It is my sincere pleasure to announce the appointment of George Craigie as Council Commissioner for Quebec Council effective immediately.
George joined the scouting movement as a Cub Scout, then Scout, Venturer and finally as a youth leader. The highlight of his time as a youth in Scouting was attending CJ77 in P.E.I., and the many fond memories of Cub and Scout Camps in Nova Scotia. After university, a career that took him to Montreal, and a young family, he enrolled his son in Cubs with the St Thomas a Becket Group in the Montreal West Island Area. Soon after, he was asked to help out, and before long he was back in Scouting as an Assistant Scouter with the Pack. He moved up to Scouts with his son and eventually became the Troop Scouter and then Group Commissioner. He then took on another role as Group Commissioner for Fairview Centennial Group, became Area Commissioner for West Island, and most recently he held the role of DCC Camps and Properties.
Professionally, George has pursued his education and a career in logistics, purchasing and supply chain management. He has held various positions of increasing responsibility in management with McKesson Canada, currently as a Senior Director in Procurement Operations. George is very active in his industry, and professional development, including holding leadership roles with Supply Chain Management Association, and GS1 Canada. He has a passion for boating, and for leisure has been involved as an officer and trainer with the Canadian Power and Sail Squadrons. For relaxation George enjoys camping and spending time in the outdoors with his family.
We welcome George in his new role, working as part of the Council Key 3 to deliver fun, safe Scouting adventures to our members and helping Scouts Canada achieve its 5 priorities.
Yours in Scouting,
Tanya Leblanc – 1st St,. Lazare
At the beginning of the 2018/2019 season, we did not suspect that our Pack would have the success that we have had with growth to date. We are a new Cub Pack this season and started with 5 registered Cubs. By encouraging Bring a Friend from day one and doing our best with developing an exciting Canadian Path program, we grew very quickly to 11 registered Cubs by mid- October.
Today we are an amazing pack of 19 Cubs, and we are still growing. Each and every one of the youths bringing something beautiful to the table.
These are some of the items that we feel contributed to our growth and success:
- We focused and took note as to what the youth wanted out of scouting and the challenges that they were expecting. Then, we planned activities accordingly, based on their interests within the Canadian Path program.
- We work as a strong Scouter Team holding program planning meetings together every six to eight weeks.
- We marketed our group within the community by attending City-held youth activity registration evenings.
- We took advantage of holding more than one Bring a Friend evening which focussed on a fun & exciting event or activity. For example, we held an evening featuring dry ice experiments. The youth had a blast with this cool hands-on activity, resulting in our gaining four new members.
- Participating in the Council Valentine’s card Bring a Friend event held in February resulted in two additional members.
- Because the youth were having so much fun, word-of-mouth started to play a part in our growth, and, in some cases, even parents played a part.
- The parents are continually kept informed of the Pack program and activities. We send them emails and chat with them when they drop off and pick up their youth. We believe that this communication is essential.
- One of the major contributors of growing our pack is how we interact with our Cubs. We respect them as individuals who offer a mountain of knowledge and bring exciting ideas and thoughts to the table. These kids are fun, full of energy, and ready to soak it all in. They seem to really love being there and doing all the cool activities that are offered. There is a good chance that they go home and to school and talk about the fun that they are experiencing on Cub nights.
We believe that all of this contributed to our success in growing the 1st Saint Lazare Choctaw Cub Pack. We have an awesome team of Scouters with a common goal: creating fun and challenges for the youth with their program.
I don’t really know who is having more fun, us or the Cubs!!!
Wow! Great feedback from the Scouters at the latest SOW in Boisbriand.
This is the kind of activity which should be given more often and to many territories…
Fantastic job to all that were there-hats off.
Watch for the next SOW event!
Thank you very much for helping me sell $2510.00 of Scouts Popcorn this year. By purchasing popcorn, you allowed the children in my group keep $1155.50 of my popcorn sales for our camps, activities, and program supplies. Some of you also made cash donations to scouting, and those totalled $376.55. Altogether, I raised $1532.05 for local scouting.
