The First Creston Scouts with some new friends at Windsor International Guides and Scouts 2014

Creston Scouts, Beavers and Cubs may fold without new leaders

Web Lead

  • Mar. 5, 2015 6:00 p.m.

Popular youth groups like Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are in jeopardy unless new volunteers step up, said leader Casey Holden.

Holden, who started up the Beavers program with some other parents nine years ago, said that most of the recent volunteer leaders have children who have moved on to other activities, or surpassed the age requirements.

“Without new leaders, the Beavers (age 5-7) and Cubs (age 8-10) will fold. The Scouts (age 11-13) will soon be in jeopardy, too.”

Holden said the rich tradition of Scouting has had a positive influence on many youngsters.

“As an international movement, Scouting offers a variety of experiences for youth locally, regionally and internationally,” she said. “Our local group has benefited and enjoyed experiences in Creston, in the Kootenays, attended a Canadian jamboree in Alberta and an international jamboree in England, to name but a few experiences.“

The program has evolved over the years, adding flexibility so that each group can control what activities it wants to pursue.

“It isn’t only the badge-oriented group it once was,” she said. “The younger kids really like that, but the older members have done a variety of things, from the popular annual cub car rally to shooting off rockets that they made themselves (under the supervision of a local expert).”

High ropes camp, a jamboree a year, curling, golf, movie nights, bowling, first aid courses, archery and hiking the Cody Caves are among the activities recent members have participated in.

“Scouting is a unique program in that it is not a solitary activity or defined skill set but rather endeavors to provide a variety of diverse experiences guided by a common Scouting philosophy,” said Holden. “The intent is that youth work on their own personal development, develop an appreciation of the world around them and a responsibility to serve others.”

Among the attractions for newcomers, she lists:

•there is support for new leaders from Scouts Canada;

•the Royal Canadian Legion donates a meeting location;

•there are funds in the bank and supplies (craft, camp, uniform, badges) on hand;

•there are ready-made programs for any interest (templates have been developed by Scouts Canada and the previous leaders);

•the groups have access to local camps on Kootenay Lake and in Kimberley;

•meeting times can be tailored to the leaders (after school or evening);

•if leaders start now they will be mentored by the existing leaders; and

•there is only one fundraiser for one day per year (sandbags).

Without new leaders coming forward soon, the programs will likely to come to an end later this year.

“Scouts Canada mandates a leader training program for new leaders and this takes some time to complete, although now the majority of it can be done online,” she said. “In addition, an RCMP police record check needs to be completed, as well as interviews. All of this is required for the safety of the children in the program.”

For more information about becoming a leader, contact Casey Holden at 250-866-5458.

Just Posted

Choose Natural expands into a holistic healing centre

Choose Natural holistic healing centre focuses on the body, mind, spirit, and emotions for optimal health and wellness.

RDCK asks province for more powers to regulate private land logging

‘If the province won’t step up, we will have to’

Making big strides towards reconciliation

Aboriginal Walk/Run event wuqanq̓ankimik a huge success

First Nations included in latest Columbia River Treaty talks

Seventh round of negotiations between Canada and U.S. wrap up in Washington D.C.

Destiny Bay Resort continuing East Shore tradition

Destiny Bay Resort became a special place to relax and unwind.

VIDEO: Clip of driver speeding past B.C. school bus alarms MLA

Laurie Throness of Chilliwack-Kent says he will lobby for better safety measures

Olympic skier from B.C. suing Alpine Canada after coach’s sex offences

Bertrand Charest was convicted in 2017 on 37 charges

Case of missing Kootenay teen still unsolved 50 years later

Phillip Porter, age 16, disappeared near his home in Kimberley on June 26, 1969

B.C. senior’s car vandalized for more than 18 months

Retired RCMP officer determined to catch ‘tagger.’

VIDEO: Driver doing laps in busy Vancouver intersections nets charges

Toyota Camry spotted doing laps in intersection, driving towards pedestrians

Former Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo to retire

‘Bobby Lou’ calls it a career after 19 NHL seasons

Man charged in crash that killed B.C. pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged for 2018 Highway 1 accident where Kelowna elementary school teacher died

Province unveils 10-year plan to boost mental health, addiction recovery services

The plan, called A Pathway to Hope, focuses on early-intervention services that are seeing high demand

Most Read