Beaver Fever – Aug 24th, 7pm – Preston Scout House

Hey, while Wellington Area is running Beaver Magic late Sep (click -HERE- for that info), you’ll find a short one evening idea & question session.  Find out more about Beaver Fever in South Waterloo by clicking -HERE- .TwoBeavers

July 27, 2009 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Democracy Investigation – by Steve Kent, Chief Commissioner

To further encourage and increase democratic participation, and to address WOSM’s call for greater democratic involvement, the Chief Commissioner’s Task Force on Growth is recommending the:

a)         Investigation of introducing online election systems

b)         Investigation of a model for electing delegates where every member 16 and older is entitled to vote for delegates

c)         Investigation of other opportunities for greater member participation and increased communication and dialogue

I will be leading these investigations, and I am asking for your input.  >From my perspective, Policy 1014 has not fully addressed the democratic deficit concerns in our organization.  I want to identify specific ways that we can be a more democratic organization and improve member participation in decision making processes.  For me, it’s all about openness and transparency.  Perhaps there is no ideal solution, but I am committed to improving how we do business.

I will be presenting a preliminary report to the Board of Governors at our September meeting, and I will also be asking for assistance from the Board’s Policy and Governance Committee in carrying out these investigations.

Please send me your specific recommendations and ideas on how we can improve our voting and election practices, as well as your thoughts on opportunities for greater member participation and increased communication and dialogue. 

Also, please feel free to widely circulate this request.  I would appreciate receiving input by the end of August. I realize that we’re in the middle of summer, but I do want to get the ball rolling.  This process will continue early in the fall, but as I said, I plan to update the Board on progress when we meet in September.

On a related note, the Task Force on Growth is also committed to established a more open appointments process.  Our CEO, Rob Stewart, will be communicating with Council Commissioners on this issue in the near future.

Thanks a lot.  Please keep in touch.  All the best!

Steve
Stephen P. Kent, Chief Commissioner and Chair of the Board of Governors, SCOUTS CANADA     

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July 27, 2009 at 9:15 am 1 comment

Nova Scotia Seastar Program – Tall Ships & a Venturer

Click -HERE- for the article.  Murray Bishop of the Digby Neck & Island Sea Scouts.

July 27, 2009 at 7:02 am Leave a comment

Training – Fall dates and location set for Wellington

You’ve been hearing it, nothing has changed. In order to register this fall, if you’re a leader with less than 2 years experience in the section you’re in, you’re expected to have taken a Woodbadge Part I within 1 year of joining your section (full details in ealier posts to this blog).  Wellington will be running a Woodbadge Part I for Colony, Pack and Troop (and Group Commissioner’s as well).  For the sections, take Module 1 on ONE of Sep 22nd, Sep 30th or Oct 8th at Barber Scout Camp.  The rest will be on Oct 23rd & 24th at College Heights Secondary Schoole, with Module 2 on Sat AM, Module 3 on Sat afternoon, and Module 4 on Sat evening.  Module 5 runs on Fri night.  Full details will be posted.  The Group Commissioners runs all modules from Fri night through Sat night.  Cost $36!  About 25% of our Volunteers do NOT have the training they require in order to register.  Please check the CEC website as well for updates on training available in other Areas of the Council.  Click -HERE-.

July 26, 2009 at 6:27 pm Leave a comment

Chief Scout in Georgetown – Did YOUR Area put out a press release?

Greater Halton Scouts & Venturers that acheived the Chief Scout or Queens’ Venturer designation ended up in the Georgetown Free Press.  Let’s all make the effort to let world know what we’re doing. Click -HERE- for the article.

July 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm Leave a comment

Scout Shop – ECOMMERCE NOW OPEN!

It was coming, and it’s finally here.  The address is http://www.scoutshop.ca .  Find it here, find it quick, shop 24/7.  If you have comments, use the contact form right on the site.

July 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm Leave a comment

Scouting Sleepover at the Kitchener Children’s Museum

Scheduled for Nov 27th, the theme will be GPS & Navigation (it will occur in the middle of the GPS exhibit).  The sleepover will allow the groups to earn a badge, have free time to explore, and of course, sleep anywhere in the museum.  Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are welcome.  Click -HERE- for their website.  Contact Allison Brubacker at 519.749.9387 x226 or allison.brubacher@thechildrensmuseum.ca .  Coordinates N 43 26.995 W 080 29.382 Sounds exciting!

July 26, 2009 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

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