We are going to put some of the money into a fund for children who can’t afford extra scouting activities. Thanks to you, many children who couldn’t otherwise afford camps can now go. I’m pretty excited about using another portion of the money to treat 30 children and volunteers from my Cub Pack to an archery day, where we will learn Olympic-style archery and safety from professional instructors. We will also put some money towards training supplies to help as many scouting youth and volunteers across the province of Quebec learn canoeing and pioneering.
Thanks again for supporting scouts across the province, sending kids to camp, and funding really cool adventures. I hope you are willing to help support Scouts Canada again in the future.
Sincerely, Rowan Luckow (Beaconsfield resident, member of 1st Greenfield Park Cubs)
Just wanted to let you know the Scouts Canada Annual General Meeting is taking place in Montreal this Saturday Nov 17 at the Hyatt Regency.
The meeting starts at 2:00 and is open to everyone, there will also be a trade show afterwards. Scouters from across Canada will be there so it is a pretty neat event.
If you would like to come down, the address is 1255 Jeanne-Mance St, Montreal, QC H5B 1E5
Best bet is to take avantage of public transport as there is a Santa Clause parade happening downtown also. There are 2 metro stations close by at Place-des-Arts (Green line) and Place-d’Armes (Orange line).
Hope to see some of you there,
Commissaire à la jeunesse du Conseil/ Council Youth Commissioner
Conseil du Québec / Québec Council
An Important Message from Your Council Key 3
Friends in Scouting,
As your Council Key 3, we are committed to ensuring Scouting properties are both sustainable and support quality outdoor programming.
Over the past months, we have taken the time to review operations at Tamaracouta Scout Reserve (TSR). The property needs repairs and significant infrastructure upgrades to continue to be a viable, safe property for our youth to enjoy.
Recent bookings show that while there is good support from Groups within Quebec Council making use of the property, it is insufficient to sustainably support the operating costs. Significant efforts were made during this past year to increase usage and identify sustainable alternate sources of revenue, which resulted in an increase in camp usage and booking revenue from Groups over the previous year. However, in order to realize a sustainable business plan, important commitments will need to be made in terms of staffing and infrastructure. Before committing such investments for the future of TSR, we plan to engage the services of a professional asset management firm to complete an overall review of the property and assist in the formulation of a viable strategic plan.
As a result, we have decided to temporarily close the property, effective December 1st, while we complete a full assessment of what would be required for TSR to operate sustainably and in keeping with provincial and Scouts Canada requirements.
Our community; Scouting Volunteers, members and staff, will be engaged throughout this process to provide feedback on how we can create a sustainable property that is Mission-aligned. You can expect to hear from us before February 2019 outlining opportunities for input. Additionally, we will provide members with quarterly updates on progress made and the recommended approach forward.
If you have a current booking at Tamaracouta Scout Reserve after December 1st, we will be in touch to cancel your booking and issue a full refund of any deposits paid.
Scout properties support us in providing great, safe Scouting adventures for youth. We look forward to your involvement and support as we evaluate options and plans for the future of Tamaracouta Scout Reserve.
Yours in Scouting,
Jeff Smith, Council Commissioner
Thomas Scoffield, Council Youth Commissioner
Mary-Pauline Vatsis, Scouting Relationship Manager
What a better way to celebrate Halloween by bringing a friend to your Scouting meeting at Halloween!
Until October 31, 2018, each time a Scouts Canada youth brings a friend to a Group meeting, and that friend then registers, he or she will receive a $20 Scout Shop gift certificate. Scouters simply need to record in the form below and Submit it by November 10th, 2018
Congratulations goes out to Roberta Landerman who received accommodation presented by long time friend and Scouter Bobby Lum for 40 Years of service in Scouting. Roberta is well known as a Service Scouter, Trainer and the Gilwell reunion Committee member. Quebec Council thanks you for all your hard work and dedication to Scouting.
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