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2014-2015 Registration

Please click Registration Pamphlet 2014-2015 – 2 Sept 2014 to view or print this year’s registration information.

For the first two meetings, we’ll have extra scouters on hand to help register your youth at the section meetings. If you cannot register then, please, just contact either the Group Registrar, or the Group Commissioner to let us know and we can either meet  you at a section meeting or work out another arrangement.


Scouter Dave

Group Commissioner



Registration for each section

This year we’re changing it up a bit. We’ll be accepting registrations during the first two meetings of each section.

By accepting, I mean, we’ll have the group commissioner,  and either the group registrar or the group administrator at the meetings to assist with registering your youth in the section.

If you can’t make it out during the first two meetings, no problem!  You can sign your youth up at any time, just reach out to us via our contact links, or use the Scouts Canada group locator tool.  (you may not see our contact links on a mobile phone, if that’s the case, switch to desktop view with your phone’s browser.




Scouter Dave

1st Greenwood Group Commissioner


Next Meeting, Food Drive, Remembrance Day, Group Camp

Scouts and Parents,

First, Nov. 2nd (this coming Saturday) is our annual food drive, If you

have not yet signed up, please do so at

Remember Scouts are asked to sign up for 2 hours if not longer.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday Nov. 5th at John Paul II – our usual time.

We will be talking about the Christmas Child program you all indicated

you’d participate in. For information, please see

On Nov. 10th, is our group sponsor, Rothwell United Church’s Remembrance

day service, this is one of the two services that they ask we attend per

year, and they really enjoy seeing as many youth come out to the service as

possible. The service will start at 10:30 AM. If you can come, please

arrive by 10:15 AM in uniform.

Group Camp – Our group camp this year is on Nov. 15th – 17th. The theme is

Settling the Wilderness. The full weekend will be $50, Sat.+ Sunday will be

$37, and $26 for just Saturday. More details will come in a separate

email. You can sign up via under the

schedule portion of the site. Sign up and fees must be received by Nov.


Scouter David
1st Greenwood Sea Scouts


Scout meetings for the next two weeks

Scouts and Parents,

We’re at the school on Tuesday, and will be discussing some of the safety
topics that Scouts Canada is promoting this week.

If you’re ready, you can test for your various permits, well, not axe and
saw… not sure how the janitor will feel if someone misses and hits the

Please note that our meeting for the last week of Oct. will be at TD McGee,
with the Beavers, Cubs, and Venturers, and any of our Rovers that find
their way there from university classes. This will be our Halloween party
so please do come dressed in costume, and ready to participate in the games
that the Venturers have planned for you all.

No food will be needed, but bring a water bottle or cup for water. We’re
not supplying any sugary drink but there will be loot bags to take home.

If you are ordering Popcorn, your order must be brought to the Halloween
party to be given to Mike McCormick.

Finally, Nov. 2nd will be the annual food drive. Please go to our group’s
website and sign up for a shift –

Scouter David


2013-2014 Scouting year Sept. 10th – 1st Meeting notes for parents


For those of you that could stay tonight, thank you.

We covered a lot, and I know parents don’t carry a notebook like their Scouts do. 🙂

So, here’s a recap, admittedly a bit of a read:

The Scouts should have their own copy of the Canadian Scout Handbook and the Field Book for Canadian Scouting. They can take the book with them to school, and have their teachers, or any other adult who can vouch for their efforts sign off on badge requirements. The badges, and beginning information your youth needs to know about Scouting is contained within the Scout handbook. The Canadian Field Guide is something the Scout, and hopefully you will read together to begin to prepare your scout for camping as a Scout.

As I mentioned, the most important thing you can get your youth is a pack, followed by a winter sleeping bag. For a pack, I personally recommend the Eureka Getaway at the Scout shop – I see the price this year is $94.99 – a bit higher than last year.

You are welcome to find another make/model. This is a 63 liter pack, and I’ve been able as an adult to use it for 4 day camps.
However, MEC, Bushtaka and Sail are all great shops to go to. They all have great staff who will help you find the ideal pack for your youth. We purchased a pack for our son when he started Scouts at MEC, and he is now into his 10th year of using it as it was able to adjust as he grew. The ideal size is around 63 to 70 liters or so.

As for the sleeping bag, this is a great way grandma’s, grandpa’s, aunts and uncles can help you equip your youth. The Winter bag should be good to around -11 degrees C, and you add a fleece blanket or liner, and the bag will go down to -15 deg. C. MEC has a model called the Habenaro that both my kids swear handles much colder temps than it’s rated for.

Now, if you do not have the gear, and a camp is coming up, and your youth really wants to go, please email us at our team list (below). There are lots of Scouters in 1st Greenwood, and we have extra gear that can be borrowed.

Your Scout needs to obtain a whistle – we recommend Fox 40 pealess – something bright in colour and with a breakaway neck cord. These are used only when needed, and we will discuss this with the youth.

We recommend that youth also obtain a compass – the orienteering style are best for our needs – the engineering ones are a bit of over kill.
(here’s an image to the style sold at the Scout shop – compass)

Youth should be coming to meetings with a small notebook that fits in their shirt pocket, and a pencil and the rope they were issued tonight.
(we have a knot guide book on our website they can download and print. We worked on the Clove hitch tonight and they can certainly practice this using the guide as a reference)

Now to some administrative stuff:

We will start meetings at 6:50 PM – please have your youth present by 6:45 PM so they have time to shed wet weather or winter gear. Please have non-marking shoes for the gym. Youth in socks will not be able to participate in games that require rapid movement.  We will finish at 8:30 PM.

