We became a youth led group (the members run the meetings and activities with guidance from other scouters) in September 2016 which adds an additional challenge when planning events and camps. Since the Venturer motto is challenge and the Rover motto is service, we strive to incorporate both mottoes into our program.

We are currently following the new Scouts Canada Canadian Path program that was launched in September 2016. As part of the Canadian Path, we are working on our Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS) that challenges youth to expand our skills in nine different areas.

Our group has completed archery, pelletry, canoe and first aid training and are currently working on our riflery skills. We have completed the FOCUS leadership course and many have completed their Wood Badge one or two training. We also study knot-tying and winter survival, which we practice during our camps in all season and at meetings. Most of our members are currently working on their Duke of Edinburgh award, which encourages young adults to be learn in the outdoors and gain skills that they may not be able to learn in a classroom, to find out more go to https://www.dukeofed.org/. Also, almost all of our members have received or are currently working on their Queen’s Venturer or Rover award.

Our group uses the Rover motto of service by participating in garbage pick ups, cleaning up local scout camps, forest maintenance, attending ceremonies and running camps for younger youth. During one of our clean-up days at a local scout camp we partnered with Dulux Paint’s Colourful Communities to freshen up the kitchen and the bunk rooms in the main building to brighten up the camp.

One of the main things Scouts Canada is known for is getting youth into the great outdoors and learning how to camp and survive in the wilderness. Just like Scouts Canada, our group strives to attend many camps throughout the year. We have attended camps in all seasons, no matter the weather. In the past we have gone to Point Pelee on a bike trip and for a winter camp, and we have been to many of the local scout camps where we have a lot of fun as a group.

And when we’re not busy with all of that, we have fun going on canoe trips, hikes, bowling, swimming and tobogganing (with helmets of course!) and just being creative. Then after a hard day of fun, we love watching movies, studying the stars, eating, playing card games or coming up with games with the objects around us.

We meet Mondays at 7:00 pm weekly except holidays. If you are interested in our group at all, please contact us through our email (1sthopelutheran@gmail.com).