are here: www.ChiefScout.info
We are running Scouts, on Wednesday nights, from 7-9pm, in the main Gym at
the Binbrook United Church (2617 Binbrook Road), and you may
register with us at any time.
(see our photo gallery on the menu to the left, to see some of the Troop in action!)
We are looking for folks 17+ interested in helping out, in addition to parent participation.
|For the 2016-2017 Season, the registration fee is $200.00 online,
$225 in person..
Scouts Canada collects this registration fee to cover insurance of
activities, camp management, admin, overhead, etc.
Many groups also ask youth to bring a weekly $1, $2, or even $5 or
so, as "dues", to pay for ongoing supplies. We don't do that.
Many do not realize it, but Scouting is not a government or agency funded program. We are self-supporting.
Cheques payable to: "Scouts Canada - 1st Binbrook Group", please.
This cost does not include the Scout uniform (link below), but it's not terribly expensive, and many times available second hand from families with older youth.
If you want to fill out the registration form at home, and print it off, follow this link. (it's a PDF document, but you can actually type on it, and then print it out!)
Or, you can register and pay online, via www.myScouts.ca
This is the summary from the Scouts Canada Website:
|11 to 14* years of age
The Scout program emphasizes having fun while encouraging youth to feel good about themselves, their friends and family, God, and the environment. The Scout program helps youth expand their leadership skills and gain self confidence.
Scouting promotes activities that encourage youth to:
The Scout program is designed around a lively variety of activities based on personal and group interests. Scouts emphasizes outdoor and environmental activities, citizenship and community service, leadership, and personal development. Individual interests and skills are recognized through an awards system.
The outdoors is an essential part of the Scout program. Weekend events, extended hikes, no trace camping and seasonal sports opportunities round out the Scout experience. Developing an active, healthy lifestyle is the prime goal.
Scouts meet in a group called a troop. The troop is split into smaller groups called patrols. There is one leader for every six Scouts. Each Scout learns a promise, law and motto to help guide their personal development.
We are a uniformed organization, not unlike cadets, police, fire fighters, EMS, or even sports teams. What this helps us to do, is have a common visibility that can be recognized in our community, but also share a common bond within the organization.
* there are occasions where maturity, or an early start at Scouts, will have a youth age-out at 13.