Dues: I’ve wrestled with this for a bit, and to simplify things for everyone we will go with a lump sum payment. Dues are $2/week, and since Sea Troops operate year round, it’s $52/youth. This will cover costs for materials for the program, badges etc.

Your Scout came home tonight with a couple of pieces of paper:

1) Their personal record sheet that shows where they are in the program.
2) A code of conduct – they need to read this, and I would like you to discuss it with them. You both must sign and return this at the next meeting.
3) Finally, we gave the Scouts a document (a copy is attached) and we asked them to indicate their preferences. We ask that you review these sheets, discuss your Scout’s choices with them, and look at your family calendars and see what is practical in terms of the camps. As we can refine dates, we will do so, and sign up sheets will be handled electronically via the Scouts Tracker web application.

Note: Item 3 has at the bottom of the page a reference to sheath knives. We will be doing this as a Scouting “make” project if we have enough interest, and it looks like we might from the youth’s answers I saw. They will be required to adhere to the rules they will learn to earn their knife permit. I or another scouter have the authority to confiscate any knife that they have in their possession if they are not following those rules. The knife will be returned only to a parent and should not be returned to a youth until they have proven they can adhere to the rules again, and their parent agrees that they are indeed ready to be responsible with it again. Given how much they like this privilege, I can honestly say I’ve only had to confiscate one knife from a youth at a camp so far as a Scouter.

Next Items:

Your youth’s safety. I would ask that parents not wait outside in their cars for their youth. Please come in to the gym. If we’re not at the door, please knock hard on the steel door to the right of the entrance we use. DO NOT RING the doorbell. This summons the custodian. Once you’ve knocked, give us a moment to come let you in. If you can tell we’re very loud (and yes, they can be, even with only a handful present) knock again.

If we are waiting for you at the end of a meeting outside, please approach us so that we can clearly see it is you picking up your child. If someone else is picking up your youth, please let us know.

As you may be aware, we operate on a two deep rule – there must be two leaders present before you can leave your Scout at the meeting place. If we have more than 6 youth per leader, we will require an adult to remain with us (not a fear yet this year, but I can hope that your Scout will be an ambassador and bring more youth in).

Please take the time to visit the Scouts Canada Child and Youth Safety page and review the information there. There you will find the policies, and guidelines including the Code of Conduct I gave some of you tonight. I would ask that all parents read the code of conduct, and sign it. (It’s located under the Policies and Procedures section of the above link) This is the same code of conduct each and every Scouter signs, each year.

Now some elements related to the program:

We are using a tool developed by a local Scouter, and this tool has gained national, and international recognition. Please sign in to the Scouts Tracker website. This is where we are going to track your youth’s progress in the Scouting program. I will hope that we can light a fire under them to stretch themselves and strive for the Chief Scout award.

This is the highest award a Scout can earn in the Troop program. It is going to require work by your youth. We aim to provide a program that gives them the foundation to reach for this goal.

If you’ve forgotten your password, just have the site generate a new temporary one for you, and then you can change it to what ever you like. I have no access to the passwords.

We have an event calendar located within this site, and I have set it up so that if you go to the Troop Calendar on the 1st Greenwood website you’ll be able to view the calendar without signing in.

I can be reached at dkerrivan_<at>, I’m also the group webmaster so webmaster_<at> will s also reach me.

All of the troop leaders can be reached via troopleaders_<at> The first time you email, I’ll have to approve your ability to post to that mailing list, and I will do my best to do so within 3 days maximum.

The Sea Troop youth and parents are all part of seatroop_<at> – No approvals needed if you are reading this email as I’ve sent it to you via this address. If I have only one parent’s email address, and we need to add the other parent’s address, drop me a note with the address to add.

Let myself or the rest of the leadership team know if any of this raises any questions.

Good Scouting,


Scouter David Kerrivan
1st Greenwood Sea Troop




Sept 27 Meeting Notice – Hike – Note: location change.

Pineview Hike Sept 27th 2011  6:30pm sharp to 8:30pm

Meet at Pineview Golf Course North end of parking lot.

Potential Badge requirements/skills to be obtained

Pathfinder Outdoor Skills 9– 4 birds, 4 mammals

Pathfinder Outdoor Skills 10– 4 trees, 4 shrubs

Pathfinder Outdoor Skills 11– 4 wildflowers

Forestry 1– disease, pest control, logging, utilization, replanting, fires

Forestry 2– ecology, forest types, growth factors, value to wildlife, air quality

Fish and Wildlife 1– Disease, pollution, endangered species, habitat destruction, carry capacity, edge effect

Naturist 1– balance of nature

Naturist 2– 15 trees, 10 plants, 10 birds, 10 mammals

Naturist 3– 20 species mammals, reptiles, plants, birds, trees, butterflies, moths, other insects

Soil & Water Management 1– erosion, food cycle, water cycle, water table

Soil & Water Management 3– visit


What to bring

Wear long pants and long sleeve shirt

Hiking shoes, hat

Dress for the weather

Water bottle

Camera, pencil, notebook, flashlight