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The 1st Elmira Scout Group is made up of 4 sections: 1 Beaver Colonies, 1 Cub Pack, 1 Scout Troop, and 1 Venturer Company. The Scouters (leaders) in each section are supported by a group committee. The committee is responsible for ensuring the programs offered meet Scouts Canada’s guidelines and that each section has enough resources to operate effectively. The 1st Elmira Group Committee meets the third Thursday of every month at the Scout Shed. New volunteers are always welcome.

Over 100 Years of Scouting in Elmira

In 1912 as Scouting spread across the free World, Archie Norris envisioned the merit of the Scouting program for Elmira Youth. Fourteen local youth also saw the value of Scouting by forming the first Scout Troop under the leadership of Scouter Norris. The outstanding jaunt this first Troop made was a 10-day camp at the confluence of the Grand and Conestoga Rivers. The first clubhouse was above Philip Christman’s blacksmith shop and later was moved to above Herb Ainsworth’s store.

Following the end of the First World War, local youth requested Bert Norman become the Scoutmaster of the re-organized Troop. The Troop was now located in the Armory, currently the rear section of the Township Offices. A two week adventure in Port Elgin highlighted the activities of this Troop.

Clayton Allgeier formed the first Cub Pack in 1935. Under the Leadership of John Bittorf Rovers began in 1964, Venturers under the leadership of Gord Cale began in 1968 and Beavers were added in 1975.

Today, thanks to the generous support of the community, the 1st Elmira Scout Group services the needs of its nearly 100 youth, leaders and group supporters from Elmira, St Jacobs, Connestogo, West Montrose, Floradale, and surrounding areas with a craft, storage and meeting facility and a clubhouse.

Scouts of all ages are active in the community from Beaver Scouts to Venturer Scouts, participating in Yellow Fish Environmental campaign, Township cleanups, planting trees and cattails, and helping at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival (marking the booths, hauling garbage and hauling pancake batter). Venturer Scouts also help maintain Kilarney Provincial Park.

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Locations

ROVER DEN & SCOUT SHED
75 Oriole Parkway East, Elmira
Regular meeting place for Cubs, Scouts, Venturers, & Group Committee

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GALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
10 Barnswallow Dr, Elmira
Regular meeting place for Beavers

JOHN MAHOOD PUBLIC SCHOOL
5 First Street, Elmira
Regular meeting place for Cubs & Scouts (pre/post Covid)

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1st Elmira Youth & Scouter Awards

SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERS
2018-2019: Brian Soehner

1ST ELMIRA EXCELLENCE IN SCOUTING
2020-2021:
Hayden George
2019-2020: Andrew Bingeman
2018-2019: The Hartley Family
2017-2018: Matthew George, Quintin Mayer
2016-2017: Mike Vale
2015-2016: Corbin Ciaschini
2014-2015: Sean Dunham, Carter Hanley, Quentin Mayer
2012-2013: Jacob Fulcher, Jesika Wilson
2011-2012: Monika Abbott
2010-2012: Keegan Mathers
2009-2010: Brodie Altman, Tyler Read

DUKE OF EDINBURGH
2018-2019: Max Campbell (Silver)
2012-2013: Keenan Courtis (Silver), Keegan Mathers (Silver), Emma McGee (Bronze), Lucas Wilkinson (Silver)

QUEEN’S VENTURER AWARD
2018-2019: Max Campbell
2017-2018: Tyler Elg, Liam Hanley, Callum Knox, Cameron McGee, Eric Zinke-Spence
2016-2017: Ben Schott, Jessica Wilson
2015-2016: Joseph Brunen-Psutka, Griffin Fargo, Justin Read, Dylan Smith
2014-2015: Donavan Bourgoin, Alex Carbone, Sean Dunham, Carter Hanley, Quentin Mayer, Emma McGee
2013-2014: Kyle Arsenault, Tyler Hallisey, Ben Psutka, Silver Schaefer
2010-2011: Keenan Courtis, Elias Eerikainen, Lucas Wilkinson
2009-2010: Ben Bell, Alex Fisher, William Johnson, Keegan Mathers

CHIEF SCOUT AWARD
2021-2022: Julia Bingeman, Xavier George
2019-2020:
Hayden George
2018-2019: Xander Straus
2016-2017: Jay Bauman, Danny Soehner
2015-2016: AnnieRose Straus

SEEONEE AWARD (CUBS)
2018-2019: Dannika Geddes, Xavier George, KateLynn Hartley, Brooklyn Stevens
2016-2017: Hayden George

SIX STAR AWARD (CUBS – Discontinued 2016)
2015-2016: Corbin Ciaschini, Hayden George, Dylan Somers
2014-2015: Wade Ogram, Xander Straus
2013-2014: Monique Bertrand
2012-2013: Max Campbell, Dylan Leis, Connor Maxwell, Zach Vale
2011-2012: Brendan Marshall, Tyler Elg, Parker Winfield
2009-2010: Jacob Fulcher, Zach Radford, Justin Read, Dylan Smith, Ryan Woo

EIGHT AWARD (CUBS – Discontinued 2014)
2013-2014:
Monique Bertrand, Max Campbell
2012-2013: Brendan Marshall
2010-2011: Dylan Smith, Zach Radford
2009-2010: Sean Dunham, Matthew Greene

