Dear 1st Elmira Scouters:
This page is for you! It is to act as a hub of resources you need to make your section the best it can be. So… what would you like to see here? Please email me your suggestions/additions so that we can make this page an awesome resource for all Scouters!
Scouter Matthew (Bagheera)
1st Elmira Cub Pack & 1st Elmira Webmaster
p.s. please keep in mind that this page is ever changing and always under construction. If a link doesn’t work, don’t fret, we’ll make it work or get rid of it… eventually! (if that eventually takes too long, sent me an email. Thanks!)
CANADIAN PATH RESOURCES
If you’re new to Scouting you may not know of a world before the “Canadian Path”, but for many Scouters transitioning to this new program and new way of thinking isn’t as easy as flicking a light switch. Hopefully a few of these resources can better explain what the Canadian Path is, how to implement it, and how to make sure your section is going down it.
- Scouts Canada: The official resource for all your Canadian Path needs.
- 6 Stars vs. Canadian Path: An awesome PDF for Cub Scouters transitioning from the old program to the Canadian Path.
RECRUITING NEW SCOUTERS
Let’s face it, most Scouters are volunteering to have a great time with their children and make sure they’re having a great time too! But most of us could use some help… and what about how to transition out of section and yet make sure it will be okay without you? Here are a few things to help:
Planning an outdoor, off-site and/or off-hours activity? You’ll need to send an email to our Group Commissioner with your Outdoor Activity Application, Emergency Risk Plan and a map to the nearest hospital, before your event. Find below the forms, including examples. For the “Map to Hospital” what you need to do is go to maps.google.ca, put in where your event is as the stating point and where the hospital is as the destination, then go to print and convert to a PDF from there (please see example). If you’re planning something so wild and crazy Scouts Canada considers it a Category 3, we’ve included the Parent/Guardian Consent Form for you as well!
- Camping & Outdoor Activity Application: PDF
- Emergency Risk Plan: Blank Doc | PDF Example
- Map to Hospital: PDF Example
- Category 3 Parent/Guardian Consent Form: PDF
Do you have some parents or non-Scouting members joining you for a camp or outdoor activity? Here are the forms you will need to have them sign.
- Code of Conduct: PDF
- Physical Fitness for Non-Members: PDF
- Individual Release and Hold Harmless Agreement: PDF
In need of a quick time-killer? A big outdoor game? Something in between? Here are a few resources:
- MacScouter (possibly the best Scouting resource for pretty much anything!)
- Great Games for your Guides (Sure the title says they’re for Guides, but there’s a ton of ideas here!)
A campfire used for cooking, warmth, or general entertainment is an informal campfire. At an informal campfire there is no set structure and fire goers are free to come and go as they please. A formal campfire differs in that it has one (or more) person acting as the Campfire Chief, who invites groups up to present a song, skit or cheer. Sometimes the Campfire Chief (or someone else) will tell a story as well. At some formal campfires the Campfire Chief may ask if anyone has any ashes from previous fires to add. This tradition comes from the fact that at the end of each campfire Lord Baden Powell would take some of the campfire ashes with him and add these ashes to his next fire. The ashes represented the good memories from the campfire and he was sharing them with everyone at the next fire. While a formal campfire does have many rules (see below), it is still a fun event filled will laughter and fellowship, and steeped in tradition.
FORMAL CAMPFIRE RULES:
- Head into the campfire circle in single file, in silence.
- No talking during the skits, songs, cheers or stories. Respect your fellow Scouting members and the effort they put into their skits. I’m sure you don’t want people talking during your skit!
- Once the fire has been started, no firewood can be added until the formal fire is over. If the fire goes out, the fire cannot be restarted. Formal campfire continues without the fire. 🙁
- Please do not clap after skits… that’s what the cheers are for!
- No flashlights any time during fire unless it’s part of a skit. Campfire Chief is exempt in order to read their program.
- Skits: Scouts Wiki | MacScouter |
- Songs: Scouts Wiki | MacScouter | Dragon’s Campfire (click side links)
- Cheers: Scouts Wiki | MacScouter
- Stories: MacScouter |