This year's Kub Kar night in 3rd Waterdown was well attended by all. The race had well over 40 cars. We were pleased that the White Tail Beavers and Scouts A were able to join us for a great night of racing.
There were a wide range of designs this year including a hiking trail, a cameo car of Scouter Reg, lots of lego, and even an X-wing fighter. Thank you to Scouter Ken and Accurate Tirecraft for donating our prizes for the mid race draws and for all of our decor items.
The competition itself was fierce with many races coming down to the 1000th of a second; thank goodness for our timing gate. The speed and closeness of the races was emphasised in our finals as there was a two way tie for third which meant four cars had to race in our finals; a first in my years MCing 3rd Waterdown races. The final race was won by Rhyan Hong a second win overall for him in his three years of Cubs.
Scouts A took the opportunity to showcase their Scout Trucks in a race that took place after the Kub Kar Race with the win going to Jacob Harris.
A special thank you to Scouter Reg for letting the Cubs make all of their wonderful ideas into reality in his shop over many weeks. To all the leaders who helped set up the race location and get the cars weighed, tires balanced and make fair racing conditions for all. And finally to all the Cub Scout youth and their families who put in the hours it takes to make some very creative cars and came out to race.
The First, Second and Third place finishers had their entrance fees paid for the Kub Kar Fun Day happening in Burlington on February 27. Only the top finisher Rhyan Hong was able to attended the Kub Kar Fun Day race and represent 3rd Waterdown. Rhyan put up a good showing in his first few races so much so that questions arose as to the legitimacy of the tires on his car. So into the pits it went to have its wheels pulled and new ones put on. Rhyan though the process held his head up and stood by his car's speed and design showing true Cub Scout poise. And well the story has a fantastic ending. Rhyan’s car blew away the competition he placed First overall in the races and has brought the Burlington Area Kub Kar Fun Day trophy and bragging rights back to Waterdown. Way to go Rhyan!
Another SCUB hike in the Future!
The participants of the next SCUB (3rd year Cubs) backpacking trip have started the pre-hikes and classroom sessions for the big day in June. This adventure is being challenged by 10 SCUB’s, 1 senior Scout and 6 leaders. We have already completed two pre-hikes the first being a 4.5km distance switching off packs and the second a 10.5km hike with everyone carrying a semi-loaded pack. Both hikes have provided their own challenges and adventures and delicious trail treats. The next step is to plan the destination for the final big hike; will it be Algonquin or the Bruce?
I wasn't able to make this post in time for Remembrance Day; however, I thought that some might find it interesting the roll Scouting played in 1914 (WW1).
...The outbreak of war in 1914 might well have destroyed the Boy Scouts Organisation. Scoutmasters volunteered for the Army and the Navy in the thousands and it seemed many Troops would have to be disbanded...Before the first year was out they were preforming every kind of National Service. They were messengers in Government offices; they patrolled railway lines; they guarded bridges; they helped in the hospitals; they collected salvage; they harvested flax, and when the Zeppelins came it was their bugles, more musical than the sirens of which they were the forbears, that sounded the "All Clear"...
~http://www.thedump.scoutscan.com/lefthandshake.pdf (viewed November 12, 2015)
Where will you be in summer 2019?
Will you be between 14 and 18?
Are you born between July 23, 2000 and July 22 2005*?
Than you could be at
24th WSJ at Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in West Virginia!
*Birthday must fall prior to events start date.
2 Packs, 2 Troops, 1 Company
all camping at the same time!
That's what Scouting is about.
3rd Waterdown has both troops and the Venturer company at co-op camp this weekend. The theme of the camp was "Co-Op Camp Strikes Back". A special thanks to our Venturer company for their offer of service in constructing the dance pavilion.
The Cub Pack's decided to head back to D.I.C.C. (Dorchester International Cub Camporee) again this year. This is a wonderful fall camp that is well planned and delivers activities that we at 3rd Waterdown wouldn't be able to offer on a small scale. Some of the events include tower rappelling, zip-lining, O.P.P. interactive demo's, and much more. This year's theme as chosen by the youth was "Superheros". Last year this event was attended by 800+ representatives of Scouts Canada, Boy Scouts of America and Girl Guides of Canada.
Often we wonder as parents, friends or families where our fundraising dollars go and the title of this post sums it up. With equipment bought through our direct fundraising dollars we have been able to send to camp 5 sections of youth from our 3rd Waterdown Group fully equipped and able to sustain themselves. So thank you to all our supporters who have and continue to contribute to our fundraising initiatives.
Friday, April, 20, 2012
By Chris Funston, SPECIAL TO THE REVIEW
“Think globally, act locally” – that’s the purpose of the Yellow Fish Road Program.