NORTH STAR AWARD (BEAVERS)
2018-2019: Jamie Geddes, Samuel Hartley
2017-2018: Noah Chappell
2016-2017: Frederick Hofbauer

MEDAL OF FORTITUDE
2013-2014:
Brian Soehner

BAR TO THE SILVER ACORN
2010-2011:
Brian Soehner

BAR TO THE MEDAL OF MERIT
2017-2018
: Philippe Bertrand
2013-2014: Skip Maher

MEDAL OF MERIT
2015-2016: Philippe Bertrand, Bill Thuroo

BAR TO THE MEDAL OF GOOD SERVICE
2017-2018: Daryl Bridge, Matthew George, Monika Goddard, Doug McGee, Pandora Wilhelm
2016-2017: Mike Vale
2015-2016: Brad Altman
2013-2014: Philippe Bertrand
2011-2012: Brad Altman, John Mathers

MEDAL FOR GOOD SERVICE
2018-2019:
 Christine Ciaschini, Matthew Wilhelm
2017-2018: Andrew Bingmean, Matthew George, David Hofbauer, Karen Hofbauer, Jay Straus
2016-2017: Dave Dunham, Doug McGee
2015-2016: Darryl Bridge,  Cheryl Greene, Monika Goddard, René Paquin, Phil Read, Larry Smith, Mike Vale
2014-2015: Brent Maxwell
2012-2013: Ken Fulcher

45 YEAR SERVICE PIN
2015-2016:
Brian Soehner

40 YEAR SERVICE PIN
2009-2010:
Brian Soehner

35 YEAR SERVICE PIN
2011-2012:
Skip Maher

30 YEAR SERVICE PIN
2015-2015:
Bill Thuroo

15 YEAR SERVICE PIN
2015-2016:
Pauline Wilson
2011-2012: John Mathers

10 YEAR SERVICE PIN
2018-2019:
Rene Paquin
2016-2017: Jodi Abra, Philippe Bertrand, Dave Dunham, Doug McGee
2015-2016: Daryl Bridge, Larry Smith
2014-2015: Brad Altman, Cheryl Green
2011-2012: Ken Fulcher

5 YEAR SERVICE PIN
2017-2018: Jay Straus
2016-2017: Chris Ciaschini
2015-2016: Brent Maxwell
2014-2015: Monika Goddard, Rene Paquin, Phil Read, Mike Vale
2011-2012: Carol Wilkinson
2010-2011: Daryl Bridge, David Dunham, Doug McGee, Larry Smith, Jim Wilkinson
2009-2010: Brad Altman, Philippe Bertrand, Heidi Mathers

1ST ELMIRA KUB KAR WINNERS
2021-2022:
1st Place – Alex Stevens; 2nd Place – Hayden Bolduc; 3rd Place – Kyle Anderson; Best Design – Sam Hartley
2020-2021:
 No races
2019-2020:
 1st Place – Frederick Hofbauer; 2nd Place – Paige Kroonan; 3rd Place – Alex Kuepfer; Best Design – Jeremy Bingeman
2018-2019: 1st Place – KateLynn Hartley; 2nd Place – Tessa Edenborough; 3rd Place – Frederick Hofbauer; Best Design – Kyle Van Ostaayen
2017-2018: 1st Place – Brennan Jackson; 2nd Place – Wyatt Swijters; 3rd Place – Tessa Jackson; Best Design – Troy Dittenhoffer
2016-2017: 1st Place – Zain Wilson; 2nd Place – Troy Dittenhoffer; 3rd Place – Brooklyn Stevens; Best Design – Leo Drake
2015-2016: 1st Place – Corbin Ciaschini; 2nd Place – Katie Edenborough; 3rd Place – Sebastian Lucko; Best Design – Troy Dittenhoffer
2014-2015: 1st Place – Corbin Ciaschini; 2nd Place – Josh Morris; 3rd Place – Ethan Brunen-Psutka; Best Design – Wade Ogram
2013-2014: 1st Place – Corbin Ciaschini; 2nd Place – Adam Murray; 3rd Place – Wyatt Diefenbaker; Best Design – Grant Young
2012-2013: 1st Place – Brendan Marshall; 2nd Place – Connor Maxwell; 3rd Place – Max Campbell; Best Design – Monique Bertrand
2011-2012: 1st Place – Brayden Boerner; 2nd Place – Brendan Marshall; 3rd Place – D.J. Campbell; Best Design – Monique Bertrand

NORTH WATERLOO KUB KAR WINNERS
2018-2019: Fastest Car 2nd Place – Brooklyn Stevens; Present Design 1st Place – Zachary Brown-Maika; Present Design 2nd Place – Owen Daily
2017-2018: Comic Class Best Design 1st Place – Katelynn Hartley; Comic Class Best Design 2nd Place – Brooklyn Stevens; Future Class Best Design 3rd Place – Iain Sunday
2016-2017: Fastest Car 3rd Place – Troy Dittenhoffer
2015-2016: Present Class Best Design 2nd Place – Hayden George
2013-2014: Present Class Best Design 1st Place – Monique Bertrand

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