How are other young people coping with social distancing?

Kids Help Phone has reached out to our National Youth Council (NYC) to hear how they’re coping with physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what young people like you had to say:

  • find a new daily routine (e.g. use a planner to map out your activities, etc.)
  • go for a walk/hike/run/etc. while maintaining distance
  • have a virtual Netflix party
  • play a board game with people in your living space
  • check in on friends by texting at least once per day
  • make plans for all of the things you want to do when social distancing is over
  • read
  • play with LEGO
  • do creative writing or journaling
  • bake
  • play video games
  • try DIY crafts on YouTube
  • have a bubble bath
  • do yoga
  • make a list of all the things you’re grateful for
  • try new looks (e.g. with clothing, makeup, etc.)
  • do a face mask
  • play/make music
  • clean or redecorate your room/living space
  • do a puzzle or word search
  • colour, draw or try graphic design
  • learn a new skill

Remember that support is available whenever you need it — you can always talk about whatever’s going on for you to someone you trust or a resource like Kids Help Phone or Tel-Jeune

How can I cope with social distancing?

Here are some tips you can use to adjust to physical distancing and take care of yourself during the outbreak:

  • consider different ways you can practise self-care
  • participate in a virtual Scout meeting or activity with other Scouts and Scouters (e.g. video chat, group call, etc.)
  • do Scouting at Home activities (find lots of ideas and resources to use and share with your family and friends at:

  • host a virtual gathering with friends/family for #qualitytime (e.g. video chat, group call, etc.)
  • keep up your school workwith e-learning resources
  • find something to look forward to each day of the week (e.g. Monday is Scouts video chat night, Tuesday is movie night, Wednesday is pizza night, Thursday is game night, etc.)
  • call, text, email or chat with someone you haven’t connected with in a while
  • try a digital detoxto take a break from triggering headlines in the news
  • eat nutritious foods(you can spice things up in the kitchen by trying new recipes)
  • get creative with how you exercise(there are lots of fun home workouts available on things like YouTube)
  • catch up on sleep, rest and relaxation
  • smudge to cleanse your mind and environment​ 
  • try to be flexible as things continue to evolve and change                                                 

    Remember that support is available whenever you need it — you can always talk about whatever’s going on for you to someone you trust or a resource like Kids Help Phone or Tel-Jeune

How to cope with social distancing during COVID-19?

(from Kids Help Phone Web site)

‘’ Schools are closed, events are cancelled, no more sports, no more in-person Scouts meetings and activities, and I must keep social distancing so I cannot see my friends … as a result of the new coronavirus I must adjust to a lot of changes ….’’

What is social distancing?

Social distancing is about spacing people out to help slow down the spread of COVID-19. It’s also called physical distancing to help remind people it’s not about stopping social connection, it’s about giving ourselves room to avoid catching/spreading the disease.

Physical distancing may bring up different emotions for people.

  • Some people may value a slower pace of life and more time spent at home.
  • Some people may be dealing with feelings of stress, fear, anxiety and isolation/loneliness.

It’s totally understandable you may be feeling a range of emotions right now, but you can find comfort in knowing you’re not alone — we’re all going through this together.

It is important to:

  • wash your hands often and practise good hygiene (and encourage others in your living space to do the same)
  • avoid physical contact with people outside your living space
  • keep at least two metres (about six feet) of space between yourself and others in public
  • stay home as much as possible
  • stay away from crowded areas
  • be mindful of face-to-face contact with people who are more vulnerable to the virus (e.g. elderly people/people over age 65, people with other illnesses, etc.

Remember that support is available whenever you need it — you can always talk about whatever’s going on for you to someone you trust or a resource like Kids Help Phone or Tel-Jeune

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Gone home – Hugh Whitehead

Gone Home

Hugh Whitehead

February 15, 1928 – November 2, 2019

Hu Whitehead is the very embodiment of Scouting. As soon as he was of age, he joined his local Wolf Cub pack in Burnaby, B.C. thus beginning a lifelong love affair. Although Hu went on to give so much of his life to Scouting, he would be the first to say how much Scouting had given to him. It played a vital role in the type of person he became. As it gave to him throughout his life, so he gave unto others.