“The program aims to make people aware that hazardous liquids should not be disposed of through storm drains, as these drain directly into the Great Lakes,” said 13-year-old Will Richardson, a third-year scout, “If we can get the people of Waterdown to be aware that storm drains are only for rain, perhaps the message will spread across the country.”
In 2011, John Siegner, a leader with the 3rd Waterdown Scouts, arranged for the troop to participate in the Yellow Fish Road program. Their first activity was to paint yellow fish icons on the storm grates outside of Guy Brown Public School. On May 10, they will be marking storm grates around the neighborhoods of Waterdown.
Richardson, who started scouts at age four, said he wants to get the community to be aware and help the environment.
“The troop plans to mark every storm grate in Waterdown over the next several years,” he said.
Yellow Fish first began appearing in 1991, when the program was developed and piloted nationally by Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Trout Unlimited Canada. By 1993, the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC) adopted the program into local areas along the coast of Lake Ontario.
Since 2004, BARC has taken a new approach to the program, which continues today. This includes painting a yellow fish on the storm grate and attaching a four-inch plastic disk on the sidewalk that shows BARC and Yellow Fish Road’s websites along with the message “Only rain down the drain.”
The painted fish last about two years and the plastic markers can last for about 10 years.
As part of the extra work Richardson has done while being a member of the scouts, including this program, he will be receiving a Chief Scout award (CSA), which symbolizes world conservation.
His father, Andrew Richardson, a leader for the troop, noted the award is a prestigious one.
“The scouts were green before Kermit,” he said, “Whether it be no-trace camping, leading in the community or being aware of what global impacts can be effected.”
Awarded in June, Will says that the CSA represents three years of hard work and that the recognition above all else means the most to him.
Wednesday, April, 25, 2012
-Submitted by Lindsey Ryder
It was a rainy Saturday evening in March as 3rd Waterdown Scouts Beaver Colonies A & B gathered outside the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, waiting to start the Night Ops program. The doors opened and the Beavers were welcomed into the museum along with Cubs and Guides from across Ontario.
They were led to their camp-out location and set up under the wings of the Avro CF-100 “Canuck,” a fine Canadian fighter jet.
Once camp was in order, Night Ops opening ceremonies began and campers were given four missions for the evening: making hot air balloons; watching a demonstration about air pressure and speed and how planes fly; making a simple glider that could fly to the museum’s ceiling and learning about the museum’s vast collection of warplanes during a guided tour.
Campers experienced a mock night attack. In total darkness, they listened to the warning sounds of an air raid siren, followed by the anti-aircraft guns and dropping bombs. Their flashlights illuminated the dark ceiling, just like anti-aircraft fire.
The hands-on experience provided a learning opportunity for the Beavers, leaders and parents.
Lights out signaled time for bed, and although little sleep was accomplished, everyone woke refreshed and eager for breakfast in the hangar before heading home with their hot air balloon, glider, and a Night Ops patch.
Night Ops is just one of the fun, exciting and educational activities the 3rd Waterdown Beavers participate in during the session.
Beavers programming is for boys and girls aged five to seven. The group meets Monday or Tuesday evenings at Sealey Park Scout Hall. Those who would like to try out Beavers can visit www.3rdwaterdown scouting.org or the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/3rdWaterdownScouting) for more information.
Saturday, April, 07, 2012
By Anne Clock , 3rd WATERDOWN CUBS
SNAP! Oh, no, not again!
We were trying to make a fire to boil water, but the matches kept breaking. Sometimes, we got a flame, but when we put it close to the tinder bundle, a pile of ripped newspaper and the fluffy insides of bulrushes, it wouldn’t catch fire. Maybe it was too damp. Finally, Akela, the leader of our Cub pack, used his lighter. It worked! Soon, we had a nice fire and boiling water.
I’m a second-year Cub with 3rd Waterdown Scouting. We went on an amazing winter weekend camp recently. To earn part of my Canadian Camper Award, I had to start a fire and boil water. The night before, we watched a movie and made pine needle tea. It was good and tasted like a Christmas tree (not that I’ve ever tried to eat a tree).
Later that day, we built shelters. We worked in teams and leaned a big branch against a tree, then leaned smaller branches against the big one and weaved pine boughs through the branches to keep out wind and rain. Finally, we got to explore the inside. It was bigger than it looked!
At Cub camp you do a lot in one day. We made trail mix and went on a hike. We had to identify trees. A few minutes into our hike, we spotted something on the ground. It looked like chocolate chips. It was deer poop. Shortly after, one of our leaders pointed out a beech tree. We saw that someone had carved initials into the bark. I wonder why they did it because it must have hurt the tree.
We hiked for about an hour. Along the way we saw a huge uprooted tree (the roots were taller than us) with a puddle where the roots had been, a teepee built by unknown hikers before us, lots of mud and streams that we had to jump over.
If all this sounds like fun to you, join our Cub pack and let the adventure begin. You can sign up on April 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Sealey Park Scout Hall on Main Street South. Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Venturers and Rovers are for girls and boys, ages 5 to 26.
