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Campfire’s Burning, Draw Near

Since 2016, 23rd Elsie Roy Scout Group has been celebrating Founders Day/BP Day with an outdoor campfire. There’s nothing too special or unique about it, until you realize that it happens in Yaletown – part of the downtown area of Vancouver. The fire may be provided by a propane fire pit, but it’s as real as the group can get to keep it safe and meet the safety standards of the City of Vancouver Fire department.

How did this start? It’s all thanks to the Cub Scout Centennial. For that entire year, the Cub Pack did unique events and adventures every month to highlight what being a Cub has become. The campfire was a group level event hosted by the Cubs and it’s become an annual tradition.

It takes a lot of working with the city to have the event permit issued – about three different departments. Since 2016, it’s become significantly easier to navigate the permit process.

We have found that having this unique event helps our group stand out.

The Power of Eleven

On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, a war that shaped and rocked our society came to an end. Every year we gather, listen to our history, reflect on those who died, and remember. As a Scouter, I’m passionate about taking time to remember – not just WW1, but all wars.

A Crafty Celebration for Diwali

This year, Diwali fell on our meeting night. Between Remembrance Day program and Diwali themed program, we felt that since we do our own program as close to Remembrance Day as possible that we would do something fun for Diwali.

Cub Car Camp

Cub cars – probably one of the longest standing traditions of every Cub Scout’s experience in the last 50 years or so. I love how a simple block of wood can be transformed into a hot rod or a banana – it all depends on how creative the Cub is (or, isn’t). My first group I was a Cub Scouter with spent 7 weeks making Cub Cars. From January into March it was nothing but Cub Cars. We always had to be prepared for the one youth that missed the last week’s meeting to catch up. The group didn’t see a point in sending the cars home as next to none of the families had the tools needed to transform the wood. Normally a kit would go home and never return.

Founders Day

A short 161 years ago in Paddington, UK – Lord Baden Powell entered the world. In his fiftieth year, Boy Scouts started, a worldwide organization that has helped, inspired, challenged, and I like to believe changed the lives of hundreds of thousands. I count myself lucky to be one of the individuals who has found a place within Scouts Canada to help carry on the vision.

Lest We Forget

After attending 2 of our local Remembrance Day Ceremonies, the youth concluded that they didn’t like it. They like the concept, but not the act of doing it. Why? They couldn’t hear anything or see anything. Being in a city, our services are packed. I’ve honestly never actually heard anything being said at a service aside from the firing of the canon, jets over-head and the trumpets. I totally understood what my Cub Scouts were saying.

We asked the Howlers Council a difficult question: “Then what do we do next year?”

A moment of silence. Another moment. One of the newer Cubs started to say something but stopped, saying it was stupid. Another one of the Howlers said that they’d like to hear.

“Have our own service?”

Done deal Cub Scout.

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