Hu continued his participation in Scouting whether living in Burnaby, B.C.; Asbestos, Shawinigan Falls, Buckingham and Pointe Claire, Quebec; Niagara Falls, Ontario; or Wolfville and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The consistent structure and availability of Scouting readily provided a wealth of friends, a sense of belonging, and a continuous opportunity to challenge himself as he developed useful skills. As he grew as a person, Scouting helped along the way. An eager scouter, he relished the challenge of earning the many badges afforded to him, absorbing the lessons therein, assuming leadership roles and making a lifetime of cherished friendships. Progressing through life, Hu was a sixer, a patrol leader, a Queen’s Scout, a cadet at the same time, a Knight of Tamara, an assistant cub master, a scoutmaster, a rover leader, a district commissioner, and a provincial commissioner. He sat on countless district, regional, provincial and national committees, learning and imparting as he went. A veteran of numerous national and world jamborees which included selecting the site of the 1983 one in Kananaskis, Alberta, he worked tirelessly to ensure that these Scouting experiences would be memorable, informative and worthwhile. When not tending to official duties, he could often be found swapping badges, scout lore, and stories with Scouts and Scouters of all ages.

Hu enjoyed conducting leadership sessions at all levels as he believed that Scouts and Scouters alike had much to gain and then share from the Scouting experience. Such is the lifelong personal growth achieved from involvement in Scouting. During the 1960’s, he joined with a few like-minded Scouters to design and install the Venturers program, creating a link between Scouts and Rovers. He also was the recipient of both the Silver Acorn and Silver Wolf in recognition of his work with Scouting.

Hu had a special attachment to Camp Tamaracouta, spending many happy times there. In fact, his final endeavour in Scouting, and one in which he took great pride, was to be one of the co-authors of the book, Camp Tamaracouta – The First 100 Years. Many of his collected Scouting souvenirs have been donated to the care of Dave Perkins and his work on the museum at Tamaracouta. It was a big wish of his that other Scouters might continue to enjoy all that this camp has to offer for at least another hundred years.

Along with Hu’s Scouting involvement, his travels took him to complete his High School diploma in Shawinigan Falls where he met a class of lifelong friends whom he loved to join often for reunions. His best friend, Ted Cook, convinced him to go Acadia for Engineering. He offset schooling with military service, taking the train back and forth across Canada to work in Chilliwack with the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers. Later, he was the Works Officer for the city of Halifax and at Val Cartier, near Quebec City. A mechanical engineer by trade, he worked for Johns-Manville, DuPont, Cyanamid, T.P.F.and C, .and finally Pratt and Whitney.

He was married for sixty-one years to Mary Manzer, whom he met at Acadia University, where he received letters of commendation in track and basketball. They would share a love of Scouting, sports, community and family. They worked together on training, developing and delivering “Wood Badge” courses for Scouting; essentially, training the trainer. Together, they raised three sons, Jim, Alan and Bruce and a daughter, Louise. He was a former president of the Kinsmen Club at Shawinigan Falls, Quebec, a member of the Engineering Institute of Canada, a member of the Order of the Sons of Martha, the Canadian Management Association, a Mason, a long-time server at church, a driver for Meals on Wheels, and an active lawn bowler. Hu actively joined in Mary’s work with various charities.  He loved curling, played on numerous rinks, served as President and club historian, was the skip when his foursome scored an elusive eight ender, was granted an honorary life membership in 2009, but he most enjoyed the camaraderie which continued into his final year with his beloved Tuesday morning coffee klatch.

Hu lived a rich and full life. He was afforded many opportunities and lessons through Scouting which transferred into his life. Now, he’s gone home.

Appointment Council Commissioner Quebec Council

George Craigie

Dear Scouters,

It is my sincere pleasure to announce the appointment of George Craigie as Council Commissioner for Quebec Council effective immediately.

George Craigie
George Craigie

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.

George can be reached at [email protected].

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,

Tim Welch

National Commissioner

We did not suspect that our Pack would have growth!

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!!!


Akela Tanya

Scouters had a blast at Scouter Orientation in Boisbriand

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.

Robert Schmitt

Watch for the next SOW event!

Cub thanks his customers…

November 2018

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.

youth shooting arrow while Scouter coaches.
… portion of the money to treat 30 children and volunteers from my Cub Pack to an archery day…

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)

Scouts Canada Annual General Meeting

Hi everyone,

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,

Thomas Scoffield

Commissaire à la jeunesse du Conseil/ Council Youth Commissioner

Conseil du Québec / Québec Council

[email protected]