Wednesday, November, 09, 2011
Submitted by Lindsey Ryder
Poppies are a symbol of remembrance.
For the men and women who fought during the wars, many of which gave their lives so we could enjoy the freedom we too often take for granted, we wear a poppy to show respect and remember their sacrifices.
Unfortunately, as time passes, the veterans who traditionally sold poppies are fewer in number, but the significance of the poppy symbol is just as important.
Poppy fundraising boxes are placed at local retailers and businesses and you’ll still find veterans selling them. This year, 3rd Waterdown Scouts offered to sell poppies for the Royal Canadian Legion at local retailers. If you see a Beaver, Cub, Scout Venturer or Rover in uniform selling poppies, please take a moment to stop and say hello, and if you haven’t already donated, we’ll be pleased to sell you a poppy.
Hopefully, selling poppies will become a long-standing tradition for 3rd Waterdown Scouts.
Scouts on parade
As fall progresses and we prepare for the festive season, there is one event that is always highly anticipated in Waterdown: the Flamborough Santa Claus Parade.
One of the few last remaining night parades, the Flamborough parade brings out the best in our community. Families line the entire parade route, with the children all snuggled in, sitting at curbside sipping hot chocolate, so eager to see Santa ride through town.
But the parade isn’t just about Santa. Local businesses, clubs, marching bands and community services are an integral part of our famous parade.
The 3rd Waterdown Scouts have been involved with the Flamborough Santa Claus Parade from its inception. Initially, a couple of Cub Scout leaders took charge and decorated a float, then Venturer Scouts took over and continue to look after the planning and decorating the 3rd Waterdown Scout float. All levels of Scouts are involved in the annual parade. Beavers and Cubs take turns riding on the float with Scout Leaders and their parents. The Beavers have the honour of riding the float this year while the Cubs get to enjoy watching the parade as it passes by. Marching behind the float will be Scouts, Venturers and Rovers.
Third Waterdown Scouts has a history of participating in Waterdown parades including the ones formerly organized on Victory Day and Remembrance Day. Watch for our float in this year’s Santa Claus Parade and make sure you cheer and wave to the eager Beavers and Scouts.
Don’t forget, if you want a prime viewing position you’re best to stake your spot early in the day on November 26 by putting out your chairs in advance – it’s a Waterdown tradition!
Thursday, June, 23, 2011
The Girl Guides will have a booth at the Oh Canada Ribfest at Memorial Park in Waterdown, offering free craft activities for kids.
The craft table will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, June 30 and Friday, July 1. On Saturday, July 2, drop by between noon and 4 p.m.; on Sunday, the activities will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Due to increased enrolment, there is a need for Sparks leaders for the 2011-2012 year.
Please contact the Hamilton office at 905-627-3326 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on volunteer opportunities.
Registration for 2011-2012 is now being accepted at the Hamilton office. Contact Michelle Jermy at 905-547-4389 or email email@example.com for more information.
Fall registration will be held at the Waterdown Legion on Thursday, September 8 from 6:30-8 p.m. Girls ages five and six, entering Senior Kindergarten in the fall, can register for Sparks. Girls ages seven and eight are eligible for Brownies, girls ages nine and 11 are eligible for Guides and girls between the ages of 12 and 14, for Pathfinders.
In Waterdown Scout news, 15 youth from the 3rd Waterdown Scouts, along with six adults, participated in the Yellow Fish Road program sponsored by Trout Unlimited and the Bay Area Restoration program last month.
Participants raised awareness about storm drain pollution by distributing literature to local homes and marking storm drains with yellow fish symbols.
In Waterdown, the storm drains flow untreated into the Grindstone Creek watershed and from there into Burlington Bay and Lake Ontario, which is where local drinking water comes from.
The Scout troop is planning to work with this group in the future and more information is available at www.yellowfishroad.org.
At the end of May, Waterdown Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers attended the annual group camp at the Rockwood Conservation Area, a great setting for the fun-filled outdoor experience for the youth and leaders.
Youth were immersed in scouting activities and the trip served as a great opportunity for the younger Beavers and Cubs to connect with the more seasoned Scouts and Venturers and build a life-long love for the outdoors.
Members of the 3rd Waterdown Scouts, 1st Carlisle Scouts and Waterdown Girl Guides will be at Oh Canada Ribfest, collecting donations on behalf of the Oh Canada Ribfest Committee during the event’s movie night, June 30 and during the Canada Day fireworks, July 1.
The donations will help offset the expenses related to the movie night and the 30-minute fireworks display.
As well, the Oh Canada Ribfest Committee will donate 25 per cent of the collections to 3rd Waterdown Scouts, 1st Carlisle Scouts and Waterdown Girl Guides.
-Submitted by Lindsey Ryder