Waterdown Scout aims to spread environmental message

posted Apr 26, 2012, 8:32 AM by Cubs B 3rd Waterdown

Friday, April, 20, 2012
“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.

Waterdown Beaver camp out at Warplane Heritage Museum

posted Apr 26, 2012, 8:16 AM by Cubs B 3rd Waterdown

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 or the Facebook page ( for more information.

Scouting offers new adventures

posted Apr 15, 2012, 4:53 AM by Cubs B 3rd Waterdown

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.

Scouting Report: Poppies, parades and participation

posted Mar 6, 2012, 6:46 PM by Cubs B 3rd Waterdown

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!

Get crafty with Girl Guides at Waterdown’s Ribfest

posted Mar 6, 2012, 6:44 PM by Cubs B 3rd Waterdown

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 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 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

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

Area Scouts bound for Sweden Jamboree

posted Mar 6, 2012, 6:41 PM by Cubs B 3rd Waterdown

Jul 20, 2011

A group of 17 Venture Scouts and four leaders from Burlington and Waterdown will be participating in the 22nd World Scout Jamboree in Sweden on July 27.

They will be joining 38,000 Scouts from around the world at Rinkaby, Sweden.

Scouting representatives from 150 countries around the world will be on hand to celebrate “Simply Scouting.” The local contingent is made up of Scouting members from 15th Burlington, 31st Burlington, 3rd Aldershot, and 3rd Waterdown.

They will join 401 participants from across Canada as part of the Canadian Contingent to the event.

The group departs on Friday. The Canadian Contingent will be stopping in Frankfurt, Germany first for a few days of sightseeing, before heading to the Jamboree site later in the week.

Every four years, tens of thousands of Scouts from every corner of the world gather for two weeks in a tented city for the adventure of a lifetime.

This is the Burlington area’s largest contingent to the international event in decades.

The trip is costing about $4,500 per person and the group has been organizing several fundraisers to help with the expense over the past year, including bottle drives, maple syrup sales, fundraising nights at Chapters, Boston Pizza and Kelsey’s, and working on the Eco team at the Sound of Music Festival.

Scouts Canada, Canada’s leading youth organization, offers fun and exciting outdoor adventure for boys, girls and youth ages 5–26 in communities across Canada. Youth in Scouts have fun adventures discovering new things and experiences they wouldn’t discover elsewhere.

Scouting News - Flamborough's first recyclers

posted Nov 26, 2011, 12:29 PM by Cubs B 3rd Waterdown

Flamborough Review Article 
Friday, April, 01, 2011 - 10:10:31 AM
Recycling has been a core fundamental for Scouts in Canada, long before it became the hip, popular and environmentally responsible effort it is today. In fact, Scouts in Waterdown have been collecting and recycling newspapers and paper products for over 50 years, and the Scout paper drive was the original fundraiser for Scouting in the area.  

Recycling remains an important environmental effort for Scouts Canada and its local Scouting groups. Cub Scouts can earn a Recycling Badge by developing practical knowledge on reducing, reusing and recycling, enabling them to contribute positively to their local environment.

Upon introduction of recycling by the Township of Flamborough, 3rd Waterdown Scouts and 1st Carlisle Scouts paper drives’ were grandfathered, allowing both Scouting groups to continue paper drives as a fundraising program. With the City of Hamilton amalgamation, the Scout paper drives continue under the same provision.  

Scouts collect bundled newspapers, magazines, phone books and cardboard from residential streets and deliver it to bins, provided by the City of Hamilton’s recycling contractor, behind the Royal Canadian Legion.  Based on the paper’s market value, the City of Hamilton directs the earnings from the tonnage collected from the paper drives to the Waterdown and Carlisle Scouting groups.   

The 3rd Waterdown Scouts and the 1st Carlisle Scouts both average over $2,000 in paper drive revenue annually, which helps fund Scouting programs and camps for local youth, however, the potential is so much greater.

What can you do to help?  Rather than set out your papers for recycling with your garbage collection, save and bundle your papers and place them at curbside for a Scouts paper drive collection. Even if it’s only one week’s worth, it will make a difference to local youths. You can also drop papers off behind the Royal Canadian Legion in Waterdown or beside the United Church in Carlisle on paper drive Saturdays.

Businesses who would like to collect papers can contact 3rd Waterdown Scouts to make arrangements for pick-up.

This Saturday (April 2), support 3rd Waterdown Scouts and put your papers out for collection! Waterdown paper drives are the first Saturday of every other month except August (Oct. Dec. Feb. Apr. June).  Place your papers at the curb by 8:30 a.m. or drop off at the rear of the Waterdown Legion on Saturday before 11 a.m. For special pick-ups, call 905-630-0937.

Carlisle paper drives (including Freelton) are the last Saturday of every second Month (Sept. Nov. Jan. Mar and May). Please have papers at the curb before 9 a.m. or drop them off 9 a.m.-noon at Carlisle United Church. For special pick-ups call 905-690-3700.-Submitted by Lindsey Ryder

Scouting out thanks

posted Nov 23, 2011, 4:31 PM by Cubs B 3rd Waterdown

Wednesday, November, 16, 2011 - 4:04:11 PM

Dear Editor:

The 3rd Waterdown Scouts would like to thank Waterdown businesses and community residents for supporting and helping make our recent Apple Day a successful fundraiser.

These include: Fortinos; Langford IDA; M & M Meats; Shoppers Drug Mart; Sobeys; TD Bank (255 Dundas St.); Zellers; Goodness Me; Tim Hortons (three Waterdown locations) and Tim Hortons at Clappison’s Corners.

Our scouting youth membership will benefit from your support and generosity.

Thank you!

Lindsey Ryder, Public Relations Coordinator, 3rd Waterdown Scouts

SCOUTING REPORT: Building our leaders

posted Jun 12, 2011, 1:54 PM by Cubs B 3rd Waterdown   [ updated Jun 12, 2011, 1:54 PM ]

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